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Tango, as danced in Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina, is an elegant, sensual and intensely connected dance experience. It's been a worldwide favorite for decades, and today is riding a new wave of popularity across the generations. We'll show you its simplicity - and its complexity. You may have seen it on Broadway, but you can do it too.

Regular Argentine Tango Dance Parties held at our 1315 Buttonwood Street Studio 
Practicas every Tuesday night
Milongas every Friday night
La Milonga en Casa - 3rd Sunday of each month
Milonga La Matine First Saturday of each month

Our Friday Night Milonga has a new schedule with new classes & practica before the Milonga: Kelly or Lesley plus occasional guest instructors will be offering intermediate/advanced classes on selected topics every week.
Intermediate/Advanced Class 8:30 - 9:30 pm
Practica (free), 9:30 to 10 pm
Also at 8:30 pm: Beginners Class (free)
Friday Night Milonga, 10 pm to 2 am
1315 Buttonwood Street, Philadelphia
Int/Adv class: $5 with Milonga admission, $10 without.
Friday Night Milonga admission: $12, full time students $10
Arrivals after 12:30 AM pay 1/2 price
Beginners class always free with milonga admission. Arrivals after 12:30 a.m. pay 1/2 price.
Excellent refreshments! Great tango company! 1315 Buttonwood St, Philadelphia

Classes at the Buttonwood Street Studio 

Tango at Buttonwood Studio, 1315 Buttonwood Street, Philadelphia:
Tango I, Absolute Beginners. Friday, 8:30 - 9:30 pm. Drop in classes, ongoing
Tango I (Fundamentals), Tuesdays 6:30 pm. Drop in classes, ongoing
Tango I, Saturday, 1:30 - 3 pm. 8-week class series
Tango II (Variations), Tuesdays 7:30- 8:30 pm. Drop in classes, ongoing
Tango II, Saturdays. 3:00 - 4:30 pm.8-week class series Move beyond the basics, build leading/following skills, add new tango vocabulary
Tango III, Sundays. 5:30-7 pm. Ongoing. Challenge yourself with new vocabulary, subtle rhythm changes. Hone your skills!
Tango IV, Mondays 7:45 - 9:15 pm. Ongoing.1/2 hour practica follows. Advanced figures and techniques. (Permission of instructor needed)
Special Topics in Tango, Fridays, 8:30 - 9:30 pm. Drop in classes, ongoing

Upcoming Tango Boot Camps: 
Tango Boot Camps are an opportunity to immerse yourself in a two-day intensive study of Argentine Tango or a related dance such as Tango Vals or Milonga. Boot camps are designed to give you a concentrated learning experience that gets you started fast or takes your dance to the next level. We address key skills such as dance vocabulary, movement, posture, leading & following and musical interpretation for each dance at each level. 

You are always welcome to drop into any scheduled class for a preview. Private lessons are available in two Philadelphia locations with Kelly or Lesley for individual attention to accelerate your learning!

TUESDAYS, TangoTuesdays classes & PRACTICA MAX 
6:30 pm Tango Fundamentals 
Fundamentals class addresses one of the basics of tango each week, such as walks, posture, ochos, crosses, molinetes, musicality.
It's for leaders and followers, absolute beginners or anyone who wants to sharpen their basic skills.
7:30 pm Tango Variations
Variations class takes the subject of the first class and expands/develops it for use on the dance floor.
It is also of course for leaders and followers, all levels of dancers with at least some tango experience
8:30 - 11:15 pm Guided Practica
We're available to answer your tango questions throughout the evening. There'll be great tango company and excellent refreshments.

1 class $10, 2 classes $17, 2 classes & practica $20
1 class & practica $15
Practica only $7
Discounted series plans available!

tango class

UCAL: 4226 Spruce St, Philadelphia (215) 382-7811 (to register for UCAL classes only)
BSStudio: 1315 Buttonwood St, Philadelphia (215) 574-9555 or (215) 629-2344 (to register for Buttonwood Street Studio classes or for all other information)

Private lessons:
Consider arranging small classes tailored to your specific needs. You and a group of friends can find a time that suits you, what aspect you want to concentrate on. Small classes give you lots of individual attention. You can do one lesson or a series, rotate partners or not. Our affordable prices vary according to number of people in class. Regular prices:
$85/hour for 1 or 2 people
$110/hour for 4 people
$135/hour for 6 people

 Private lessons: Consider classes tailored to your specific needs. You can find a time that suits you, decide what aspect of dance you want to concentrate on. Want to learn showy figures, concentrate on lead & follow, or maybe navigation? Small classes give you lots of individual attention. You can do one lesson or a series, rotate partners or not.

