About the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School

The Philadelphia Argentine Tango School (PATS) was founded in 2008 to offer top-notch instruction in Argentine tango to beginners through professional dancers in Philadelphia. In addition to group and private lessons, the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School offers weekly practicas, monthly milongas and many larger events.  We have hosted seven major tango festivals (the next one is coming up May 25-28, 2018), and brought a number of major tango bands from Argentina to Philadelphia. We have also organized four Tango Tours to Buenos Aires.

The school is directed by Meredith Klein, who has been dancing tango for 19 years and teaching tango full-time since 2006. Meredith is pleased to be able to bring a steady stream of internationally-recognized tango talent into Philadelphia each year, starting with Andres Amarilla, her dance partner, who spends 6 months of the year in Philadelphia. Throughout the rest of the year, we host guest teachers for extended residencies. Over the past 10 years, PATS has hosted a total of 70 different guest teachers. Many have come on more than one occasion; and many stay for significant period of time (2-10 weeks). For a complete list of guest teachers, please click here.

In October 2009, School Founders Andres Amarilla & Meredith Klein established a permanent studio in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.  They are enthusiastically collaborating with other local arts and development organizations to help build a robust Frankford Ave Arts Corridor.


Photos & List of Past Big Events

Argentine Tango: A Beginner's Guide

Press Coverage



Students in a workshop during the 4th Annual Philadelphia International Tango Festival. Photo: Helio Ha
Since it's inception in 2008, the Philadelphia Tango School has quickly become a symbol of new talent and dynamic instruction on the East Coast. Not only are the teachers some of the best in the US, but every month the School hosts impressive instructors/performers from across the globe. Classes are tailored to accomodate beginners to professionals, so there is always something to learn. Come! Dance! And fall in love with Tango! You will be happy you did. -- Gabriella    read more student comments...