The "accidental teacher"
More than anything else, I am a passionate Tango student. There is no end to learning this art form. The joke is "It takes one and a half lives to learn Tango".
I never thought though that I would teach Tango. I guess it comes with working since 1983 as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, teaching my students the "good use of the body", that it comes natural to me that I now transmit what I have learned from my Tango teachers or what I found out for myself in regards to Tango.
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: Luciana Valle (Buenos Aires), Alex Krebs (Portland), Gary Weinberg (San Francisco), Homer and Christina Ladas (Berkeley, CA), Liz and Yannick Vanhove (Belgium), Brigitta Winkler (Berlin, New York), Mitra Martin (Los Angeles), Tomás Howlin (Montreal), Nick Jones and Diana Cruz (Boulder, CO), Fabian Salas (Buenos Aires, Orlando), Morgan Heller, Lori Ross and many many more.
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.
tango inspirations - my teachers dancing
the basis of my teaching
The beauty of Tango is that the steps are not the important part. What matters most is the connection and the dialogue between both partners.
There are four connections to be mastered:
From my teacher Homer Ladas I learned the three "C's" pf Tango:
Consistancy, Clarity, and Comfort. No matter what ‘style’ you have these are the basics for good social dance connection & communication.
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.
What would you attempt to do
if you knew you could not fail?
If you love Tango music and love movement
maybe wanting to try it out ...
maybe you know already that you want to learn Tango
Just contact me and we will look together.