TangoLife Classes, Jan 1 +

Dear TangoLovers,

Let the 2016 games begin, already! I am plenty ready to get back in my studio dancing with all of you. Here’s hoping that you all enjoyed your holidays, have rung in the new year with gusto (I did), and are ready to dance off a few of those sweets (I am!). Classes (below) and privates resume January 4th.  There is just a bit of room in each class, so email if you are interested, or forward this to a friend!

Our focus in January will be Quality of Movement. Where there is struggle, we want calm. Where there are wobbles, we want balance. Body mechanics and technique will be reviewed in all 3 classes. Current Students: Please begin a list of your best and most successful “go to” steps, and also your “almost working” steps so that we may use these as our basis to discover where there is room to make better magic. Let’s turn awkward into AWESOME!

TangoLife Milonga is this Sunday, January 3, at the Majestic on N Forest. Our special guest teacher and DJ is Cristian Sierra of San Franciso (originally from Santiago de Chile). The pre-milonga class is at 5:30-6:30, and the class plus milonga is $20. I highly encourage everyone to attend the class, as his material will be very pertinent to our Quality Movement unit, and Cristian “specializes” in close embrace, social dancing—perfect for TangoLifers!

See you soon………Rebecca

Ps.  Enjoy the “Quality” video–something to work toward: https://www.facebook.com/Helena.Fernandez.Tango/videos/10207561025039074/


TangoLife Classes, January, 2016

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 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.” 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.

Wednesdays, 7:30-9 pm. $10. GoodStart for new dancers:

Beginning tango series for brand new, or quite new, tango dancers. These fun classes will move through fundamental tango concepts, using games and humor to break the ice! We start with moderate steps and maximum musicality to create a respectable dance in short order. Tango communities are now everywhere, so come see what it’s all about. If you learned the alphabet then you can learn to tango. No previous dance experience nor partner needed. Please RSVP to register. Assistant teacher: Victor Flores.

Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm. $10. Intermediate:

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.

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 $70-100.) 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