Argentine Tango has become a worldwide phenomenon, although you only have to go as far as Ithaca and Geneva to find tango communities. Now, however, you only have to travel a few miles. Tioga County-based artist and dancer, Karen Kucharski, has moved her Argentine Tango classes from Binghamton to the Endicott Performing Arts Center, otherwise known as EPAC, on Washington Avenue.
“We are happy to have the Tango classes here,” says Joe Foti, executive office manager. This new direction adds to EPAC’s mission as a School of Performing Arts and offers the public another creative outlet.
Classes are offered on Sundays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis. Singles and couples are welcome. Students rotate as partners, which helps build a community because you get to share in the learning experience together.
The tango is a kinetic language and, like any language, it takes practice. Karen begins each class with beginning steps so newcomers start with a good foundation.
The classes progress into more advanced moves, ending each night in a “practica,” or practice. Karen believes in the Tango as a metaphor for learning how to work together while beautiful music surrounds you. She encourages people to re-awaken their love of dance in this phenomenal way.