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TangoLife Milonga + Two Workshops with Sergio Sottile on Sunday

TangoLife Milonga + Two Workshops with Sergio Sottile on Sunday

Rebecca’s TangoLife Milonga

Cultural theme: AFRICA!

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017

Bellingham, WA

 

Milonga 6:30 – 10:30 pm.

New Entrada $15 / $5 college students

DJ Francis Nowaczynski of Vancouver

PLUS TWO WORKSHOPS BY
SERGIO SOTTILE OF MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
AT 4 PM AND 5:15 PM
**(DETAILS BELOW)**

 

This year TangoLife is celebrating the world’s beautiful cultural diversity through the monthly themes. Continue the tour with us!

 

Got rhythm? Really deep down in your bones rhythm? With the ENTIRE CONTINENT of AFRICA as the theme of the month, perhaps it is the pulsing drum beats, combined with the glorious textiles and exotic animals, that compel our imaginations to travel to these distant lands. Not to mention, the beautiful, uninhibited sense of freedom within African dancing. There is so much we can learn from AFRICA!

 

And, there is a bit of help that we can give to Africa. Did you know that there are growing tango communities there? Tango classes, live music, and milongas are blossoming. But there’s almost no access to tango shoes. Doris Bartha of Seattle is coordinating TANGO SHOES FOR AFRICA, and will be at TangoLife accepting donations of used (or new!) women’s and men’s tango shoes. They will be sent to South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Nigeria and beyond, to spread tango love across the African continent. Check your closets, and bring any shoes needing a new adventure to TangoLife on June 4th! More info: doris.bartha@gmail.com.

 

But wait, there’s MORE! Two WORKSHOPS will precede TangoLife Milonga, taught by SERGIO SOTTILE of Argentina, at 4 pm and 5:15 pm. This marks the beginning of his two month tour in the US. See below for class details, and join us for some very useful techniques to create an elegant dance on a busy dance floor.

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Rebecca’s TangoLife Presents:
Workshops with Sergio Sottile of Mendoza, Argentina
and Carmen Elisa Valencia of Seattle, USA

 

Sergio Sottile recently received second place in the Buenos Aires World Championships in Mendoza, Argentina. He has been teaching tango for 25 years, and competing regularly, including several other acclaimed titles. Carmen Elisa recently competed in San Francisco, and was among the finalists for the USA. Above all, this pair is focused on the social side of tango, with elegance, simplicity, connection, and musicality at the core of their dance. For many dancers, this is the root of tango!

 

Speaking of roots, I have had the pleasure of dancing in Mendoza, and was thrilled to learn of the revival of Tango Folklorico there, with abundant classes to enrich the local dancing community. Be sure to chat with Sergio about this!

 

Two workshops are offered prior to TangoLife Milonga in Bellingham. Please join us for an authentic approach to this alluring dance:

 

HOW TO CREATE A PLEASANT DANCE IN THE MILONGA

using good technique and musicality:

Workshop 1: A lovely turn to the right 4 pm – 5:15 pm.

Workshop 2: A connecting step, then a turn to the left 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm.

Pre-requisite: 6 months of regular lessons and dancing.

One class: $20. Two class: $15 each. Pay at the door. No reservation needed.

All at the Majestic Ballroom, 1027 N Forest St. Bellingham.

 

Watch for Sergio’s clean two-footed pivots and attention to his partner in the enclosed video. Then make plans to arrive early for workshops prior to TangoLife Milonga!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCaHE9zBalU

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Rebecca’s TangoLife Milonga

First Sunday of Every Month

Majestic Ballroom

1027 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA

 

An elegant Milonguero gathering place for the Pacific Northwest

Featuring traditional tango music, in formal tandas

Cabeceo friendly, respectful line of dance, plus one mixer tanda

Best milonga in the Pacific Northwest.” Since 2010.

 

Come early–http://www.bellingham.org/

http://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/must-do-adventures-near-bellingham

Stay late– Sheraton 888-671-1011, Or GuestHouse Inn 360-671-9600

Questions to Rebecca Niemier: Rebzebb@msn.com, or 360-739-0685

Website: www.Tangolife.biz 

Friend” me on Facebook for events, photos and updates.

TangoLife Classes May 16+

TangoLife Classes May 16+

Get set for TangoLife Milonga’s 8th year, and the 12th year of TangoLife classes!!

