The following tango and swing dance classes and events are currently available with Alma del Tango in Marin:
- TANGO 1: Newcomers to our program
- TANGO 2
- TANGO 2/3
- TANGO 3
- TANGO 4: Advanced Couples Class
- TANGO – Lead/Follow Exchange Workshops
- La Práctica de San Anselmo
- La Milonga de San Anselmo
- Milonga Valentina: Non-Traditional Alternative Milonga
- Tango Conditioning Class
- Private Classes
- Swing Dance with Jasmine
All group classes, prácticas and milongas are held at Alma del Tango Studio (Knights of Columbus Hall) at 167 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo, CA (view map).
Special Tango Packages: Tips for the best bang for your tango buck! Packages are good for Tango, Essentrics and/or Swing classes.
Just wanted to thank you for the most heart wrenching Tango performance ever. You and John move as one. I feel humbled to have the privilege to experience you.
Your dance has touched my soul. I may never have your movements but I will always have this evening to cherish.
TANGO 1 (Pre-Registration Required)
(Wednesdays 7-8 pm. If you’re brand new to tango, best to start the first Wednesday of each month)
This course is an introduction to the social form of Argentine Tango as danced in Buenos Aires. No previous experience necessary! You will learn a code of movement that will get you started with this improvised dance. Embrace, posture, connection with your partner, and basic navigation on the dance floor will be emphasized. Most students need 1-6 months to acquire these fundamental skills before moving onto Level 2.
We encourage students registered for TANGO 2 and above to join this class, free of charge, to solidify their fundamental technique and gain an understanding of our method of teaching. Musicality, cultural information and etiquette about Argentine Tango is presented in all class levels. Monthly series begins first Wednesday of every moth. Pre-registration required . Discounted packages available.
I want to say thank you for all that I learned while I was there….my dancing improved, and more importantly I am enjoying it more!
I think the most profound change has come with 1. filling out my back (improves my balance as well) and 2. consciously relaxing my upper body.
You guys are great teachers. I’m already planning my return visit to Marin and the Knights of Columbus Hall!
Suerte y abrazos,
TANGO 2 (Pre-Registration Required)
While building on material from Level 1, this class moves deeper into the exciting world of parallel and cross systems, forward and back ochos, and giros y molinetes (turns). The foundation and technique of these skills will be emphasized then transformed into interesting combinations to use on the dance floor. Most students need 6 months to 2 years to acquire the skills to move onto Level 3. Repeating this class for several months will help you develop confidence and sophistication on the dance floor. (Concurrent attendance in Level 1, free of charge, is strongly encouraged.) Monthly series begins first Wednesday of every moth. Pre-registration required . Discounted packages available.
The class is taught by Debbie & John to set up to deepen foundational work for tangueros at TANGO 2/3 levels or above. We typically work on close embrace figures and technique for the social dance floor.
An introductory course (Wednesdays TANGO 1 at 7-8:15 or private classes) is recommended before taking this class. $20 Drop In -Includes La Práctica de San Anselmo immediately following from 8:15-10pm. Discounted packages available.
Debbie and John’s musicality class has absolutely transformed my dance experience. As a leader I was reasonably adept at identifying and dancing to the melody, but now I’m able to hear other aspects of an orchestration—even down to individual instruments—and my leading has become more nuanced which results in a far richer dancing experience.
(Mondays 7-8:15 pm)
Using the foundational work you acquired in Levels 1 & 2, we explore more deeply and refine the lead and follow as well as adding boleos, ganchos, alterations/changes of direction and more advanced off-axis elements such as the volcada and colgada. The fun never ends in tango! Taught by Debbie & John.
(NOTE: If you do not know how to confidently move in and out of crossed and parallel systems, lead and follow forward and back ochos and lead and follow a turn to the right and left in both systems…you need to continue to take the Level 2 class before moving onto Level 3. Do not make the mistake of jumping too quickly to another level without building a good foundation. Most students need 6 months to 2 years in Level 2 to acquire these fundamental skills before moving onto Level 3. $20 Drop In. Discounted packages available.
(Offered after all tango classes)
All Levels. 15 minutes to practice what you learned in class or to warm up for the next one. FREE with class.
(Mondays 8:30-9:45 pm )
This is an advanced level class for couples. You must come with a partner as we do not rotate. If you are able to easily master Level 3 material, this class is for you! Taught by Debbie & John. Students generally need 4 years of tango experience. $20 drop-in per person. Discounted packages available.
Check out the weekly Monday Notes video post on our blog!
MONDAY NIGHT SEMINARS
Each month we create a focused, themed seminar on Monday nights 7-10pm
$20 drop-in per person for one class or $32 for both. Discounted packages available.
Nov 2017 Theme: Off Axis: Volcadas & Colgadas
Dec 2017 Theme: Top Ten Tango Figures for the Social Dance Floor
THEMES: ADT 2018 Monday Night Seminars & Friday Nights with Debbie & John (subject to change)
January –Changes of Directions/Alterations
February – Ganchos & Boleos
March – Dancing to the music – Tango/ Vals/Milonga/Nuevo/Electronica/Alternative
April – Classic Turns with sacadas, enrosques & embelishments.
