Carina Moeller creates an intimate and authentic tango experience, both in Triangulo's classes and milongas. You feel like you've been welcomed into Carina's home; there's a great vibrancy to Triangulo and its dancers.-- Jay D.
As most students will hear on the first day of class, “if you can walk, you can tango;” and indeed, walking is the first thing you learn in a beginner Argentine tango class. From the walk, as you progress and learn more technique and steps, the dance naturally becomes both more challenging and more engrossing. The great thing about the design of our classes, is that you go at your own pace, and there are opportunities for you to practice outside of class and seek extra help from our instructors. Eventually, whether on month two or month four, you may notice your two left feet transforming into a left and a right foot. The transformation continues as your balance improves, your movements become smoother, and your poise becomes the envy of your friends.
There are many reasons why people take private lessons:
And there are many benefits to group classes as well:
Each class type is organized into a series of four progressive classes. The first of the series always begins the first week of the month, and each month has a different theme– such as volcadas, ganchos, boleos, sacadas, alterations, etc.– guaranteeing that no two series are the same from month to month. You are welcome to take the full month of classes or drop-in to any class in the cycle (except at the beginner level, where it is necessary to take the whole series from week one), however, because the classes are designed to build on each other, the most benefit can be gained from taking the full four-week series in order.
Go to the home page. Click “register now,” and you will be brought to the list of classes. Find the class you would like to take– such as “Tuesday: Beginner”, and click “sign up now” underneath the description. If you already have an account, you will be asked to sign in. If not, you will be quickly guided through the creation of an account and enrolled in your chosen class. You will be asked to enroll as a “leader” or “follower.” You may choose whichever you prefer, although traditionally men begin learning the part of “leader” and women begin learning the part of “follower.” We are also happy to help you sign up at the studio, in which case we ask you to please arrive 15 minutes before the start of class on the first day.
Yes, but please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of class so that we can register you. If possible, do sign up in advance online, as this allows us to ensure there is a proper balance of leads and follows in each class
If you have registered for the month, you may make up any classes you missed before the end of the month. Make-up classes must be taken at the same level as the classes for which you are registered. For example, if you are taking the Tuesday beginner class but cannot make it one week (or registered in the second week of classes), you may take a Monday, Thursday, or Saturday beginner class the following week– or any time before the end of the calendar month to make-up the class.
Our group classes range from a minimum of 8 students to a maximum of 30. Regardless of the number of students, however, there is an emphasis in every class on individual attention; the instructors encourage questions and take the time to observe the practice and exercises to give constructive comments and corrections as necessary. The only exception to this is the free monthly beginners’ workshop we offer, which does not have a cap on enrollment.
Tango shoes are specialty dance shoes—often heels for ladies and dress shoes for men—that are made specifically for dancing tango. They are well balanced and have leather or suede soles to ensure ease of pivoting. You do not need tango shoes to dance tango, however most people find that they prefer them if they plan to continue studying tango for more than a few months. Other dance shoes (ballet flats, ballroom shoes) are also comfortable for dancing tango, and street shoes with a leather sole also work well. For your first month of classes, you do not need to worry about what shoes you wear, as long as they stay on your feet!
The original location of Triangulo was in the heart of the meat-packing district, and thus when the Tuesday milonga was founded, it was known as the “meat-market milonga.” Although the studio moved to its current location in Chelsea in 2006, the name has stuck.
Good question! Like anything else, learning Argentine tango takes time. However, think of it like a language: if you want to accelerate your learning, you need to immerse yourself in it! Classes are a good place to begin, but go out and practice, and go out dancing! If you’re taking a few classes a week (or don‘t have time to) and practicing and that’s still not enough, you may want to throw a few private lessons in there too.
You can practice at the Practica at Triangulo on Wednesday nights. It is a relaxed and inviting space where you will meet other dancers focused on working on their tango. If you want a more private space to practice, some students choose to rent studio space when it is not being used for classes or other events. Please call, email, or inquire at Triangulo if you are interested in renting the space.
A milonga is an Argentine tango dance party where people get together to dance, socialize, and have fun. You do not need to go with a partner.
There are certain social codes, or codigos, that people follow at milongas. These are somewhat relaxed in New York City, but one can observe them at milongas around the world.
Triangulo hosts three milongas per week (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday), and for a comprehensive list of milongas in New York City go to Richard Lipkin’s tango calendar.
A practica, similar to a milonga, is a place where people dance tango and socialize, however there is one key difference: it is a space for people– as the name suggests– to practice their tango and perfect steps they’ve been working on or focus on technique. It is okay to stop in the middle of the floor to try something again, ask questions, or seek feedback from your partner.
Triangulo hosts a beginner-friendly practica every Wednesday night. For a complete list of practicas in New York City, go to Richard Lipkin’s practica schedule.