TangoLife Classes & Practica, July 2016

Dear TangoLovers,

Another weekend full of rich tango friendships, striving together to create and share our dance of meaningful connection.  And sometimes that means being open to new possibilities, while letting go (aren’t we tired of that helpful phrase?) of old patterns and sentiments that may be holding us back from effortless joy.  Thanks to all who joined Robert Hauk and I for the workshops this past weekend, and also to those who danced at TangoLife Milonga.  It was such a lovely sight to see the late sun gleaming across the dance floor, and everyone’s embraces floating above their long shadows.  Next TangoLife is August 7th.  Save the date for the Luau Party!

Classes are on normal schedule this week, and the Wednesday class currently has open spots due to student vacations.  We will be reviewing the material taught during last Saturday’s workshops with Robert, so drop in and join us if you would like to get in on that good stuff!!

TangoLife Classes, July 2016:


(Average attendance is 26 dancers!)

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. 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