Learn to tango

Want to Learn to Dance Argentine Tango?

Here in Suffolk there is a thriving group of Argentine tango dancers who hold regular classes and social events.  There are lots of opportunities for you to learn coming up in the next few months

  • ‘A Taste of Tango’ – Free Tango Taster at Martlesham Community Hall, Thursday 4th July, 7:30pm.  Click for more details
  • New Beginner’s Course, 10 weeks starting on Thursday 19 September, 7:30pm. Click for more details
  • Ad hoc classes at the fortnightly tango practica at Martlesham Leisure, fortnightly on Sundays 7:30pm.  Click for more details

Come and join us.


New Beginner’s Course
Martlesham Community Hall
Starting Thursday 19 September

Richard and Mandy from Suffolk Tango are offering the chance to learn the elegant, evocative social dance of Argentine Tango.

The 10-week introductory course (in two 5-week blocks) aims to provide a solid foundation in the key elements of Argentine Tango in an enjoyable sociable environment. It concentrates on how to lead and follow the fundamental steps of Argentine Tango.  The dance is improvised to the music so there are no long sequences to learn.

Our current dancers are of all ages, some coming with a background of ballroom, salsa or modern jive but many have never attended dance classes before.  Once you try Argentine Tango you will soon get hooked and an exciting range of dancing opportunities near and far opens up. After this course you will be able to progress into our structured courses for improvers and intermediates.

Prior booking is essential, and there is no need to book with a partner (but best if you can).  We will offer places as and when we can match follower and leader numbers. What is more, we always rotate partners during the class to speed the learning process and to make the evening more fun. Held at Martlesham Community Hall from 7:30 to 10.00pm on Thursdays from 19 September.  The cost is just £40 per person for each 5-week block.

Click here or on the form below to apply for The Beginner’s Course

Here are the class dates:

  • Block one: 19 Sept, 26 Sept, 3 Oct, 10 Oct and 17 Oct
  • Block two: 31 Oct, 7 Nov, 14 Nov, 21 Nov and 28 Nov

For further information contact Mandy@suffolktango.org.uk or call 07766 694618.  However bookings must be made via the on-line form.


Ad Hoc classes on Sundays

Prospective beginners are always welcome at the practica (more details here), almost every other Sunday evening at Martlesham Leisure.  The teachers and the more experienced dancers will be only too pleased to go over the basic steps with new leaders or followers.  Then just give it a try.  No need to book, just turn up, no need for a partner.

Suffolk Tango runs a set of Fundamentals courses with teachers Richard and Mandy in order to provide people with a solid grounding in the basics.  It may be possible to join a fundamentals class that has already started, particularly if you have previous Argentine tango dance experience. If you are interested in this possibility please contact Mandy via Mandy AT Suffolktango.org.uk .

(We have used AT instead of @ to avoid spamrobots sending us junk mail).


Register Interest in Future Beginner’s Courses

We normally run beginners courses once or twice a year.  It usually runs for 10 weeks at Martlesham Community Hall, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich IP12 4PB.

During this 10-week course (in two 5-week blocks) Richard and Mandy will provide you with a solid foundation in the key elements of Argentine Tango in an enjoyable sociable environment. It concentrates on how to lead and follow the fundamental steps of Tango.  The dance is improvised to the music so there are no long sequences to learn.

If you can’t attend the course starting in September but would like to be kept informed about future courses please register an interest by clicking on and completing the form below:


We are not able to offer places for those under 18 years of age.

Argentine Tango exists in many forms from the show tango of Strictly Come Dancing to the more gentle social dance done in the milongas of Buenos Aires and around the world. We teach the social dance, which can evolve towards something more ‘showy’ as you become more skilled and experienced. To give you an example of the social dance this video shows one of our very popular guest teachers, Gabriela Fernandez from Buenos Aires doing a demonstration to a group of her students in France.

Here are some views about why Argentine tango is so special (its in English after the first 60 seconds):