Yet another Valentango Festival has come and gone in Portland last weekend. I think it was the 8th one I have attended. The sweetest moment for me was mid-tanda at the Grand Milonga, looking around between songs and counting 6 couples on the floor who are my TangoLife students! I’m so proud of your great tenacity to keep learning and growing together in your own tango lives.
And you should have seen our own DJ Jim Dickinson rocking the all-analog Saturday afternoon milonga with his vinyl records and huge speakers. The warm honey sound from his enormous speakers had everyone so spellbound that they broke into applause a couple times at the end of particularly fabulous tandas. It is quite an honor to be invited to DJ at a well known festival, and Clay Nelson and his fellow organizers liked Jim’s music so much last year that they upgraded him from Friday to Saturday afternoon. Way to go, Jim!
No worries if you could not be in Portland for this, because Jim Dickinson will give us an encore performance, entirely from his vinyl records, at the next TangoLife Milonga, Sunday, March 6. Even the cortinas are from records! Save the date, and watch for the announcement soon.
*The Sunday All-community Practica is back on normal schedule, so come finish your weekend with a healthy dose of tango and friends.
*Next week there will (probably) not be a class announcement because this one is rather late. *Thanks to all who have been diligent to RSVP their absences.
*Hugs to all!
TangoLife Classes, January, 2016
Classes 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:
Tuesdays, 7:30-9 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: David Beaumier.
Wednesdays, 7:30-9 pm. $10. GoodStart for new dancers:
Beginning tango series for brand new, or quite new, tango dancers. These fun classes will move through fundamental tango concepts, using games and humor to break the ice! We start with moderate steps and maximum musicality to create a respectable dance in short order. Tango communities are now everywhere, so come see what it’s all about. If you learned the alphabet then you can learn to tango. No previous dance experience nor partner needed. Please RSVP to register. 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.
Sundays, 6:30-9 pm. $5. ALL COMMUNITY PRACTICA:
Bellingham Dance Co, 1705 N State St, B’ham.
Drop in practice time for ALL LEVELS of tango dancers. Plenty of music, space, mirrors and tango friends working out the details of whatever they recall from class. Great chance to 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. (PRACTICA DOES NOT MEET FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH DUE TO TANGOLIFE MILONGA.)
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.