I think we would all agree that our whole culture could use a time out in a happy place right about now. To that end, the next TangoLife Milonga on July 3 will be themed “Interdependence Day,” and I’m dreaming up a couple activities to bring that idea to life. I welcome your creative input!
In addition, I am hosting Robert Hauk of Portland that weekend, and we will be presenting workshops on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, prior to the milonga. Stay tuned for class titles and all the details. Meanwhile, save your BBQ’s and sparklers for Monday!
Our BellTower Practica has been a very happy place Tuesday evenings, so if you haven’t joined us yet, PLEASE DO! Average attendance has been 21 people over four weeks. We all need the extra *happy* and also the extra tango practice!
TangoLife Classes, June, 2016
Classes below and private lessons are held at Rebecca’s home studio unless otherwise noted. (2610 Likely Ct. Park on street, walk down outdoor stairs on right side of house to lower entrance.) Below are summaries of what we cover in each class:
BELLTOWER PRACTICA plus BEGINNING TANGO LESSON
Bell Tower Studio, 1430 N Garden St, (at Ellis St.)
Beginning lesson: 6:30-7:15. $5. No partner or experience needed. Come try tango!
Practica: 7-9 pm, $5. Traditional music.
Drop in practice time for ALL LEVELS of tango dancers. Great sound system, beautiful floor, lots of space, mirrors and tango friends working out the details to create confidence, balance and grace in their tango. Come meet the rest of the gang, get feedback, help each other grow and have more than a few laughs. Dance a bit with everyone, or just one partner, whatever you wish. On street parking. Building is purple.
Wednesdays, 8-9:30 pm. $10. Tango OnePointFive:
For continuing tango students ready for more fun. Learn fundamental tango techniques which allow partners to dance as one, without pushing or pulling. By remaining balanced in our own axis, we avoid any heavy feel to our partners, while maintaining a very cozy embrace and much more freedom of movement. We scroll through basic steps: walking, ochos, turns, parallel and cross system, while continually improving our balance and connection. Clear instruction on bridging into close embrace, allowing free movement and discovering the important “spiral in the body.” Important social dance etiquette, including navigation, cabeceo (inviting/accepting dances), etc, are taught and practiced to ensure success at milongas. Please RSVP for space availability.
Assistant teacher: Victor Flores.
Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm. $10. Intermediate:
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 with 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. 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.