TangoLife Classes + Practica 040417 +

Dear TangoLovers,

What a great way to begin the month of April!  Last night we enjoyed the company of 90 of our favorite dancers at TangoLife Milonga!  Did you know that TangoLife generally includes 30% from Vancouver, 30% from Seattle, and 40% from Whatcom and Skagit counties?  It was quite a treat to also enjoy a dozen or so friends from Pt Townsend in our midst.  

On a fairly crowded floor, like it was on Sunday, it becomes IMPERATIVE that all dancers respect the line of dance to avoid injury to yourself, your partner, and to your REPUTATION among your community. Staying in either lane 1 OR lane 2 is a must, and there should be NO ONE dancing between the lanes.  PASSING ON THE RIGHT is especially frowned upon, as this is the blind spot of the lead you are trying to pass.  Opportunistic switching from lane to lane to use space here and there shows a lack of regard for fellow dancers, and a lack of skill to dance in one area for a while until your lane clears.  If you dance tango, you must develop this skill! I would love to see this as a topic at a Practica nearby…  Hmmmm.  How about tomorrow!??

Also, I’m excited that Melissa Patterson is diving in and organizing some tango events here in Bellingham!  Check out her page, and message her if you would like to be on her mailing list. Saturday, April 8 is her inaugural event, with workshops and a milonga with Sara Rose and Albano.  Enjoy!  https://www.facebook.com/laspiernas/

Please note that the Tuesday Lesson and Practica begin 30 minutes later beginning April 4:

TUESDAYS, BEGINNING TANGO PLUS:

NEW START TIME BEGINNING April 4:

Big Class before the Bell Tower Practica”
Come one and all to our new BIGGER CLASS, with more students, more technique drills, and a full uninterrupted hour to develop step sequences and grow your tango from the ground up. Get your shoes on by 6:30 pm, and let’s get this tango moving! No experience needed, but all levels will be challenged to reach their best abilities.
Class: 6:30-7:30 pm, beginner/early intermediate levels. $10.

**BRAND NEW BEGINNERS: ARRIVE AT 6 PM FOR FREE 30 MINUTE TANGO BASICS CLASS, TO PREPARE YOU FOR THE 6:30 CLASS.
DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM.

Optional Practica from 7:30-9:30 pm: $5.

Instructors: Rebecca Niemier, David Beaumier

Bell Tower Studio, 1430 N Garden St, Bellingham

ALL COMMUNITY TANGO PRACTICA:

NEW LATER START TIME 7:30 BEGINNING APRIL 4:

EVERY TUESDAY, Come practice your tango with everyone, or just your favorite partner. Work out those moves and technique you learned in class in our relaxed setting! Exquisite tango music will be pouring up through the Bell Tower, at the purple building where N Garden and Ellis streets intersect. The 1100 SQ FT sprung bamboo floor is wonderful, there’s a great sound system, mirrors that will not lie, and even a ballet bar. Average number of dancers is holding steady at 22-30. Save a landfill and bring a water bottle. Street parking is free.

Practica: 7:30-9:30 pm. All levels are welcome. $5 each.

Bell Tower Studio, 1430 N Garden St, Bellingham

Hosted by Rebecca and the B’ham tango community

 

THURSDAYS, INTERMEDIATE CLASS:

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.

Thursdays, Intermediate level, 7-8:30 pm. $10.

TangoLife Studio, 2610 Likely Ct.

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.