The "accidental teacher"
More than anything else, I am a passionate Tango student. There is no end to learning this amazing form of art. The joke is "It takes one and a half live times to learn Tango".
I have been a teacher since 1983 when I graduated as a Teacher of the F.M. Alexander Technique. Years later I began teaching other forms of body work, like Rebounding (the right use of a mini-trampoline for health and fitness) and I developed my own teaching method, called "QiBounding".
I never thought though that I would once also teach Argentine Tango. I really studied it for myself. But having been a teacher for so many years, it comes naturally to me that I now transmit that what I have learned from my teachers and what I have found out for myself during many years of studying Tango. And doing so and being able to share my knowledge of the body and my enthusiasm for Tango, provides me a lot of joy.
Tango teachers who deeply inspire me
There is a long list of teachers with 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), Natalia and Agustin (The Netherlands / La Plata), 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. There are no words that describe my gratitude that I could meet such beautiful people and learn from them.
great books about tango
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 of Argentine 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?