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Argentine Tango Dance Lessons

Convergence Dance and Body Center has been teaching Argentine Tango lessons in the St Louis area for over twenty years. Roxanne Maier, co-owner of the studio, started the community with clients, friends, and enthusiasts in 1996 and since then it has grown and developed like we could never have imagined.
There are new groups and new venues that have spread to make it truly a community effort. This has helped us build a robust program that teaches enthusiasts the structure of the dance, connection, and inspiring material for whatever style you choose to dance. There is no better place to learn your basic through advanced Argentine Tango lessons in St Louis. Many of the top dancers in our community started taking lessons with us. Because nobody gets anywhere with just one teacher, we have been taking clients to Argentina since 1996 on immersive Tango Tours. We run one every year if you’re interested!

Our beginning program is divided into three sections so that you can fully develop the basics and how to get in and out of each move in multiple ways. This makes it so that when you run out of space on the social dance floor, you are never at a loss for something to do! It also makes it so that you can find 5 ways to get into every new thing you learn as an intermediate dancer!

Our beginning Argentine Tango Lessons are called:

Beginning Tango: Ochos

Beginning Tango: Molinetas

Beginning Tango: Crossed System

Our Intermediate class has a rotating topic so that you can fully explore each idea and how to find the material from the above pillars. Every move is possible from Ochos, Molinetas, and Crossed System and we try in every intermediate class to find the theme from each basic concept. It creates consistency and comfort so that you can apply what you learn on every social dance floor you encounter!

Please call us with any questions you may have and sign up ahead of time. We try very hard to create a balanced class of leaders and followers. If we are not a balanced lead/follow class, we refund people in the order of last registered so that we can maintain a balanced and more fun learning environment!

Intermediate Tango

January 6th to February 24th

 

Mondays: 8:00 -8:55pm

Teachers: Robert McKenney and Liz Schwarzkopf

This class is designed to help the Advanced beginner or seasoned intermediate work on connection, technique, and the embrace while also focusing on some of the athletic material that inspires so many of us when we start. Nuevo is a style, a technique, not a musical choice. We will work on non-traditional shaping of all the intermediate moves we have been teaching over the years: Sacadas, Boleos, Ganchos, Volcadas, etc … The foundation of great Nuevo is great Salon. Connection is required for all moves, both simple and athletic. Join us for an exciting new class with a new twist.

Price: $135.00

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Beginning Tango: Molinetas

January 6th to February 24th

 

Mondays: 7:00 - 7:55pm

Instructors: Anna and Robert

Our beginning series classes are all the basics (plus some of the fun and fancy) broken up into three parts. Starting with this class or the Ochos series is ideal. This section starts with developing clear and concise leads and follows, your tango walk, amagues, and molinetas (turns/ grapevines). Then we play with the ideas of Barridas (drags), Paradas (stops), and pivoting and balancing techniques.  Come get tangled up with us!

  • It is inadvisable to start in Beginning Tango: Crossed System. The Molinetas, and Ochos are much easier and the movements more recognizable. The three classes combine and help develop a strong foundation where you can choose your path of intermediate skills.

Price: $135.00

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Beginning Tango: Crossed System

January 6th to February 24th

Mondays @ 8:00pm

Instructors: Roxanne and Robert

Our Crossed System class is designed to help prepare the advanced beginner make the jump from Beginning to Advanced. It develops the ability to navigate crossed and parallel system with ease, changes of directions, and coping skills necessary for the avid social dancer. It’s the foundation of all the fun intermediate topics and we look forward to having you in class!

  • It is inadvisable to start in this class. The Molinetas, and Ochos are much easier and the movements more recognizable. The three classes combine and help develop a strong foundation where you can choose your path of intermediate skills. Please call us if you have prior experience in dance and think this would be an ideal class for you!

Price: $135.00

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Gift Certificate (Body & Dance)

Gift Certificates can be used for private lesson, group classes, or any other service that Convergence does.

*You can get a Gift Certificate for less or more money by calling the studio (314) 324-0887

We can also mail you a physical copy to give to whomever by also calling the studio.

Gift Certificates expire after 1 year and are non-refundable.

