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Gotta Tango is a superior instructional package for learning how to dance the authentic Argentine tango at a social level. Master teachers Alberto Paz and Valorie Hart take you on a journey through the rich culture, history, and music of Buenos Aires that inspired the romantic passion, alluring creativity, and natural elegance of the Argentine tango dance. You will learn the fundamentals and roles each partner plays in this exhilarating and intimate social dance.

The book describes, illustrates, and explains the fundamental concepts and techniques, while the DVD visually demonstrates real dance situations with a partner. This combination provides tango lessons that are infinitely more effective than a stand-alone book or video product—and will have you dancing with confidence in less time than you thought possible.

Each tango dancer has a unique way of expressing movements. Gotta Tango offers a logical, structured approach that will help you learn quickly how to move spontaneously with a partner and with the music. It provides the tools you will use every day as a tango dancer as you immerse yourself in the experience, pleasure, and addiction of dancing the Argentine tango.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736056304
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/31/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 994,985
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Alberto Paz and Valorie Hart own Planet Tango, a company dedicated to preserve, foster, and advance the traditional values of the Argentine Tango culture, with a school and tango salon located in New Orleans, LA. They produce the widely successful New Orleans TangoFest each year. Together, Paz and Hart conduct master Argentine Tango classes, as well as lectures and workshops in cities across America and the world. They also publish El Firulete, an online international Argentine Tango magazine in English, and they have been featured dancers on the Buenos Aires TV show, Tango around the World. With their Web site,, Paz and Hart provide dancers the opportunity to network on an international level.

Paz is a native of Argentina and grew up in the city of Buenos Aires, while Hart was born in the United State and is ballet trained with experience in both off-Broadway and summer stock. The two met in 1995 during a tango conference and workshop at Stanford University. Since then, the pair has made Argentine tango dancing their business.

They have developed a methodology based on the fundamental structure of the dance combining traditional and modern concepts of improvisation originally developed in the 1930s, updated in the 1990s, and successfully utilized in workshops in cities across America and around the world since 1997.

They have become knowledgeable educators with a proven record of providing expert instruction while examining the romance, passion, and emotion that fuel the authentic Argentine tango.

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Intrigue of the Tango
Chapter 1 The Everlasting Tango
Chapter 2 Tango and Nothing Else

Part II: How to Dance the Argentine Tango
Chapter 3 It Takes You to Tango
Chapter 4 To Hug or Not to Hug
Chapter 5 Getting Along in a Circle of Trust
Chapter 6 What Goes Around Comes Around
Chapter 7 A Sleight of Legs
Chapter 8 Tangled Up? Just Tango On

Part III: Doing Argentine Tango on Your Own
Chapter 9 Fancy Dancing on a Crowded Floor
Chapter 10 Beyond the Social Milieu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2008

    A reviewer

    This is a book about social dancing, not fantasy or show/stage/competition dancing. The cover honestly represents what the book is about, average people attempting to fulfill the secret dream of dancing like the stars. But first, for context, there is an encapsulated synopsis on the way the dance and the music began to evolve three quarters of the way into 19th century Buenos Aires. The authors believe that the ability to understand, appreciate and respect the music and the rituals of the dance are very important in becoming a good tango dancer. Then, the real work out begins. In six chapters under the section heading of How to Dance the Argentine Tango the authors provide step by step instructions with clear and concise descriptions of the elements that constitute the structure of the dance. They start first with individual fitness and mental conditioning exercises, and progress through the stages of connection and role playing to introduce familiar patterns and encourage improvisation. The accompanying DVD provides visual reinforcement of the text, photos and diagrams accurately reflecting specific passages of the text. Gotta Tango is a one of a kind treasure of knowledge that will surely benefit dancers at all levels of expertise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Lessons from World-Class Masters

    From the opening description of an eager and silent arrival at a nameless milonga, through the loving details of historical and musical significance, and with a thorough and conscientious discussion of the mechanics of the dance, Alberto Paz and Valorie Hart present a beautiful and invaluable resource for lovers, and future lovers, of Argentine Tango. Theirs is a methodical approach, gleaned from a tireless dedication to understanding and teaching the structure of this dance, and they hold the keys to unlock for their readers the passion and wonder that so many tangueros worldwide have been fortunate enough to find. Their detailed and descriptive text is accompanied by diagrams, photographs, and an accompanying DVD, all of which contribute to their enlightening discussion of the mechanics of Argentine Tango. It is well-ordered, logical, and thorough. I found their discourse on the musical history of tango to be especially fascinating, as well. It left me wanting more--and I hope that they do plan to give us more. Paz and Hart's text is voiced richly and fully by the historian, by the musical theorist, by the accomplished dancer, by the compassionate and skilled teacher, and ever by the dedicated lover of tango. We are exceedingly fortunate to have this timeless resource by master teachers Alberto Paz and Valorie Hart. This book should be 'required reading' for any student and lover of Argentine Tango!

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