The day you stop saying, “I dance tango,” and start saying, “I’m a tango dancer,” you become an athlete. NFL, NHL, MLB, FIFA…you name any high level athlete, heck, even high school level, and they all work out, stretch, and take care of their bodies to achieve a higher level of performance. It is oft forgotten (until you look at a ballet dancer flexing), but dancers are athletes too.
All the group classes, private lessons, and milongas in the world aren’t going to get you there. Does an NFL player only train by playing football? Even if you don’t say, “I’m a tango dancer,” at cocktail parties, your dance and your body will hugely benefit from a little bit of training.
I’m currently enjoying yoga as my training of choice and I could go on for days trumpeting the virtues of my teacher Simone Olsen-Varela , but I’ll keep it concise. I have taken both privates and group classes from her and in a world filled with Yoga instructors she is exceptional.
I’d also like to make a quick update about my current classes and upcoming performances.
Open House Show as part of Oakland’s First Friday! Nov 2rd 5:30-9:30pm at Studio 1924 and I’ll be dancing West Coast Swing! Yes, WCS! With Stephanie Berg. You’ll have to see it to believe it! AND It’s going to be an awesome party.
Tuesdays, Noon, Salsa, Studio 1924. Yes, Salsa! (Didn’t ya’ll know I dance everything?) I’m teaching at Studio 1924 as part of the Take 5 Lunch Program. $15 gets you a bad ass lunch from the adjoining Coco Cafe and a dance lesson. Best dance deal ever.
Tuesdays, 7pm, Tango, 100 Wheeler, UC Berkeley. A study hall practice session, reminiscent of the group classes I regularly attended in Buenos Aires. 3 hours for $9. Note: We don’t always stay in the same room so try to be prompt and meet us 10 minutes before class in front of Wheeler. If/when we move it is usually to room 110 then to 30. Call 510 761 1445 if you can’t find us but I won’t guarantee an answer.
Thursdays, 8pm, Tango, 251 Hearst Gym, UC Berkeley. This is a one hour progressive series, part of the weekly DeCal tango class. Open practice/dancing follows the class and continues until midnight. Free (donations VERY welcome) and open to the public. BUT you MUST send in your name and the names of anyone else planning on attending to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday night. Once you send your name/s you won’t have to send them again. Be sure to bring ID for the front desk.
That’s all folks!