Dear Tropical TangoLovers,
You guys are all awesome! What a terrific Luau Milonga Party we had at TangoLife last night. And I do mean WE, because so many of you got into the tropical spirit and helped with set up and clean up. THANK YOU! Our visitors from out of town were thrilled, especially those who joined us for the first time, and they will certainly be back with more tango friends. I will definitely invite DJ Carlos Moreno back to play for us again sometime. But I gotta say, Jim Dickinson’s Hawaiian mixer tanda was a very big hit with everyone!
So now, back to polishing and perfecting our tango, at the practica and lessons and home and the grocery store and while at work…. It’s what we do when we study a form of art! See you on the dance floor…..Rebecca
TANGOLIFE CLASSES, AUGUST, 2016:
Tuesdays, 6:30-9 pm.
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! 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.
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.
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.