Portenos (those living in the city of Buenos Aires) born in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s learned tango at an early age, usually around 12-14 years. They had time to practice and listen to tango on the radio. Dances were the way to meet someone to marry. There were no classes. They went to the neighborhood clubs to dance and hone their social skills. Today, tango attracts older adults who never danced before. It is no surprise they feel awkward and take classes for years. I got a taste of tango when I was ten years old. My parents were taking ballroom dancing lessons and showed my sister and me what they learned. It wasn't until I saw an exhibition of Argentine tango in Chicago (age 43) that I got serious. That was 22 years ago.