It’s happened. I fell for the sultry dance, hard. (I even made its own category!)
I leave class with a big smile on my face. I read Argentine tango forums and blogs. I fall asleep thinking of boleos and molinetes. I’m not sure how my wallet feels about the possible financial impact, though.
At $12 to $15 a class, the costs quickly add up. Eventually I’ll need to get proper tango shoes which can exceed $200. My eyes are on Comme il Faut – leave it to me to pick a hobby where even the shoes are gorgeous! Then if I want to practice dancing in a social setting, I should attend practicas (after-class practices) and milongas (dance parties), which can range $10 to $15 in cover charge.
Some hard-core tango students get private lessons (~$80+ per hour) and attend festivals and special workshops all across the country, paying $40-$100 per session with traveling instructors (in addition to the price of airfare, lodging, etc.) If I get really crazy, I can actually travel to Buenos Aires, take classes with maestros and attend milongas.
In an episode of House Hunters International, a Californian couple bought a $200,000 pied-a-terre in Buenos Aires just so they can focus on tango! The lady insisted on an apartment with enough open space that she can turn into a salon for her tango parties. Now that’s dedication.
If I’m not careful, I can easily see myself spending thousands a year on this addiction hobby (4 classes / practicas a week x $15 per class = $60 per week x 40 weeks per year = $2,400 per year) just on classes alone.
But oh, the embrace, the music, the gilding steps. Though I am very budget-conscious (especially right now), there’s something about Argentine tango that makes me want to throw my budget to the wind and just dance to my heart’s content.