TangoLife Classes, December 1+

Dear TangoLovers,

A big thanks to those at the Practica Sunday night, who took to heart my call to action about connecting with each other more ardently: carpooling, practicing together, exploring out of town tango events, coordinating a group dinner before in-town events, checking in on those who have skipped a couple events, etc. As our community grows, everyone benefits from these connections. Plus, I am a drop in the bucket compared to what we can all do together. I will be putting out a little list from time to time, called “It’s Hip to Help,” with projects that can help build and grow the community. Feel free to hop on board with a tango service project! And here is the video I mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ

TangoLife Milonga is of course this Sunday, Dec 6, and a separate email will remind you of details. “Black, White and Red All Over” is the theme, meaning, wear any of those colors if you are in the mood. I would like to do another annual group photo at announcement time of our lovely, elegant cast of characters!

Note below that I am running a 3-week QuickStart tango series on Wednesdays. So far, we need 1-2 more ladies, and/or couples. Please pass the word to your non tango friends, if you have any left!

Here are the first of the “IT’S HIP TO HELP” projects:

*Could someone make 10-20 music CD’s for my incoming students? I can supply CD’s and playlist.

*Hot news: Forever Tango, the live Broadway performance, is coming to Benaroya Hall, Seattle, on January 17. This is a pinnacle event, with an orchestra that will knock your socks off and performance dancing that will make even the viewers sweat. We need a FIELD TRIP ORGANIZER. I envision a group dinner before the performance in Seattle, and that some will get tickets near one another, and likely some will get seats here and there. Carpools are definitely in order! Anyone want to gather a list of people, make dinner reservations, and get at least one block of seats for the first rush of interested folks? Here’s the link: http://forevertango.org/tourtickets/

*Help by dancing: This Saturday, Dec 5, there is a social dance, focusing on swing, lindy, salsa, etc, which is at Norway Hall on N Forest St. The first event was a month or so ago, and there were 150 dancers! David Burkett is the brilliant organizer. I will be there, and a few other tango crossovers. Join us, and let’s dance some tango to the bluesy tunes. You never know who might become interested in tango! https://www.facebook.com/events/1027845713914849/

Hugsssss to all!

PS, my website now has a Google calendar with all my class and event info! Thank you computer maestro Eric Cole!


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 (3 open spots)

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. (So far we have one extra lead, so step up, ladies!)

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.

Rebecca Niemier