We are full steam ahead into December with tango activities on the horizon. But first, a huge thank you to all who attended the TangoLife Milonga on Dec 6, and to those who contributed to the fundraiser to send tents and blankets to the refugees in Lesvos, Greece. I order from Sports Direct, a discount online store that has very cheap shipping to the distribution warehouse on Lesvos Island. The order goes in tomorrow, and it will be there (and in use!) within a week.
*It’s very nice to see that Pamela Good has also taken up this cause, and will be collecting funds at her next Blue Moon Milonga in Anacortes on January 9 for another shipment of supplies. BTW, the DJ at Blue Moon will be Vivian Konstantakos from Seattle, who is an excellent DJ and favors traditional music.
*Sunday, Dec 13, is a regular practica, and much thanks are due to Uriah and Cindy for keeping this important part of our tango program going!
*Sunday, Dec 20: Kim Haustedt is organizing our HoHoHoliday Tango Practica Party, (or whatever!), and all are invited to come an hour early, at 5:30 pm, to eat, drink and be merry. Bring a savory or sweet to share, and BYOB if you dare. We’ll have hot apple cider, and plates, forks, cups, etc.
*Note that David Beaumier’s Ultimo Baile Milonga is canceled this month, and resumes on January 30.
*Sunday, January 3: First TangoLife Milonga, 2016!
Rest up the day before, because I have a special treat for us. Cristian Sierra is a close embrace teacher from San Francisco, and also is a fabulous DJ who has played at many larger events and tango marathons. He is our DJ for January, and also will offer a lesson prior to TangoLife Milonga, 5:30-6:30 pm. Lesson plus milonga will be $20. Save the date!
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.