Wedding First Dance Tuition in Chelsea / Victoria / Pimlico

So, this month I’m delighted to be teaching THREE couples some tango moves in preparation for their upcoming nuptials!

That means helping them edit the music so it’s not too long and preparing three beautiful choreographies that are tango based but include some more snazzy steps such as spins, dips and lunges.

Two of the couples have chosen to work with me for three 90-minute lessons, while the third has opted for just two 120-minute lessons! It sounds like a difficult challenge but I have been amazed at how much tuition it’s posslbe to pack in even when the students have had no prior tango or formal dance experience. I’m really impressed at what they have achieved so far and look forward to seeing the final dance videos from their big days!

Wedding Dance Tuition with Jane Solomon

Throughout August/September classes are only £30 / hour!

Ebury Bridge Road, SW1




Some Tango Vocabulary – as requested by my students

Here’s a short list of some of the tango terminology used in the classes I lead. I always give the english word too but recently some students requested I write the spanish words down for them….

adorno: decoration, (adornment) or embellishment, can be by follower or leader and are usually unled though the timing should be in accordance with the lead.

boleo (or voleo): leg whip, usually by the follower, either initiated by the lead or as a decoration – the b & v are often interchanged in castellano.

enrosque: (from the verb meaning “screw” or “turn”) a pivot on one foot where the other foot comes to cross behind or in front

gancho: leg hook (literally means a “hook”)

ocho: literally “eight”, the shape of the eight is drawn by the woman’s feet and hips when she does this step.

ocho cortado: short or cut ocho (cafe cortado is a short coffee!). Here the leader stops the follower from completing the ocho and slices her back into the 5th position cross.

parada: stop – in tango, the leader stops the followers foot by blocking it with their own foot. (from the verb parar – to stop)

rebote: rebound step that is led (eg step back and forward again)

rulo: a type of adorno or embellishment, small or large circle drawn by the toe on the floor

sacada: displacement – in tango, a foot or leg displacement initiated by the leader to the follower (from the verb sacar – to remove or take).

salida: the tango basic 8-step of which there are a few variations, we usually learn this in the first class (from the spanish word for exit or opening, the verb salir means to go out)

sanguich or sanguichito: “sandwich” or “little sandwich”, a step where the leader stops the follower’s foot with his foot (parada) and then sandwiches it by blocking it with his other foot on the other side.

These are only some of the words we commonly use, I will keep adding to the list!




I just came across these photos on the internet, taking by photographer Matt Devine. The journalist Dominic Utton visited Las Estrellas, where I used to teach with Takis and took a class with us, then wrote about his experience in the Daily Mail. Fun times! I will try and dig out the newspaper article with his piece…

Matt Devine 07968 869662/ 01732 463065 Dominic Utton learns to dance the Tango.Matt Devine 07968 869662/ 01732 463065 Dominic Utton learns to dance the Tango.Matt Devine 07968 869662/ 01732 463065 Dominic Utton learns to dance the Tango.Jane&Takis