*Please give the reciept to the recipent or call the studio for an authorized copy we will mail to you

Price: $100.00

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We look forward to teaching you to dance!!!

* Note: You are allowed 2 Make-up classes per 8 week session.  You may take them in a equal or lower level class or by going to a practica.  They must be arranged in advance and taken within the time frame of the class you are enrolled in (you can even make them up in advance of missing the class). There are no refunds or credits given after the first day of class. If there is space available, you may pay for a single class ($20) at the beginning of the series (to try it out) if you are unsure about committing to the entire class.

A brief history of Argentine Tango

The music that would become the tango began to coalesce in the working-class barrios of late nineteenth century Buenos Aires, a swelling frontier town where out-of-work gauchos from the cattle ranches of the pampas and poor immigrant men from Europe came in search of opportunity. They lived in conventillos – large boarding houses built around a central courtyard where workers would gather in their off hours, playing the guitar and the violin, blending the folk music of the plains with the traditions of Europe and with rhythms borrowed from the city’s dwindling Afro-argentine population. Though wealthy Argentines scorned the tango at first, venturesome young men of the upper class were attracted to the outlying barrios where they could hear the new music and witness the new style of dancing that developed around it.

When their parents sent them to Europe to complete their education, these young men brought the tango with them, creating a particular sensation in inter-war Paris, where the French thought the dance exotic and exaggerated it accordingly to suit their tastes. It was this Parisian version of the tango that – with the help of the cinema – spread to the rest of Europe and to the United States, entering the ballroom repertoire as the international and the American tango.

In the meantime, as Argentina became more isolated from Europe, Argentinean tango developed along a different course, refining the art of small movement and tight partner connection for increasingly crowded dance floors.

By the Golden Age of the 1940’s as many as 75% of the adult population of Buenos Aires were active social dancers, but later the scene dwindled until it was finally forced underground by political unrest. By 1986 – three years after the end of military rule in Argentina – only 200 to 400 people were still dancing tango in the capital, but these were enough to begin a revival of the dance that in the last twenty years has spread throughout the world.

Today, Argentine tango is a living art that takes many forms, all of which preserve something of the traditional grammar and syntax for improvisational dance that developed in Buenos Aires in the first half of the twentieth century even as a new generation of dancers and teachers from all around the globe experiments with new vocabulary and new ways of expressing the connection that is at the heart of the dance.

The History

The music that would become the tango began to coalesce in the working-class barrios of late nineteenth century Buenos Aires, a swelling frontier town where out-of-work gauchos from the cattle ranches of the pampas and poor immigrant men from Europe came in search of opportunity. They lived in conventillos – large boarding houses built around a central courtyard where workers would gather in their off hours, playing the guitar and the violin, blending the folk music of the plains with the traditions of Europe and with rhythms borrowed from the city’s dwindling Afro-argentine population. Though wealthy Argentines scorned the tango at first, venturesome young men of the upper class were attracted to the outlying barrios where they could hear the new music and witness the new style of dancing that developed around it.

When their parents sent them to Europe to complete their education, these young men brought the tango with them, creating a particular sensation in inter-war Paris, where the French thought the dance exotic and exaggerated it accordingly to suit their tastes. It was this Parisian version of the tango that – with the help of the cinema – spread to the rest of Europe and to the United States, entering the ballroom repertoire as the international and the American tango.

In the meantime, as Argentina became more isolated from Europe, Argentinean tango developed along a different course, refining the art of small movement and tight partner connection for increasingly crowded dance floors.

By the Golden Age of the 1940’s as many as 75% of the adult population of Buenos Aires were active social dancers, but later the scene dwindled until it was finally forced underground by political unrest. By 1986 – three years after the end of military rule in Argentina – only 200 to 400 people were still dancing tango in the capital, but these were enough to begin a revival of the dance that in the last twenty years has spread throughout the world.

Today, Argentine tango is a living art that takes many forms, all of which preserve something of the traditional grammar and syntax for improvisational dance that developed in Buenos Aires in the first half of the twentieth century even as a new generation of dancers and teachers from all around the globe experiments with new vocabulary and new ways of expressing the connection that is at the heart of the dance.