See below to read Rebecca's impressive biography, private lesson availability, and registration details.
FRIDAY, AUG 10 @ SPRFC (large yoga studio) 7 - 8:30pm 8x8 Transformations (All Levels) We'll transfigure back ochos into forward ochos, and vice versa! how many ways can we do it? Rebecca can think of 8 ways, off the top of her head, but she's open to learning some new ones – so bring 'em! Those just beginning to grapple with ochos can stick with the first few ways, those craving something more exotic can stay on for the whole ride. These will take solid skills to follow well, and give lots of insight about structure to both leader and follower.
8:30 – 10pm Practica with Rebecca Shulman who will be dancing and working with all throughout!
SATURDAY, AUG 11 @ SFRFC (large yoga studio) 1:30 – 3pm Building on Giros (Beg/Int) Let's add to your collection of entrances into grapevine turns, and exits from those turns. Then we'll visit a couple of special effects inside the turns (depending on what y'all cover in July – I await the latest news of your studies!) I think you'll enjoy the freedom and versatility of swinging into turns anytime you like.
3:30 – 5pm Playing with Back Ochos (Beg/Int) a series of back ochos doesn't have to be repetitive or tiring. I'd like to share some of my favorite tricks for dancing them soft and easy, for turning them in refreshing directions, embellishing them, and generally making them your own.
SUNDAY, AUG 12 @ Annapolis Athletic Club 2 – 3:30pm The Barridas of Coolness (Int/Adv) A "barrida" is a "sweep" – often called a "drag" in the tango world. One partner sweeps or drags her or his partner's foot across the floor (or occasionally, into the air!) and the feet remain connected to each other during the move. Supercool, and pretty weird, too, don't you think? I adore barridas – and I have a few technical secrets to share with you, for both partners in the couple, to make barridas smooth, easy, and, well, to make them work at all! We will see both Most Common Barridas and Less Common Barridas – there are some that are even more weird and cool than the others -- and we'll also gain an understanding of how to playfully add barridas to the structure of moves you already use.
4 – 5:30pm Sacadas Encouraging Boleos (Int/Adv) Sometimes combining 2 challenging elements can make one or both of them EASIER. Let’s use a push to get that leg swinging into the air. But a niiice push, soft but effective, takes skills & technique! Let's look at a couple of ways a good sacada can flow directly into a great, swinging boleo – with collaboration on timing, as always! Then head over to Blackwall Hitch Restaurant for food, drink and more dancing...
6/7pm – 10pm Milonga at Blackwall Hitch with DJ Rebecca Shulman Blackwall Hitch, restaurant with marvelous food, is just 2 minutes from Annapolis Athletic Club. Come right after the workshops, order food and drink... Rebecca will spin magical tunes from around 7pm until 10pm!
FRIDAY & SATURDAY Severna Park Racquetball and Fitness Club, SPRFC 8514 Veterans Hwy, Millersville, MD 21108
SUNDAY EVENING Blackwall Hitch 400 6th St Annapolis, MD 21403
Rebecca has limited availability for private lessons, so book early before they disappear! Please contact Julie at Julie@annapolistango.com to schedule. Private lessons are $100/hr payable to Rebecca by cash or check.
Thursday, Aug 9 @ SPRFC (sm. dance studio) between 4 – 6pm. Friday, Aug 10 @ SPRFC (spin room; wood floor) 11am – 430pm
IN ORDER TO ENSURE GENDER BALANCE, PLEASE REGISTER PRIOR TO THE CLASS. NOTE: There will be an additional $5 added if you have not registered in advance of the class. You may pay at the door, but early registration will be greatly appreciated by all!)
Registration by Cash or Check: Please email Julie@annapolistango.com with the role and workshops you are registering for. You may pay in person with cash or by check written out to ‘Rebecca Shulman’.
