It takes two to tango, but hundreds are learning how at this Philly festival

Philly Tango Fest is back this weekend.

Andrew Kramer
May 26, 2018 - 10:02 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - Tango dancers of all skill levels are converging in Philadelphia's Port Richmond neighborhood this holiday weekend.

The popular partner dance has taken over the Lithuanian Music Hall Association on East Allegheny Avenue through Monday night. 

Meredith Klein is director of the Philly Tango Fest, which features close to 30 workshops.

"It is a chance to immerse yourself completely in Argentine tango," she explained, "whether you're just starting out and this is your first experience, or like many people here, if you've been dancing and loving tango for decades."

In any case, she says anyone can learn this dance.

"Argentine tango is based on walking, so in one way it's really easy," said Klein. "What gets complicated is doing that with another person."

But educators at this festival teach attendees, over 600 of them over the course of the weekend, everything they need to know. Two of those instructors include a world renowned duo.

"Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne, who are really considered the greatest tango pedagogs on earth," added Klein.

That's a big reason Vanessa Hamm decided to come out and try tango for the first time.

"What an exciting opportunity," she said. "It's just beautiful and the connection is amazing and I was looking at some of the instructors and they're phenomenal."

It's not too late to sign up for a workshop. You can learn more here