TangoLife Classes 8/24 +

 Dear TangoLovers,

I admit, I am late with this post to all of you due to watching tango videos.  Not just any videos, but those of the teacher/performers in the upcoming new tango festival in Vancouver, La Garufa  http://www.lagarufa.com/   . Before I recommend, I do like to research!  So, I will now wholeheartedly suggest that you check the dates, the schedule of classes and milongas, and watch the videos of Sara and Ivan (mesmerizing!) and Alejandra and Daniel.  As a neighboring community, we have a vested interest in ensuring that this festival is a success, because we will benefit for years to come in having another top rate event of this level within driving distance!  It was a pleasure to dance in Vancouver last weekend among their very supportive and congenial community.  Set aside the weekend October 6-9, and let’s have a field trip!

Meanwhile, see you in class this week, and at David Beaumier’s Ultimo Baile Milonga this Saturday at La Vida Dance Studio on Cornwall Ave.

TUESDAYS, 6:30-9 pm.


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! Steps to get you started, techniques to keep you challenged. Drop in. Co-teacher: David Beaumier.

Practica: 7-9 pm, $5. Traditional music.

Drop in practice time for ALL LEVELS of tango dancers. Average attendance is 26-30 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:

TangoLife Studio, 2610 Likely Ct.

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.” 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:

TangoLife Studio, 2610 Likely Ct.

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.


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.

Rebecca Niemier