Registration by PayPal: Please send payments directly to the link below (Julie’s personal account from which payment will be made to Rebecca). Where it says ‘Add a Note’, please state what workshops are you registering for and which role you want to do. Do NOT check "for goods or services" https://www.paypal.me/juliemccor
CLASS FEES: *NM = non-member, M = Annapolis Tango member (Want to become a member? Click Here!)
FRIDAY CLASS (practica is a donation-based) NM, $25 M, $20
SINGLE WORKSHOP NM, $30 M, $25
TWO WORKSHOPS NM, $55 M. $45
FRIDAY CLASS + 2 WORKSHOPS NM, $75 M, $60
ALL WKSHOPS (FRIDAY CLASS + 4 WKSHOPS) NM, $125 M, $100
Full refunds will be issued in the event of a cancellation due to unforeseen events.
Rebecca Shulman has been dancing tango full-time for over 20 years and is regarded by the international community as an expert with an encyclopedic knowledge of the dance and a gift for conveying it to her students. Beyond her supernatural tango-memory that is finely tuned to the subtleties of this dance, Rebecca has the one quality that every tango dancer wants more than anything: a lot of people love dancing with her. Adam was kind enough to point this out one day. Someone was talking about how long she'd been dancing and her contributions to the tango scene and so on, and he said, "yeah, AND, she can really dance!" Men and women, leaders and followers, beginners to professionals, serious and playful, Argentines or not: all these partners find dancing with Rebecca to be somewhere between a lot of fun, and completely enchanting. She had the privilege of dancing with a lot of wonderful old Argentine men in the 1990's, toured briefly with the great Omar Vega, and in this century has somehow managed to keep up with the young men of her home country who are all so creative and challenging. In the last ten years she was amazed to find herself performing with Jaimes, Homer, Alex, Nick, and Evan. From 2006-13 she absorbed a lot of ideas and skills from working with Evan Griffiths, and in the last year, from working with Robin Thomas.
Rebecca was born in New York, studied classical ballet all her childhood, and later, Contact Improvisation and yoga. She started to study tango in NYC in 1991 from Daniel Trenner, with whom she began to perform and to visit Buenos Aires. Daniel emphasized improvisation and lead-and-follow skills that are the foundation of social tango. Rebecca's teachers in Buenos Aires, from 1992-6, include Juan Bruno, Mingo and Esther Pugliese, Gustavo Naveira and Olga Besio, Tete Rusconi and Maria Villalobos, Antonio Todaro, Pupy Castello, and Graciela Gonzalez. At home Daniel and Rebecca were pioneers, bringing the first notion of tango to city after city. They also produced a popular series of instructional videos. Since then Rebecca has taught many workshops across the U.S., and all over the world, with brilliant partners and also on her own. She is a guest teacher at big tango festivals. Students everywhere seek Rebecca's clear instruction on improvisation, technique, adornments, and musicality.
Rebecca taught every level of tango class for Dance Manhattan from 1994-2014. She helped to develop the school's extensive tango curricula. She brought many of her respected colleagues there to create a rich tango program. Her beloved Monday night milonga, Luna, ran for 19 years there and she usually DJ'd it. When Luna ended she started a popular Thursday practica called Racing Club. More than a dozen of New York's current tango teachers are Rebecca's former students.
She's also a co-founder and artistic director of TangoMujer, an all-women dance company. From 1996-2006, TangoMujer performed a host of different choreographies telling various stories inspired in tango. TangoMujer performed at Symphony Space and Town Hall in New York, and at the Podewil Theatre in Berlin in 1998. In 1999, TangoMujer received a National Dance Production grant from New England Foundation for the Arts, which sent the company on tour to seven cities in the 2000-2001 season. In 2003 TangoMujer performed at Jacob's Pillow, Denver Tango Festival, Queens Theater in the Park, and University of Maryland. In May 2005 they took their show to the Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf, and in 2006 they were part of Leading Ladies of Tango. (tangomujer.org)