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.


Step right up, ladies and gents, for Tango 101 and Tango 102, our 4-week tango fundamentals classes starting Aug. 26 at El Arrabal.  It’s never too late to build a solid tango foundation.  These progressive series will cover the absolute essentials such as body-mind awareness, posture, la caminata (the walk), el abrazo (the embrace), conexión (connection) and more.  No fancy figures, choreography or complicated steps. Come join our judgement-free, mistake-friendly classes! Just $45 per person for the whole shebang or $13.75 per drop-in class. Grab a spot today!


Milonga Malandraca

Come out and get your weekend tango fix at El Arrabal Tango Club, 3301 Junction, Detroit, MI 48210.  Every 3rd Saturday – 8PM-Midnight-ish!


Sunday + Thursday Tango Práctica

Join us every Sunday and Thursday for our open Argentine tango practice sessions.  Our prácticas are casual dance sessions that allow tango dancers to polish technique, work out new moves recently introduced in class, and make mistakes in a judgement free environment. It’s also fine to talk while dancing as you examine the nuts and bolts with your partner. Prácticas represent a vital forum in the formation of tango dancers – from novices to the advanced – allowing students to play an active role in learning and evolving as tangueros.

What? Sunday and Thursday Práctica
Why? Because friends don’t let friends go blindly to milongas
When? Sundays, 1:30PM – 4:00PM; Thurs., 8PM-10PM
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, including beginners familiar with tango fundamentals (i.e., basic 8 count, walking in parallel and cross systems, front and back ochos, weight change, rock step).

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, bring good vibes.

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 permit you to move your legs freely.  As stylish as they are, tight jeans and pencil skirts aren’t ideal.
  • Shoes: Nix the street shoes and bring something with smooth soles, preferably leather. 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.