Sergio Sottile and Damaris Aveiro dancing in Mendoza, Argentina

Dear TangoLovers,

We hear that each new journey begins with a single step, but perhaps we never truly know where that journey will take us! It still amazes me that TangoLife Milonga has just celebrated its seventh anniversary!! I am so thankful for all of you who continue to foster and feed this milonga, which is made up of thousands of embraces, a million steps, great music, a sweet venue, lots of food, and a clean oak floor. Let’s see where the next 7 years may take us!

 

The next TangoLife Milonga, on June 4, will include two exciting workshops prior to the milonga. Do watch the enclosed video of Sergio Sottile from Argentina. His clean footwork (check out those two-footed pivots!), and sensitive timing, would make any tanguera swoon! Stay tuned for details. Meanwhile save the date. Our DJ will be Francis Nowaczynski from Vancouver. The cultural theme will be AFRICA!

 

Classes (below) are on normal schedule. Big thanks to David Beaumier, Krissa Micklewait, and Eric Cole for filling in for me while I was exploring the National Parks in Utah! It was an outstanding, refreshing trip, and I’m glad to be back on the dance floor!

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BEGINNING TANGO, PLUS:

TUESDAYS: Big Class before the Bell Tower Practica”
Come one and all to our
big class, with more students, more technique drills, and a full uninterrupted hour to develop step sequences and grow your tango from the ground up. Get your shoes on by 6:30 pm, and let’s get this tango moving! No experience needed, but all levels will be challenged to reach their best abilities.
Class: 6:30-7:30 pm, beginner/early intermediate levels. $10.

BRAND NEW BEGINNERS: ARRIVE AT 6 PM FOR 30 MINUTE TANGO BASICS CLASS

Optional Practica (below) from 7:30-9:30 pm: $5.

Instructors: Rebecca Niemier, David Beaumier

Bell Tower Studio, 1430 N Garden St, Bellingham

 

ALL COMMUNITY TANGO PRACTICA:

TUESDAYS: Come practice your tango with everyone, or just your favorite partner. Work out those moves and technique you learned in class in our relaxed setting! Exquisite tango music will be pouring up through the Bell Tower, at the purple building where N Garden and Ellis streets intersect. The 1100 SQ FT sprung bamboo floor is wonderful, there’s a great sound system, mirrors that will not lie, and even a ballet bar. Average number of dancers is holding steady at 22-30. Save a landfill and bring a water bottle. Street parking is free.

Practica: 7:30-9:30 pm. All levels are welcome. $5 each.

Bell Tower Studio, 1430 N Garden St, Bellingham

Hosted by Rebecca and the B’ham tango community

 

INTERMEDIATE TANGO CLASS:

THURSDAYS: Going for it! Working into sustained close embrace, as comfort and ability allow, we polish fundamental patterns everyone should know, with variations and smooth transitions. Intermediate concepts, including the purpose behind sacadas, molinetes, back crosses, embellishments. Emphasis on proficiency and musicality. Getting comfortable dancing to vals and milonga songs. Understanding differences between various tango styles. Digging into the wisdom and surprising dynamics of the milonguero style. Please RSVP for space availability.

Thursdays, Intermediate level, 7-8:30 pm. $10.

TangoLife Studio, 2610 Likely Ct. (Near Lakeway and Woburn St.)

Assistant teacher: Eric Cole.

 

PRIVATE LESSONS with Rebecca:

Still just $40/hour or $50/1.5 hour, for one or two people. (This is part of my investment in growing the community. Most teachers charge $70-100.) Typically we really do accomplish a month of progress in one session, for men or women. Taking one private every 4-6 weeks will keep bad habits in check and progress going forward. I’m available afternoons, some evenings and weekends by appointment.

TangoLife Milonga with El Flaco Dany, 3/5/17

TangoLife Milonga with El Flaco Dany, 3/5/17

Rebecca’s TangoLife Milonga

***March 5, 2017***

Featuring the Master of Milonga

****EL FLACO DANY****

Sharing his wisdom from over 60 years of dancing tango.

***(Wow Wow Wow!)***

Two milonga classes in Bellingham…..

Plus he will DJ from his extensive traditional playlist.

(Yes, really!! Don’t miss this historic event!)

Cultural Theme of the night: 1930’S ARGENTINA—The Paris of South America

Classes and Milonga at The Majestic

1027 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA:

3:30-4:45 pm: The step of Milonga Traspie and the difference with Milonga Lisa

5-6:15 pm: Flaco’s special class: Typical Classic forms and favorite steps

6:30-10:30: TangoLife Milonga with DJ FLACO DANY

1 Class $25 US

2 classes $20 US each

MILONGA ENTRADA $15

Rebecca’s TangoLife Milonga

First Sunday of Every Month

Majestic Ballroom

1027 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA

An elegant Milonguero gathering place for the Pacific Northwest

Featuring traditional tango music, in formal tandas

Cabeceo friendly, respectful line of dance, plus one mixer tanda

Best milonga in the Pacific Northwest.” Since 2010.

