TangoLife Classes, Oct 24+

(Apparently someone in this video had lost their strong connection… Check my Facebook page to see the real thing.)

Dear TangoLovers,

This past weekend I attended another first for our PNW community.  The first Seattle Tango Encuentro sold out at 190 attendees within a week or two of it’s open registration many months ago.  An Encuentro is geared toward milonguero style tango, and the traditional codes including cabeceo, clean lines of dance, and socially minded moves which are sublime and even energetic without endangering other couples on a crowded dance floor.  There are generally 5 milongas within 3 days, plus a couple group meals, local dancers hosting out of towners, low focus on classes during the weekend, and limited to 100-200 attendees.  These Encuentro are gaining such popularity in the US and abroad that more are being created while you read this!  Check out SiempreMilonguero.org for more info and to get on the mail list!  Needless to say, I had a GREAT time, and have a happy heart and sore feet!  

Tuesday we have a special celebration at the Practica, so I hope to see all of you on the dance floor!  The 6:30 lesson is truly for beginners and ALL LEVELS this week, and will include some ideas from Liz Haight, one of the founders of the Encuentros in the US, who offered 2 classes prior to the marathon weekend.  See you soon!


TUESDAYS, 6:30-9 pm.


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! Steps to get you started, techniques to keep you challenged. Drop in. Co-teacher: David Beaumier.

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

Drop in practice time for ALL LEVELS of tango dancers. Average attendance is 26-30 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, 7:30-9 pm. $10. 


TangoLife Studio, 2610 Likely Ct.

For “just beyond brand new beginning-ish” tango students. 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.” 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:

TangoLife Studio, 2610 Likely Ct.

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.


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