Rebecca’s TangoLife Milonga
Cultural theme: AFRICA!
SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
Rebecca’s TangoLife Milonga
First Sunday of Every Month
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.
Stay late– Sheraton 888-671-1011, Or GuestHouse Inn 360-671-9600
Questions to Rebecca Niemier: Rebzebb@msn.com, or 360-739-0685
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