El Arrabal

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.

 


Tango Práctica 

Join us every Sunday for our open Argentine tango practice session, Gran Práctica Dominical de Tango Argentino.  Práctica represents a vital element in the formation tango dancers – from novices to the advanced – allowing students to play an active role in learning and evolving as tangueros.

At práctica, you can polish new moves you learned in class; work on your embrace, connection and balance; improve body awareness; and meet other folks in the dance community.

What? Gran Práctica Dominical de Tango Argentino
Why? Because friends don’t let friends go blindly to milongas
When? Sundays, 1:30PM – 3:30PM
Where? El Arrabal Tango Club
3301 Junction St, Detroit, MI 48210
Who?
  • Us, you, your BFFs, long lost siblings (no partner is required)
  • All levels are welcome, but tango fundamentals are required (i.e., la salida basica, walking in parallel and cross systems, front and back ochos, weight change, rock step, knowing the difference between open and close embrace).
  • Reverse/open roles are also very welcome!
 Beats? 100% Golden Age/traditional music.
 How much? $5 per person, práctica pass or club membership pass

This probably takes some practice. Nuff said.



Newbie FAQs

I HAVE TWO LEFT FEET AND NO DANCE EXPERIENCE. IS ARGENTINE TANGO FOR ME?

Yes! All dancers, even three year olds, start from scratch, and we did, too.  Come, play, learn.

I’M SINGLE (OR MY MAIN SQUEEZE DOESN’T DANCE), CAN I COME WITHOUT A PARTNER?

Of course! No partner is required for dancing Argentine Tango at milongas or prácticas, since generally dancers circulate.  In our labs and classes, we encourage everyone to rotate partners so that you learn to speak the language of tango with different people, just as you would when practicing Spanish or Japanese.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING + WEAR?

  • Your curiosity and energy!
  • Clothes: Wear comfortable clothing that permits you to move your legs freely.  As stylish as they are, tight jeans and snug skirts aren’t ideal.
  • Shoes: Nix the street shoes and bring something with leather soles. Followers should bring shoes with a medium heel (2″ or so), and avoid mules and slingbacks that may come off while walking backward. Leads should bring dress shoes that aren’t bulky or too rigid. Word on the street: Puma sneakers work nicely too. Dance sneakers are cool, as are socks, if you don’t have dance shoes yet.