When you dance tango, you must give everything. If you can’t do that, don’t dance. – Ricardo Vidort

The beginning and the end of the tango is the walk. – Robert Duvall


Tango House of Madison is located at 516 S. Orchard St, Madison WI, 53715


Tango House of Madison currently offers classes twice weekly, on Monday and Wednesday nights.  Both classes are all levels with no partner required and run from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.

For people who are new to Tango, one of the premises of Tango House of Madison is that fundamentals are just that; fundamental.  Everyone is always working to improve their walk, balance, posture, comfort, and awareness.  Every class we always work on some aspect of the fundamentals at the start of class.  As a result, people who are new to tango can join at any time.  We dynamically adjust class content to meet people where they are in their tango.  That being said, here is the general structure of the classes.

7:30 – 8:00 PM  Fundamentals, technique and training.
8:00 – 9:30 PM  Practical application of fundamentals through vocabulary.

The current approach to integrating fundamentals with vocabulary is to take a figure, for example salida americana to molinete, and work with it for a month.  In that month, we look at the base figure.  We then mirror it.  This means if the figure began with a step to the left with the left foot for the leader, the mirror begins with a step to the right with the right foot.  This is done for the entire figure, yielding a similar but different piece of vocabulary.  The next thing is to perform the figure backwards.  The mirror can then be execute backwards.  It is also possible to invert the figure.  That is for the lead to dance the follower’s foot work while leading the follower to dance the leader’s footwork.  The net result is one figure can be danced in eight different ways.

Base Mirrored
Base Backwards
Base Mirrored and Backwards
Base Inverted
Base Inverted and Mirrored
Base Inverted and Backwards
Base Inverted, Mirrored and Backwards

7:30 – 8:00 PM  Fundamentals, technique and training.
8:00 – 8:30 PM  Practical application of fundamentals through vocabulary.
8:30 – 9:30 PM  Musicality with Catherine Young

The first hour is a repeat of the Monday night approach.  For the last half hour of class, Catherine Young brings her forty plus years of musical experience to students.  With a variety of approaches, Catherine helps students hear and express the music more clearly and deeply.

  Drop-In: $8.00
With Punchard: $6.00


Tango House of Madison
516 S. Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715

Craig Rysptat
(608) 332-9113

The music goes in my ears, is filtered through my heart, and comes out through my feet. – El Flaco Dany Garcia

If there is no beat there is no tango. – Juan D’Arienzo

Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion. – Martha Graham

Students must obligate their teachers to continue learning – the teachers must continue to learn. – Dana Frigoli and Pablo Villarraza

The tango can be debated, and we have debates over it, but it still encloses, as does all that which is truthful, a secret. – Jorge Luis Borges