the Game of Argentine Tango

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About us

May we tell you a little about Argen (David) and Tina (Liz) and the Tango Tribe philosophy?

Tango Tribe

Tango Tribe is an idea and a website.

It was also a dance studio during the years 2017 to 2020. With the lease ending during the COVID-19 pandemic, we closed the studio and began work on this course.

Tango Tribe is based on the idea that we improve our dance and our life experiences by sharing. Different styles of Argentine Tango and altogether different styles of dance enrich our own dance. Our understanding of Argentine Tango can enrich other dance styles and movement arts. In the world's cultures, sharing knowledge and culture enriches us all.

The Tango Tribe website is where we share our enthusiasm plus some knowledge and experience of good practices in dance, Argentine tango, learning, teaching, and coaching.

Video and transcript

English transcript

Transcripción en español

David Phillips

Hi, I'm David, and my game name is “Argen”.

One summer ages ago, my mother wanted to learn how to knit, so she checked out a book on it from the library. But she just couldn't understand it, so I read it and then taught it to her. I always love to learn and share what I've learned.

I was deep into a career in computer technology when I was introduced to ballroom dance in the early 1980s. I loved it immediately and found it a welcome break from the stresses of an entrepreneur. I've danced a lot of Smooth, Latin, and Swing dances. Plus, non-ballroom, partner and non-partner dances, and even Belly dance. Everything from Argentine tango to Zouk.

When I retired, I returned to my love of dance, too long neglected for the demands of business. That first year it was a different dance every night of the week, including starting Argentine tango. After that first year, it became Argentine tango every night of the week.

Struck by the challenges of the dance – physical, mental, and emotional, I began studying not just the dance itself, but also mind-body connection, teaching methodologies, learning strategies, sports coaching, and more.

My studies of Argentine Tango have included these specific teacher training courses:

  • Tomás Howlin, Tango-Learning 1 and 2, 2014, 2015
  • Minnesota Tango Teacher Camp, 2014, 2016
  • DanceAbility International Teacher Certification 2015
  • Caminar Abrazados International Tango Teacher Training in Saarbrücken, Germany 2016-2017
  • ProDVIDA Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum with High Honors 2016-2017 (with Liz!)

I love teaching. It stimulates my creativity to reach students in ways that speak to them. It stimulates creativity in my own dance. I feel that we don’t learn deeply until we teach ourselves. I hope to guide students and now players of the Game of Argentine Tango through experiences, experiments, ways of thinking, imagery, modeling, and more—as well as dancing, of course.

Liz Diana

I am Liz, and my game name is “Tina.”

I am an introvert who somehow, in 1999, wound up dedicating my professional life to the super-extroverted role of dance instructor.

I taught all the ballroom, Latin, and swing dances, and for the past ten years, I have concentrated on teaching the Argentine tango. Along the way, I could use my business management degree for studio management, including my own studio at one time.

I love to dance. It brings me happiness and a sense of accomplishment. The teaching adds to my joy! From Day One, as a little kid, each day coming home from school, I lined up my stuffed animals on the fireplace hearth and taught them everything that I had learned that day.

My business management side is a nice counterbalance and support for what I've wanted to accomplish on the artistic dance side.

When I dance the Argentine tango, it benefits from my drive to plan, work hard, and achieve results. At the same time, it takes me on a moving meditation, away from real-world concerns. In dance, there is surrender to the music and the partnership, balanced against our initiative to respond with individual contributions.

Thank you!

We are grateful for this opportunity to share our love for dance, the Argentine tango, learning, and relating to others in positive ways.