Prices: $85 per hour for a one or two people. Substantial savings are available for our private lesson packages.

Private Lessons, single and multi-lesson Packages
Private lessons are available at the Buttonwood St. Studio. You can arrange for us to videotape your private lessons.

Custom Gift Certificate Packages:
A great gift idea! Also a great gift for yourself. These packages can be customized to suit the recipients preferences. The recipient can choose their own mix of group and private dance lessons and dance parties to the value of the certificate.
$200 Introduction to Argentine Tango
$350 Deluxe Package
$500 Premiere Package

Special Gift Certificate Packages-For any dance lessons/parties

For more information about demonstrations & performances at your events, or group and private lessons, call Kelly or Lesley at (215) 574-9555 or (215) 629-2344.

(Argentine Tango Parties)

Friday Night Milonga
Enjoy a warm welcome at the first and longest running Milonga in Philadelphia! We are a diverse and friendly group which meets weekly to share our passion for Tango.  Friday Night Milongas are now officially (instead of de facto) on until 2 am

8:30 - 9:30 pm lesson for beginners: always FREE with milonga admission
8:30 - 9:30 pm intermediate topics lesson: $5 with milonga admission, $10 without
9:30 - 10 pm practica for workshop attendees
10 pm to 2 am dancing to classic tango music

Great refreshments, & company
1315 Buttonwood Street, Philadelphia
Admission $12, full time students $10
Arrivals after 12:30 am pay 1/2 price

La Milonga en Casa
Potluck dinner and tango dancing.
If you'd like to join us at the potluck dinner, please RSVP with your intended contribution, decribed generally, ie appetizer, main dish (meat or vegetarian?), side dish, dessert, etc. If you won't be bringing food but rather intend to support someone else's dish, let us know in advance so we can ask that person to make extra. We want to make sure there is enough food for everyone. 

About La Milonga en Casa, held every 3rd Sunday It was conceived nearly a decade ago as an opportunity for the Tango comnunity to enjoy good food, good company and tango. We supply non alcoholic beverages. Each diner is asked to contribute food, keeping in mind that the dinner group usually numbers between 25 & 30 people. Ideally everyone should get at least a taste of what you've brought.

Join us for dinner at 7:30 pm and/or tango dancing, 9 - 11:30 pm.
Admission to dinner: Something to share.
Admission to dance $10; full time students $8.
1315 Buttonwood Street, Philadelphia

Special Events

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PRESS: See press coverage of the Falls Bridge event: WHYY NewsWorks looks at  Dance on the Falls Bridge 

Dance Tutor lessons! Our Tango Valse 2 online video lessons are available at From is pleased to announce the opening of Argentine Tango Waltz 2. The site is authored and danced by the popular Philadelphia Argentine tango teaching couple, Kelly Ray and Lesley Mitchell, and sports exciting figures, expertly danced and explained,---13 figures in all plus a demonstration video. Say the authors, "..... a fast, smooth dance that joins the seductive and rhythmic melodies of Argentine tango waltz to the complexities of Argentine tango. Tango vals utilizes almost the same vocabulary as tango, the biggest difference perhaps being that in response to the music the dancers tend to choose more turning steps, and also to choose not to pause as they frequently do in tango...". See for details:
Argentine Tango Waltz 2 table of contents:
Argentine Tango Waltz 2 sample page with video:
Argentine Tango Waltz 2 Authors' Introduction:

Be sure to check the tango calendar for the latest news. And don't forget Friday night milongas at the Buttonwood Studio, 1315 Buttonwood Street, Philadelphia!

Philadelphia's Argentine Tango Community

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General Tango Information - National and International:
Reportango Magazine (great where-to-dance listings, general info) -

A Buenos Aires site (general information) -
Christian Mensing's great links to tango sites -
The Tango Catalog's online web contacts -

Our favorite tango music and where to buy it!