Backstreet Tango

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Steven Forbes reviewed Backstreet Tango — 5 star  Janruary 28th 7:45  Great instructor. Friendly studio. Excellent price.

Marge Bailey reviewed Backstreet Tango — 5 star  Janruary 28th 6:45

I started with 10 private beginner lessons from Luis. I've signed up for 10 group lessons and I'm planning to take more private lessons. Luis is patient, encouraging and a wonderful instructor. The Backstreet Tango Studio is conducive to learning proper technique with a wonderful floor, mirrors and bars to help those of us with balance issues! I'd encourage everyone to learn Tango, especially from Luis!

Seth Borman reviewed Backstreet Tango — 5 star  November 12

My wife and I love going to Backstreet Tango. Luis is an excellent instructor. During each class we learn and practice three different moves and he has times when we can come and put it all together. We've really been learning a lot and it's a fun way to spend our afternoons together.


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.



D Rand Hillier‎ to Backstreet Tango

October 9 at 8:19pm · 

Do you want a good experience with a real pro?
I am not a dancer and not very nimble on my feet but I decided I want to learn to do the Argentine Tango. I was introduced to Luis Perez and the Backstreet tango a few months ago.
Even though I have two left feet that don’t talk to each other and don’t listen to my brain the routine that Luis has established has taught me that I can do it. I am not there yet, but I got the idea. He is extremely patient and knows the dance inside and out, and more importantly , he knows not only what the guys are supposed to do, but also he knows the ladies’ steps.
It is good for balance and activity,,,and it’s fun.
Luis has modified ˝ a house into a ball room. He also offers opportunities to dance at other venues. If you want a good experience at a very reasonable price BACKSTREET TANGO in Tacoma is the place to go.
D. Rand Hillier

Vilnis &Guna Kleper reviewed Backstreet Tango — 5 star

If you have ever had a serious desire to dance the ARGENTINE tango, the place to learn is at the Backstreet Tango  studio in Tacoma. The large home-studio is professional and well suited. The two instructors are experts in this form of tango, use excellent teaching techniques, and are VERY patient. They’re always positive, encouraging, friendly attitudes removes the stress that could arise from learning the foreign, intricate dance moves.  Class time just flies by!

Ernesta Ballard
 reviewed Backstreet Tango — 5 star

October 2 at 7:22pm · 

I have been dancing with Luis for about five months. I love my lessons. He is patient and expects that I want to take the time to learn proper technique. It pays off. When I dance at a milonga I feel much better balanced and can follow gracefully. Backstreet is a bit of a travel for me - well worth it

Teah Scheel
 reviewed Backstreet Tango — 5 star

I started taking Argentine Tango classes from Luis Perez a few months ago. It’s always such a pleasure to come to his friendly and welcoming studio, Backstreet Tango.

Luis is very patient and always eager to teach. Such dedication is worth noting, as he will repeat, and drill, and teach his students as many times as it is necessary to understand the move. He doesn’t just teach the move, he teaches the cause and effect of each movement, proper body positioning, and other minute nuances of Argentine Tango style to give it a polished look. Luis is very knowledgeable about AT, and he is very passionate about teaching. You can see the spark in his eyes every time when we finally get the move 

Text Box: He creates pleasant and friendly atmosphere for his students through regularly scheduled monthly Milongas and Practicas at the studio. These are perfect opportunities for all students to practice, socialize, share the love for Tango, and build friendships.
Luis offers a very relaxed and pressure free form of payment, best described as a “Punch Card” system. After you purchase a certain number of classes, you only deduct classes you take. If you a miss a class, nothing is deducted. This form of compensation is very rare, extremely helpful, and is very much appreciated as life is very busy for most of us.
Personal note: Luis, thank you so much for your tireless effort, your encouragement at the end of each class, and for helping me discover the happiness that Argentine Tango brings to my life. I know I don’t speak the Tango language quite yet, but what’s important, is that I come to your class every week full of excitement and eager to learn more. Thank you so much for that


Venice Goetz “Experienced higher level Dancer’


“Luis Perez is Puget Sound’s best kept secret for learning Argentine tango.  He is a wonderful teacher, patient and  kind, and highly knowledgeable in the subtle nuances of all tango styles.  He can dance both lead and follow; so he can teach anyone.  Having had lessons with Luis is what made me the dancer I am today.  Luis taught me as a follow the language and partnership of this beautiful dance that is as life itself.  He showed me how the subtle invitational cues of the lead’s changes of weight, tilt of the hand, pressure of the arm, etc. allow the follow to improvise and lead her own dance with him. 


Luis holds group classes through each week at his beautiful self-built studio in Tacoma.  He also teaches private lessons at a most reasonable price in order to keep the dance accessible to everyone.  Taking lessons from Luis, you can’t go wrong and you will get the best deal anywhere for an excellent dance teacher.”


Had my 3rd class today & just love it! Luis is so funny and a very good instructor. Everyone has been so kind and helpful. It really is such a relaxing and welcoming group. I will be back and pretty much addicted now!

