The enclosed video is from Milonga Cachirulo in Seattle last Friday, which was the appetizer for my 3 nights of tango over the weekend. A fun crowd, medium sized venue, and DJ Vincent Lama, who recently played tandas for TangoLife, was there from Vancouver. In other words, the music was excellent! Then Saturday night I danced at Milonga El Secreto, hosted by Patricio and Eva (who I studied with extensively in my early days). Joining me were 7-8 dancers from Bellingham and Anacortes, many of them my students or alumni, and it was very rewarding to see them out on the floor, enveloped in the joy of tango! For dessert on Sunday, I danced from first tanda till Cumparsita at La Garua Milonga. Then I drove home and slept 9.5 hours!
One observation I had on the way home: The more you dance and practice tango, the easier it gets. Not a big aha-moment, but perhaps encouraging nonetheless. Anyone up for some tango immersion sessions? In BA it’s common to take daily courses for 3-5 days, 2-5 hours a day. (Been there, done that.) Perhaps we should create a super study group over a weekend… Let me know if you are interested. Meanwhile, here’s the normal schedule of classes this week.
ALL MID-WEEK CLASSES AT REBECCA’S HOME STUDIO, 2610 LIKELY CT. Park on the street, then walk down outdoor stairs on right side of house to lower entrance. Please email or call to register for classes prior to your first time:
New session: TUESDAYS, 7:30-9 pm. $10. TangoOne: Beginning Your Tango Journey. Open class–welcome!
For brand new students and those returning from a break. This is my class which has put many tango dancers on the floors of fine milongas throughout the Northwest. If you’d like to start your journey, or come a couple times to check it out, please RSVP by email to register and for more info.
WEDNESDAYS 5-6:30 $10. Early Intermediates.
Early Intermediate class, with good reinforcement of basics, technique, posture, and creative options to discover “what can we do from here?” Bring me your dilemmas, your balance issues, your struggling molinetes yearning to breathe free….
THURSDAYS, 7:30-9 pm. $10. Intermediate +.
*Includes posture, technique and balance drills, open and close embrace issues. Your increasing success with these techniques will determine what level dancer you become through personal practice.
*Fundamental patterns everyone should know, and/or review.
*Bridging into close embrace: Tailoring a comfortable fit!
*Understanding milonguero vs salon style
SUNDAYS, 6:30-9 pm: ALL COMMUNITY PRACTICA Drop-in. Bellingham Dance Co, 1705 N State St, B’ham. Plenty music, plenty space, plenty tango friends just working out the details. Practice is imperative for improvement! All for $5! (PRACTICA DOES NOT MEET ON FIRST SUNDAY DUE TO TANGOLIFE MILONGA.)
Private lessons are still a steal at $40/hr or $50 for 1.5 hour for one or two people (lead or follow). Typically we accomplish a month of development in one session focused entirely on your personal needs. Highly recommended if you have skipped a class or two. Call to schedule.