Come early–http://www.bellingham.org/

http://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/must-do-adventures-near-bellingham

Stay late– Sheraton 888-671-1011, Or GuestHouse Inn 360-671-9600

Questions to Rebecca Niemier: Rebzebb@msn.com, or 360-739-0685

Website: www.Tangolife.biz 

Friend” me on Facebook for events, photos and updates.

 

TangoLife Milonga celebrates SIX YEARS!

TangoLife Milonga celebrates SIX YEARS!

 Rebecca’s TangoLife Milonga

SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016

Bellingham, WA

Milonga 6:30 – 10:30 pm.

Entrada $12/ $6 college students


DJ STEPHEN BRADY of Seattle is fully prepared to usher in a new year of scintillating tango dancing and lively friendships.

The annual “EVERYBODY’S BIRTHDAY” theme is back! On Sunday, May 1, we celebrate SIX YEARS of TangoLife’s extraordinary draw as a rendezvous place for tango dancers from Portland, Olympia, Seattle, Skagit, Vancouver, Pt Townsend, Vancouver Island and beyond.

We also celebrate YOU, the fun-loving, big hugging, Northwest tango community! It’s one, big communal birthday party, so if you were born in ANY month, and you can tango, you gotta come dance with us! Party hats, party dresses, party shoes, birthday suits….Hahaha. Yes, there will be cake, champagne, balloons, noisemakers, the whole…SIX…yards. Don’t miss your own party!

Rebecca’s TangoLife Milonga
First Sunday of Every Month
Majestic Ballroom
1027 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA

An elegant gathering place, with a little spice
Featuring
traditional tango music, in formal tandas

Cabeceo friendly, respectful line of dance, plus one mixer tanda
“Best milonga in the Pacific Northwest.”
Catering by: Events by Haylee (Facebook)


Come early–
http://www.bellingham.org/
Stay late–
Sheraton 888-671-1011, Or GuestHouse Inn 360-671-9600


Questions to Rebecca Niemier: Rebzebb@msn.com, or 360-739-0685
Website: 
www.Tangolife.biz 
“Friend” me on Facebook for events, photos and updates.

Rebecca Niemier

360-739-0685
www.TangoLife.biz
Practica Holiday Party: Sun, December 20!

Practica Holiday Party: Sun, December 20!

Image Copyright © Patricia Vidour. All Rights Reserved

Yes, indeed, the all-community

Practica HoHoHoliday Party 

is on:  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2015 

5:30-6:30 Social time with potluck and BYOB 
(plates, cups and cutlery provided.)
6:30-9 pm Tango practice time with traditional tandas, 
Plus Jim Dickinson will play some of his vinyl tango records, which sound exceptional through the big speakers at BDC!
Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N State St.
Cost: $5.
 
Please join us in celebrating another year of tango in Bellingham!
Thank you to Kim and Uriah and Cindy for hosting!
Holiday Hugs to all,

Rebecca Niemier

360-739-0685
www.TangoLife.biz
TangoLife Milonga plus Robert Hauk Workshops – Halloween Weekend

TangoLife Milonga plus Robert Hauk Workshops – Halloween Weekend

Rebecca’s TangoLife Milonga

Ode to Buenos Aires”

A TWO DAY EVENT, HALLOWEEN WEEKEND!

SATURDAY, OCT 31 and SUNDAY, NOV 1, 2015

Join us as we dance our way through tango history, with two workshops each afternoon, taught by Robert Hauk of Portland with Rebecca Niemier. Classes focus on the Legendary Maestros who laid the foundations of what tango is today. Robert has been dancing tango a mere 20 years, teaching for 17 years, a top DJ, and a key player in the development of the Portland tango scene from its beginnings. (Videos and website below.)

In addition to workshops, the double-header weekend features:

**EL ULTIMO BAILE MILONGA on Saturday night (Halloween), and

**REBECCA’S TANGOLIFE MILONGA on Sunday night

Bellingham Halloween Weekend Schedule:

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS at the Majestic (downstairs), 1027 N Forest St, Bellingham

Important foundations for beginners and those new to milonguero concepts.

A: 2-3:15 pm. Walking and Corridas. The embrace and walking are fundamental to milonguero style. Moving freely and comfortably in close embrace opens up a world of feeling and musical expression. From a smooth walk, we’ll work with the quick walk steps called Corridas. Nice fun steps to add a bit of spice. We will build on these Corridas through the weekend.

