The "accidental teacher"
More than anything else, I am a passionate Tango dancer. I never thought I would teach Tango. Tango was and is my way to express joy, connectedness and to feel deeply happy. The more I was practicing on my own to improve my skills, the more I explored the movements, the alignment, the dynamic in Tango, the more I understood what worked and what did not work when dancing. I started a "diary" in which I wrote every day what I had noticed in my practice. And this diary became a basis of knowledge which I started to teach to other Tango lovers. In fact what happens when I practice is that my body shows me how a movement works and by slowing down and observing "I am shown" what works and what does not. Obviously, through the many years of working with the body, I have developed a keen sense of listening to my body. Now, when I watch myself or others I can see why some ways of moving and alignment work better than others. A friend of mine calls me her "Tango Live Coach". Maybe that's what I have become.
Tango is an amazing adventure. Once you have tasted it, it may not let you go. It pulls you in with its music and with its beauty. Tango is life itself and shows itself in the embrace with the other.
the basis of my teaching
The beauty in Tango is that the steps are not the important part. What matters is the connection and the dialogue between me and my partner, between my body and the other's body. Therefore I make this the basis of my "Tango Coaching": Learning how to listen: First to listen to my own body and then to listen to the other's. In order to be able to listen with my body and then to respond with my body, I need to know how to effordless use my body. That takes training and focusing on technique: Proper alignment, knowing where my axis is, how the weight is distributed in the feet, from where to step and on which part of my foot to land - all that is what I practice daily and what I teach.
I am very much in favor of "open role" Tango. That means that everybody learns to dance both roles: the one of the "leader" and the one of the "follower". The easiest is to learn this is right away from the get-go. Like children growing up bilingual, it becomes natural, avoids the problem in classes that there are too many followers or too many leaders and people are sitting out. And it is so much more fun for me to switch roles with my partner allowing space for exploration and creativity.
Teachers that inspire(d) me
There is a long list of teachers from whom I have learned and by whom I have been deeply inspired. To name only few of them: Gary Weinberg (San Francisco), Luciana Valle (Buenos Aires), Mitra Martin (Los Angeles), Homer and Christina Ladas (Berkeley, CA), Brigitta Winkler (Berlin, New York), Tomás Howlin (Montreal), Nick Jones and Diana Cruz (Boulder, CO), Fabian Salas (Buenos Aires, Orlando), Morgan Heller, Lori Ross and so many more.
Curious to give it a try?
What would you attempt to do
if you knew you could not fail?
If you are thinking about ...
maybe wanting to try
or already know that you definitively want to Tango...
in whatever mindset you are right now,
Contact me and we can look together.