Argentine Tango Teachers and Classes in Auckland

There are a number of tango teachers in Auckland, each with their own approach to tango. Give them a go and see what suits you. Please go to the dance studio's website (where listed) for class or course details, or contact the teacher directly by phone or email for more accurate information.

Dancing Schools
(in alphabetical order)
Tango Teachers
(in alphabetical order, by first name)

Pasión Por Tango

Website: www.pasionportango.com
Teacher(s): different teachers, including local and international guest teachers
Location: Parisian Building, 4 Poynton Terrace, Auckland Central (map)
Email: info@pasionportango.com
Mobile: +64 22 190 5985 (Cecilia Trini)
Situated in a beautiful studio overlooking Myers Park, and only a stone's throw away from the lively K'Road, Pasión Por Tango is a convenient dance school, dedicated to tango-related dance forms. The Argentinian founding artistic director and instructor Diego Echenique (# interview) has now moved on, but quality classes are still available. The studio also hosts tango workshops from visiting professionals.

Class timetable (updated 11 February 2013):

Location Day/Time Class Notes
Auckland City
4 Poynton Terrace
Tuesdays, 7 - 8pm Open Intermediate Tango with Cecilia Trini Working on different techniques and incorporating them into sequences, with varying levels of difficulty. A great precursor to TangoClub's TangoFactory practica.
Auckland City
4 Poynton Terrace
Wednesdays, 7 - 8pm Beginners Tango with Cecilia Trini New to tango? Come along to this.
Auckland City
4 Poynton Terrace
Wednesdays, 8 - 9pm Beginners Level 2 Tango with Cecilia Trini

El Tango

Website: www.eltango.co.nz
Teacher(s): Carl Robson and Erica Zarate
Location: St. David's Church Hall, 70 Khyber Pass, Newmarket (map)
Email: carl@eltango.co.nz
Phone: +64 9 630 6306
Mobile: +64 21 280 4464
Carl is one of the first salon tango teachers in Auckland. He loves having tango de salón danced in cafes in front of the public and originally started the Wednesday Cafe Milonga in 2000, which is now at Limon. In addition to teaching tango in Auckland, he has classes in Tauranga.

Class timetable (updated 20 January 2012):

Location Day/Time Class Notes
St. David's Church Hall, 70 Khyber Pass
Wednesdays, 7 - 8pm Level 1 Tango Classes begin Wednesday 25 January.
$15, no extra charge for Level 2 students attending both classes.
St. David's Church Hall, 70 Khyber Pass
Wednesdays, 8 - 9pm Level 2 Tango

Dance Pasión

Website: www.tango.co.nz
Teacher(s): John Flower and Felicity Rogers
Location: Dance Studio, University of Auckland Recreation Centre, 17 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD (map)
Email: info@dancepasion.co.nz
Phone: +64 9 580 0145
John and Felicity are stage tango dancers and have represented New Zealand multiple times in the World Tango Championships in the Stage Tango category. You don't see them around at the milongas much, but they will impress you with their performances. They teach sequences of steps in their classes, and there is always more to learn.

Class timetable (updated 14 July 2012):

Location Day/Time Class Notes
Auckland City
Dance Studio, University of Auckland Recreation Centre, 17 Symonds Street
Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:15pm Open Level Tango 8-week block course: $120
(home studio address)
Wednesdays, 8 - 9pm Open Level Tango $25 class

John Young Dance Centre

Website: www.johnyoungdance.co.nz
Teacher(s): John and Anne Young
Location: Studio 3, City Dance Studio, 260 Queen Street, Auckland Central (map)
Email: info@johnyoungdance.co.nz
Phone: +64 9 373 9000
While the John Young Dance Centre has a focus on ballroom and Latin dances, they also have classes in Argentine tango. The great thing about their classes is that students at higher levels are encouraged to join in at lower levels as well, so beginners can dance with more experienced dancers, and everybody can get more practice in.

