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Tango Therapy Workshop

By Christina Johnson

Contrary to many forms of exercise that exacerbate joint pain, tire the back, and are repetitive and tedious, Argentine tango is always exciting and creative. We can begin tango as a therapeutic exercise and continue to enjoy it as a dance with more refinement and elegance over the years.

Tango Therapy
Sat, Oct 24, 11am-1pm
Shelter Theater, upstairs studio
Vicente Guerrero 4
Colonia San Rafael
400 pesos per person
600 pesos per couple

Few dances involve a heart-to-heart embrace. Human beings need an equivalent of eight hugs a day to enhance the immune system and remain in a satisfactory mental state. Because of the close embrace of tango, a one-hour class would be the equivalent of at least twenty hugs. The biological system has an opportunity to leap into super-healing mode through tango!

A study done by the Society of Neuroscience in Washington, D.C., showed that dancing tango boosts brainpower that can offset the negative symptoms of getting older. Seniors aged 68 to 91 demonstrated improved balance, self-esteem, multitasking ability, and motor coordination. Seniors who tangoed were compared with others who walked for exercise, and the tango dancers showed more improvement.

With our tango therapy class, we present exercises for people who may be compromised through surgery, accident, or diseases affecting motor skills, the brain, and muscle memory. If you are able to walk, then you can enjoy the therapeutic value of these unique classes. All forms of learning (kinesthetic, visual, auditory, and intuitive) are included in the study of tango. Tango requires listening skills. It stretches your brain to coordinate rhythm and to distinguish rhythm from melody. You will start listening and moving to the music, and the release of endorphins will sooth the body.

No partner is needed. Cost is 400 pesos per person or 600 pesos per couple. Wear shoes with smooth soles. Sneaker soles and open-back shoes not recommended. Wear comfortable workout clothes.

The upstairs studio is around the corner from the main entrance of the Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4, Colonia San Rafael. For more information, visit


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