Classes and The Belrose Milonga

Jonathan y Olivia teach Argentine tango lessons for all levels. Learn to dance Argentine tango in the Milonguero and Salon-Milonguero styles. 

 

HONEST SELF-ASSESSMENT for EXPERIENCED TANGO DANCERS

Oftentimes, we are approached by individuals who share with us that they have attended many classes and workshops over the years, yet they are truly not happy with their tango. Some have asked us to explain the difference between dancing on their vertical axis and dancing on their forward axis and how to seamlessly transcend between the two embraces. Others have shared that it is difficult for them to walk seamlessly in a close embrace while maintaining a sustained connection with their partner. Many have admitted a desire to learn technique that will allow them to dance on four tiles in a crowded milonga.

 

Jonathan and Olivia can help you with these refinements and give you the keys to elongating your body through your walk from the floor through your torso, and teach you the technique behind using your adductors, psoas muscles and core to create a beautiful walk and subtle contra body movement. We will teach you proper use of your inside edge (inner sole) to maintain a relationship with yourself, the floor and your partner as you fully arrive on your axis with each step before taking the next step. Learn the secrets of leading with intention, or following with equal and opposite synergy. If you can identify with any of the concerns and desires of others who we have helped progress to higher levels of dancing beautiful tango -- and if you would like to be dancing regularly with advanced dancers at milongas, then perhaps we are the teachers for you. We are the only tango instructors in the Bay Area that will guarantee your progress (in private lessons) from the very first lesson. 

 

ARE YOU WALKING WITH BEAUTIFUL TECHNIQUE? 

Many Bay Area tango dancers know countless steps, but lack the technical refinements to execute their movements with beautiful technique. All tango steps, even the most complex movements -- originate from the walk. One must first master their walking technique before they will be able to proficiently execute movements (steps) that they have learned. It is not uncommon for dancers who have been "dancing" 5-10 years or longer, to come to us and share that they are thinking about giving up because they are unhappy with their tango and/or are not experiencing satisfaction and/or are not getting invited to dance when attending milongas. The first thing we analyze is their walk -- the root of all problems. Once our students develop a beautiful walk with excellent technique, then their entire vocabulary of moves that they have learned rises to a higher level of dance that they never thought imaginable. The walking technique we teach is the same in the apilado embrace, salon embrace, or open stage embrace.

 

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING KNEE PROBLEMS OR OTHER INJURIES TO YOUR BODY?

Oftentimes, knee and other bodily injuries result from continuous abuse from poor walking technique. Our students have discovered that their knee and other bodily injuries heal through utilization of good walking technique. Many have shared that our walking technique incorporates many of the elements that their physical therapist has tried to get them to practice. Development of good posture becomes an added bonus. You can apply physics to every anatomical movement that we teach -- truth in movement.

 

OUR 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE TO ALL STUDENTS: If in your sole opinion, we do not materially improve your walking technique at your first private lesson, we will refund 100% of your lesson fee on the spot, no questions asked. We have never had a student who has not materially improved after a private lesson.

 

BEGINNER? WE LOVE TO WORK WITH BEGINNER STUDENTS! WE WILL TEACH YOU GOOD TECHNIQUE FROM THE START AND SET YOU ON THE COURSE TO DEVELOP A BEAUTIFUL TANGO WALK, CONNECTION AND MOVEMENT.

 

WE CAN GET YOU TO YOUR GOAL

Once you are able to demonstrate excellent walking technique, you will also be able to attend classes and workshops anywhere and be one of the few who beautifully execute the movements that are taught by the end of the class. More experienced students will be able to watch videos of tango performances and reverse engineer their movements. Many visiting instructors from Buenos Aires (and elsewhere) are teaching their stage choreography steps with little to no instruction on technique. Unfortunately, many Bay Area dancers who attend these workshops subsequently and inappropriately dance their newly learned stage moves at milongas. Anyone who has been to Buenos Aires (or the Belrose or Valenciano or the Florida Cafe milongas) is mindful of the fact that it is inappropriate and not even possible to dance these choreographed steps in a crowded milonga. To dance on four tiles, you must know how to dance tango milonguero style in the apilado embrace. Learn the technique to shrinking these movements into a small space.

 

If you would like to turn your vocabulary of 'steps' into beautifully executed movements, and are willing to commit time to learning technique instead of steps -- then you have come to the right teachers. Please check out our class schedule below and feel free to email us to reserve your place and/or inquire about our special private lesson packages. 

 

Jonathan y Olivia are certified Argentine Tango instructors at The Allegro Ballroom, teaching Private and Semi-Private Lessons. 

