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Tango In L.A.

Los Angeles is a great place to learn the Argentine Tango. Getting started is as easy as ready, set, tango!

Photograph by Alyson Aliano

Ready…

For men, any swank outfit will do. For women, you almost need a costume. Fair warning—once you get started, it’s a slippery slope. Here are a few resources:

Best Tango One-Stop Shop
Tango Splash

Yolanda Rossi recites tango history while you shop for clothes and footwear that would make your mother blush. By appointment only.
Glendale

Best Shoes
turquoise-shoes.com

These women’s shoes are colorful, comfortable, and ridiculously sexy.

orangoutangdanse.com

Guys, check out these racing stripes.

Best Fashion
tangoleva.com

You may think you’ll never wear that skirt, but just wait…

 


Set…

Best L.A. Site
tangoafficionado.com

A comprehensive guide to all things tango that lists venues, classes, teachers, DJs, and yes, where to buy shoes!

Best Book
Shut Up & Dance!

In this book by Jamie Rose, the actress discusses romance and tango and how the two intersect.

 


Tango!

You can find a local milonga (tango dance party) any night of the week. Most offer lessons at the beginning of the evening. Schedules vary, so check online before you leave the house.

MONDAY
DIVO Milonga

Welcoming people, grand ballroom.
Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Santa Monica, divomilonga.com

TUESDAY
Tango Mio Milonga

Classic music, full menu.
Leonardo’s, Mid City, apurotango.com/milongas

WEDNESDAY
Milonga El Floridita

Fun crowd, packed floor, great music.
El Floridita Restaurant, Hollywood, facebook.com/milonga.elfloridita

THURSDAY
Monica’s Milonga

Authentic feel, big dance floor.
Argentine Association of Los Angeles, Burbank, monicaorozco.com

FRIDAY
Michael’s Bailongo

Good for all levels.
LA Dance Experience, West L.A., tangoelegant.com

SATURDAY
El Encuentro Milonga

Claims to be the longest-running milonga in L.A.
Tango Room Dance Center, Sherman Oaks, tangolosangeles.com

SUNDAY
San Tel Monica Milonga

For dancing under the stars.
3rd Street Promenade (between Arizona and Wilshire), Santa Monica, organictango.info

RELATED: Read "Face the Music," Jillian Lauren's April 2013 primer to Tango in L.A.

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