TESO Events

Exhibition & Evaluation Categories

Exhibition and Evaluation Categories

Tango de Salon

An improvised social dance that is led and followed: Tango danced in a salon or dance hall is distinguishable by a more open embrace but the dancers do not separate during the dance. The flexibility allows the follower to turn more freely and pivot without requiring much independent movement between her hips and torso. All movements are performed within the space allowed by the couple's embrace. Tango de Salon is mildly flashy with sweeps and kicks. The feet may leave the floor but should not exceed knee height. Dancers rotate in counterclockwise direction wtihout interfering with other dancers, keeping to the perimeter whenever possible, never crossing the dance floor.


Elements for evaluation in Tango de Salon will include Technique, Elegance, Style and Originality, frame, posture, connection, musical interpretation, artistic lines and smooth transitions.

Milonguero Style

'Milonguero' is also an older term for a skillful and respectful tango dancer who holds a reverence for the type of traditional social tango that is danced at milongas in Buenos Aires. The embrace is close, the focus inward, it is an intimate connection between the partners. Dancing chest to chest the physical connection is sustained throughout the dance which is inspired by the music, improvised, led and followed. The connection is never broken; footwork is precise and restricted to the footprint of the couple while remaining in contact with the floor. All standard moves are reduced in size to accommodate a crowded dance floor but require more precise and delicate attention due to the close proximity. Dancers are courteous, careful and despite a crowded dance floor, they rarely interfere with other dancers.


Elements for evaluation in Milonguero Style will include Technique, Elegance, Style and Originality, connection, frame, posture, musical interpretation, artistic lines and smooth transitions.

Tango Nuevo

The recent evolution of Tango, New or Nuevo Tango, refers to a particular open type of embrace, external (centrifugal) energy, off axis movements, occasional separation of partners, playfulness, and modernized musical components of both sound and rhythm. Nuevo Tango will be led and followed although it is understood that certain sequences may be necessarily choreographed.  This genre of tango consumes a greater area of floor space and carries with it elements of potential conflict with other dancers on the floor.


Due to its more flamboyant nature, elements for evaluation in Tango Nuevo will include additional areas beyond Technique, Elegance, Style and Originality:  Respect for other dancers, safety (of self and others), posture, technical control, beauty and artistic elements.

Tango Fantasia

Tango Fantasia is a category where many styles of tango and even other genres of dance come together to express a fantasy. Tango Fantasia belongs with the performing arts: it may convey a story or be completely abstract, from lyrical expression to synchronized athletic precision.  The presentation will be choreographed to specific music and presented as a performance or show. This category may include high kicks, off axis, separation of partners, lifts and dramatic poses - it is unrestricted – everything from ballet to circus. This is the entertainment category and is therefore allowed to go beyond the restrictions of social dance.


Due to its less structured nature, elements for evaluation in Tango Fantasia will include the ultimate respect and adherence to safety (of dancers and audience), entertainment value, incorporation of technical elements of tango (posture, technical ability, musical interpretation and artistic expression).***


***Only a limited number of couples may participate in Tango Fantasia because of the customized nature of music selection and choreography, requiring more time from the TESO program.

Masters' Private Classes

Private Classes with the Masters of TESO 2012

San Jose, CA

The experience of a private class with the true Masters of Argentine Tango is exhilarating - working directly with the incredible skill and talent shows us how much there is to learn.
Before you get to class, write down your personal Tango objectives and purpose for taking a private class, and share it with the teachers.
A Master of dance will always find areas that need work but understanding your aspirations will help the teacher help you achieve your goals.
If you want to record any portion of your class you must have the explicit approval of the teachers prior to class.

TESO Tango Accolades

TESOEvaluationTESO Tango Showcase... in Retrospect

[TESO] was a new and very interesting experience… The most wonderful part of doing this performance came from the comments some of the students were making to us: they found it to be inspiring and being a motivation to work on their tango technique. And that is precious. We'd like to praise you for organizing this -- TESO did turn into an event for spreading the culture and understanding of tango and, hopefully, growing the tango community in the South Bay...


Thanks for your support, encouragement, and, of course, teaching. Our performance was just a small part of the wonderful tango festival that you brought to life with even greater courage and dedication. Only when we saw the crowds on the dance floor had we realized the scale of the event, and the tremendous amount of effort on your side to make it happen. This was truly amazing! We would like to congratulate you on this great achievement. You have clearly established yourself as a prominent leader of the South Bay tango community. We applaud you! We are very lucky to have you as our tango teacher!...


Thank you!  I'm so happy to hear that we made you proud.  We had a lot of fun Saturday.  The workshops were great and our performance was exciting...


Sue, you are a terrific teacher -- and it's only fair that your students do well :)  Thanks so much for your nurturing and support...


Get Ready for TESO 2012

Teacher Incentive Program (TIP)


The Teacher Incentive Program or TIP is designed for Argentine Tango teachers to benefit from the TESO 2012 program.  By encouraging your students to register for a minimum of 4 workshops you will be granted a 10% discount per qualifying student.  If ten students register according to these requirements, listing you as their tango teacher in their registration form, you will be invited to participate in all workshops as our guest - FREE!
Teachers will be approached by Tango Fantástico to enroll in the "TIP" program as soon as registration goes live.
If you are a tango teacher and you feel you have been overlooked, please contact Tango Fantástico and ask about TIP enrollment.

Teacher = one person

Teaching Couples will achieve a 5% discount, reflecting the same requirements of registering students.


 Milongas, Sunday Buffet and TESO Exhibition & Evaluation will be charged according to standard fees at time of registration.

Tango Workshop Notes

We may designate a suggested dancer level in the workshop description.  If students are uncertain whether the material will be too complex for them, please scroll down for some help. In selecting the appropriate level of workshop please consider the length of time you have danced as well as your personal ability to lead or follow, successfully.

Beginner (not many members in this club!)

Realistically speaking, completing a six or eight week course in Argentine Tango does not elevate the student from the Beginner status! Six months of regular dancing is often still considered Beginner by the more accomplished. In selecting the appropriate level of workshop please consider the length of time you have danced as well as your personal ability to lead or follow, successfully.

Intermediate (almost everyone)

In general an Intermediate dancer is one who dances regularly and can successfully dance with multiple partners (consecutively, not concurrently) at social events. If you are not a regular social dancer but you have attended multiple classes that are considered to be at an intermediate level, you will be comfortable in all beginner/intermediate and intermediate level workshops.

Advanced (long-time devoteés)

An advanced dancer is one who has pursued tango on a higher level, studied with professional maestros and constantly challenges their ability to excel in the dance. It is not always the complexity of steps that makes a class advanced; it refers more to the skill level required of the student to execute the movements taught with exceptional technique, elegance and poise.

A Word –

If you feel that your skills are improving hour by hour during these workshops you may be inclined to challenge yourself to a workshop that is possibly slightly ahead of your skill set, but please be considerate of the more advanced students who will have specifically selected the more advanced designations and will (naturally) expect the students who share in that workshop to be of comparable ability...

‘Nuff said.

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