May – Tomadas, Barridas, Pasadas & Adornos
June – Off Axis: Volcadas & Colgadas
July – Top Ten Tango Figures for the Social Dance Floor
August – Artist in Residence August 1-31 Maestro Eduardo Saucedo
Study deeply in the passionate style of Maestro Eduardo Saucedo
——— We start over again with themes———-
September – Changes of Directions/Alterations
October – Ganchos & Boleos
November -Dancing to the music – Tango/ Vals/Milonga/Nuevo/Electronica/Alternative
December –Classic Turns with sacadas, enrosques & embelishments.
TANGO – Lead Follow Exchange
( 10/21, 11/18, 12/9 from 1-4:30pm)
– Open to dancers wishing to explore both roles of this dance of Tango 2 level and above.
-The material will cover a wide range of elements of Argentine Tango which will then be used for the lead/follow exchanges.
(check out Tango Con*Fusion trailer to see what is in store:
Here’s what you can expect:
-A comfortable environment for those wanting to learn the opposite role than their primary role in the dance.
-Great connection work that will strengthen all your dancing as we begin to explore lead/follow exchange and the dynamics of this form of Argentine Tango.
– Finally, we will have fun with lead/follow exchanges guided by Mira Barakat – a member of Tango Con*Fusión Dance Co. Pre-Register: email@example.com
$100 per 3.5 hour workshop or $90 Early Bird – by Oct 21st
$270 all 3 workshops (3 different dates) or $240 Early Bird all 3 workshops
Prerequisite: Tango 2 (low intermediate) in at least one role
La Práctica de San Anselmo
(Offered Fridays 8:15-10pm except the 4th Friday when we hold our monthly Milonga)
A práctica is a place to practice tango and to meet other tangueros. Generally more relaxed than a milonga, at a práctica it is acceptable to talk during the dance, and work on steps or figures. Alma del Tango teaching staff is available to answer questions and dance with you as time allows. The TANGO 2/3 class is offered right before the práctica and is a great place to warm up and also to meet potential practice partners for the evening. Práctica is open to all levels. $10 Práctica only or $20 Class & Práctica. Discounted packages available.
(Offered on the 4th Friday of every month 8:15-11pm)
A milonga is an Argentine Tango social dance. People come as singles or with a partner and they wear their best tango finery. Music may be live or recorded and is usually played in tandas, or sets of 3-4 songs. When the tanda ends there will be a cortina, a short interlude of non-tango music ,when dancers return to their seats and look for a new partner. The TANGO 2/3 class is offered before the Milonga and is a great place to warm up and also to meet potential dance partners for the evening. Refreshments are served. $20 Class only, $23 Class & Milonga or $28 when live music, $15 Milonga only or $20 with live music – (Discounted packages available); live music presented quarterly: Sept, Jan, Mar, June with Seth Asarnow y su Sexteto. Often other musical groups on other months. Check Tango Mango.
I really appreciate and want to thank you for what you have done to create a Tango community in Marin, and to create the space for us to come together, meet wonderful people and dance the Tango.
(Offered the 3rd Saturday of every month 6:30-11pm – Come for part of the time or for the entire evening!)
Hosted by Christianna Valentina.
-6:30-8pm: A non-traditional milonga environment breaking the ice for beginners. More experienced tango dancers are encouraged to come early. Welcome and dance with the newer tango dancers in our community!
-8pm: Surprise Performance – An different undisclosed live performance each month to transition into an evening of musical and movement adventure.
8-11pm: Breaking barriers of expression for the intermediate to advanced. An alternative milonga with monthly themes. Your host, DJ Valentina will play alternative tango tandas. Music lovingly woven together form shards of the unexpected; world music, a mosaic of nostalgic as well as current pop eclecticism combined with new spins on old classics and an occasional hint of nuevo electronica. $15 (BYOB or yummy snack to share)
Tango Conditioning Class
Luz Castiñeiras teaches this class for men and women of all levels while Rose Vierling is on maternity leave. The class focuses on the individual (no partnering), conditions your body to master tango posture, strengthen your sense of balance, refine foot placement and add grace and sensuality to your movements using traditional, contemporary and alternative tango music. $20 Drop In. Wear comfy clothing to allow for big movement and stretching.
Private Classes with Debbie or John
(Offered by appointment)
Private instruction is highly recommended as a supplement to the group classes and prácticas to improve your improvisational skills.They are a great way to get individualized instruction and also learn at an accelerated rate. If you wish to develop and learn a choreography for performances and special events such as weddings or anniversary parties these private classes with Debbie are the path to go. $110/55 minute hour.
Note: We request that private students also take part in at least one group weekly tango class or event at Alma del Tango.
6pm – JWD Swing Club – Invitation Only
(effective Jan 23, 2018)
7 pm – East Coast Swing – Intermediate
8pm – East Coast Swing – Beginning
6pm – Lindy Hop – Mixed Levels
(effective Jan 23, 2018)
Let’s swing dance, Marin! Enjoy a fun and lively night of dancing with dancer, instructor and performer, Jasmine Worrell. While Argentine Tango was developing in the southern hemisphere, American Swing was being created in the northern hemisphere. These dance styles became iconic of the period. East Coast Swing evolved from Lindy Hop in the late 1940’s and early 50’s, and is based in six-count patterns that are simplified from 8-count Lindy Hop patterns. Join us every Tuesday & Thursday!