Bianca and Sacha

About our group classes

Do I need to have a partner?
You don't need to have a partner to attend any of our group lessons. Most people tend to come alone and gradually they get to meet people in the classes. During each one of our classes, we ask students to change partners, so that everyone dances with everyone.
What if I have a partner already?
If you bring your own partner and wish to dance only with him or her, please let us know and we will not ask you to change partner against your wish. However, to achieve best results in your learning, it is highly recommended to dance with different partners. Dancing with only one partner can sometimes lead to you adapting to his or her bad habits. Changing partners also contributes to the social aspect and greater atmosphere in the classes.
Will there be even numbers?
Well, this is something that often happens anyway, however, we can't guarantee it, as the nature of the group classes means that numbers may vary. What we can guarantee however, is that you will always be fully engaged in the lesson, regardless of numbers, or ratio of male and female students. If the numbers are not even, you will be encouraged to take advantage of that and to have a go on studying the opposite role, which is one of the complementary ways to really understand this dance.
Is it possible to choose whether to lead or follow in the class?
Normally, you will learn a bit of both anyway, especially in the beginner and technique classes. When we learn complex figures, we try to stick to the male/female roles, and don't ask ladies to assume men's role unless the lady is at an intermediate or advanced level, and has previously done a lot of leading.
How important is it for the follower to know leading skills?
It is important to understand the basic principles which you learn during beginner and technique classes. It is not important to actually know how to lead all the figures.
How important is it for the leader to know how to follow?
It is extremely important. We encourage leaders to try all the moves as a follower, whether with the teacher or with another, ideally more experienced leader and to continuously investigate both roles.
Is there an age limit for Tango?
Absolutely not, anyone can learn, just not at the same speed. It is however not about how long it takes to learn Tango but about the quality of learning and enjoying the experience.
Do I need previous dance experience to attend a beginner class?
Absolutely not. Our beginner classes are open to everyone.
Do I have to start on any specific date?
No, our beginner classes are circular, which means that you can start any time of the year on any of the three evenings when we run beginner classes. You don't have to come to the same evening of the week either.
How many beginner classes should I attend?
There is no specific recommendation. The more the better, ideally more than once a week. You should attend beginner classes for as long as you feel that you are learning and improving your fundamental technique. Since our beginner classes are not commercial in nature, but quite focused on achieving a good understanding of basic technique, and we have very efficient methods of teaching them, we advise even our advance students to come to our beginner classes whenever they can and they always have an inspiring experience. You have sessions at three levels.
How do I know what session to attend?
  • If you are complete beginner
    Naturally, you will start with attending beginner classes first. After a certain number of beginner lessons, you will be able to also join the technique classes and we will typically advise you when that should be. If you are a recent beginner, or an experienced dancer in another style We still recommend that you start by taking a few of our excellent beginner classes so that we can make sure that you have good foundations first.
  • If you are at any point in your Tango learning
    You can join our technique classes, as they are suitable for all levels, regardless of the number of years that you have studying tango without fear that you will do things you already know. Our technique classes are at the same time challenging as well as very accessible. If you are not sure if you qualify for our Intermediate/advance class, then you should come to our technique class first and we will advise you.
  • If you have done Tango before but not for some time
    It is always best to start again from the beginner level and brush up your fundamentals.
When and where are your classes held?
Our classes are held in the Union Tavern, a charming central London venue where we have been teaching from for the last nine years. Our students love it and feel very comfortable there, as we have a lovely hall above a pub, with a bar and restaurant below, which means you can also count on food and drinks during your tango evening. Please visit our group classes page for our weekly class schedule, lesson prices and more information.
How easy is to get to you?
Our venue is at equal distance (about 12 min walk) from four different tube stations: King's Cross, Farringdon, Angel and Russell Square. There are also many busses that you can use to come to use (38, 19, 63).
If you're coming to us by public transport, we recommend that you check the Travel for London journey planner to find the quickest way to us.
Do you only do open classes or do you have some Tango courses as well?
At the moment we only have open classes and don't run any courses. However, we do run specialized topical workshops on selected Sundays that allow you to study different subjects in dept. See our calendar for information and dates of our special workshops.
Do I need to book group classes in advance?
No, it is not necessary, as you can also pay at the door for either a single class of a block of 10.
What is your teaching style about?
We are dedicated to giving students strong technical foundation, from which they can develop their own personal style. We teach traditional tango in our group classes but in our specialized workshops, we address all the variants of tango. The teaching method we follow has been developed by Bianca since 1996 and it combines her highly specialized knowledge and skills of dance in general, with her most efficient methods of teaching tango. Bianca's method is highly structured, systematic, logical and detailed.
Do you teach Milonga and Vals?
Yes, of course. We typically teach Milonga or Vals, once a week in our Intermediate/advance classes. Please check our calendar for the current schedule.
Do you teach children?
No, sorry. Tango as a dance is typically not associated with children.
How long does it take to learn Tango?
This is not possible to quantify, as everyone is different in their approach to learning and their learning ability. As a very rough guide, it takes around five years to become a confident tango dancer and ten years to master it. However, even after ten years you will be able to continue learning if you wish to.

Private classes

What is the quickest way to learn Tango?
By far the most efficient way to learn is to take private lessons, if not continuously, at least periodically. The benefits of taking private lessons are better described on our private lessons page.
When and where are you available for private lessons?
We teach private lessons in two locations: central London (typically only in the late afternoon, Monday to Wednesday prior to our regular group lessons) and in our private studio in E17 (both, during the week and weekends). Lessons can be taken with Bianca, Sacha or both, if required.
Do I need to book the classes in advance?
Yes, typically one week in advance is fine if you are taking the class for the first time, however, sometimes we also have last minute availability.
Do you have discounts on private lessons?
Yes, if you purchase a block of 10 lessons, you will get 11th one free.

