Albany Tango Society

By Jessica Pasko

Tango_practice.jpgOK, we've seen Raul Julia in "Tango Bar". We know the Tango is hot. Still, until now we've been content to watch.

But the Albany Tango Society is making it harder to be a wallflower.

Turns out that any Monday night you can wander over to Elda's on Lark and join the Tango Society folks as they practice Argentina's dance of love. If you don't know how, they're happy to help you learn.

ATS organizer Kevin Magee says the group also holds Wednesday night tango classes at Albany's Hibernian Hall, giving would-be dancers plenty of opportunity to try out their dips and ganchos (it's a type of kick. We didn't know either.) There's a free introductory class at 7 p.m. followed by beginner and intermediary lessons at $12 per class. Magee says private lessons are also available by appointment.

And from this week through October, Angeles Chanaha and Michael Nadtochi of the group Tango Oblivion, will serve as guest instructors.

If you become a hardcore Tango fan, you may want to check out The Tango Society's
monthly "Milongas," featuring food, music and of course, more dancing.

Still not quite sure what all the hype about a dance is? Try renting "Tango Bar" for yourself and check it out.

If you want to give it a swing, head to Elda's on Monday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and for a $5 donation you can be part of a guided practice session. Despite last week's drizzling rain, a healthy crowd of at least a dozen were dancing to the beat. Besides, Elda's boasts an impressive cocktail menu (try the dirty vodka martini. It's delicious!)

And yes, we know it takes two to tango. But if you can't bring a partner, there's always a chance you'll meet one there.

photo: Albany Tango Society


> Still not quite sure what all the hype about a dance is?

There are a lot of opportunities to dance around Albany. Swing dance has been around for a while, and Latin seems to be all the rage too (though I've heard it's cyclical). I started Tango about 2 years ago with this crowd (Dario/Claire as instructors), and found it pretty "rewarding" and elegant; it's essentially a very sensual dance. It's a little daunting at the beginning (compared to your first few Latin lessons), but give it a shot :)

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