Argentine Tango

Argentine tango is a dynamic social dance birthed on street corners, in bars and at the docks of late 19th-century Buenos Aires, Argentina. During a period of mass immigration to Río de la Plata, a marginal, urban subculture grew from the mingling of Latin American, African, and European influences. Tango dance and music emerged from a rich and complex interaction of South American, Italian, Polish, Central and West African, and Cuban dance traditions and music – in short, Argentine tango is the original international style.

If you’re among those who believe tango is sexy, you’re not alone – tango can be hotter than a jalopy in a Miami summer. However, the dance doesn’t just inspire passion, but also deep meditation and a playful exploration of rhythm and space, all of which have contributed to its survival decade after decade. While most people are accustomed to seeing tango de escenario (stage tango), CASA’s program emphasizes milonguero and tango de pista styles, which are danced socially and enjoy the global appreciation of professional performers and instructors.

El Arrabal Tango Club

Located in the City of Detroit, MI, El Arrabal Tango Club is dedicated to the cultivation, promotion and dissemination of Argentine Tango music, dance and culture.

Through milongas, classes, prácticas, workshops and other events, El Arrabal strives to nurture, maintain and spread Argentine Tango principally as a social dance, and as a nucleus of artistic disciplines that foster enjoyment and awareness of mind, body, movement, music and healthy human connection. As a branch of CASA, El Arrabal is established on the conviction that Argentine Tango is by its very nature an institution for collectively created art; and as such, it feeds its dancers, DJs, musicians and aficionados not just individually, but as members of a community without which Argentine Tango itself would not exist.

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Milonga Malandraca

Come out and get your weekend tango fix at El Arrabal Tango Club, 3301 Junction, Detroit, MI 48210.  August 19 – 9PM-Midnight-ish!


All activities and exercises conducted by CASA JOHNSON ARABITG are optional for each individual student and participation is solely at the discretion of the individual participant. The process of learning to dance tango involves both physical and emotional stress and the health and well-being of each participant is their own responsibility. By participating in CASA JOHNSON ARABITG classes and events, the participant agrees to take full legal, medical, and any other form of responsibility for incurred injuries, as CASA JOHNSON ARABITG shall not be held responsible for any physical or emotional damages incurred during the process of learning or dancing tango.