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About Miles Tangos

In October of 2006, I began taking Argentine Tango lessons with Daniel Trenner in Northampton, MA. At first I have to be honest with you, I absolutely hated it. It made me feel small, insignificant, and really out of my depth. Daniel talked me into it though and we arranged for me to come back to see him and spend time learning tango. I was living in San Francisco, at the time, and my time with Daniel was originally supposed to be 2 hrs a day, for 2 weeks. Those 2 hrs turned into 6, and those 2 weeks turned into 3 months.

Suffice is said that I obviously fell in love with the dance, I went back home to San Francisco, and then I ate, slept, breathed, and….ummmm well you get the picture, about 12 to 15 hrs every day for almost 2 and a half full years. I gave up my day job to pursue Tango full time, not as a job but just to understand it. I left my friends behind, those who didn’t speak tango, I kinda dissed a bit; those who wanted to speak tango, I introduced to the dance. I stopped going to the things that I used to enjoy. I focused on tango to the exclusion of all else. So much so that there were times when I didn’t eat, I slept in a rental car for almost a full year, washed up at Starbucks in the mornings, either traveled on the weekends to tango festivals or to a workshop somewhere, and went social dancing every night in the hotbed that was tango in the United States: San Francisco. I took 5 privates a week from 5 different teachers, went to every class that I could get my hands on, and took many workshops, practiced every day religiously for 5 hrs after a private lesson 2 hours solo practice and 3 individual practice sessions over a 3 hour period, and generally became a fixture in the tango scene in San Francisco.

When I started, I was the epitome of an addict. I was deep in the middle of my addiction, a disease in of itself for which there is no cure, except more of the disease. Very few people take the path that I took. I believed, at the time, that to do what I did, I felt I had to be fanatical, single-minded, and driven. For without that drive, I never would have achieved what I did in a very short space of time.

That was a lot, and it was also 12 years ago (as of this writing). Today I’ve calmed down a bit. While I now teach full time, I have created this site in an effort to teach what I know, to share it. I am sorry that I have to create a paywall for certain pieces of tango information, I do have to eat you know, so all is not free. However, the portions of the site that are free, I hope can help you. If not, I am sorry to bother, but hopefully, there is some piece of Tango wisdom here that can adjust your tango course, your thinking, your understanding of the dance as I understand it and was able to convey it to you. You may disagree, you may agree, but hopefully you see the sheer volume of work that has gone into generating this site, the videos, and the textual descriptors, the tango thoughts, the definitions, the articles on certain pieces of tango vocabulary, the process by which we hear the music and then can access it and a host of other things. 🙂

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