The Beginner’s Mind in Tango


Shoshin (初心) is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind”. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would.   Last night I had the opportunity to dance with a beginner […]

Milonga Spotlight: La Genesis

Juan and Sol

For a while, San Francisco was seriously lacking a good regular Friday night tango venue, that is until La Genesis came along. Tango Sabor (also the host of Tuesday’s ‘El V’) has been hosting this Friday night milonga for over a year now and it has quickly become one of the most popular milongas in […]

10 Reasons to Love Tango


Oh, Tango. How do I love thee? Let’s start with ten reasons… Dancing is a great equalizer.  Your income, race or social status is not important. What matters is if you can dance well or not. Hugs and kisses abound. At a milonga, it’s customary to greet one another with a hug, kisses or both. […]

Teacher Spotlight: Erin & Doruk


There are some tango teaching couples that are so fun, artistic and talented that you just want to follow them everywhere. Erin and Doruk are one such couple. Erin and Doruk moved to the Bay Area from New York over five years ago and quickly become popular in the tango community as they are both […]

Apologizing in Tango


When we are children we are told to apologize when we make a mistake or when we hurt someone.  And now as adults, it’s ingrained in us. Some of us apologize way too often, thinking it will help the situation. It doesn’t. I’m not saying that you should never apologize as there are certain circumstances […]

Dance and Creativity with Sharna Fabiano

Sharna Fabiano ad Aja Fenn

There are a few people that can be credited with influencing and growing Tango in the US, and Sharna Fabiano is one of them. Not only does Sharna have a profound understanding of Argentine Tango from years of experience and exploration but also an inquisitive mind bent on understanding tango’s deeper meaning and relevance.  Sharna […]

Looking for Tango on Valentine’s Weekend?

Pam & Mitch

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, this is a good time for a round-up of upcoming SF Bay Area Tango events. For some reason, many consider Argentine Tango to be romantic, passionate or sensual. Perhaps it’s the physical closeness of the dance, the intertwining of legs or the serious, contemplative look on dancers faces. For those […]

Is Tango Better than Sex?

Tangasm?  Photo by: Melissa Agocs

Guest writer, Sasha Cagen, returns with an even more enticing topic… The Tangasm.  I do remember my first one quite fondly. It was at El V, and I literally left the dance floor a little breathless and light headed and would have gone for a cigarette if I smoked.  Better than sex?  I can’t say […]

The Lessons of Psicotango: How Tango Can Be Therapy

Playing with body expression in psicotango

I am thrilled to announce we have another guest post by Sasha Cagen, author of “Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics”, relationship and life coach, and the creator of the Quirky Heart Tango Adventure in Buenos Aires. (Learn more at the bottom of this post). “Tango remains from its origins as a hug, an embrace, […]

Tango Etiquette and Floor Craft


It’s a phenomena that I’m sure is not limited to the Bay Area. Chaotic dance floors. A chaotic dance floor has no flow, people weave in and out of lanes, couples enter with no regard for those already on the floor and accidents and near collisions happen almost everywhere you look. I’ve been to a […]