As several of you discovered this past weekend, the Vancouver tango community did a fine job launching their new, hopefully annual, La Garufa Tango Festival. At least 10 of our Bellingham dancers were there for some of the weekend. And it was encouraging to see many from our outlying communities, from Portland to Pt Angeles to Seattle to Victoria. An event of this size required a huge percentage of all the Vancouver dancers helping out, so be sure to congratulate them when you see them next, perhaps at TangoLife in November.
Meanwhile, I did (of course!) gather some new ideas from the Vancouver classes, and look forward to sharing them with all my students over the next couple weeks. Double hugs to all,….. Rebecca
TANGOLIFE CLASSES, October, 2016:
TUESDAYS, 6:30-9 pm.
BELLTOWER PRACTICA plus BEGINNING TANGO LESSON:
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.
Tango BeginnersPlus: OPEN CLASS, MSG REBECCA TO REGISTER
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.
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.