Misti Boucher reviewed Backstreet Tango — 5 star Jnauary  15 2017

Backstreet Tango in Tacoma is a great place to learn the Argentine Tango or perfect your skills if you already know it. Luis Perez is a great instructor who works with his students at their level and who makes his group classes and private instruction fun and challenging. Come and join the South Sound Argentine Tango Community that he has started.                   Jeanne Seger reviewed Backstreet Tango — 4 star     August 6 at 3:04pm · 

I am having a wonderful time learning the the Argentine Tango. Luis is a mavelous teacher with his technique for building confidence and knowledge. It is not often that someone with such knowledge can convey it to others so successfully. Thanks Luis!                                      Marla Keating‎ to Backstreet Tango    August 6 at 2:14pm


Text Box: It has been a few years since I have danced Argentine Tango and Luis made the transition back into dance a very smooth and comfortable experience for me. Backstreet Tango is a gem in the middle of Tacoma; the fellow dancers were very pleasant and the environment is very welcoming! I am excited to return and be further challenged in my growth process as a dancer. Luis uses a variety of teaching modalities, these techniques are solid and ones used by an experienced and trained dancer and teacher. If you have sampled Argentine Tango classes in the area you will not be disappointed. If you are a beginner, you will build solid foundational studies that you will need to further enhance your dancing abilities. Come check it out and say hello!             Katie M. Ladenburg reviewed Backstreet Tango — 5 star  August 1 at 1:17

I am absolutely LOVING my Argentine Tango Lessons at Backstreet Tango with instructor Luis Perez!!! His classes are dynamic and fun. He is introducing us to the whole world of Argentine Tango, from technique and style to dancing on a social dance floor. I thought my brain would be overwhelmed by all the various aspects of the dance but because of his teaching style, tango is really approachable and fun. I am also impressed by the diversity in age range and experience in his classes- there is no reason to be intimidated and any age can come to learn and have fun doing it. Whether Argentine Tango has intrigued you for a long time, or you just want to try something new, I highly suggest you come to one of the beginners classes and try it out!!!                      Jennifer Wheeler, July 17 at 10:03pm


So I've got two left feet and nothing that could be imagined to be rhythm. I was therefore a bit hesitant to go try Louis' classes. (I was envisioning a Latino Nazi prison guard, complete with a Hitler moustache and riding crop.) Glad to say my fears were unfounded
He's one of the most patient and accommodating teachers I've ever met. He obviously knows his stuff and has the ability to impart his knowledge succinctly and make corrections with patience and without the use of any torture instruments at all.
I can whole heartedly recommend Backstreet Tango to anyone and intend to continue my studies there until the point that I can make it around the room without damaging anyone or anything or doing anything else that might make my girlfriend wince.
Wish me luck.                                  David Whited
reviewed Backstreet Tango — 5 star

July 17 at 5:51pm · 

I joined Backstreet Tango Studio just over a year ago. Because of my desire to learn Argentine Tango and thanks to a wonderful instructor Luis, my dancing skills improved enough that I was brave enough to go to the Colombia Tango Festival where, I had a chance to dance with champions. Luis not only taught me how to dance but, helped me believe in myself. His teaching techniques make it possible to dance tango in any country. Because of Luis’ personality, there is welcoming, friendly atmosphere in his studio where people can relax, have fun, and make new friends. Thank you, Luis, for being who you are, for being a skillful instructor and a nice person. If you want to learn to dance Argentine tango, make new friends and relax – Luis’ studio is the best place for you.                                                                                       Nina Reidel March 31, 2016


Just finished my first eight lessons in Argentine Tango.  Luis is a great teacher.

                                                                                                     Shawn Badger Dec 16, 2015



Had a private class on Memorial Day weekend learning the basics. It was great. Didn't get to another milonga until last week. Figured I forgot half of what I learned but had a fantastic dance (to a very, very slow song - talk about staying on your axis!). 10 minutes 

later, I received a compliment on my footwork from an advanced follow whom I have admired previously. Thanks Luis Perez!


                                                                                  Stephanie Daugherty‎    June 26 2015

It was VERY productive class today !;) Which was More than I expected!! I am so impressed your passion to teaching tango and the classmates were so helpful! I was kind worried to mingle in the class but, I was wasting my time worrying;) Looking forward to seeing everybody soon!!     

