Tango Fundamentals Courses

Tango Fundamentals Courses

Suffolk Tango  Fundamentals Classes resumed in September 2020, in a format consistent with current UK Government guidance on remaining Covid-19 secure.

In designing the format of these classes, Suffolk Tango has worked with the management of Martlesham Community Centre, and with both East Suffolk and Suffolk County Councils, all of which have agreed that the arrangements ensure an adequate level of protection against the spread of Covid-19.

Please note and observe the following essential precautions in order to minimise the risk:

  • do not attend a lesson if you feel unwell in any way
  • places must be pre-booked, and will only be offered to couples who cohabit or have formed a support bubble
  • A maximum of four couples will be allowed to attend the Beginners’, and the Level 1/Level 2 classes, and a maximum of eight couples will be able to attend the Level 3 classes. The different maxima reflect the fact that the main hall which will be used for the Level 3 class is larger than the Richards room which will be used for the Level 1 and Level 2 classes.
  • no changing of partners will be permitted
  • each couple will work within a dedicated zone of the floor
  • a face covering must be worn when one is outside one’s zone
  • dancing in the ronda will be limited, and distance precautions will be supervised
  • The room will be ventilated continuously in order to maintain air flow. It may therefore be wise to bring a jumper as the seasons change
  • Disposable cups will be provided for use during the coffee break, but students may instead bring their own travel beaker

Suffolk Tango runs a progressive series of Tango Fundamentals courses, taught by Richard and Mandy, that will provide people with a solid grounding in the basics.

There are three Levels, plus Beginners’. The next Beginners’ course  commences on Monday 2nd November, 2020.

Level 1 classes are being held on Wednesdays, in conjunction with the Level 2 classes.

Level 3 classes are being held on Thursdays.

All Tango Fundamentals classes are held at Martlesham Community Centre, directions to which can be found here. Please note however that while the Beginners’ and the Level 1/Level 2 classes will be held in the Richards Room, the Level 3 classes will be held in the adjacent main hall.

There is an upper limit on the number of couples that will be admitted to each course in order to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus, but also to allow for individual attention and for members of the group to become friends.

The cost of each 5-week module of each course is increasing from £40 to £45, owing to the fact that the number of students that can be accommodated while maintaining Covid-security is fewer than before the pandemic. Payment may be made payable in advance and online only.

If you wish to begin learning Tango as a beginner, click here for details of how to register your interest in the forthcoming, or indeed a future Beginners’ 1 class, and for information about other ways in which to get started.

If however you have danced Tango before and are not sure which course to attend, please contact Mandy via Mandy AT suffolktango.org.uk.

It may be possible to join a Tango Fundamentals course that has already started, particularly if you have previous Argentine Tango dance experience. If you are interested in this possibility, again please contact Mandy via Mandy AT Suffolktango.org.uk .

(When giving an e-mail address we have used AT instead of @ to avoid spamrobots sending us junk mail; you will need to replace ‘AT’ with ‘@’).


The Beginners’ Course, Mondays

The dates for the first five classes of the Autumn term are:

Lessons 1 to 5

  • Nov 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th

The Level 1 Course, Wednesdays

These classes will run in conjunction with those of the Level 2 class, however the fact that there will be no changing of partners will enable each couple to be assigned tasks appropriate to their experience.

The Suffolk Tango Fundamentals Course Level 1 syllabus is contained in this document

The dates for the first ten classes of the Autumn term are:

Lessons 1 to 5:

  • Sep 16th, 23rd and 30th
  • Oct 7th and 14th

Lessons 6 to 10:

  • Nov 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
  • Dec 2nd

The Level 2 Course, Wednesdays

These classes will run in conjunction with those of the Level 1 class, however the fact that there will be no changing of partners will enable each couple to be assigned tasks appropriate to their experience.

The Suffolk Tango Fundamentals Course Level 2 syllabus is contained in this document

The dates for the first ten classes of the Autumn term are:

Lessons 1 to 5:

  • Sep 16th, 23rd and 30th
  • Oct 7th and 14th

Lessons 6 to 10:

  • Nov 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
  • Dec 2nd

The Level 3 Course, Thursdays

The Suffolk Tango Fundamentals Course Level 3 syllabus is contained in this document

The dates for the first ten classes of the Autumn term are:

Lessons 1 to 5:

  • Sep 24th and 31st
  • Oct 8th, 15th and 22nd

Lessons 6 to 10:

  • Nov 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
  • Dec 3rd

The final hour of each Level 3 class will take the form of a guided Práctica. Unfortunately, unlike in previous years this will not now also be open to people not attending the current Level 3 Course who have a minimum of 2 years’ dancing experience. This is because of the need to guard against the risk of transmission of the coronavirus.