The following tango classes and events are currently available with Alma del Tango in Marin:
- TANGO 1: Newcomers to our program
- TANGO 2
- TANGO 2/3
- TANGO 2/3 Musicality (Tango, Vals, Milonga)
- TANGO 3
- TANGO 4: Advanced Couples Class
- La Práctica de San Anselmo
- La Milonga de San Anselmo
- Tango Movie Night
- Tango Conditioning Class
- Private Classes
- Swing Dance
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 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.
(NEW hours in 2016: Wednesdays 7-8:15 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. You can register for TANGO 1 classes onsite. $18 Drop In. 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,
(NEW hours in 2016: Wednesdays 8:30-9:45)
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. We will also introduce elements such as the parada, sandwichito, pasada, and prepare for the boleo. 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.) $18 Drop In. Discounted packages available.
(Currently offered Fridays 7-8:15pm)
The class is set up to deepen foundational work for tangueros at TANGO 2/3 levels or above. Because this class falls directly before either the weekly Práctica or monthly Milonga, we focus on dancing in close embrace with compact movement. New material is presented every week to expand tango vocabulary while working on foundational material. An introductory course (Wednesdays TANGO 1 at 7-8:15 or private classes) is recommended before taking this class. $18 Drop In -Includes La Práctica de San Anselmo immediately following from 8:15-10pm. Discounted packages available.
TANGO 2/3 Musicality (Tango, Vals, Milonga)
(Please contact us if interested. A minimum of 6 students is required to schedule. We offer 3 hour mini workshops or a more complete 12 class commitment.)
In this class we keep the dance simple so as to focus on the music using Golden Age Tango, Vals and Milongas as well as the nuevo tango music of Astor Piazzolla and contemporary electronic tango bands. Consistent attendance will reveal the layered teaching approach to skills and concepts we cover including: single, double and half-time steps, rhythm, melodic rhythm in tango, melody without the four-beat basic rhythm, melody played along with a rhythmic base, dialogue between different melodies, the form and structure of tango, syncopation, 3-3-2 syncopation, off-beat, Milonga, Vals.
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.
(Currently offered 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!
(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. $18 Drop In. Discounted packages available.
(Currently 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.
(Currently offered 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! Students generally need 4 years of tango experience. $18 drop-in per person. Discounted packages available.
Check out the weekly Monday Notes video post on our blog!
La Práctica de San Anselmo
(Currently offered Fridays 8:15-10pm except the 4th Friday when we hold our Milonga during this time slot.)
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 $18 Class & Práctica. Discounted packages available.
(Currently 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 can 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. $18 Class only, $20 Class & Milonga, $15 Milonga only – (Discounted packages available); $5 suggested extra Milonga donation for Live Music presented Quarterly Sept, Dec, 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.
Hosted by Jose Orellana, we show both popular and hard to find Tango movies. Popcorn provided as well as interesting, lively discussions after the movies with fellow tangueros. A great evening of entertainment and socialization.
Tango Conditioning Class
Debbie Goodwin and Rose Vierling co-teach this class for men & women of all levels. The class focuses on the individual (no partnering in this class), conditions your body to master tango posture, strengthen your sense of balance, refine foot placement and add grace and sensuality to your movements. Using tango vocabulary (walking, the cross, ochos, molinetes, sacadas, the lapiz, enrosques, boleos, planeos, ganchos, adornments, musicality, etc) we create FUN combinations to practice tango movements while expressing yourself with both traditional, contemporary and alternative tango music. $18 Drop In. Wear comfy clothing to allow for big movement and stretching.
Private Classes with Debbie or John
(Currently offered with Debbie or with John 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. $100/55 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.
Learn about our East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop classes
American Swing: East Coast Style Tuesdays 7pm-8pm
American Swing: Lindy Hop Style Tuesdays 8:10pm – 9:10pm
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.
Learn about our East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop classes