Our society has been bringing people together to share the passion, elegance, and joy of tango since 2019. All levels are welcome to our friendly community to discover how to give the warmest of hugs through tango! No partner or experience is required!
We believe that dancing tango is a lifelong skill that allows you to be confident in your own body and comfortable around new folks. Once you start dancing tango, you will see that more than just a dance, tango is a culture to be explored with its unique music, milongas (social tango parties), and a community from all around the world. Check the bottom of the page to learn more about tango and watch performance videos.
Classes and Practicas:
We offer weekly open-level classes with experienced instructors who will inspire you. Besides classes, we occasionally organize ‘practica’ with the Imperial Tango Society to socialise and sharpen your tango skills. It is open to all levels for exploration and improvement in a relaxed environment (with refreshements).
- Beginner Class (Monday, 7 pm): Argentine Tango is the most commonly danced tango style around the world. You will start dancing from the very first lessons while you master the fundamentals.
- Improver Classes (Tuesday, 7:30 pm): This class is for tangueros who have already completed the fundamentals training. You will feel more confident in your fundamental skills, learn improvers’ techniques and Argentine Tango sequences.
- What should you wear for the classes?
- Show up with shoes that support your ankles and also have a little slide to them on wood. (Leather or suede-soled shoes are the best.) Dress in comfy clothes and enjoy the dance!
Follow us on Instagram (@tango_ucl) to stay updated on class and social details and exciting tango content. DM us if you have any questions.
Pricing: We offer both termly based and pay-as-you-go class tickets. The term tickets allow exclusive access to all tango classes for one term only for almost half the price. It can be purchased as a product on this site. Standard membership (£6) must be purchased first whether you choose to buy a term ticket or pay-as-you-go tickets.
- Argentine Tango Classes
Term 1 Ticket: £25 (10 classes/term)
If you have not purchased the term ticket, the classes cost £4.50 each, payable by cash/card on the day.
- Improvers Classes
Term 1 Ticket: £28 (10 classes/term)
If you have not purchased the term ticket, the classes cost £5.00 each, payable by cash/card on the day.
Don’t miss out on Socials and Tango Trips! We organise casual socials and exciting events, collaborating with other UCL and non-UCL tango societies. Here are some of the most special events to look out for this year:
- Inter-Uni Tango Ball
- In Term 2, we are bringing together the Tango societies of universities across the UK, creating a vibrant night of dancing, music, and celebration. As a member, you may have the exciting opportunity to be in the choreography team and perform along with dancers from the Imperial Tango Society.
- ‘TanGO TO Istanbul’ Festival Trip
- Tango To Istanbul is a renowned tango festival in Turkey. It offers a unique opportunity to learn from internationally acclaimed maestros and maestras around the world. There will be optional Istanbul tours during the day. The best part is that as a member of the UCL Tango Society, you get to enjoy an exclusive discount on the festival!
- Trips to Tango events in London
- We will explore the wider Tango scene beyond our university with beginners and improvers. This is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in Tango culture and socialise.
- Outdoors Summer Milonga
- The vibrant energy of tango will meet the warmth of summer at Wilkin’s Terrace. You will have the chance to dance with local tangueros and tangueras.
More About Tango:
Tango is a social partner dance, characterised by intricate footwork, musicality, and the connection between partners. It is popular for its passionate and dramatic movements. Tango can be danced between a man and woman, two women/men, or with a role reversal. It is traditionally danced to tango music, although any music with a rhythm conducive to the dance is suitable.
Tango started in the Rio de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay in the late 19th century. Initially danced in the lower-class districts by European immigrants and former African slaves, it was born out of the harsh daily lives of workers—between factory work, poverty, crime, or melancholy. People danced it in brothels and bars to escape reality. Although Tango is an Argentine dance (and music), it is a product of multiple cultures meeting. Its roots lie in African candombe, Cuban habanera, as well as Viennese waltzes and East European polkas. Its reputation as a sexual and provocative dance fascinated and revolted, and it became a symbol of rebellion against the conservative norms of the time. Throughout history, various forms of Tango have evolved. The most famous is the original Argentine Tango (Tango Argentino), danced by two people with equally important roles of leader and follower.
Watch some great Tango performances: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIMOMM-Ar8TtPKtZKPo4W-LhB06AQjfeF