Tango in Tacoma
Just a note on "certification"
There is more than 1 dance teacher in the South Sound area that has been "certified". Beyond the one "certified" person who does know and understand Argentine Tango, the ballroom teachers at Arthur Murray studios each have a teacher that has been "certified" as Argentine instructors. There are a couple of other ballroom studios that claim to have a "certified" Argentine teacher. I think it is significant that none of these ballroom teachers have ever gone to any Argentine Tango milongas (social dances) or events. It is noteworthy that these ballroom teachers students never go, or only go once to Argentine Tango events, milongas or practicas. They cannot dance with those who learn tango from true tango instructors, those who have studied this dance and studied the methods necessary to be able to produce successful tango dancers.
I am aware of a very few dancers who have simply decided that they are tango teachers because they are social dancers. Please look into teaching history before making any long term commitment and go to the lessons of more than one teacher in your community before making long term commitments.
In the rest of the Puget Sound region among all of the wonderful, highly skilled Argentine tango teachers, including the many who are from Buenos Aires, Argentina, none are "certified". Many of these are at the highest possible levels of international teachers and performers.There are a number of teachers in Seattle who are native to the region who, like me have spent years studying this dance before undertaking the teaching of tango. Go to the major milongas (tango dances) to see them in action.
Tango is alive and well in Tacoma
with multiple dance opportunities and classes and private lessons in
Tacoma, Federal Way and Gig Harbor.
I have taught Argentine Tango in the South Sound and hosted hundreds of Milongas (social tango dances) and practicas (practice tango dances) for over a decade as Tango Puget Sound and before that as Sound Social Dance.
As the longest established tango teacher in the South Sound I was mentored into Argentine Tango by world re-known Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucero and encouraged by them and taught by them to be a teacher of this beautiful dance at the highest levels of skill.
In addition to the years I spent studying with Patricio & Eva my tango studies include years of private study with tango masters such as Alacia Pons, Eduardo Suacedo, Michelle Badion, Jorge Nel, Michael Young & Beatrix Satzinger, Miriam Larici and many others. I strive to maintain my skill level with on going study with the masters of tango.
I had previously been through the teaching certification process with the NDCA. As a full faculty member of Pacific Lutheran University for a decade I taught, in addition to special Argentine tango lessons, Latin and American rhythm dance to hundreds of students. The special tango lessons were private immersion courses funded by the university for students going to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have also taught at UW Tacoma , Puget Sound University and Tacoma Community College and regularly performed at area restaurants and events such as the Freedom Festival, Taste of Tacoma and of Edmonds, numerous corporate events and other private events, and taught at Olympia's Tango in the Fountain.
Over the years I have have hosted hundreds of regular milongas and practicas in Tacoma and Olympia as well as a number of special tango events such as the Pierce College ValenTango milonga, annual milongas at the Museum of Glass, the Tangoheart live music milonga and hosted numerous workshops with several international instructors.
My teaching has been primarily in the South Sound but I have also partnered with Seattle area Tango masters teaching classes in that area. Among my students are some who have developed into respected teachers themselves and others who are now dancing in Buenos Aires, Montevedeo, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Every regular milonga and practica in the area includes several tango dancers who began their tango with us. Even our newer students quickly gain a skill level that brings them regularly to the practicas and milongas in the Puget Sound and Portland area.
Every week when we are not involved in growing the tango community in the south Sound we can be found at milongas and practicas throughout the greater Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia/Penninsula areas.
Tango at Cultura Event Center