About Caminito Amigo
Since 2008, Caminito Amigo has spread the joy of Argentine Tango to the DC Metro area. Located in Kensington, MD, Caminito Amigo holds weekly tango classes and organizes cultural events.
Caminito Amigo has become an integral part of the area’s cultural growth.
Julia Elena, tango enthusiast and founder, travels in search of the authentic Argentine Tango. From beginner to experienced, people of all ages, everyone is welcome to share her joy through Caminito Amigo.
What We Teach
Caminito Amigo strives to preserve the authentic way of dancing Argentine Tango.
There are many ways of dancing Tango. Caminito Amigo teaches a simple elegant salon style or what is called in Argentina, Milonguero style.
Tango is a feeling, a "sentimiento" that you dance to. When you start the dance, you do not start with a step, you start with a feeling.
Our goal is to teach our students to dance with the music and not the steps, with a firm embrace for better connection, proper posture for better balance.
Come to the classes and learn these fundamentals. Dance with us just like in the milongas of Buenos Aires. Make your dance a special one which is slowly savored!
About the Name "Caminito Amigo"
The name "Caminito Amigo" comes from the poem, "Caminito" ("Little Path") by Gabino Coria Peñaloza.
Gabino's poem refers to a heartbroken Gabino, telling his friend, this little path, of his suffering since his love went away. He comes to the path one last time to say goodbye. "Caminito amigo yo tambien me voy" ("Little path, my friend, I am leaving too").
In 1955, this poem inspired local artist Benito Quinquela Martín to restore the La Boca neighborhood, then named La Curva, to the newly named neighborhood of Caminito. In so doing an enduring city landmark was born.
Julia Elena, Director
Julia Elena's love of Argentine Tango drives the Caminito Amigo community.