Centrally located at the Allegro Ballroom 

5855 Christie Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608

 

Join Jonathan and Olivia at their newest Milonga -- "El Beso"

El Beso Milonga

 

1st Friday of every month DJ Jonathan Yamauchi

3rd Friday of every month DJ Emilio Flores

 

Allero Ballroom

5855 Christie AVenue

Emeryville, CA

Lots of free parking and security on grounds

Milonga Only                           :  8:00-12:00am  $16 ($12 for Allegro                                                   Members)

When hosting a guest teacher   :  7:00 - 8:00pm  add $9

 

Wednesdays at the Allegro Ballroom

5855 Christie Avenue

Emeryville, CA

 

2:45pm - 6:30pm Private lessons available by appointment. To schedule, contact olivia@tangoapilado.com  Olivia cell: 650.834.5658

 

6:30 - 7:30pm Semi-Private Classes (limited to 6 dancers)

All-levels tango technique with emphasis on the walk, the embrace, giros (turns) and musicality, applicable for all levels.

 

7:30pm - 8:30pm Private Lesson available by appointment.

 

*Semi-private fees: $30 per student or $20 w/ interchangeable 5-pak (see below) plus $5 floor fee. Note: If taking both classes, second class floor fee is waived.

 

LOMITAS SCHOOL HOUSE WORKSHOP

2421 LOMITAS AVENUE

SANTA ROSA CA 95404

Every 2nd Saturday of the month

2:30PM - 3:25PM PRIVATE LESSON

3:30PM - 4:25PM PRIVATE LESSON

4:30PM - 6:00PM SEMI-PRIVATE WORKSHOP (limited to 8 dancers)

$30/student or $20 with interchangeable 5-pak (see below)

 

Every Sunday Afternoon at The Belrose Theater San Rafael: Belrose Privates, Group Classes and Belrose Milonga

Where: The Belrose Theater is conveniently located in Central San Rafael only one exit off the San Rafael Bridge exit.
1415 Fifth Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901


Privates for 1-2 students by appointment from 11:00am-2:00pm

To book a private: olivia@tangoapilado.com   650.834.5658

Private Lessons (55 min) 1-2 students, includes 2 instructors $120 plus $15 floor fee. See packages for additional discounts.


Semi-Private:                             2:00pm   All-levels technique
Semi-private:                             3:00pm  Int/Adv Milonguero and Salon Milonguero technique
Milonga:                                    4:00pm -7:00pm

DJ Jonathan

Semi-Private Prices:

12:00-1:00pm Semi-Private $30 

  2:00-3:00pm Semi-Private $30 

  3:00-4:00pm  Semi-Private $30

  4:00-7:00pm  Milonga  $15 DJ: Jonathan

Note: Milonga is $10 with one semi-private or FREE w/ 2 semi-privates 

To reserve a private or semi-private: Contact Olivia Levitt: olivia@tangoapilado.com           650.834.5658 (c)

 

Special Semi-private 5-pak: $20 per class with purchase of $100 5-pak. 5-pak is interchangeable between any classes at Allegro Ballroom, The Belrose, or the Lomita School House in Santa Rosa.  5-pak expires 8 weeks from date of purchase.

 

Policy regarding cancellations, transferability and refunds:

72-hour cancellation policy for private lessons and private consultations.

 

24-hour cancellation policy for Semi-private classes.

Lesson fee is forfeited if less than applicable notice is not given in writing via email or by texting Olivia at 650.834.5658 within the cancellation period stated.

All packages for private lessons and semi-private classes are non-transferable and non-refundable.

 

Call Olivia 650.834.5658 to reserve your spot in our semi-private classes or for a private by appointment!

PRIVATE LESSON RATE

Private lesson rate: $120 per 55 minute lesson pluse $10 floor fee. Rate is same for one or both Jonathan and Olivia

 

Discounted Private Lesson Packages including floor fee:

  5-pak $550* --        Save 15%

10-pak $1,050** --   Save 20%

20-pak $2,000*** -- Save 23%

 

*    Package expires after 2 months

**  Package expires after 4 months

***Package expires after 8 months

PRIVATE PHONE OR EMAIL CONSULTATION RATE

Jonathan and/or Olivia will consult on tango technique and other related tango topics at an hourly consultation rate of $60/hr. by appointment only. Contact: olivia@tangoapilado.com or jonathan@tangoapilaco.com for appointment.

 

SEMI-PRIVATE CLASS RATE

Size limited to 6 maximum

Partner not required

Pre-registration required
Register via email: olivia@tangoapilado.com

Max 6 Students $30 per person*

*add $5 floor fee at Allegro Ballroom

Special discounted rate: 5-pak for $100, interchangeable between semi-privates at The Belrose, The Allegro Ballroom, or Lomitas School House. 5-pak expires 8 weeks from date of purchase.

PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE REGISTRATION

San Rafael, Emeryville, and San Francisco

Contact Olivia: 650.834.5658 (c)                                  

Email: olivia@tangoapilado.com