Tango in Iceland

Photo by Laura Valentino

If you are one of those people who, when traveling the world, always seek out places to practice tango, then Reykjavík won’t disappoint you. There are two tango clubs in the city, Tango Club Reykjavík (Tangóklúbbur Reykjavíkur) and Tango Adventure (Tangóævintýrafélagið). 

Both are run by people captivated by tango, some of whom have been dancing for a decade or more. Tango Club Reykjavík organizes milongas twice a week, open to anyone interested in dancing tango, whether they live in Iceland or are here on a brief visit. There is no need to bring a partner.

On Wednesday nights, Tango Club Reykjavík meets at the café Kaffitár, at Bankastræti 8, downtown Reykjavík, from 8 pm until 10 pm. On Friday nights, the milongas take place in Kramhúsið, Skólavörðustígur 12 (entrance from Bergstaðastræti), from 10 pm until midnight. If you are new to tango, you can show up at 9 pm and get an hour-long practica, or practice,  where experienced dancers give good advice. Entrance fee to the milongas is ISK 1,000 (USD 9, EUR 8), or ISK 700 for members.

Tango Adventure was established in 2006. It offers tango enthusiasts a place to practice tango twice a week, on Sundays and Mondays. You can either come alone or with a partner. The group meets for practicas on Sundays from 5 pm till 7:30 pm on the second floor of Sólon Bistro, at Bankastræti 7a, downtown Reykjavík, or at Hresingarskálinn (Hressó), Austurstræti 20. Admission is ISK 500 (USD 4.50, EUR 4).

On Mondays, free instruction is offered for beginners at Sólon Bistro 8 pm-9 pm, with a chance to practice until 11 pm. You can view the schedule here.

In addition, the clubs arrange lessons and visiting instructors. For example, Mariana Docampo from Buenos Aires will join Icelandic tango dancers late in December this year and stay here for a month.

A tango festival, Tango on Ice, is hosted by Tango Club Reykjavík every year in September. The last weekend of September, tango enthusiasts get to enjoy the instruction of world famous tango dancers for four nights in a row.

New people are always welcome to the milongas and practicas, so don’t hesitate to visit the next time you’re in town.

By Vala Hafstað.

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