David Phillips

At the Carlos Gardel museum in Buenos Aires

I began taking ballroom dance lessons in the early 1980s. Over the years I’ve studied, danced, and performed a lot of some styles and a little of lots of different things. When I started Argentine tango in 2010 everything else fell away after that first year. I was struck by the challenges — balance, mental, physical, and emotional — of the dance, and began studying not just the dance itself, but also issues of mind-body connection, teaching methodologies, learning strategies, and more.

When I contacted David I couldn’t dance to save my life.
I had planned a christmas gift for a friend that I really liked and I knew she missed dancing tango, so I took a month of Tango lessons with David and surprised her with my newfound skills. David was great to learn from, he’s very patient, kind, and intuitive


My studies of Argentine tango, both nationally and internationally, have included these specific teacher training courses:

Diverse training in dance and mind-body systems (Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, NLP), and best practices for teaching, learning, and coaching has informed our guided self-discovery approach. David’s studies of Argentine tango, both nationally and internationally, have included:

  • El Corte Tango in Nijmegen, Netherlands, Tango Teacher Training, 2023
  • ProDVIDA Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum with High Honors 2016-2017
  • Caminar Abrazados International Tango Teacher Training in Saarbrücken, Germany 2016-2017
  • DanceAbility International Teacher Certification 2015
  • Tomás Howlin, Tango-Learning 1 and 2, 2014, 2015
  • Minnesota Tango Teacher Camp, 2014, 2016
  • Tango Salón Extremo, Buenos Aires, 2014


David is a very welcoming and warm soul. His passion for Tango is evident in the way he pursues his own training and in the way he loves to share the knowledge with others! He relishes the challenge of adapting his teaching to each individual & simplifying complex ideas to make the dance accessable to every level.

I like to teach for the opportunities for creativity not only in my dancing but in reaching students in a way that speaks to them. I am of the opinion that we don’t learn until we teach ourselves. A talented teacher can guide us through experiences, experiments, ways of thinking, imagery, modeling, and more … as well as dancing, of course. I aim to be that teacher for you.

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