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 Knights of Columbus Hall at 167 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo, CA (view map).

Special Tango Packages:
10 classes = $125 (3 month expiration) / 20 classes = $200 (6 month expiration)

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

Level 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 Level 2 or 3 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 Level 1 classes onsite.  $15 Drop In Tango Level 1 Curriculum

Foundations Plus – Levels 2-4

(Currently offered Fridays 7-8pm)
The Foundations Plus class is set up to deepen foundational work for tangueros levels 2-4. We tailor the class to those who show up giving a clear road map for newer students and detailed technique to the ongoing students. New material is presented every week to expand tango vocabulary while working on foundational material. An introductory course (Wednesdays Level 1 6-7 or private classes) is recommended before taking this class. $15 Drop In

Level 2

(Currently offered Wednesdays 7-8pm)
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 boleo, parada, mordida, pasada, ganchos, adornments and barridas.  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 Level 2 Curriculum

Level 3

Hand position in tango(Currently offered Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm)
Using the foundational work you acquired in Levels 1 & 2, we explore more deeply and refine how to lead and follow the boleo, parada, mordida, pasada, ganchos, adornments and barridas, as well as adding alterations 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. (Concurrent attendance in Level 2, free of charge, is strongly encouraged.)   $15 Drop In LEVEL 3 SYLLABUS COMING SOON

Mini-Prácticas

(Currently offered Wednesdays after both Level 2 and Level 3 classes)
All Levels. A half hour to practice what you learned in class or to warm up for the next one. No extra charge – included in class fee.

Level 4

(Currently offered Mondays 7:30-9pm )
This is an advanced level class for couples. You must come with a partner as we will not be rotating. If you are able to easily master Wednesday night’s 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! LEVEL 4 SYLLABUS COMING SOON

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 Foundations Plus 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. $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 Foundations Plus 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; $5  suggested extra Milonga donation for Live Music presented Quartery Sept, Dec, Mar, June.

Follower’s Technique

(Time change starting May 2014 Saturdays 11am-12pm. 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 crusada, 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.

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 to your follower. $15 or Group Class Cards available 20 for $200 or 10 for $125.

Women’s ChoreographyStudent Rehearsal

(Offered Saturdays mornings Sept-Feb to prepare for performance in annual student production. Co-taught by Debbie Goodwin & Rose Vierling.)
This year’s women’s choreography will be danced to Piazzolla’s Leonora’s Song featuring the beautiful footwork and adornments of the follower’s role in tango. Prepare to be challenged as we work to refine body movement, balance, foot placement and coordination to create a stunning display of fancy footwork! Additional $5 fee to take this class. Requirement: Followers Technique Class.

Group Couples Choreography

Offered Sept-Feb 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 to debut Feb 13-16, 2014. Weekly rehearsals start Sept 7th. The choreography is to a sleek contemporary piece that will illustrate to the audience “how to dance the tango.” You must arrange for your own partner to participate. $15 per class.

Private Classes with Debbie

(Currently offered Tuesdays 12-6 and Thursdays 4-9, 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. $75 + $10 studio floor fee (55 minute hour).

Tango: Let’s Dance to the Music Seminar

Thursdays, April- June 2013  7:30 – 9:00
(13 classes total)

A 3 month seminar (April-June) with Debbie & John 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 the 3 months.)

This workshop will not only improve your dancing but also prepare you for bootcamp with the author, Joaquin Amenabar, who will doing a 2 day Boot Camp Aug 3-4 2013 in SF! More details to follow.

Tango Night at La Loggia

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(Every second Tuesday of the month)

Milonga (Social Dancing) from 7pm – 10pm   8:30pm Featured Performance by Alma Del Tango

500 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo / No Cover Charge; Wines from Argentina

Next Generation Tango Class (Level 1)

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Next Generation Tango Class (Level 1) is for students in their 20′s-30′s. Rose Vierling offers this class by demand on Tuesday evenings. Please contact us if interested.

$55/single or $100/ couple for monthly series

Pre-Registration Required

If you need more information or have questions about classes & events, please contact us.