"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

 

Classes

during COVID-19

Stay Active, Stay Safe, Stay Dancing!

Quick links:

Covid-safe Private Class Options

Weekly Online Classes

Monthly Special Topics Online Workshop

Abrazo Queer Tango Classes

I am currently private classes both online and socially distanced in person. I am also offering two ongoing weekly online classes plus a monthly special topics online workshop. All group classes by donation / sliding scale. Use the links above or scroll down for more details. Use the button below to receive updates about upcoming class offerings.

Covid Private Class Options:

2 types of training, 2 safe formats

Private Individual Technique Training

I will offer you solo exercises to strengthen technique and practice musicality, and I will give you individual feedback on your posture, technique, and quality of movement. We can design an individualized routine for you to practice at home if you wish. If you have been taking my online classes, we can go into details and expand upon your questions or areas of difficulty.

Private Class with your Partner

If you have a dance partner as part of your household or social bubble, you can come for a private class together to learn new steps, improve technique, musicality, etc. We can work on partnered movements and/or a combination of solo technique practice and partnering. 

Already Vaccinated? Contact me to discuss options.

Formats:

  • Online - We can do classes online on Zoom from the comfort of your home (best if you have enough space that I can see your full body and hard wood or other hard floor to dance on). Can be 30, 45 or 60 minute classes.

  • Socially distanced in studio - The other option, if you are local, you can come to my home studio in North Oakland. It's a joy to be in the same space together and easier for learning to be able to see each other in person! Recommended 60 minute classes. Covid precautions: The studio is accessed as a separate unit behind the house so you or you and your partner will enter the studio directly from the outdoors. Limited scheduling to ensure air filtration between each class. We will both wear masks and maintain social distance.

Rates: 

$90/hour  ($85/hour 3+ class package)

$50/30-minute ($45/30-minute 3+ class package) (online only)

Contact me with questions and to schedule!

Weekly ONLINE Classes:

Tango Movement
EVERY TUESDAY
10am Pacific Time (30 min)

Using Argentine Tango movement as inspiration, we will do a gentle body warm up and some exercises from tango dance to prepare the body for movement and dance. Recommended for dancers and tango dancers who want to continue developing their technique even while we can't social dance. No experience necessary, no partner necessary, accessible to all. Join me on Tuesday mornings to get your day off to a sweet start!
Suggested donation: $5-15

Venmo: @Mira-Barakat or Paypal: mirab3@gmail.com
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/204872950

To join: simply click the link above or the button below a few minutes before the start time to join the class.

Tango Technique & Musicality
EVERY THURSDAY
5:30pm Pacific Time (45 min)

Note: No class on Thurs April 22. =>

Class on Fri April 23 at 5:30pm instead.

In this class, we will do a body warm up, some exercises to learn/strengthen tango posture & technique, and we will listen to some great tango music and learn ways to respond to the music with our movement. 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: mirab3@gmail.com

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/414444194

To join: simply click the link above or the button below a few minutes before the start time to join the class.

Monthly Online Workshop:

Posture, Walking, Embrace

Sat April 10, 5-6:15pm Pacific Time

As we look forward to dancing together in person again on the horizon, let's delve into the most fundamental aspect of tango - walking. We'll consider how to use our posture in walking to offer a connected and satisfying embrace to our partner. And we'll practice ways to walk to different musical elements and styles, as well as rhythmic variations. Technique will be for leaders and followers alike with lots of practice! No partner necessary, all levels welcome.

Price: sliding scale $15-$35

Register in advance using button below. Once I have received your payment, I will email you the link to join the workshop.

Technique in Musicality

w/ guest maestro Sebastian Arrua

Sat April 17, 5-6:15pm Pacific Time
BA. Tango Evolution Technique Lab - online edition - is back! The focus of this online workshop with maestro Sebastian Arrua from Buenos Aires will be on tango technique applied through musicality. It will be both a technical and musical training, and will consider rhythmic and melodic elements, phrases, pauses, and key technical elements of tango dance that can be applied to different kinds of tango music. Focus will be on solo technique training for both leaders and followers - all levels of experience welcome, no partner necessary.

Price: sliding scale $15-$50

Register in advance using button below. Once we have received your payment, we will email you the link to join the workshop.

Abrazo Queer Tango Online Class Series

Abrazo Queer Tango next series:

All Sundays in March, 3:30-4:30pm Pacific Time

I teach approximate every other month for Abrazo Queer Tango classes on Sunday afternoons. Next Series: March 2021. Supportive environment and welcoming community of all queer folks and allies to learn tango and practice our technique. No partner necessary, all levels & drop-ins welcome.

Price: sliding scale $5-$15 per class

Stay in touch!

Use the button below to receive occasional updates about upcoming class offerings.

 
 
 
 
 
Teaching Philosophy

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 connection and technique that are integrated 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 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.

 

Traditionally Tango students learn either the leader or the follower’s role in the dance. I also encourage students who are interested to learn both roles at the same time. My experience has found this to pay off as students gain better technique, balance, and overall understanding of the dance.

 

mirab3@gmail.com

510-318-0160

Oakland, CA, USA

Argentine Tango

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