B: 3:30-4:45 pm. Check steps and Ocho Cortado. This most pleasing combination of 2 quick check steps is a must-learn for anyone interested in milonguero style. It is easy to make many variations, and we will explore some favorites of the Maestros of tango. A very satisfying step when the timing is right with the music and partners are in sync.

SATURDAY MILONGA,

EL ULTIMO BAILE

Halloween, Oct 31, 9 pm-midnight. $6.

La Vida Dance Studio, 1417 Cornwall Ave (upstairs), Bellingham.

A cozy, costume-friendly milonga. Host/DJ David Beaumier.

See Facebook Event here.

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS held at Majestic Ballroom (upstairs), 1027 N Forest St, Bellingham.

Create a lively dance—learn to lead without pushing, and to follow instinctively.

C: 2-3:15 pm. Continued Quick Time. Here we explore steps where one or both partners are moving in double time. Fun movements with a distinctive musicality. Think Ricardo Vidort and Osvaldo Cartery.

D. 3:30-5:45 pm. Circular Movements. Robert’s biggest inspiration, from the older milongueros he knew, is from Tete Rusconi. Tete is well known for his may unique steps. Here we develop a turn combination with enrosque, which recalls Tete’s ingenious dance.

Workshop prices: $20 each for your 1st and 2nd. $15 each for your 3rd and 4th. Students: ½ off.

PRIVATE LESSONS: Sat or Sun before 2 pm: $60/hr. Rebecca’s studio. Call to schedule.

REGISTER PLEASE ASAP to help balance: Rebzebb@msn.com, or 360-739-0685.

SUNDAY MILONGA,

REBECCA’S TANGOLIFE MILONGA

Nov 1, 6:30-10:30 pm. $12.

Majestic Ballroom, 1027 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA

DJ ROBERT HAUK of Portland. Classy, Golden Era tandas

Theme: Ode to Buenos Aires! Bring out the LACE, RIBBONS AND BOW TIES. Our most traditional milonga of the year, with copious CABECEOS, luscious LINEAR line of dance, and DESIGNATED SEATNG sections for leads, follows and couples. Get your peepers ready, bring your binoculars if needed, and prepare your most affirmative nod of the head. Then dance into the arms of your chosen milonguero/a! Tonight is all about the connection. (Leave your show moves at home!)

 

  lace dresses  bow tie dots
 

Rebecca’s TangoLife Milonga

First Sunday Every Month, 6:30-10:30 pm

Majestic Ballroom, 1027 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA

An elegant gathering place (with a little spice),

featuring Golden Era music, a 4000 sq ft ballroom,

appetizers, desserts, and hopefully you!

Best milonga in the Pacific Northwest”

Come early– www.bellingham.org
Stay late– Lakeway Inn 888-671-1011, Or GuestHouse Inn 360-671-9600
Questions to Rebecca Niemier: Rebzebb@msn.com, or 360-739-0685
“Friend” me on Facebook for events, photos and updates.

WEBSITE: www.tangolife.biz
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Robert’s website: http://roberthauktango.com/

Robert and Hannah Poston, Portland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkLON71Xtmc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unrLMqegYFY

Robert and Alicia Pons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUVsu1CqEJQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3WiN1Kfvzw

Robert and Maria Plazaola, Chicago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSZo2SgbKQw

Rebecca Niemier

360-739-0685 
Rebzebb@msn.com
www.Tangolife.biz
Ben Thomas TangoLife August 2

Ben Thomas TangoLife August 2

Argentine Tango

Live Concert and Dance

Seattle’s Ben Thomas Trio

Returning to Bellingham

with music that will move you!

Sunday, Aug 2, Open House:

Intro tango lesson 5:30-6:15 pm

Concert and dancing 6:30-10:30 pm

Appetizers, beverages

The Majestic, 1027 N Forest St, Bellingham

$17 at the door

Priority concert seating with RSVP:

RebeccaTango@outlook.com or 360.739.0685

Rebecca’s TangoLife

Weekly tango classes and events since 2005

Call for new student discount

Ben Thomas’s Tango Trio brings decades of combined professional experience to create a rich ensemble sound. Their repertoire ranges from classic tango to more modern and original compositions. Bandoneonist Ben Thomson, clarinetist Eric Likkel, and pianist Ben Verdier regularly perform jazz, tango and Latin music- for jazz clubs, milongas and other events throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Ben Thomas, D.M.A.
Music Department Coordinator
Highline College