"This is a seriously amazing program!"
- Richa, Tango Challenge Graduate
A 12-week course
designed to develop
into social tango dancers.
Over 130 happy students since 2011.
everything you need to become
a bona fide tango dancer:
- Access to more than 40 hours of tango instruction & dancing every month
- Structured curriculum with clear goals and milestones
- Individualized guidance via private lessons
- Purposeful integration with a community of experienced dancers.
What you pay
$320/month for 3 months
The Tango Challenge is a co-created program between challenge coaches and Oxygen Tango:
One-time payment of $100 to reserve your spot
Challenge tuition $187/month
Oxygen Membership $100/month
Who teaches the Tango Challenge?
The Summer 2017 Challenge coach is Oxygen co-founder Stefan Fabry
As a contemporary dancer and choreographer Stefan Fabry has made many artistic contributions to dance in Los Angeles and beyond since his arrival here after a three year full-time training in modern dance at Tanz Projecte Koln. As the apprentice of world-famous choreographer Rudy Perez for twelve years, he performed at prestigious venues all over LA. During this time Stefan also created his own body of choreographic work, working closely with collaborators Shel Wagner-Rasch, Stephanie Nugent, and Tom Peters.
In 2003 Stefan discovered Argentine Tango. Between 2003 and 2014 Stefan taught Tango with Mitra Martin locally in LA and nationally at events such as the Houston Tango Festival, the San Diego Tango Festival, the Salt Lake Tango Festival, Stone Soup, the Baltimore Tango Solstice and Kansas City’s Spring Fling. The two developed performance work bringing together elements of contact improvisation, modern dance, performance art and Argentine Tango presented at Tango de los Muertos, Portland Tango Festival, and the Heartland Tango Festival.
What else do I need to know?
- Attend your weekly Challenge lab on Wednesday evenings
- Attend at least the Thursday group class at Oxygen each week
- Be on time and prepared for your Weekly Private Lesson
- Attend your team practice every week with your teammates
- Final recital and graduation ball
- Complete your independent projects and weekly online journal on own time
What You'll Need
- A pair of appropriate shoes for Tango dancing that you get before the course begins
- An internet-enabled computer and an ability to listen to digital music
- Required course materials including music and books we recommend, up to $55
- Tickets for milonga field trip outings with team, around $35
- Passion, discipline, curiosity, openness, and enthusiasm!
Important: Please Note These Rules. No exceptions, please.
This is a team learning experience in which everyone’s active participation is required.
Your facilitator has the right to suspend any participant from the course for failing to attend required classes or complete independent projects; you may continue to take group classes and attend practicas. Your Tuition is non-refundable. No exceptions, please.
Tango Challenge FAQs
How much time does it take?
It takes 5-8 hours per week, including independent work.
Do I need a partner?
You will meet many partners in your team and at the school. You do not need a partner to sign up.
Who will be my partner?
One of the things you’ll be learning is how to invite someone to be your Tango partner. We’ll walk you through the process step by step.
Can I sign up with a friend?
Yes, sure! Please note, though, that part of learning Tango is becoming integrated with the larger community. Both of you should be ready to switch partners and roles in most classes and practicas, because this accelerates your learning. And, you will each invite someone different, from outside the team, to partner you for your final recital.
What if I have to miss part of it?
You must make up what you miss. Please call the Program Director to find out if your conflict is one we can work around. 310-854-2466.
Which classes can I take?
You can take any class or practica at Oxygen Tango with your membership.
When can I start dancing at milongas?
As soon as you feel like it! The Challenge has some built-in milonga excursions.
Can I talk to someone who’s done it?
Of course! Once again, please contact us 310-737-8438.
How should I prepare?
Get some real Tango shoes you’re in love with. They should be beautiful and comfortable. Either leather or suede soles are fine. Everyone's feet have different needs, so be sure to get the support and consider arch support. Firm, low-heeled (2-inches or less), closed-toed or peep-toed shoes for ladies are ideal. Here is some useful information about buying Tango shoes.
"The Oxygen Tango Challenge is the best program to learn Tango for beginners and intermediates. I learned essential fundamentals of tango, made new friends, performed an unforgettable performance at the challenge graduation in 3 months. I highly recommend to experience this wonderful program."
- Dong Sung, HIV researcher
"Oxygen is also THE place in LA to learn Tango. Primarily because of its strong sense of community. The Tango Challenge at O2 will definitely be one of the best investments you make in a long time. It is holistic, immersive, structured and at the end of it all, you would have also built a strong sense of community."
- Bharath, Computer Scientist
“The Tango Challenge helped bring to me a social confidence and recognition of the connections we share with each other. The Challenge also forged great friendships with my challenge-mates as well as the community in general. ”
— Kris, Software Engineer
“I made life-long friends with whom I shared the challenges and rewards of learning tango. The challenge helped me to focus better on the connection, get over my fears and anxieties and boosted my confidence because I could see that I was really making progress.”
— Sergio, Film Editor
“The Tango Challenge is one of the best things I’ve ever been given the opportunity to do. I’ve thought that from the first meeting to the last, and I still think so a few days after the challenge has ended. I am so grateful to you for creating this program and conducting it with such love, wit, skill, dedication, and grace.”
— Vin, Professor
“The Tango challenge was life-changing for me. Learning Tango parallels living life in so many ways. I experienced deep personal growth, overcame fears, excelled at a skill rapidly because of a deep commitment to it, and made a new family of friends.”
— Annette, Administrative Assistant
A Letter from the Director
Dear Prospective Challenger,
It takes a village to create a Tango dancer.
In Buenos Aires in the 1940s, that was no problem. In the average 21st century city, it’s another story. That’s why we created the Tango Challenge.
Do you have an inner Tango dancer that’s waiting to come out and explore this intoxicating dance ? Thousands of Americans have been transformed by Tango.
Many pre-beginners are just waiting to find the right opportunity, where they know they will get the structure and personalized support they need to have fun and learn Tango.
Here are some things that participants have said that the Tango Challenge brought them: self-awareness, self-confidence, increased sense of self-worth, courage, self-acceptance, patience, trust, self-belief, calmness, and inner peace.
Argentine Tango - let yourself go! The whole world benefits when you are more in touch with yourself and more connected to others. Come find joy in the discipline of Tango.