We are pleased to announce The Boston Tango Initiative — a series of educational, social dance events “by dancers for dancers” that offers an alternative to the environment found at milongas and practicas and similar events.
On Tuesdays we host a weekly, Community Milonga Mixer to integrate new dancers, downstairs in the cafe at 16 Bow St., Somerville, Union Square. Free class from 7:30-8:00; social dancing 8-11pm.
Parking: Citizen’s Bank Lot (free)
Admission $5 (includes free class from 7:30 to 8pm, partnering with advanced dancers)
**We will be hosting special events during December on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17. We will resume on Tuesdays after the holidays. Watch for announcements!
What is The Boston Tango Initiative?
The Boston Tango Initiative’s goal is to foster community by bringing together new and less-experienced dancers with advanced and experienced social dancers, in a warm, welcoming environment. The location, Café Tango, provides a cozy, intimate dance space, together with food, drink and casual seating, all of which create a mood of relaxation and friendliness — without pressure to impress.
At milongas, practicas and similar events, many people understandably like (and tend) to dance mainly with their favorite friends or with others of equal ability. Our events are different in that they are designed for (1) people who are new to tango or who simply want to learn to become more gracious and confident (without judgment), especially when dancing in a small space; (2) people who are experienced dancers but who want to expand, support and build community by dancing and socializing with people who are new or less experienced; and (3) people who genuinely want to help and get to know other dancers, purely for social reasons.
Each event will include brief (complimentary), expert instruction (sometimes a chat) on a topic that helps create a positive dance and social environment, including — but not limited to — subjects, such as tango etiquette and effective navigational techniques, that dancers can immediately try out in a real social setting.