Tango’s Five Basic Steps for Beginning Dancers

In five weeks, get the five basics of Argentine tango: walking, forward ochos, back ochos, the cruzada (or cross), and the molinete (or windmill or grapevine). Be able to dance a full tanda (set of 3–4 tango songs) by the end of the series. Series of five: $45 if paid before January 1, 2013. $10 drop-in. Classes are Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, and Feb 1, 7:30 to 8:30, with practice time afterward, as always.

At: La Pista Tango Argentino Salon, 766 Brannan St. (between 6th & 7th streets), San Francisco • 415-425-6515

If you already know the five basics of tango, improve your technique, embrace, and connections. Followers can especially benefit. I’ll give you some fun extras—decorations that make your feet and form look luscious.

Friends don’t let friends NOT dance tango. Give someone you love the gift of dance (buy the series, $45, or any drop-in classes, $10/per class):