Tango Boise

Argentine Tango In Boise

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December Intensive for All Levels: Ocho Cortado

Every month, tango classes in Boise take on a new theme, allowing beginner dancers to learn a new aspect of tango through repetition ... or allow experienced dancers to deepen their skill in a particular subject. November's theme is the ocho cortado. Here's a level guide so you can choose the class or classes that are right for you:

Level 0 (Never danced tango before)

  • Beginner series lesson, 7:00 pm - 8:00 every Thursday night at Ochos (see description below)

  • Monday's beginner tango lesson hosted by BSU Tango Club, starts at 7:30 pm (more info)

Level 1 (Some experience with tango)

  • "Tango Focus" lesson, 8:00 pm - 9:00 every Thursday night at Ochos (see description below)

Level 2 (Comfortable with tango)

  • "Tango Focus" lesson, 8:00 pm - 9:00 every Thursday night at Ochos. You don't need to have taken the 7:00 beginner class to participate in the lesson (though you should anyway!)

  • "Tango Beyond" lesson, 7:00 pm - 8:00 every Sunday at Solid (see description below)

What is the ocho cortado?

The ocho cortado or “cut ocho” is an iconic figure in Argentine tango, and is one of the most versatile and useful combinations for the social dance floor. The beginning of the video to the left shows the sequence. There are many variations, timings, entrances, exits, and embellishments to explore in the ocho cortado…which is why we can spend a whole month on it!

Schedule and Descriptions


7:00 - 8:00 pm Beginner Series - This class will cater to those who have never danced tango before. It is recommended you join the class at the beginning of the series, but if you drop in you will not be lost.

8:00 - 9:00 pm "Tango Focus" - This class will cater toward those who have had a couple of months experience with tango. The goal is to focus on one aspect of tango and learn it in-depth.

  • December 6th: Ocho Cortado vs Ocho

  • December 13th: Ocho Cortado Musicality

  • December 20th: Entrances and Exits

  • December 27th: Embellishments


7:00 - 8:00 pm "Tango Beyond" - This class will be different every Sunday and will be an accelerated version of the previous Thursday class. We'll go over the material from that class again, then "take it beyond" and cover variations and advanced technique.

  • December 2nd: Ocho Cortado Phrasing

  • December 9th: Ocho Cortado vs Ocho Lvl II

  • December 16th: Ocho Cortado Musicality Lvl II

  • December 23rd: Entrances and Exits Lvl II

  • December 30th: cancelled


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