Oxygen Instructor & Challenge Coach

Fabienne Bongard

Beloved and respected senior faculty member Fabienne Bongard is an inexhaustible fount of material that's perfect for dancing in tight spaces. Falling in love with close embrace dancing when she first saw it danced by Daniel Trenner and Rebecca Shulman, she meticulously studied elements of this aspect of Tango during her training in Buenos Aires in the 1980s. She's taught hundreds of group classes on how to dance for small spaces, and now she's decided pull her vast and intricate knowledge into a single course designed to help Tango Challenge graduates and eager new dancers take the next big step toward having fun dancing socially at milongas. Read more about Fabienne.


What You Will Learn

  • The essentials of dancing at milongas
  • What to lead when the line of dance is slow or the room's crowded
  • Embellishments and following expressively when dancing in tight spaces 
  • Stabilize your skill in maintaining a comfortable close embrace 
  • Transition between a flat frontal embrace and spiral-friendly embrace 
  • How to keep the focus on the music and embrace in essential pauses
  • How to learn and notate a combination from video

Course Requirements

  • Weekly team meeting Sundays 5-6:30pm
  • 30 Min 1-on-1 Lesson with your coach every other week at Monday night Practica - must be scheduled in advance, no cancellations
  • Participants must practice coursework for a minimum of 3 hours of Practica per week
  • Must have an Oxygen Basic or Practice Membership 
  • Weekly journal
  • Final performance presentation on Thursday, December 10th