FARMINGTON — It takes two to tango.

At a Monday afternoon tango class at the Farmington Community Center, however, there was just Zarvin Palacios, who is hoping to offer something different at the center during the colder months.

Palacios, of Hart’s Location, N.H., will be teaching free tango classes twice a month through April for any interested resident.

Farmington Parks and Recreation director Matthew Foster said this is the first time tango classes have been offered at the center. The classes are free.

Palacios said his son lives in Farmington and the tango classes came about as something to do while visiting.

In January he held two classes, but between the weather and the short notice, no one came. Half way through the time scheduled for Monday’s class, no attendees had shown up yet, though Palacios said he hopes the word will get out and people will come.

He has scheduled classes for February, March and April. His next class is Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Farmington recreation center. While tango is something that’s likely new and unfamiliar to Farmington residents, Palacios said he is hoping to attract some attendees interested in doing something different while waiting for the cold weather to end.

Palacios started out salsa dancing and was introduced to tango dancing about three years ago.

“And then something happened. I don’t know if I want to call it an epiphany, but it was a discovery of what tango was,” he said.

He started practicing and dancing every chance he could get. He became familiar with the better known tango dancers. He met up with more tango enthusiasts.

“I can’t stop thinking about it,” he said.

Palacios said tango can be a way for people to have fun and get out in the winter, and he likes to meet up with other dancers in other places, such as Portland or Montreal.

“It’s intense. It’s calming. It’s a little bit of everything.”

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252

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