Tango, Buenos Aires
My younger sister and I took Tango lessons. It was arranged through the ECELA Spanish Language School. The tango lessons ended up being the best part of our trip. The lessons were at the school of the Mayoral and Elsa Maria. Although Elsa Maria makes herself present at the group lessons, and dances with the various students, the Mayoral does not show up very often, and talks very little. He never dances in the classes, but the instructors are very nice and charismatic. I recommend this school very highly.
I asked at one time how much the lessons are without the school discount, and I thought that they were a little pricey, but I don't remember how much they were exactly. Prices aren't listed on the website either. But I recommend this school whole heartedly.
I recommend that you MUST see at least one tango show while in Bueno's Aires. The one I went to was a more exclusive, fancy, well put-together Tango show @ ' Senor Tango'. I have never been so captivated by a show in my entire life and I truly did not want the night to end.
The theatre is fancy and clean, drinks are very pricey, the service is good. The SHOW is incredible and you won't be able to peel your eyes from the stage. I was in South America 5 weeks, and this show is one of the best things I spent my money on while there! If you like live theatre/entertainment... you will adore this show.
This place is very well known so you can usually book it through your hotel.
SOOO Passionate & Romantic... go see the TANGO :)
Every time I see Tango in a film it's always the same picture: a man or woman bitting a red rose and walking up and down the dancefloor with the arms stretched to the sides... what the hell...??? Tango is definitely NOT that, Tango is really passionate and it's about conecting with your partner. Not many people dance tango here, or at least good tango! Whenever you go to a Milonga (that's where amateurs go to tango) don't even try! All the people who fo there are experts.
There are many couples dancing tango along Florida street and in San Telmo area, and they are all really good.
La Viruta could be an option if you want to take a few steps, as they have classes before the Milonga starts.
Check the site below to watch REAL tango!
Confiteria Ideal is a charming old-world confectionary that has Tango Shows called Amigotan (Amigo + Tango) on Saturdays 9pm.
It is located right in town, but rather hidden on Suipacha 300+. The confectionary is in a huge hall, with a really charming ambience, classical baroque details all over the room on the cornices and pillars, aged glass counters displaying pastries that looked a hundred years old, huge old-style mirrors and lamps, peeling paint and all, and lovely little wooden tables and antique chairs.
I felt myself transported to another world, to the 1920s, to a silent black-and-white movie. It has an utterly incredible setting.
At 25 pesos for the show, with drinks extra, this is probably the most economical place to watch such a stunning performance in such a charming setting. This place is not crawling with tourists. Those are sent to US$100 flashy tango shows. Here, it is visited by just a handful of tourists and locals.
Arrive by 9:30pm or so to try and grab the table right at the front.
After the show, go to the 2nd storey. There is a 'milonga' going on where dancing 'portenos' of all age and sizes. So so so so charming!
La historia del Tango. Desde sus inicios, en los Cabarets del 1900, hasta la versión vanguardista de Piazzolla. Amor, pasión, locura, glamour. Un show de nivel internacional que recorre una historia que termina por transformarse en leyenda.
En El Cabaret.
“Bar Sur”, invita al público a disfrutar del espectáculo de tango, característico de nuestra ciudad.
Show tradicional y participativo. Piano y violín, parejas de tango, cantante de tango masculino y femenino. Show pionero en el espectáculo nocturno de Buenos Aires.
Empanadas y Pizza libre, tabla de fiambres, cazuela de lomo,
masas artesanales, helado y Café
La propuesta incluye la visita a “Bar Sur Cultural”, lugar especialmente ambientado para que sus visitantes sientan la comodidad y disfruten de Vinos de lujo, Danza Show, Pista de Baile, Pantalla Gigante, Barra Americana, y puedan ver y adquirir Objetos de Arte, Pequeños Formatos, Pinturas, Fotos y Moda.
I can recommend the Piazzolla tango show. The dancing was amazing and the food surprisingly good!! They had a little party trick as well to ask people where they were from and then play a song from their region. Quite clever although I don’t think too many Australians go because he had to think a little bit before he sung something from New Zealand!! Oh well, he tried!!
The price is USD 42 per person (including dinner with beverage and transfers from your hotel).
Tango Dance World Championship is a global competition in a festival-like atmosphere. Talent from all over the world comes to compete and win in two categorizes Salon style tango or Show Tango. The affair lasts 10 days and has free shows, dances, concerts, class and has some of Buenos Aires’ most trendy and famous tango stores selling apparel, music, shoes, books, handicrafts, and art in the vender’s fair. The qualifying rounds are also free and open to the public. The semifinals and finals require tickets but they are free too.
The IV Campeonato was held at La Rural at Plaza Italia in Palermo between August 17th and August 27th 2006. Check with Tangodata for the dates and location of the next one. The
This club, named after Tango legend Carlos Gardel, offers dinner along with the tango show. It is a very elegant looking building, inside and outside, with top-notch service. As I mentioned in a previous tip, this is oriented toward tourists. You can likely make reservations through your hotel.
The music and the dance of the tango are very important to the identity of Buenos Aires and portenos. Historically, El Viejo Almacen is one of the most important tango clubs in the city. But, be warned, this production is 100% for tourists. The musicians and dancers were very skilled. I just thought that it lacked some of the passion which the tango is suppose to inspire. It is also a very pricey show at about $50 per person without dinner.
I suggest asking locals where a better alternative can be found. There is no shortage of people who know how to sing and dance the tango in Buenos Aires. Many of them are bound to be performing at a small club where your wallet will not be ravaged.
If you are not a big tango fan, an afternoon in El Caminito would be adequate.
While Cafe Tortoni is the most famous of the old-fashioned, elegant tango clubs, it's crowded and filled with busloads of people coming, going, order their coffee and cake, and snapping photos.
However, Confiteria Ideal is another story. A grand dame of tango salons, she's not aged particularly well....but is gracious nonetheless.
For instance, we stopped in on a Monday late afternoon, 3 or 4 o'clock, and people were tangoing the late afternoon away. We could have stayed for hours and hours, just watching the entire scene....men asking the women to dance, people dancing, people going their separate ways, and then people dancing again. Just another one of BsAs's many delights.
My husband and I take ballroom dancing here in the States and have fallen in love with it. When we got the opportunity to go to Buenos Aires, we couldn't wait to take a lesson in Argentine Tango. And we did!!! It was such fun! Don't miss this opportunity! Everyone in B.A. does the Tango. It's more cultural than entertainment although do not misunderstand, it is both!
I went to the Carlos Esquina Tango show.
excuse my spelling if its incorrect.
There was a bit more opera singing than I thought. The Tango Dancers were excellent.The wine was good the food ok for the amount of people they have to serve.
I was told that there is another Tango show where the Stage is in the center and offer more singers and dancers and performers like the dancing horse.
Tango Dancers performing in the San Telmo area of Buenos Aires. This pic was taken on a weekday, I believe weekends are more crowded. There were also vendors selling stuff, paintings,arts and crafts,etc.
I went to El Querandi for a dinner tango show because my hotel recommended it. They won't pick up from Palermo area though, probably none of them will. I highly recommend going to one of these smaller places like El Querandi, it's much more intimate, the dancers come right by your table on their way up to the stage. The dinner wasn't very good but I made the mistake of ordering the chicken, which was dry. The steak looked good. The show was excellent. You can go somewhere else for dinner and just come for the show. The dinner and show combo was $155 pesos.