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


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.

Best Shoes

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

Guys, check out these racing stripes.

Best Fashion

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



Best L.A. Site

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.



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.

DIVO Milonga

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

Tango Mio Milonga

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

Milonga El Floridita

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

Monica’s Milonga

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

Michael’s Bailongo

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

El Encuentro Milonga

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

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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