Argentine Tango Dance Lessons

Learn to Argentine Tango

Are you ready to explore the most beautiful, intimate, romantic and sexiest social dance around? Argentine tango is THE dance to know and we at Dance FX Studios would love to help you discover its beauty and grace. Don’t let the allure of the tango steer you away from learning this very popular social dance. When stripped down to it’s most basic form, the Argentine tango is actually based on walking steps, making it a dance that anyone can learn.

While tango dancing is in fact popular in Arizona, it can also be found world-wide in most major cities. If you love to travel, it is almost guaranteed that you will find a place to enjoy a romantic evening of tango.

Learn to tango at Dance FX Studios and see how our particular mode of instruction will get you ready for any dance floor in the shortest amount of time possible. Our hour-long, $40 introductory offer for Argentine tango dance lessons will get you on the right track to becoming a comfortable tango dancer. We are confident that an hour is all you will need to see that Dance FX Studios is the right place to learn to dance tango.

To inquire about our introductory offer for Argentine tango dance lessons, or to set up your first appointment, please fill out the form below. We will contact you within 24 hours. Thank you.

Private dance lessons are available by appointment Monday- Friday from 12-8 pm and on Saturdays from 12-4 pm. To schedule your first appointment, please fill out the form above or call us today at 480.968.6177.

What Others Have To Say About Dance FX Studios…

“Never danced. Don’t have the gene for it. But somehow the folks at Dance FX are able to teach me. They are happily patient, and seem genuinely excited about my progress. These are VERY knowledgeable and skilled instructors who know how to have fun and truly enjoy dancing. I’m actually learning!”

– Jim Gibbs

A Brief History of Argentine Tango Dancing

Tango comes from the Latin word “tangere”, meaning “to touch”. This intimate dance was created in the mid to late 19th century in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a dance born from the barrios and brothels of Buenos Aires, it was rejected by many until the mid-1900’s when it became popular world-wide. Because of the ration of men to women was 5 to 1 at that time, many men danced tango together in order to win the affection of the women in the brothels.

The Argentine Tango is closely linked to the bandoneon, an instrument from Germany similar in appearance to an accordion. The bandoneon is said to have inspired dancers to be more sensitive to the music and to feel more of a connection with their dance partner.

Today, the Argentine Tango is considered a timeless dance that can be found in any major city around the world. As the most intimate and passionate of all dances, the Tango is here to stay.

Did You Know…

Did you know that in the 1900’s, the Argentine Tango was banned by the Pope after a public viewing? Kaiser Wilhelm 1 also forbade his officers to dance the Tango, essentially banning the dance from all formal state balls, due to its sensuality.

The Argentine Tango has not always been recognized as the passionate and beautiful dance that it is seen as today. Because of its originality and sensuality, in fact, it was considered obscene and unacceptable in public at first. Thanks to immigrants living in North Buenos Aires, the Argentine Tango did flourish and spread worldwide to become what it is today-a popular and respected social dance.

Argentine tango lessons for beginners and beyond are available at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, AZ near Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe, AZ. We are just off the 101 highway, centrally located in the Phoenix East Valley, just minutes from Scottsdale.

Enjoy Argentine Tango Milongas at Dance FX Studios

Tango dancers, enjoy sprung maple wood flooring, great dancing and time with new and current friends at Dance FX Studios’ monthly Milongas. Dance FX Studios’ Milonga is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. A $10 per person (Just $5 for students with current ID) cover charge includes music offered by a variety of local tango DJ’s, snacks and refreshments and access to one of the Phoenix valley’s best dance floors and locations for dancing tango.

Remaining 2013 Milonga Dates


Saturday, December 21st

Dance FX Studios is located in Mesa, AZ in the Phoenix metro valley. Neighboring cities include Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale and Queen Creek. We are conveniently located off the 101 highway at 1859 West Guadalupe Rd. Mesa, AZ 85202.

Watch Rene Torres and Junko Mori Dance the Argentine Tango…

Argentine Tango Dance Music for Beginners:

1. Dejame Asi/de Angelis – La Fiesta del 40
2. Como se Muerde de Amor/de Angelis – La Fiesta del 40
3. Son Cosas del Bandoneon – Lomuto
4. San Telmo – Lomuto
5. El Cielo en tus Ojos – Carlos di Sarli y su Orquesta


1. Alma Dolorida/d’arienzo – La Fiesta del 40
2. Adios Juventud – Fransisco Canaro
3. Las Margaritas – Fransisco Canaro
4. Illusion de mi Vida – Orquestra Color Tango
5. Corazon de Artista – La Fiesta del 40


1. La Punalada – Fransisco Canaro
2. Mozo Guapo – Ricardo Tanturi
3. Milonga Sentimental – La Melodia de Nuestro Adios
4. Sivestra Potena – La Melodia de Nuestro Adios
5. Reliquias Portenas – La Melodia de Nuestro Adios


1. Santa Maria – Gotan Project
2. Tango to Evora – Loreena McKennitt
3. Night of the Dancing Flame – Roisin Murphy
4. La Tablada – Sexeto Tango
5. Doble o Nada – Carlos Libedinski

Frequently Asked Questions About Argentine Tango

What is the difference between Argentine tango and American tango?

Argentine tango, also known as the authentic or original tango, is a purely social dance that originated from the barrios of Buenos Aires. It is a passionate, romantic and exciting dance that is used socially, often in very small and crowded dance floors at dance parties called Milongas.

The American tango is an offshoot of the authentic tango. With a more staccato appearance and style, the American tango is a competitive ballroom dance that is not often used socially. Because we at Dance FX Studios are a purely social dance studio, we offer Argentine tango.

How many of styles of Argentine tango are there?

The Argentine tango is ever-changing and evolving with the times. From traditional salon-style tango to nuevo (new) tango,this unique dance has made its way into the hearts of young and old dancers alike.

Is Argentine tango hard to learn as a beginner?

As we often say, “If you can walk, you can tango”. While mastering the look and feel of tango may take time, anyone can learn to tango with private dance instruction. With time and effort, the payoff is big for knowing how to dance tango. It is a sensual and intimate dance that can transport you to another place and time with the one in your arms.

How many dance lessons does one need before he/she can do tango dancing?

As everyone learns at their own rate and with their own overall vision of where they see themselves as a tango dancer, you can learn to dance tango within months or throughout a lifetime as part of a journey. In the interim, we suggest going to tango dances (Milongas) around Arizona to observe how the dance is executed. Baby steps from there will help to build your confidence and eventually get you ready for social tango dancing.

Do I need special shoes for Argentine tango?

Shoes with leather or suede bottoms are ideal for both men and women who are learning to tango. You can find shoes online or from several local ballroom dance shoe stores like Great American Dancing Shoes on McClintock and Guadalupe Rds. in Tempe, AZ.