                                                                                                                 Silvia Mar 2015                


My name is Nina and I'm from Russia .  I'm so glad I had an opportunity to go to Backstreet   Tango Studio.  The instructor is awesome !!!!!  He works with great successes with beginners.  Luis obviously likes teaching he gets happy and exited when we really get it. I would  definitely recommend Backstreet Tango Studio to anyone I know .  The Argentine Tango is great !!!!!!!!            Nina Riedel  16 Dec 2014


"I highly recommend Luis Perez as an Argentine tango instructor. Not only is he an exceptionally good teacher, he makes the class atmosphere relaxed and lots of fun. In the past experiences with other teachers I felt I was giving a lot of money and going away with not having learned very much. This was discouraging, (as tango is not an easy dance to learn) and as a result I would give up , then eventually return for the love of it, yet still having not progressed. Luis has changed that for me as he is gifted at making one grasp and understand the concept of tango. He makes you "get it". At the same time one is very encouraged to continue and without a doubt make progress. I'm grateful for having been connected and for the gifted teacher he is. "

                                                                                        Shalaine Fernandez 10 Dec 2014



Thanks to Backstreet Tango and my wonderful teacher, LUIS PEREZ,  I'm hooked on Argentine Tango!  I love going to Backstreet Tango.  Everyone there is warm & friendly and dedicated to learning.  Luis is patient and extremely knowledgeable.   I appreciate that he is focused on teaching impeccable technique  and producing quality dancers.  Surprisingly,  tango at Backstreet has also greatly improved my ballroom and swing dancing.  Thank YOU Backstreet Tango and Luis

                                                                                           Antonia McDonald Nov 2014

★★★★★ Having had no prior dance instruction and two left feet, I was nervous about taking my first Tango lesson, but I am so glad I took the plunge. Luis's easy going personality put me completely at ease, and my first lesson was so enjoyable. Luis is professional, knowledgeable, and very patient. I have continued and will continue take lessons here. Thank you Luis for sharing your talent being such a great instructor. I am having a great time learning this beautiful form of dance.

                                                                                                  Danielle Ferreri June 2014

★★★★★ I really enjoyed my first lesson and Luis's instruction, heart, and fun personality made it that much more enjoyable! I bought a package and look forward to my lessons! It's a beautiful, clean space with lot's of care and intention to the studio and instruction! If you are looking for tango classes this is the place to go!

                                                                                             Melissa Schussler-Paz June 2014


"This was my very first dance lesson period, and it could not have been a more pleasant experience. Luis is an incredible instructor, and spent a generous amount of time with each student. I cannot recommend this place enough!!!"

                                                                                                                      Lisa Manley May 2014 

f you live close enough to get yourself to the Backstreet Tango Studio, then you are indeed favored by the gods and goddesses of Argentine Tango!  Don't let anything keep you from stepping into the tastefully decorated studio and onto the inviting hardwood floor.  You are in for a great dancing experience with a kind, encouraging, and gifted dance teacher.  You'll come away from your lessons with dancing skills and finesse, probably amazed at what your teacher has brought out of you!  And you'll make some new friends too.   

                                                                                                                        Catherine  May 2014


Backstreet Tango is a great place to get introduced to Argentine tango, or polish up for the more advanced. Owner Luis Perez is a knowledgeable and certified tango instructor and has created an inviting dance space. The hardwood floors are great. The studio is tucked away in a quiet Tacoma neighborhood with easy access to I-5. If your looking for a fun place to start with clear, concise instruction Backstreet studio is it.


                                                                                                                            Kim H.  (Jan 2014)

                                                                                       Three+ years dancing Argentine Tango


Lisa Bergman, a intermediate level Tango dancer from NYC Comments:  Oct 2013

I am a tanguera from NYC, a place where there is a very active tango community. Luis teaches traditional Argentine Tango group classes on Sundays in a spacious sunny studio. Classes are small enough that he is able to give a lot of personal attention. They say every teacher has personality attributes that attract like-minded students. That must be true because Luis' personality creates a space that reflects his patience and warmth. At Backstreet Tango, more advanced students are happy to dance with beginners and vice versa. Everyone is there to learn and egos are left outside.

He didn't just do the pattern but personalized the lesson so that I was able to work on what I needed to do to make it work better. Luis is very patient and loves teaching. He explains the "why" of many concepts, which makes them easier to retain later on.

In selecting a teacher, it is important to find someone who is constantly trying to improve his own dancing, because a good teacher is never content to rest on his laurels. Luis is that kind of teacher. I would recommend him to anyone who loves dancing of any type. So try Backstreet Tango. You will learn some wonderful things and you will meet some really nice people. I can't wait to come back


Gail First time student Comments: 

“Luis did an incredible job with the lesson.  It was my first lesson and I loved every minute of it.  He was so patient and I could tell he teaches because he loves the dance.  Great experience ! ”

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My wife and I are a retired couple who discovered the Argentine Tango in our mid-sixties with no previous dance experience. We started going to Back Street Tango first to attend the Milonga. Luis is a true gentleman and a wonderful host. He makes everyone welcome. We have been attending group lessons elsewhere for a while and we practice in our kitchen, but it wasn’t until we started taking some private lessons from Luis that the basic moves really took hold. Luis has devoted his life to this wonderful dance. It shows in the way he explains simply and directly how to do the steps and connect them into the beautiful walk at the heart of the tango. His studio is comfortable, inviting, and well designed. He is a truly patient teacher even with a student like me with metal knees and days when I am not as coordinated as I would hope. I also know that he instructs those students who have way more experience and ability. Everyone who knows him respects his ability as a teacher and his love of the dance.                      

James Clarkson reviewed Backstreet Tango — 5 star  Janruary 25th 2018 9:56 am

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