TangoLife Classes August 16+

Dear TangoLovers,

I would like to personally thank SUMMER for hanging in here a little longer in the PNW!  Between our tango adventures, it sure is energizing to play outdoors in our beautiful paradise, while it’s gloriously warm and dry.  The San Juan Islands were stunning this weekend!

Meanwhile, it is winter in Buenos Aires, and some, like Iona May Italia, are deep into improving their tango every day.  Iona writes a popular tango blog, and has been dancing tango many years.  It may be interesting to hear what an experienced tanguera is still working on in her dance, and to read the comments below from a few of the nearly 5,000 dancers who follow her Facebook page worldwide.

TangoLife Classes are on regular schedule this week.  There are openings in the Wednesday class, which is called Tango 1.5, meaning, just a bit more than “brand new” to tango.  If you have some experience from the Tuesday beginner class, or other tango exposure, please send me a note if you would like to join us Wednesday evenings for a 90 minute class.  Lots of material, lots of practice, lots of technique.  Scroll down for class times.  See you on the dance floor!…Rebecca



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.

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.

Rebecca Niemier