TangoLife Classes June 28 +


Dear TangoLovers,

The three top news items this week are:

1.) Our Bell Tower Practica had 30 dancers in attendance last Tuesday. (Yahoo! There are many pictures posted on my Facebook page.)

2.)  The Robert Hauk workshops July 2 and 3 are drawing folks from Vancouver, Seattle, and of course our local Bellingham community.  The ratio of leads to follows looks great so far, although there are generally a rush of folks signing up during the couple days prior to the weekend. PLEASE join us for these excellent classes which encourage improved technique and comfort, along with clever sequences which are sure to become some of your favorites.  My www.TangoLife.biz  website has the schedule, and another email will go out tomorrow.  There are a couple private lesson spots available on Sunday.

3.)  I am CANCELING the Wednesday class this week only due to student vacations/absences.  Please come to Tuesday and/or Thursday class!  Hopefully next week we will be back on normal schedule.

TangoLife Classes, 2016:


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!

Practica: 7-9 pm, $5. Traditional music.

Drop in practice time for ALL LEVELS of tango 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, 8-9:30 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: 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.

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