Our first home was a restaurant in Canton, Kiss Cafe . Since one of the most famous milongas in Buenos Aires, Argentina is El Beso (The Kiss)...

... we Tango here in Baltimore as ...

El Otro Beso (The Other Kiss)

Current Lesson Schedule

The next series of Fundamentals A classes will begin January 16, 2019!

Classes are held at the Wilkes School at Grace and St. Peters, 707 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201 (Mt. Vernon area).

Free parking in lot across the street (corner of Tyson and West Monument St.) with dashboard coupon you get at class.

You can preregister here.

Email newsletter@theotherkiss.com for current information!

Fundamentals of Tango (either A or B, see below) will be from 7 - 8 PM and an Advanced Fundamentals series (see below) will be from 8 - 9 PM. All classes are progressive six week series.

About the Classes

How do I begin to learn Argentine Tango with El Otro Beso?

The first thing to do is to decide you're going to put six weeks into having fun trying something completely different! Next, look on www.theotherkiss.com for the next Fundamentals A group series and preregister. That will get you signed onto the weekly newsletter where you will get info on what you will be doing in class, what's happening and what's coming regarding tango in Baltimore.

The Fundamentals A series will be immediately followed by a Fundamentals B series. After you've completed both A and B series you have a solid foundation for tango and can then take any Adv. Fundamentals Class (see below).

FAQ: I would like to take the series but I will have to miss X classes for Y reasons. What should I do?

Classes are offered in a series for a several reasons. Leaders especially need a progressive exposure to the fundamentals to incorporate them as quickly as possible.

To start you out on the right foot, so to speak, you must take at least one of the two first classes of the Fundamentals A series before taking any of the subsequent classes. You can miss or drop-in to any of the Fundamentals A classes as long as you have taken at least one of the first two classes. You won't want to miss though. Each week beyond the second class of the Fundamentals A series begins a completely new element of tango.

If you cannot make either of the first two classes, you have two options. First, you can take a private lesson to makeup for the missed classes. Secondly, you can wait. The series will be repeated every twelve weeks.

Once both Fundamentals A and B series have been completed, a student is welcome to attend any class regardless of the progression of the series. Any class may be paid for by the class ($15, $12 student). It is not necessary to register for an entire series (though for the Fundamentals series it usually makes sense to do so). The Advanced Fundamentals series is often a collection of related movements. Once you've completed the Fundamentals series, we know you've heard how it works and how to respect your partner and the other dancers on the floor. After that it's all about practicing, adding to your tango and having FUN!

The classes are rooted in the lead-response principles of Argentine tango. Previous experience with other dance or the tango is not required for the Fundamentals A series. You do not need to bring a partner for either type of class. In fact, at any level of the tango you will learn both faster and better by changing partners.. and we will encourage doing so regularly during the lessons.
Class size may be limited on a first come first served basis and roughly role balanced. Roles are leader (traditionally male) and responder (traditionally female). If you are registering to learn a non-traditional role, no problem, simply include the role in the optional note available at registration.

Dress casually for class but wear shoes with leather bottoms. Here's why: Pivoting is common in the tango. You need a slight amount of traction to help you push off the floor when you dance. However, if you have too much traction it is more difficult to pivot. The torque it takes to make you pivot gets communicated to your joints (especially your knees). Tangueros wear a variety of different types of shoes.. but they all have leather bottoms of some sort. For more information about shoes, go here on the FAQs page.

The schedule for the Fundamentals A Series will be:

Week 1: Principles of the tango and Walking Together I

Week 2: Walking Together II: Introduction to Cross System

Week 3: More Cross System Movements Walking Together III

Week 4: Ochos

Week 5: The Molinete: Responders turn to Drive

Week 6: La Crusada (the cross) and how to tango worldwide!

The curriculum for the Fundamentals B Series will vary depending on class progression:

Advanced Fundamentals Series starting November 28, 2018: Turns in Open and Close Embrace

Prerequisite: Fundamental A and B Series

You can preregister here.