Beginner Track

No experience or partner required!

The Philly Tango Festival is, hands-down, the best time of the year to start dancing tango. We offer a 4-class track to get you up and dancing during the festival.

No previous experience or partner is required. We rotate partners throughout the workshops. Students are encouraged to learn and practice both roles: leader and follower.

The festival beginner track this year will be taught by two extremely experienced teachers who have taught tango worldwide, Felipe Martinez & Ayano Yoneda. (Scroll below for their bios.)

All classes will focus on structure, technique, embrace, walking, improvisation and basic vocabulary to enjoy dancing socially.

Here’s the schedule for the four-class beginner track:

  • Friday, May 24, 6-7:15 pm
  • Saturday, May 25, 3-4:15 pm
  • Sunday, May 26, 1:30-2:45 pm
  • Monday, May 27, 12-1:15 pm
Philadelphia Tango Festival

Felipe Martinez & Ayano Yoneda

Felipe & Ayano came together in the tango scene of the SF Bay Area, and embody the global nature of tango, traveling full-time throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Asia to teach, DJ, and lecture about the dance, music & poetry of tango. They also spend time annually in Buenos Aires studying and enjoying the dance and its history & culture.

Felipe’s background includes a degree in education and more than 25 years of experience in tango and is widely renown for his clear teaching strategy, enthusiastic personality, and ability to make real improvements in your dancing.

Ayano has been dancing tango since 2005. A milonguera herself, she believes anybody can dance tango. Her mission as a teacher is to help each person find your own unique way to dance tango by cultivating self awareness to find ease and freedom of movement.

She is also dedicated to her other passion projects, Women’s Gathering and Tango Poetry Project, to further enrich each dancers’ experience.

Together, their demonstrations are clear and precise, offering students an excellent model of movement and showing a deep knowledge and respect for the genre. Both Felipe and Ayano lead and follow interchangeably which is invaluable for teaching. Their series at Stanford University and their classes at The Beat in Berkeley are always in high demand, which is a tribute to their teaching excellence and wide appeal.