Text Box: Luis Perez

Backstreet Tango 
3505 South 14th St. 
Tacoma, WA 98405
Email: Backstreettango@gmail.com

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A dance of passion, emotion, and discovery

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Text Box:          ******* Parking *******    
   The only authorized parking for students attending group  classes is at Hearing and Audiology Clinic parking lot at 1311 S. Union.  It is on the same block as my house.  Parking is only available after 6 p.m. Please park there and enter through the back door of the house .  Thanks
We now accept all major credit cards  

Still not sure?  Check out our Student Reviews. Or stop by for a free introductory class.  
We would love to help you make dancing a lifelong passion, and along the way make new friends.  
          I   consistently seek out professionals to evaluate my instruction to ensure that I am qualified, updated and teaching how  the industry  desires tango to be taught.  This is just to ensure my students that they are getting what they pay for (professional up to date instruction)  A person can say he has been teaching and dancing forever but, that doesn’t validate his/her abilities dancing, knowledge or ability to teach.   Just something you might think about when choosing an instructor. 

Interesting Comparison
Recently I found a quote that coincides with the way I am teaching Argentine Tango.  
Christy Cote and George Garcia state: “ There is an underlying code and logic that all tangueros understand.  It can be compared to speaking a language.  Once you understand the vocabulary and grammar of the language you can improvise your words and communicate with others that speak your language.”  My studio does just that, by teaching the elements of the dance you are learning the vocabulary and grammar of Argentine Tango.  Learning Tango by learning patterns is like improvising the words and vocabulary of a language you haven’t yet learned.

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Text Box: “The only Master certified Social Argentine Tango Instructor  in the South 
Sound”  If your going to invest your time to learn this dance , invest it wisely!

  Welcome to Backstreet Tango!  We hope our website will provide you a general introduction to the wonderful world of Argentine tango, and all the details about our program and studio located in Tacoma, Washington.  Seattle and the great Pacific Northwest boast exciting, vibrant Argentine tango communities.  Our goal in developing Backstreet Tango is to expand the Seattle area's thriving tango culture even more by providing tangueroes in Tacoma and the South Sound communities a place to call home.  We offer enthusiasts who seek a great and traditional Argentine tango venue with a warm, welcoming atmosphere in the South Sound an alternative to those long Seattle drives.                                       


    This isn't a gigantic ballroom dance studio where you will sit and not be noticed!  It’s a cozy, friendly place where everyone is approachable and everyone will know each other by name and as friends.  Our guiding vision for Backstreet Tango is to inspire even more tango connections in our area by offering all students the very finest quality instruction, and always in a friendly, home town atmosphere.  BST welcomes a diverse community of leads and followers.

We teach using a workshop format, emphasizing mastery of the core elements of tango.  Our class focuses on developing a solid understanding along with the proper performance of the basic elements of the dance.  From these, we create the increasingly varied and intricate patterns that give the Argentine tango its uniquely rich character.  As each element is studied, the associated patterns for varying its entry and exit are introduced.  Weekly 1 p.m. workshops are focused on a different topic or theme every month.

Whether you've been dancing Argentine tango for many years and want to improve your technique and brush up on rusty skills, or you've never been on a dance floor and just want to try it out, or anywhere in between-- we invite you to begin or continue your journey with us.  Partners are not required.  And there's never an extra charge for fun!


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Text Box: *****Ongoing special for first time students (eight classes ) all for the price of 40 dollars.  
*******Students who continue past their first eight lessons can purchase 10 lessons for an upfront cost of $70 vs  ten dollars per lesson. 
Text Box: Upcoming Events 
28 Oct , Lakewood Elks Milonga (Halloween theme milonga)
29 Oct, Olympia Tango Milonga
5 Nov , Next Practica at Studio 
19 Nov, Next Milonga at the Studio
*****No Lakewood Elks Milonga in November****


Most Recent Student Comments: 

Anitia Jimenez Oct 22, 2017


I'm a long-time dancer, have a passion for it, and have been called to many types of dance by many types of music. The latest dance lure over the past (interrupted) several years is Argentine Tango. It was calling to me and I tried several instructors with the hope that one of them would guide me to a level where I had enough confidence to attend a practica. While I am usually a fast learner and have been told I'm a good follow, AT did not come as easily to me as I expected, for sure not as easily as all the other dances have. Mastering the basics was a challenge I took up. It has been my experience that learning anything is a two-way street between teacher and student. And while I was determined not to give up, taking lessons from various instructors to glean what I could from each of them, it wasn't until I started taking lessons from Luis that I saw possible success.  ​Luis is methodical, intuitive and the most patient instructor I've had.​ He has to be a candidate for sainthood to so patiently repeat the same corrections to my most consistent errors. I took a series of private lessons  to prepare for a dance cruise from which I just returned. While there were no AT dancers, his frame instructions were constantly used in every dance I had. I intend to continue lessons now that I'm back.

Text Box: Tuesdays 6:30 Absolute Beginners class                 Wednesdays  6:30 Absolute Beginners Class
Thursdays  6:30 –8:30 Practica
Saturdays 2-4 pm Practica
 Sundays 12 p.m.  Absolute Beginners Class Sundays 1 p.m.  Level 2 Beginners Class    
Sundays 2 p.m.  Intermediate Class
Practica 1st Sunday, Milonga 3rd Sunday
Monthly 3-5:30 pm 
Lakewood Elks Milonga 4th Saturday 
Monthly 4:15 to 6:50 pm