Tango is not just steps. Anyone can teach you a step. We teach you how to DANCE!

Tango is a dance about connection: the connection between you, your partner and the music. It's also about the connection between every couple on the dance floor at that moment. Tango is an improvisational dance, but it has a structure that facilitates the communication between the partners. That communication and union of two people in that brief time is the point of this dance--not how many steps you can do or how fast you can do them.

Tango music evokes many feelings. It can be sad, happy, romantic, playful, ironic, nostalgic. Understanding and loving the music is one of the most important keys to becoming a good tango dancer. 

Someone once said that every tango is a three minute love affair. Another way of saying "connection." Our goal is to help you find the path to that magical connection. 

Joaquin teaching 

He's back!! Fourth Annual Tango Musicality Bootcamp with Joaquín Amenábar, July 10 - 12, 2015, Los Angleles


About the Bootcamp

Joaquín Amenábar’s first three Tango Musicality Bootcamps in L.A. had record turn-outs and transformed the way many of us think about Tango musicality. The workshops were a revelation for all levels of dancers, and everyone—from the newest beginners to the most advanced veteran tangueros—experienced a significant improvement in their dancing. Extremely fluent in English, Joaquín offers a remarkably clear and easy-to-understand method to open our ears to the essential structures of Tango music. He is a social dancer, bandoneón master, composer, arranger and musical educator from Buenos Aires. He teaches these workshops all over the world to thousands of tangueros and they’re MAJOR fun!  You willsee first-hand the transformation in dancers that Amenábar’s world-known musicality program brings, through simply directing the dancers’ awareness to one musical layer at the time.

We are thrilled to welcome Joaquín back for an intense, structured weekend full of discoveries that we know will raise the level of your dancing so you can create more powerful shared moments with your partners at milongas.
Don’t miss this weekend!

About Joaquín

Joaquín is a rare combination: a committed social dancer who’s also a master musician (one of the “few living masters of bandoneón”) and a gifted educator who cares deeply about clear learning outcomes. He has devoted years to developing, with great attention to relevant detail, a clear Tango musicality curriculum that works, presented in his book/ DVD “Tango: Let’s Dance to the Music,” a musical education system for social dancers with no musical background. Joaquín is a conservatory professor of bandoneón in Buenos Aires; musical director and first bandoneón of the “Orquesta Típica de la Guardia Vieja” and a gifted composer and arranger. He has toured extensively in Europe teaching Tango musical education courses and we’re delighted to bring him back to LA. For more about Joaquín: http://joaquinamenabar.com/   https://twitter.com/#!/thetangobook  Here's a beautiful review of Joaquín's workshops: http://tangocommuter1.blogspot.com/2010/01/joaquin-amenabar-workshops.html

About the workshops: 

  • Relevant to dancers of all levels, from beginners to professionals and teachers
  • Material is non-theoretical; we will be moving and dancing 90% of the time.
  • Joaquín is a music teacher for tango dancers; he will not be teaching “steps,” although you WILL be dancing.
  • Emphasis on individual work; no partner needed for Workshops 1 -- 4 (partners needed for Workshops 5 & 6).
  • No musical knowledge or training is needed. We will be using everyday language that anyone can understand.
  • Workshops are progressive so we advise taking them in order to get the most out of the program.
  • A real bandoneon in class! Fun!


$25 per workshop if you pre-register and pay by July 3rd. $30 per workshop drop-in. Prices are per person. Payment by cash, credit card or check, payable to Linda Valentino. Payments buttons for secure on-line payment through Paypal will be on this page this week. Or you can pay by all three means at Tango Mio Milonga on Tuesday nights at Candela.

Tango: Let’s Dance to the Music Book & DVD Set: $35 for Workshop Participants (normally $40 + shipping)

TANGO TEACHERS: Contact Linda for special discounts with group registration

For more information call Linda Valentino at 323-653-5883 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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All classes at Dance Arts Academy, 731 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Parking instructions TBA

Bootcamp Program

Workshop 1 (Fri, 7:30 -- 9 pm): Essential Units of Tango Rhythm: Basic Musical Components

Workshop 2 (Sat, 1 -- 2:30 pm): The Melody as a Rhythmic Element in Tango: Rhythms that Stretch and Sing

Workshop 3 (Sat, 2:45 -- 4:15 pm): Anatomy of a Tango: Predictability and Surprise

Workshop 4 (Sat, 4:30 -- 6 pm): Different Eras in Tango Music and How They Influence the Way We Dance: Comparison of the Different Orchestras

Workshop 5 (Sun, 2:30 -- 4:15 pm): Improvisation to the Music, Level 1: For people who did workshops 1, 2 and 3 and people from previous years. You need a partner for this workshop.

Workshop 6 (Sun, 4:30 -- 6 pm): Improvisation to the Music for Advanced Dancers: For people who have already done past workshops on syncopation. You need a partner for this workshop.


COMING SOON: DOWNTOWN DANCE & MOVEMENT! A dream come true in Downtown Los Angeles! Downtown Dance overview
I am excited to announce that I will be opening my own studio in August, 2015. This is a 13-y
ear dream come true! Downtown Dance & Movement will be located in the most vibrant, safest and most exciting area of Downtown Los Angeles, South Park. Yes, Downtown Los Angeles! We're becoming part of the Downtown Renaissance that is finally giving our city the "Downtown" it needs and deserves. This is an exciting place with tons of interesting and upscale restaurants, bars, art galleries. cultural happenings, movie theaters, the Staples Center, Nokia Theater and LA Live. We will be located at 1144 S. Hope St, between 11th and 12th Streets. We are surrounded by luxury residential buildings as well as businesses. There is a 24/7 Safety Patrol funded by the South Park Business Improvement District, and a "Safe Walk" program for those going to their cars after dancing all night! A FREE downtown shuttle can take you wherever you want to go and YES, we have arranged very cheap parking very near by. More about that as we get ready to open!

This will be MUCH MORE than a tango studio. We will have all forms of social dance: Tango, Ballroom, Salsa, Bachata, Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Kizomba, Chicago-Style Stepping, and more. We'll have dance fitness classes, including Zumba, Groov3, Latin Jam, Bollywood, Afro-Brazilian, Afro Funk, Baby-wearing Ballet, Bar Method, plus Yoga and Slow Stretch. We'll also have Adult Ballet, Tap, Modern Dance and Jazz. Two of Los Angeles' most prominent professional dance companies will be in residence at Downtown Dance & Movement for rehearsals, classes and performances. And our Looseleaf Performance Space will host all sorts of dance parties as well as performances by local dance companies and choreographers, musical groups and theater groups. We are going to be a unique center that brings together all forms of dance, as well as other performing arts disciplines.


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