TangoLife classes 12/15/15 +

Dear TangoLovers,

I hope you have not been blown or washed away in this VERY blustery weather. My drive home from some exquisite dancing at La Garua Milonga in Seattle on Sunday included hail and sleet and many OTHER cars in the ditch.  But I was at such peace from tango that I think I drove BETWEEN the hail and made it home safely with my 2 carpool buddies cheering me on.  Regardless, do be careful out there! 

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE NO TANGOLIFE GROUP CLASSES **DEC 22-31**. I will be holding times open for private lessons, so check in with me if you are already on the books, or would like an “enhancement session” for your current skills.  

Classes will continue on the same general schedule in 2016, including the Wednesday class, as the momentum and desire are still going strong.

Our focus in January will be Quality of Movement.  Where there is struggle, we want calm. Where there are wobbles, we want balance.  Body mechanics and technique will be reviewed in all 3 classes.  Students: Please begin a list of your best and most successful “go to” steps, and also your “almost working” steps so that we may use these as our basis to discover where there is room to make better magic!  Great tango is never AWKWARD!

I hope to see everyone on December 20 for the all-community Holiday Practica Party starting at 5:30 pm!  Thanks to Kim Haustedt for organizing. Jim Dickinson has offered to play his tango records, which will be a real treat coming through those HUGE speakers at BDC!  Bring a potluck item if you can.  Practica continues right through the end of year and into 2016 without interruption, except for severe weather, as in snow or ice.  

HoHoHoliday hugs to all!….Rebecca

TangoLife Classes, December, 2015

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 new-ish 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.

*Brand new students please contact Rebecca for personal “Intro to Tango” lessons.

Wednesdays, December 2, 9 & 16, 7:30-9 pm. $10 (Open for 1 more lady)

QuickStart beginning tango series for brand new, or quite new, tango dancers. These three classes will move through the fundamental concepts which are the basis of this lovely dance. The focus will be moderate steps with maximum balance and musicality to create a respectable dance in short order. In January a continuing series will be offered at your option. Please RSVP to register.

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

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. Assistant teacher: Eric Cole.

Please RSVP for space availability.

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 $70-90.) 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.


Rebecca Niemier