What is the Tango Challenge?

Oxygen’s Tango Challenge is 12-week course designed to turn absolute beginners into social tango dancers. You will learn the essentials of Tango Movement, Tango Culture, and Tango Music.

The Challenge is…

A Promise. to yourself, your coach and your team-mates that you will follow through with your aim to learn to Tango. This commitment itself is invaluable to your success.  

Dance Instruction: A weekly Challenge lab with your team that covers the technique and movements you need in a progressive way. You will learn the 12 basic techniques and 12 foundational contexts.

Weekly Lesson: 1-on-1 time with your dedicated coach so you can count on getting a chance to "feel" how it should feel and get direct, personal input on how to improve! Track awareness of your inner state and evaluate its usefulness in supporting your Tango.

Productive Practice Time: As a member of the team, with the community's support, you will always have something to work on, and people to work with, at practicas. From the very first lesson, you’ll learn how to connect with another dancer, with the music, and the space.

Independent Projects: Our copyrighted curriculum of independent projects, "mini-challenges" to guide your exploration outside of class, including...

  • Access to a private content where you'll learn how expert dancers experience tango

  • Essential reading material and videos about Tango and great Tango music playlists.

  • An online journal to help you track your growth, and maintain a meaningful dialogue on your growth with your facilitator

January 2017 - Tango challenge Graduation

January 2017 - Tango challenge Graduation

A Celebration. An opportunity to perform in a recital at a Graduation Ball in your honor, celebrating you and your team with a Champagne Toast to your achievements in Tango.

Special Benefits: 

  • A complimentary membership at Oxygen Tango in LA, entitling you to all group classes and practicas
  • A discount of up to 20% off additional private lesson packages in the 1st month of your challenge to be used anytime.
 
The Fall 2016 Challenge team

The Fall 2016 Challenge team

Celebrating after January 2017 graduation ball

Celebrating after January 2017 graduation ball

 

Who teaches the Tango Challenge?

Stefan Fabry, co-founder of Oxygen Tango will teach the next Tango Challenge.

Stefan is excited to offer a learning experience that brings together the elements that he knows to have the most powerful, direct effect on Tango skill building. These essential ingredients are: frequent, regular kinaesthetic learning; thoughtful, productive inquiry guided by powerful frameworks; and the support of a network of committed relationships that allows trust, confidence, and relaxed exchange to take place; and micro-goals that stretch us.

Stefan's early years in Tango were confusing and inefficient as he tried to make sense of a variety of different influences and was never really sure what to focus on or whether he was doing well. While he was learning he was longing to have access to one teacher's guidance to organize and integrate the many ideas and help him make sense of his Tango opinions and doubts. Over time he discovered for himself the power of slow and steady growth: allowing Tango principles to mature and ripen in the body and mind through regular practice and feedback.

He is excited to offer growing, passionate dancers something he wished he could have found: a caring and knowledgeable coach and supportive structure helping them discover a meaningful growth path to support the emergence of their own unique Tango. And this is the reason why he has decided to make himself available every week for these committed individuals.

 
 
 

What else do I need to know?

Course Requirements

Dancers in the Challenge are the ones who we watch become great dancers quickly, but this kind of magic only comes with a certain amount of dedication You must: 

  • Attend your weekly Challenge lab
  • Attend at least the Thursday group class each week
  • Be on time and prepared for your Weekly 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!
 

Rules

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 after three warnings. Warnings will be issued at the coach’s discretion and in the following situtations, unless they are a true emergency:

  • More than 5 days late on a project or journal
  • Miss one team meeting or 15-minute private
  • Miss one of your required classes or practicas more than 2 weeks in a row

In the situation of suspension, participants will no longer have access to any aspect of the course (15-minute privates, team meetings, projects, online journal and forum, or graduation recital.) They 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 complimentary membership.

When can I start dancing at milongas?

As soon as you feel like it! The Challenge has some built-in milonga excursions.  

Why should I do the Challenge, instead of drop-in classes?

In the Challenge you’ll find a unique experience: a structured curriculum, with clear goals and milestones; individualized guidance and support; access to important, nuanced material that’s impossible to cover in group classes; purposeful integration with the community of more experienced dancers; and a beautiful, festive culmination, celebrating YOU and your achievements!

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.


Testimonials

"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

Mitra MArtin, Program Director

Mitra MArtin, Program 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.

Mitra Martin
Director, Oxygen Tango