TangoLife Classes, end of August!

Dear TangoLovers,

Our Tuesday BellTower Practica continues to be well attended (27 last night), with lots of fine tuning, trial, error, success, and most especially FUN for all levels of tango dancers.  I love how we all are helping each other explore and improve, and that the studio is filled with laughter each week.  Keep bringing your dance and non-dance friends!

Here is this week’s inspirational videos, from the “2016 Mundial de Buenos Aires” world tango competition. First, one of the semi-final rounds of the “Tango Salon” category:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-FBk5_HfSY (How many steps do YOU recognize? And note how this style opens and closes the embrace.)  And then a surprisingly charming semi-final round of the “Tango Escenario” (Stage Tango) category which may win your heart, and maybe the finals tomorrow!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smPDYUrPnEc

Please note that the Wednesday class begins earlier now, from 7:30-9 pm.  There are open spots, so if you have attended a couple of the Tuesday classes, and would like to explore more tango (for a full hour and a half!), then message me and come give it a try.

Hugs to all!


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, 7:30-9 pm. $10.  NOTE NEW TIME!


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.


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