TangoLife Classes + Practica, 7/19+

Dear TangoLovers,

Eighty!  We had about 80 dancers on the stage at the Fairhaven Village Green last Friday for the free tango lesson.  Twenty of those were some of YOU experienced tangueros/as, helping brand new dancers keep in line of dance, figure out the step, and being your welcoming, congenial selves.  Way to put our best foot forward!  Thank you all for showing up to make this a successful and truly comm-unity event.  The beautiful music floating across the Green had an ethereal and uplifting quality which drew many onlookers right to the stage area.  Hopefully, this can be an annual event.  Next Friday is a Salsa lesson at 7 pm by Rumba Northwest.  Check it out!

Classes are on normal schedule this week, come one and all.  However NEXT week WEDNESDAY I will be out of town, so class is canceled July 27 only.

TangoLife Classes, July 2016:



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!

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

Drop in practice time for ALL LEVELS of tango dancers. Average attendance is 26 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, 8-9:30 pm. $10. Tango OnePointFive: 

For continuing 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.

Assistant teacher: Victor Flores.

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

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.

Rebecca Niemier