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.
Locations where you can take
private and group Argentine tango
lessons from Jonathan y Olivia
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 in Emeryville and Dance Arts in San Rafael, teaching Private and Semi-Private lessons.
Private lessons available by appointment. To schedule a private lesson or register for semi-private classes:
Contact Olivia Levitt
Olivia cell: 650.834.5658
1st and 3rd Sundays
Class 3:00 - 4:00pm
Practica 4:00 - 7:00pm with FREE MINI-privates for class attendees!
1320 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Private Lessons (55 min) Includes 2 instructors $120 plus $15 floor fee. See discounted packages (below) for additional savings.
Semi-Private Lessons (55 min) Includes 2 instructors $25 (or $20 with $100 5-pak)
Semi-Private classes on the 1st and 3rd Sundays at Dance Arts
3:00pm Int/Adv level tango milonguero technique in the style of Carlos Gavito and Ricardo Vidort
Experience a private lesson environment in our monthly Semi-private classes at fraction of the cost of a private lesson!
5855 Christie AVenue
Lots of Fee Parking
Private Lessons (55 min)
Includes 2 instructors $120 plus $15 floor fee. See discounted packages (below) for additional savings!
Semi-Private Lessons (55 min)
Includes 2 instructors $25 (or $20 with $100 5-pak) plus $5 floor fee per student at Allegro Ballroom. Semi-Private classes on the 1st Saturday of every month
3:00pm All-levels essential tango milonguero technique
4:00pm Int/Adv level tango milonguero technique in the style of Carlos Gavito and Ricardo Vidort
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.
Pre-paid Private lessons are non-transferable and non-refundable.
PRIVATE LESSON RATE
Private lesson rate: $120 per 55 minute lesson pluse $15 floor fee. Rate is same for one or both Jonathan and Olivia
Discounted Private Lesson Packages including floor fee:
5-pak $575* -- Save 15%
10-pak $1,150** -- Save 20%
20-pak $2,150*** -- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for appointment.