TangoLife Classes June 7+

Javier Rodriguez y Moira Castellano presso Apulia Tango Festival Bari – video 3 di 3…

Dear TangoLovers,

One thing I know for sure, is that TangoLife Milonga has had many “firsts” over the years. But it was especially touching to watch our newlyweds Diana and Todd have their first dance as a married couple last Sunday.  How sweet that they shared their love with all 90 (yes!!) of us as witnesses!  It was a beautiful example of social dancing at its best.

Apart from social dancing, I submit this video of Javier and Moira, who clearly have perfected their art of sustained close embrace dancing.  I was nearly gasping while viewing it.  For the leads:  can you count the number of two-footed pivots he uses?  Are there any moments his left arm is NOT extended in proper frame? For the follows:  don’t you think it’s the dress that makes her dance so well??  JUST KIDDING!  Check out her level jaw line, and the amount she needs to pivot her foot on the floor during turns. Note how their “two lights” are aligned with each other nearly every moment.  Aha!  It IS possible!

Now let’s get back to work.  See you at Practica tonight (thank you David Beaumier for co-teaching with me at the 6:30 beginners class!), and in the group classes Wednesday and Thursday.


Bell Tower Studio, 1430 N Garden St, (at Ellis St.)

Beginning lesson: 6:30-7:15. $5.  Instructors Rebecca Niemier and David Beaumier.  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.

TangoLife Classes, May, 2016

Classes below 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:

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