TangoLife Classes October 4+

Dear TangoLovers,

The enclosed picture says it all:  Lots of dancers, lots of warm embraces, lots of happy memories in the making. TangoLife Silent Movie Night was a fun blast from 100 years past (the films were circa 1916).  Photographer Chris Hazenberg posted about 150 pictures and videos on the AllBellinghamTango Facebook page.  Thanks to all 80 people who joined us from the far reaches of the PNW!

I think it’s time we reciprocate and take Vancouver by storm!  Here is the link to the FIRST annual La Garufa International Tango Festival, so PLEASE do check the offerings on Friday and Saturday, and let’s form carpools.  It would be very advantageous to our local community to have a major festival take hold in Vancouver.  You may email me back ASAP if you are interested in carpooling (especially if you are willing to drive), and I will try to coordinate.  Or use the allbellinghamtango Facebook page to post your carpool wishes!  Perhaps they will come true!

To lodge or not to lodge overnight will be the next question, and I am checking availability on the discounted rooms in case anyone is interested.  Plus, I finally printed out the class and milonga schedule to plan our attack.

See you in classes and at the Practica!……Rebecca


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