"I have been a Tango student of Mira’s for over one year. Like the dance itself, her presence when teaching Tango makes every lesson a gift. Mira has the sensitivity to “read and discern” what I want and need to learn at a level beyond what words express. She instructs with courage and a dedication to the craft that inspires and motivates me to improve and express my Tango with an increased level of connection. Taking lessons from Mira will FastTrack one’s Tango to become more developed, empowered and connected. Whether you are a leader or follower and able to take lessons from Mira, you are in for a rare and wonderful treat!"
--Steve L, Santa Clara, CA
Whether you are new to Tango or seeking to improve your dance, I provide personalized, professional instruction focusing on social dancing. Schedule your first private lesson and try Tango for yourself! Or check out my online and in person group classes and workshops below. Use the button below to receive updates about upcoming class offerings.
Private lessons are the fastest way to make improvement in your dance!
Great for individuals who want to get out on the dance floor or spiff up their dancing.
Recommended for couples as a fun an activity to learn together and a way to explore connection.
I recommend weekly private lessons in order to make steady improvement.
I am teaching in-person classes for fully Covid-vaccinated students!
Note: My studio is currently fully booked and I am not accepting new ongoing private students.
Contact me to schedule a one-time class or to be added to my waiting list for private classes.
Couples' discount: 2nd student is free!
$110/hour - package of 5 lessons ($550)
$100/hour package of 10 lessons ($1000)
Sliding scale: I offer several sliding scale spots for students who cannot afford my full rate. If this applies to you, please inquire when you contact me!
Where: I teach at my home studio in North Oakland (see photo of my beautiful teaching space below).
Weekly ONLINE Class
Tango Technique & Musicality
5:30pm Pacific Time (45 min)
no class Aug 11-Sept 8. Next class Sept 15.
In this class, we will do a short body warm up, exercises to strengthen tango posture & technique, and we will learn how to respond to different styles of tango music with our movement. Rotating topics including walking, ochos, giros, spiral movement, melodic & rhythmic dancing technique, milonga, vals, and more! Suitable for tango dancers who want to continue improving and for non-tango dancers wanting to try something new and stay active. No partner required!
Suggested donation: $10-20
Venmo: @Mira-Barakat Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org
To join: simply click the link above or the button below a few minutes before the start time to join the class.
Upcoming Group Classes
La Bruja Tango series: beginner-friendly!
Wednesdays April 17, May 11, 18, 25, 2022
7-8pm Group Class
(note: no event on May 4)
Location: 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA
Each class will focus on an aspect of Argentine tango - walking, pivots, etc. Info for mixed levels. Stay for the práctica to practice & ask questions.
Masks required. Cash only. No registration required.
Abrazo Queer Tango In-Person Class Series
Abrazo Queer Tango next series:
All Sundays in May & July 2022
3:15 Check in (Vax cards, etc.)
3:30 Beginning Class Series
5:30 Intermediate Class Series
Location: 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley, CA
I teach approximate every other month for Abrazo Queer Tango classes on Sunday afternoons. Supportive environment and welcoming community of queer folks and allies to learn tango and practice together. No partner necessary, beginner friendly, all levels & drop-ins welcome.
Note: intermediate class is by invite/approval only. Please contact me or Abrazo before registering.
Proof of vax + booster required, high quality masks required.
Tango is above all about connection - connection to oneself and one’s own body, connection to one’s partner, connection to the music. Besides learning to dance an elegant and fun dance, through learning Tango you will gain body awareness, improve posture, connect to your partner, and discover many surprises that Tango has to offer along the way!
My classes focus on learning technique and connection and integrating this into the whole body. I love helping beginners to discover this dance, and I am equally happy helping intermediate and advanced dancers to find more stability, ease, creativity and freedom in their dance.
As I have spent years practicing yoga and other movement disciplines, I am passionate about teaching a holistic technique that fosters body awareness, integration, connection, and musicality. I also practice mindfulness meditation and am studying Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology. These practices inform my teaching and the way that I view the unfolding process of learning Tango. I'm also interested in consciously supporting how learning Tango can be a part of growth and healing processes for individuals and couples.
I work extensively with the queer Tango community and support each individual to learn and dance the role/s of their choice regardless of gender. Traditionally Tango students learn either the leader or the follower’s role in the dance; I encourage students who are interested to learn both roles. My experience has found this to pay off as students gain better technique, balance, and overall understanding of the dance.