Class timetable (updated 18 Augst 2013):

Location Day/Time Class Notes
Auckland City
Studio 3, City Dance Studio, 260 Queen Street
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9pm Beginners Tango 10-week courses
Auckland City
Studio 3, City Dance Studio, 260 Queen Street
Wednesdays, 8 - 9pm Intermediate Tango 10-week courses

Dance Pro

Website: www.dancepro.co.nz
Teacher(s): Irina Kapeli (# interview) and Elena Mananova
Location: Viva Latino Studio, 10 Newton Road, Newton (map)
Email: info@dancepro.co.nz
Mobile: +64 21 127 7573
Phone: +64 9 550 5748
Irina (owner of Dance Pro) and Elena have both been dancing from a young age in Russia, beginning with rhythmic gymnastics and ballet. They have since picked up a variety of dances including salsa, tango and jazz. In addition to Russian folk, contemporary, hip hop, modern jive and other dance forms, Irina has choreographed her own dance performances, while Elena has trained in martial arts. The dance studio offers a wide range of classes at multiple locations, including pilates and zumba.

Class timetable (updated 14 July 2012):

Location Day/Time Class Notes
Viva Latino Studio, 10 Newton Road
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30pm Improvers Tango 8 week course starts 27 June 2012.
Viva Latino Studio, 10 Newton Road
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:30pm Beginners Tango 8 week course starts 13 June 2012.

Toca Tango

Teacher(s): Martyn Atack and Vikki Brannagan (# interview)
Location: Unit E, 4 William Pickering Drive, Rosedale (off Constellation Drive) (map)
Email: info@tocatango.co.nz
Phone: +64 9 415 2926
Mobile: +64 27 482 3756 (Vikki), +64 21 280 6585 (Martyn)
Martyn and Vikki's passion for tango has led them to open their own studio on the North Shore, as well as travel to Buenos Aires on numerous occasions to gain new insights to their dancing and teaching. Although they give lessons most evenings, they still find time to practise and dance socially with the wider tango community.

Class timetable (updated 12 July 2012):

Location Day/Time Class Notes
Unit E, 4 William Pickering Drive (off Constellation Drive)
Times by appointment Private Lessons Private Lessons: (One couple, or individual leaders or followers.)
  • Regular weekly private lessons: $70
  • Casual private lessons: $80
  • Vikki is available to follow for leader's private lessons with Martyn at no extra charge.
  • The Studio may be hired for dancer's own practice sessions, subject to availability.
  • Practice sessions (for leaders) with Vikki are also available.
For enquiries, or to book a lesson, please email or text/phone Vikki.

Zanaboni Tango

Teacher(s): Maida Zanaboni Doleman (# interview)
Location: 42 Silverton Avenue, Waiotaiki Bay, Auckland (map)
Email: maida.zanaboni.doleman@gmail.com
Phone: +64 9 575 8245
Mobile: +64 21 230 6991
Maida teaches a style of tango which is called milonguero style, characterised by a close embrace, a slight lean or apilado, and short steps—great for dancing in crowded places. She runs small classes in her home, and will talk at length about technique, especially The Connection. Although over 60 (you don't mind us saying that, do you, Maida?) her dancing feet are amazing to watch and she sure can show us younger ones a thing or two about adornos.

Class timetable (updated 24 January 2010):

Location Day/Time Class Notes
Glen Innes
42 Silverton Avenue
By appointment Private Lessons Group private classes (4 - 6 persons): $20 per person
Private classes (one couple or two individuals):
  • 4-class package: $200, i.e. $100 per person
  • single class: $85


Website: www.release.net.nz/tango.html
Teacher(s): Craig (Sooty) Love (# interview) and Lisa Houghton
Location: Mount Eden Village Centre Methodist Church, 449 Mount Eden Road (corner of Ngauruhoe Street), Mount Eden (map)
Email: craig@release.net.nz
Phone: +64 9 835 2289
Mobile: +64 22 066 8337
Sooty has great musicality, and as a "body worker", also a great awareness and understanding of how to get the best out of your body. His classes are fun and energetic, yet structured and informative, so you can be sure you will be inspired to dance.

Private lessons available by appointment.


Teacher(s): Nigel and Cecile Bale
Location: Takapuna Memorial Hall (next to the library), 1-7 The Strand, Takapuna (map)
Phone: +64 9 482 3394
Mobile: +64 21 482 339
Nigel and Cecile are devoted to tango and used to organise the Tango Congress of New Zealand each year, in addition to their monthly milonga. They also sometimes give free tango classes on K'Rd and were among the first tango teachers in Auckland.

Ces and Nige are currently having a break from teaching, but check back for further details.