Mira Barakat teaching with Homer Ladas

 "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

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

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.

Note: I am teaching now in person for fully Covid-vaccinated students! 

Rate: $110/hour

Couples discount: 2nd student is free!

Package discounts:

     $100/hour package of 5 lessons

     $95/hour package of 10 lessons

Where: I teach at my home studio in North Oakland (see photo of my beautiful teaching space below). Please contact me for more information.

Weekly ONLINE Class

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

Note: no class Thurs July 29

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.

Summer 2021 In-Person Workshops

July 10: Tango Fundamentals

4-6:30pm Pacific Time

Location: 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley, CA

Been wanting to start tango? Here's your chance! Also a great time to brush off the dust, get back on the dance floor, or a great chance to start or practice the 'other' role. Beginner friendly, absolute beginners welcome!

Fully vaccinated dancers only - proof of Covid vaccination required.

Cost: sliding scale $20-$40
(I try to keep a wide sliding scale to make events accessible - please pay what you can!)

Limited spots! Register now. 
Pre-Registration required. Use the "Register here" button below!


July 24: Connection & Partnering

4-6:30pm Pacific Time

Location: 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley, CA

We'll be looking at the fundamental technique of tango: our relationship to the floor, disassociation and pivots, and how we connect to our partner to lead and follow in a smooth, connected embrace. We'll review and polish fundamental elements such as walking, ochos and giros along the way. All levels welcome (no absolute beginner).

Fully vaccinated dancers only - proof of Covid vaccination required.

Cost: sliding scale $20-$40 
(I try to keep a wide sliding scale to make events accessible - please pay what you can!)

Limited spots! Register now. 
Pre-Registration required. 
Use the "Register here" button below!


August 7: Classic Figures

4-6:30pm Pacific Time

Location: 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley, CA

We'll explore some of my favorite figures for the dance floor, and delve deep into how to apply our technique to these movements, as well as how to embellish them for different musical styles.

Fully vaccinated dancers only - proof of Covid vaccination required.

Cost: sliding scale $20-$40 
(I try to keep a wide sliding scale to make events accessible - please pay what you can!)

Limited spots! Register now. 
Pre-Registration required.

Abrazo Queer Tango In-Person Class Series

Abrazo Queer Tango next series:

All Sundays in July, 3:30-6:30pm Pacific Time

3:30 Arrival & check ins

3:45-4:45 All-Levels Class

4:45-6:15 Práctica w/ DJ Mira

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.

Stay in touch!

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

 
Tango Class with Mira Barakat & Conor McClure at CPAA
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.

Mira Barakat Home Tango Studio