TangoLife Classes + Practica, May 17+

Milonga Abrazos, Seattle.  Photo: Vincent Lam

Dear TangoLovers,

We were all so thrilled at the turn out for the new BellTower Practica last Tuesday you’d think we’d won an election!  Tango for President!  Here’s a clip if you missed the gathering.  It would be great to keep the momentum going right through summer.  NEXT week, on May 24, I will add a lesson from 6:30-7:15 for beginning students ($10 includes practica), so encourage your non-dancing friends to come give a try, starting on the 24th!


For those of you interested in the lovely connection within a sustained close embrace, or “milonguero style”, I am happy to report that the new Milonga Abrazos in Seattle, was a resounding success this past Sunday. Co-hosted by Amy Allison and Gabriela Condrea,  it is an uber-traditional milonga, with separate pre-reserved and individually labeled seating for leads and follows, all-cabeceo invites from across the room, excellent line of dance for peaceful tandas, and a variety of ages and stages.  It was sold out weeks prior, so stay tuned if you would like to join the adventure whenever the next one is scheduled.   Thank you Kim and Larry and Uriah for representing Bellingham with me!  There were so many from Vancouver, also!  Hopefully the photo I’ve included here will open for you to check it out.

See you on the dance floor!…..Rebecca

Tuesdays, NEW: BELLTOWER PRACTICABegins May 10, 2016

7-9 pm, $5, 1430 N Garden St, (cross street is Ellis St)

Yes, indeed, we have a beautiful new space and a new night of the week for our Practica! I will use the first half hour for some tango technique, over on the side of the floor, (perfect for brand new or experienced dancers). So join me, or just get right to your own dance practice in this lovely space. Bonus: there will be snacks and beverages for the first two weeks to get the party started!! Please come check it out, as this is Bellingham’s only practica, and, well, without a practica we would be a pretty lame tango community. And without YOU, we would not have a practica. Seriously!

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.

TangoLife Classes, May, 2016

Classes below and private lessons are held at Rebecca’s home studio unless otherwise noted. (2610 Likely Ct. Park on street, walk down outdoor stairs on right side of house to lower entrance.) Below are summaries of what we cover in each class:


YES, MORE, PLEASE! Come supercharge your tango by learning the “way we move” to create balance, confidence and beauty in your dance.  For all levels.  Work on graceful body movements with fun drills and exercises, including lovely crosses, pivots you are proud of, and embellishments to stir the emotions.  The class you’ve all been asking for!

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