Dear Tango Lovers,
My heart runneth over with joy at the stellar attendance and boisterous atmosphere you all brought to TangoLife Milonga last Sunday! We had visitors from San Francisco and Istanbul, as well as so many of our PNW regulars. So nice to have a safe place to “let our lights shine.” I know, corny. But true. I doubt I’d wear a dress with lights to many other milongas!
TONIGHT’S BELLTOWER PRACTICA IS ON! There is no snow forecasted. Although it will be very COLD so check your antifreeze and bring your window scrapers! We will warm up the dance floor quickly!
We are designating the BellTower Practica on December 13 as an end-of-year PARTY for the whole community. There will NOT be a lesson that night, so we can chat and snack from 6:30-7:45 or so, prior to putting on some very danceable music until 9 pm. Did I say snacks? Yes, please bring either a finger-food type appetizer or dessert, or a beverage, to share. We will have tables, napkins, cups.
December’s teaching schedule will seem like a school break: I will be taking THREE week’s off of teaching group classes, from December 16 to January 10. However, I do have open day times for private lessons during that three weeks. Explore some of that Kitchen Tango during the break.
TANGOLIFE CLASSES, DECEMBER, 2016:
TUESDAYS, 6:30-9 pm. DEC 6, 13, 20. (No Practica Dec 27.)
HOLIDAY TANGO PARTY DEC 13, BRING LIGHT SNACKS OR BEVERAGE!
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. DEC 7, 14 ONLY.
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: DEC 1, 8, 15 ONLY.
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.