Milonga

When can I go dancing?
Going to dance will happen at different stage for different people—basically, when you are ready for it! What determines that? This is different for leaders and followers but in principle, at least when you become sufficiently confident about: your posture and balance, embrace, connection, basic musicality, navigation, the walk (in both systems and inside and outside), crosses (in both systems), basic pivots (forward and back, in both systems), rebounds, change of direction.
How do I know if I am ready?
The best way of checking for both leaders and followers is by taking a private lesson. You will be given all the necessary advice on how to approach your social dance immersion.

Events

Do you organise events and when?
For all our events, please visit our calendar page.

Clothes and shoes

Do I need to wear anything special for the class?
No, gentlemen and ladies can wear any smart-casual clothes for the classes. The only style of clothes we don't recommend for ladies are long skirts or very tight trousers as we need to keep the mobility and visibility of the legs.
Do I need to wear dance shoes?
Initially, we don't insist that you buy the most expensive Tango shoes available. However, we will advise you to get some practice dance shoes, as soon as you can, as wearing correct footwear definitely has a significant effect on the quality of learning and dancing. So, even simple leather sole practice shoes will be better to start with than the street shoes. Once you start attending the classes and make the commitment in learning Tango we will further advise you on how to progress to buying even better dance shoes.
Where can I buy Tango shoes?
We have a small selection of ladies shoes available for sale. You are welcome to come and see them and try them on during the breaks in between our lessons. We can additionally personally provide you with more advice about the Tango shoes once you start attending the lessons.

Tango in books, music and video

Do you recommend any Tango books?
The books that are currently available about Tango are not sufficiently structured or methodical in their approach therefore we cannot recommend them.
Can I distance learn from you?
At present we don't have this option available but we are working on designing some online courses, since we had many request from our students in UK and abroad.

Rojo y Negro performances

Are you available to perform in an event?
Normally yes, however, that depends only if we are available on that date but please do email us with your enquiry and we will be happy to discuss your idea.

Choreography

Do you create choreographies for competitions?
Yes, we can prepare you for the Tango competition for either Salon or Stage category. However, you will need to have a partner prior to contacting us.
Do you do wedding choreographies?
We love the process of making tailored choreographies for our wedding couples. Please email us with your enquiry and we will be happy to discuss your idea.
How many sessions do we need to prepare a choreography to one song?
This depends on many factors but we typically recommend around 10 sessions in order to prepare you well for your performance.

Tango holidays

Do you organise Tango holidays?
Every year we organise at least one Tango break for our students. Typically, we organise our special school trips to Paris, our favorite city, for an amazing weekend of lessons, dancing, good food and socialising.
We post all events, including holidays, on our events calendar.

Guest teaching

Are you available to teach for us as a guest teacher?
We love visiting new towns and meeting new students, so, we are open to your invitation...but as always, our availability depends on the date. Please email us with your proposal and we will be happy to consider it.

Teacher training

Do you do teacher training?
Yes, we are happy to mentor a teacher who would like to start Tango in their community. Please email us with your enquiry and we will be happy to discuss your idea.
Do you have any written material to learn from?
Yes, we can also provide that.Our group classes schedule Our busy weekly schedule includes 3 different levels of group classes and happens over four different weekly evenings: each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and also approximately twice a month, on Sundays.
The lessons include a variety of topics:
  • Beginner classes (Mon–Wed evening 6.30pm)
  • Improver/technique classes (Mon–Wed 7.45pm)
  • Intermediate/advanced Tango classes including Milonga, Vals and other specially chosen topics for each term (Mon–Wed 9-10.15pm)
  • Specialised intensive workshops (Sundays, 5–9.30pm)

Please take a moment to read about the content of each type of class in more detail:

Beginner classes
Our beginner classes are slightly different in nature from the mainstream. What that means is that they are not done in a commercial way with the focus on learning sequences without having a foundation. With us, you will not be learning any fancy steps until you are actually ready for them, but instead will be carefully guided in improving and strengthening your Tango foundations, which in turn will enable you to master Tango faster at the next level. Our beginner classes are not overcrowded as they run three times a week but we tend to work very closely with everyone within the group. In the class you will have a chance to practice a lot individually and/or in couple and get properly conditioned for the next level, Technique/improver, waiting around the corner, full of excitement.
Technique classes
In our technique classes attention to detail is paramount. Every part of every move is broken down to the smallest units. For this reason we recommend our technique classes to all the students, regardless of their level. Regardless of your level and experience, you will continue to be corrected on your posture until you achieve your optimal look and feel. Technique classes already vary a lot in choice of topic. In technique classes we explore concepts so each class will be very different in content but the emphasis will always be around improving the posture, balance, connection, musicality, creativity etc. And, all the learned material will be easy to link to the foundation.
Private classes
Private classes are the most effective route to learning Argentine Tango quickly and well. By taking a private one-to-one class with Bianca, you are investing in tuition tailored to your level and preferred path of progress. You benefit by being in an environment where you are expertly coachedand immediately corrected, preventing bad habits from forming, that could otherwise take months or years to correct. Bianca is available for private classes both in London's West End, and in Walthamstow, E17, North-East London, for morning classes, limited evening classes and weekend classes.