Paulo is one of the most beloved teachers to visit the Bay area, and comes about twice yearly. This will be his 7 th visit. His style is unique, meditative, and intuitive. His lead light and subtle, usually in close embrace. He follows the best milonguero traditions of Argentina while maintaining an ability to create and innovate steps all his own. His dance vibrates with playful rhythms and the joy of his Brazilian culture, while maintaining the intensity and passion of authentic Argentine tango. He is able to reduce complex movements to elemental basics. He has taught in festivals worldwide, most recently focusing on Italy , Slovenia and Mexico . He has been called the “best tango teacher in Brazil ” and has won plaudits for his work at the Portland Tango Festival (see their webpage).
Beginner level at the Berkeley Tango Studio:
3 Mondays (January 9, 16, 23th ) and 2 Wednesdays (January 11 and 25th) (5 classes in all) All classes 6:45 -8 p.m. : These will be small group sessions where you will get lots of individual attention in order to advance quickly. All the fundamentals will be covered including balance, posture, partner communication, the embrace, the importance of walking Argentine tango, rhythm, musicality, salon style, beginning turns, ochos and paradas, and beginning milonga. The last class will cover some of Paulo's most recent work with Sylvia Vladiminsky, the founder of tango in Rome , who teaches many of the tango teachers worldwide. These classes will also be an excellent introduction to Paulo's style and technique for those who have never studied with Paulo before. It is recommended to take the whole series, but individual classes can be booked if space permits.
Pre-registration required. $15/individual class, $60 for the series. Contact Stella at 510-655-3585 or email: email@example.com.
Workshops in the North Bay (all levels class)
Friday January 6 in Petaluma , Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave at Webster.
8-9 p.m. All Levels Musicality class to be taught by Paulo
Milonga 9-midnight hosted by Donna, with demo by Paulo and Stella
$15 includes class and milonga
Saturday, January 7 th also in Petaluma, Hermann Sons Hall
11-12:15 p.m. The 7 fundamentals of Paulo and how to use them in unique combinations
12:30-1:45 p.m. Cherishing the embrace
2- 3:15 p.m. Useful tips for navigating smoothly
$25/class or $65 for all three with pre-payment by January 5th. Drop in at the door $28/class. To register please contact Donna at 707-778-6837 or check her website: tangopetaluma.com.
Intermediate classes at the Claremont Resort and Hotel, 41Tunnel Rd., Berkeley :
Sunday, January 8th
1-2:15 p.m. Round and not so round movements
2:30-3:45 p.m. On the beat and off the beat rhythms
4-5:15 p.m. Big and little waltz style elements
$25/class or $65 for all three with pre-payment by January 5 th . Drop in at the door $28/class. Claremont Club members, teens, or full-time students $60 for series with pre-payment. To register for classes, please contact Stella at 510-655-3585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Validated parking will be available for all above.
***** Let's Welcome Paulo back to the Bay area. Bring your dancing shoes for this special Milonga on Sunday, January 8 th , 8:30 p.m. - midnight at the gorgeous Claremont Hotel ****
Paulo will be your DJ and there will be a demo by Paulo and Stella. Milonga: $10 for students of at least one of the above Claremont classes, $15 for all others. Validated parking available.
Advanced classes at Lake Merritt Dance Center , 200 Grand Ave. , Oakland
Saturday, January 14 th
1-2:15 p.m. Colgadas
2:30-3:45 p.m. Volcadas
4-5:15 p.m. Barridas with giros
$25/class or $65 for all three with pre-payment by January 10th. Drop in at the door $28/class. Claremont Club members, teens, or full-time students $60 for series with pre-payment. To register contact Stella at 510-655-3585 or email: email@example.com.
Workshops in the South Bay at Steppin Out Dance Studios, 830 Stewart Dr. , Sunnyvale
Sunday January 15 th
2-3:15 p.m. Waltz Paulo style
3:30-4:45 p.m. Milonga Paulo style
$25/class with pre-payment by January 10 th , drop-in $28/class.
7-8:15 p.m. Canyengue- the original form of tango with many steps applicable to milonga (this is one of his most popular classes, last time we had students flying in from other states to take these classes)
8:30 p.m. - midnight Milonga. $20 for milonga and class
To register please contact: Stella 510-655-3585 Checks made out to Susan Navarez or Steppin Out Studios
Advanced Classes at Lake Merritt Dance Center , 200 Grand Ave. , Oakland
Saturday, January 21
1-2:15 p.m. Complex interactions
2:30-3:45 p.m. Advanced waltz
4-5:15 p.m. Fluidity of movement
Advanced Classes at Renaissance Ballroom, 285 Ellis St. , San Francisco
Sunday, January 22
1-2:15 p.m. Creation and improvisation
2:30-3:45 p.m. Advanced milonga
4-5:15 p.m. Interruptions and surprises
$25/class or $65 for all three each day with pre-payment by January 15 th . Drop-in at the door $28/class. For registration contact Stella at 510-655-3585 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Checks may be mailed to 30 the Uplands, Berkeley , CA 94705 .
***He will also be teaching prior to the following milongas:
Friday January 13 and Friday January 20 th : Monte Cristo Milonga hosted by Gary and Nirmala, intermediate class 8-9 p.m. Milonga 9 p.m. - midnight . $12 class + milonga, 136 Missouri , SF.
Saturday January 14 th : Golden Gate Milonga hosted and DJ'd by Glenn Corteza, all levels class 8-9 p.m. Milonga 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. 1 Yacht Club Way , SF. $14 class + milonga.
Private Lessons Available:
Priority for couples with some limited slots available for non-couples, maximum of 6 hours/couple or individual student. Series is $480 which includes studio rental fee (4 sessions of 1 hr and 20 minutes each). The series is available only for students who are taking at least one group class. If purchasing a private not in a series $95/55 min +$10 studio fee for Paulo alone, $120/55 min +$10 studio fee for Paulo and Stella together.
Introductory special $75 for the first hour for couples or individuals who have never had a private lesson with Paulo. To schedule please contact Stella at 510-655-3585 or email: email@example.com . For schedule updates check the website: stellatango.com.