TangoLife Classes, Jan 19 +

Dear TangoLovers,

It’s a wonderful life when you have friends to visit and dine and dance with in every town for miles around! Three of us traveled on Saturday to Pt Townsend for Ernie Baird’s Tango Haven Milonga (held about quarterly). Perhaps it should be called Tango Heaven, as we danced for hours to our heart’s content with friends old and new.

Then on Sunday two of us continued to Seattle to rendezvous with four more ‘Hamsters to attend the performance of Forever Tango at the glorious Benaroya Hall. The lobby was littered with Seattle’s tango community, easily identified by the hugging as friends convened in the space. All live performances have a life and quality of their own, and this was no exception. Many of the great and iconic dancers that used to be in the cast have either moved on to other tango-related endeavors, or have passed away, as in Carlos Gavito. I fully expect (and hope) that the newer cast, which did a great technical job, will ripen and sweeten their dancing over time. The orchestra, however, was outstanding! The applause for Celos was like an explosion of emotion! We finished our evening with a luscious dinner at Mamnoon in Seattle, fully satiated with some of the best things life has to offer.

Diana Kurth, this one’s for you!  The glory days of Forever Tango (check out the orchestra!):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8nSaydD3s8

Watch for Patricio and Eva (the blond) in this one, also a few years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1DpNtbQmaI

And now, back to our regularly scheduled, fully wonderful, weekly classes and practica. I have been very inspired by the progress you are making during our unit on Quality of Movement. This week will feature molinetes, the cleaner the better! Get your pivots ready!


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