Text Box: Luis Perez

Backstreet Tango 
3505 South 14th St. 
Tacoma, WA 98405
Email: Backstreettango@gmail.com

Specializing in Social Argentine Tango

A dance of passion, emotion, and discovery

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   In consideration of my neighbors please park on my side of the street or at Franklin Park on either side of the street. Thanks.
We now accept all major credit cards  

Still not sure?  Check out our Student Reviews. Or stop by for a free introductory class.  
We would love to help you make dancing a lifelong passion, and along the way make new friends.  
          I recently read an article on a local Tango instructors website site that downplays  certified instructors. It claims that Argentine Tango instructors from Argentina don't have certifications.  Which is a true statement, they may not have a paper but,  they put in years with their instructors before venturing out teaching, and their instructors will vouch for their students.  Verses many American instructors that venture teaching after six months of starting to learn the dance.  I   consistently seek out professionals to evaluate my instruction to ensure that I am qualified, updated and teaching how  the industry  desires tango to be taught.  This is just to ensure my students that they are getting what they pay for (professional up to date instruction)  A person can say he has been teaching and dancing forever but, that doesn’t validate his/her abilities dancing, knowledge or ability to teach.   Just something you might think about when choosing an instructor. 

Interesting Comparison
Recently I found a quote that coincides with the way I am teaching Argentine Tango.  
Cristy Cote and George Garcia state: “ There is an underlying code and logic that all tangueros understand.  It can be compared to speaking a language.  Once you understand the vocabulary and grammar of the language you can improvise your words and communicate with others that speak your language.”  My studio does just that, by teaching the elements of the dance you are learning the vocabulary and grammar of Argentine Tango.  Learning Tango by learning patterns is like improvising the words and vocabulary of a language you haven’t yet learned.

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Text Box: “The only Grand Master certified Social Argentine Tango Instructor  in the South 
Sound”  If your going to invest your time to learn this dance , invest it wisely!

    Welcome to Backstreet Tango!  We hope our website will provide you a general introduction to the wonderful world of Argentine tango, and all the details about our program and studio located in Tacoma, Washington.  Seattle and the great Pacific Northwest boast exciting, vibrant Argentine tango communities.  Our goal in developing Backstreet Tango is to expand the Seattle area's thriving tango culture even more by providing tangueroes in Tacoma and the South Sound communities a place to call home.  We offer enthusiasts who seek a great and traditional Argentine tango venue with a warm, welcoming atmosphere in the South Sound an alternative to those long Seattle drives.                                           


    This isn't a gigantic ballroom dance studio where you will sit and not be noticed!  It’s a cozy, friendly place where everyone is approachable and everyone will know each other by name and as friends.  Our guiding vision for Backstreet Tango is to inspire even more tango connections in our area by offering all students the very finest quality instruction, and always in a friendly, home town atmosphere.  BST welcomes a diverse community of leads and followers.

We teach using a workshop format, emphasizing mastery of the core elements of tango.  Our class focuses on developing a solid understanding along with the proper performance of the basic elements of the dance.  From these, we create the increasingly varied and intricate patterns that give the Argentine tango its uniquely rich character.  As each element is studied, the associated patterns for varying its entry and exit are introduced.  Weekly 1 p.m. workshops are focused on a different topic or theme every month.

We host a milonga (Tango Dance) on the first and third Sundays of the month.  The atmosphere is casual and inviting.  Dancers of all skill levels are always welcome at Backstreet Tango!

Whether you've been dancing Argentine tango for many years and want to improve your technique and brush up on rusty skills, or you've never been on a dance floor and just want to try it out, or anywhere in between-- we invite you to begin or continue your journey with us.  Partners are not required.  And there's never an extra charge for fun!


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We have invited Chicharra Tango to play for us on 19 December from 6 to 9:30 at the Studio 6 Ballroom located at 2608 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406.  I heard them play in Seattle and thought they would be a nice orchestra to invite to play for our tango community.  Please mark the date on your calendar and join us for an evening of some wonderful dancing and music.

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Text Box: *****Ongoing special for first time students (eight classes  and two milongas) all for the price of 40 dollars.  
*******Students who continue past their first eight lessons can purchase 10 lessons for an upfront cost of $70 vs  ten dollars per lesson.


Text Box:    Tuesdays 6:30 Absolute Beginners class                 7:30 Beginner level II
Wednesdays  6:30 Absolute Beginners Class                                                          
Sundays 12 p.m.  Absolute Beginners Class
Sundays 1 PM  Beginner level 2 Class
Sundays 2 p.m. Intermediate Level Class    
1st Sunday Pracitca  3-5:30 p.m. 
3nd Sunday - Milonga at Studio 3-5:30 pm