Wow, another nice turnout at the practica tonight, with lots of good mingling, helping each other out, and a couple of fun, accidental salsa tunes in the play list! To note: with the dark of winter, we would like to increase security for our group. The main door facing State St will be our entrance door, and the “side door” on Franklin St will be locked. The side door may be used to exit the building even if it’s locked. If anyone is leaving early before the whole group departs, please ask for someone to accompany you to your car. We are a group that watches out for each other!
Over the weekend, four of us Bellingham dancers enjoyed a blissful milonga in Pt Townsend on Sunday, at Tango Haven hosted by Ernie Baird. (Friend him on Facebook to keep up on his events.) Beautiful venue, cabeceos all night, great line of dance, many experienced dancers setting the tone (pace cars?), and a traditional playlist by visiting DJ Vincent Lam that was beguiling.
And here, for a sweet dessert, is a beautiful example of what I call “deep walking.” Intoxicating! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_qY1hkgkCU
TangoLife Classes, November, 2015
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 new-ish 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.
*Brand new students please contact Rebecca for personal “Intro to Tango” lessons.
Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm. $10. Intermediate:
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.
Sundays, 6:30-8:30 or 9 pm (depending on attendance). $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 $70-90.) 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.
*Brand new students: *Please contact Rebecca for personal “Intro to Tango” lessons to bring you quickly up to speed prior to group classes. 360-739-0685, Rebzebb@msn.com.