Happy Hour & Tango DancingMonday, May 21, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EST) More Information →
"There is a reason human beings have been dancing ever since they discovered fire and invented drums. It's good for your soul, great exercise, develops better balance, promotes muscular coordination, wards off dementia, and you'll get your recommended quota of at least 6 daily hugs."
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern (6:00PM - 6:50PM)
Come join us for happy hour and informal dance lessons in the Argentine Tango. To start out, we'll meet at Jimmy's Old town Tavern (697 Spring St. Herndon VA) at around 6:00 for happy hour and or dinner. At Jimmy's we'll be in the lower section just beyond the bar area.
Herndon Sr. Center (7:00PM - 9:30PM)
Then at around 6:50, we'll take a short drive to the Herndon Senior Center (873 Grace St # 1, Herndon, VA 20170). If you like to skip the happy hour get together and meet us at the Sr. Center at 7pm, no worries. Just be sure to wander up and say hi so I know you're from the meetup.
The following is from Nancy who runs the event at the Sr. Center...
"I hope you can join us for free Argentine Tango lessons and dancing Monday evening's 7-9:30pm. Even if you’ve never tried it before, we target the instruction to each individual’s level. Great music, provided by our excellent DJs, plays all evening, so everyone has the option to dance the whole evening, or after participating in the instruction. I hope you will be able to come for this great opportunity."
I've been to a few of the Monday evening events and have throughly enjoyed myself but they aren't formal lessons and it helps to be proactive in wanting to learn. The way it works is a section of the floor is blocked off and more experienced dancers happily spend time offering beginners some very basic instruction. All levels are welcome from beginners, like myself, who really don't know what they're doing, to seasoned veterans.
If you're new to tango, particularly Argentine Tango, I stumbled across the following YouTube video documentary called "The Heart of Tango" that is quite artistic even the voice over. It's not really a How-To video but more of a What-Is video.
A few quick pointers for Social Dancing newbies like me:-)
Make sure you wear shoes that allow your feet to turn easily. Street shoes with smooth leather soles, sneakers with duct tape, or suede patches that are designed to glue on the bottoms of shoes to convert them to dance shoes.
For ladies who wear dress shoes, it helps to have heels, not just straps, so you can step backwards briskly without your shoes slipping down.