Tango Classes, Practicas & Milongas

The following tango classes and events are currently available with Alma del Tango in Marin:

For the most updated schedule, visit our Calendar of Classes & Events »

All group classes, prácticas & milongas are held at Alma del Tango Studio (Knights of Columbus Hall) at 167 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo, CA (view map).

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Debbie,
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.

With gratitude,
Kusum

TANGO 1

Teaching an Argentine tango class (Currently offered Wednesdays 6-7pm. 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.  $15 Drop In

TANGO 2

(Currently offered Wednesdays 7:15-8:15pm)
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 or mordido, 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.) $15 Drop In

TANGO 2/3

(Currently offered Fridays 7-8pm)
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  6-7 or private classes) is recommended before taking this class. $15 Drop In -Includes La Práctica de San Anselmo immediately following from 8-10pm.

TANGO 2/3 Musicality (Tango, Vals, Milonga)

(Currently offered Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm)
In this class we keep the dance simple so as to focus on the music using Golden Age Tango, Vals & Milongas as well as the nuevo tango music of Astor Piazzolla and contemporary electronic tango bands. While each class can be taken on its own, consistent attendance will reveal the layered teaching approach to skills and concepts we cover such as:  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.  $15 Drop In

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.

–Peter Katcoff

TANGO 3

Hand position in tango(Currently offered Mondays 7-8 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.  $15 Drop In

Mini-Prácticas

(Currently offered after all tango classes)
All Levels. 15-30  minutes to practice what you learned in class or to warm up for the next one. FREE with class – No extra charge.

TANGO 4

(Currently offered Mondays 8:15-9:15 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. $30 couple drop-in
Check out the weekly Monday Notes video post on our blog!

La Práctica de San Anselmo

(Currently offered Fridays 8-10pm 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. Open to all levels. $10 Práctica only or $15 Class & Práctica.

La Milonga de San Anselmo

(Currently offered on the 4th Friday of every month 8-11pm
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.  $15 Class only, $15 Class & Milonga, $15 Milonga only – (In other words $15 no matter what unless you have purchased one of our super duper passes or packages; $5 suggested extra Milonga donation for Live Music presented Quartery Sept, Dec, Mar, June.

Follower’s Technique

(Time change starting May 2014 Saturdays 11:15am-12:15pm. Co-taught by Debbie Goodwin & Rose Vierling)
All Levels. 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. We will work our way through the tango vocabulary of the follower such as walking, the cross, ochos, molinetes, boleos, planeos, ganchos, adornments, musicality and much more. You will learn how to add your own artistic expression while responding to the leader’s invitations. $15 Drop In.

Leader’s Technique

(Starting May 2014 Saturdays 10am-11am. Taught by John Campbell)
All Levels. This class conditions your body to master tango posture, strengthen your sense of balance, refine foot placement and add strength & grace to your movements. We will work our way through the tango vocabulary of the leader such as walking, sacadas, the lapiz, enrosques,boleos, planeos, ganchos, adornments, musicality and much more. You will learn how to add your own artistic expression while creating clear leads and invitations for your follower. $15 Drop In

Follower’s ChoreographyStudent Rehearsal

(New classes will form in Fall 2014 Saturdays 12:30-1:30 to prepare for performance in annual student production. Co-taught by Debbie Goodwin & Rose Vierling.) $15 Drop In
Requirement: Enrollment in Follower’s Technique Class.

Leader’s Choreography

Group Couples Choreography

(New classes will form in Fall 2014 Saturdays 1:45-2:45 to prepare for performance in annual student production.

Debbie Goodwin & Rose Vierling co-teach this class. Be part of Alma del Tango’s annual tango production. You must arrange for your own partner to participate. $15 Drop In (must commit to rehearsal and performance schedule.)
Requirement: Enrollment in one or more of Alma del Tango’s classes during the week.

Private Classes with Debbie or John

(Currently offered with Debbie Tuesdays 12-6 and Thursdays 4-9, or with John Mondays & Fridays 12-3 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. $90/55 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.

Exchange of Lead & Follow Seminar

Please contact us if interested.  A minimum of 6 students to schedule

 

Tango: Let’s Dance to the Music Seminar

Please contact us if interested.  A minimum of 6 students to schedule is required  for a 12 class commitment.

Working from Joaquin Amenabar’s book, “Tango-Lets Dance to the Music”. Specifically designed to understand tango music for dancers without musical education. A guided study of how tango music and tango movement relates. Readings, Videos, Listening & Movement exercises.

Register now
Pre-registration required. $150 plus book fee $42 with CD & DVD

(Monthly passes apply but must commit to minimum of 3 months.)