TangoP is a dance school specialising in Argentine Tango. TangoP (The Tango Partnership in Perth in Western Australia) was formed by Geoffrey Michael Hendrickse and Rodney Daniells with the aim building the tango community in Perth and to create an environment of having fun while learning and dancing tango. You can google our website by typing in ‘TangoP‘.
Geoff and Rod are tango dancers and teachers who share a common desire to nurture the growth of Argentine Tango in Perth. They want to share their skills and experiences of this magical dance and encourage newcomers join the small tango community of Perth and to learn and enjoy tango as much as they do.
At TangoP we are committed to customer retention and satisfaction by providing high quality of dance instruction and offering exceptional service in related activities such as well organised social dance events. We have a team of well trained tango instructors with over 38 years of experience between them. Our instructors are passionate in what they do and want the best for TangoP’s students, as such we run courses on various topics and concepts concentrating on connection in the embrace, musicality, technique and quality of movement.
TangoP runs a number of classes and events including:
- A 5-week beginners course with classes every Friday and Saturday,
- A regular intermediate class every Friday,
- An advanced class every Friday,
- Regular thematic workshop series on a Saturday aimed at various levels of dancing,
- Private lessons tailored to individual needs (by appointment),
- Performance group classes (by appointment)
- A Practica every Saturday afternoon after our classes,
- A regular Milonga for our students and the tango community at large,
- Special courses tailored for corporations (by appointment), and
- Bridal classes (by appointment)
Our studio is located at the Upper Function Room, Loftus Recreation Centre, corner of Loftus and Vincent Streets, Leederville (Perth) WA 6007.
About Argentine Tango
Argentine tango is often considered the “dancers dance” or the “ultimate dance”. Argentine Tango is highly technical, creative and functions purely on improvised communication between the man and woman who form a partnership during the dance. The couple forms a partnership in a warm and gentle embrace. The man creates the dance by proposing a movement to the woman and the woman completes the dance by accepting the man’s proposal. The main objective of the dance is for the man to make the woman shine and look beautiful – she is the centrepiece of the dance.
The embrace and music is considered paramount in Argentine Tango. The embrace is warm and gentle with either a ‘closed’ chest to chest connection, or alternatively ‘open’ with some distance between the upper bodies of the man and woman, and their arms and hands connecting in a firm but gentle ‘dance frame’. The embrace can also alternate between closed or open depending on the dance movement. The couple dances with fundamental technique and positions that form a loose tango vocabulary which the couple spontaneously arrange to the sound of the rhythm and melodic phrases of tango music.
Argentine Tango originated in the Rio de la Plata area which is between Argentina and Uruguay. In the past few decades, Argentine Tango has evolved into a popular dance form that is now danced socially in every corner of the globe.
Social Argentine Tango is an improvised dance and although certain fixed patterns and movement have been used by tango instructors around the world as a device to teach dancers, there is no common ‘basic step’. Argentine Tango is also danced on the stage and this type of dance is choreographed with tango elements as well as components of modern jazz, ballet, contemporary dance and other dance styles.
Social Tango is danced in crowded dance floors around the world in counter-clockwise circle (which is also referred to as ‘line of dance’ or ‘rhonda’ in Spanish). As the dance floor gets filled with dancers, the dance circle often breaks up into a number of dance lanes. Care is taken to not impede other dancers on the dance floor. Collisions or stepping on other dancers’ feet is considered rude and is avoided at all costs.