Tango Dance History
Workshops & Seminars
tango has always been a dance of the people no matter the age or
body type of those who did it.
Even though, it has evolved considerably as has the way in which it
been taught. The technification of tango, product of the fusion
with other more stylized dances, has resulted in the
depersonalization of the dance.
Antón Gazenbeek has formed, based on his investigation, a series of
workshops and seminars respecting the original, natural ways in
which tango was traditionally taught in Argentina, with the
objective of showing the full creativity of the dance. There is a
large number of topics that organizers
can choose from according tot he interest of their respective
community. All of the material used in the workshops is the product
of historic investigation from our group. All of the workshops and
seminars have a brief historic introduction on the topic.
We believe that Tango is a unique and creative
social dance, and
it has its own natural way to be learned.
We believe that technique is good to understand this dance but also
it might loose the original flavor of this beautiful dance. We DO
NOT use any other foreign dance technique to
teach Social Tango or Stage Tango, such
as Ballet, Modern Dance, Argentinean Folkloric Dance, Jazz, Bolero,
Tai-chi, Zen, Chamamé,
We only use Tango
Technique, which is based on natural movement,
excercises and practice.
Exclusively for organizers
there is available a detailed guide of all the workshops we offer, to make
it easier for them to combine,
describe and offer these series of topics in their community. There
is also a list of subtopics for each item. The organizer will be
able to build our teaching program
in his community by himself.
workshops and Seminars
de Salon & Traditional Tango
Basic, fundamental concepts for social tango dancing are discussed such
as posture and embrace, balance, walking, navigation on the dance floor,
musicality, and elegance. This is a workshop destined for all levels of
dancers from beginners to advanced dancers who want to clean up and
refresh their basics.
connection in tango is very important. Learn how to move as one,
communicate with your partner through dance and music and together build
a creative dance.
Simple Social Dance Adornments for Women
In this workshop of one and a half hours,
Carina teaches the simple, yet beautiful adornments for followers and
the appropriate places in which to adorn the dance. Also the proper way
in which to execute boleos will be discussed and various types of boleos
will be practiced. This is a workshop geared towards followers who want
to learn to put elegance, dignity, and expression into their dancing.
Popular Tango Figures from the 1940s, '50s, and '60s
Figures created by the following milongueros masters will be taught:
Miguel Balmaceda, Virulazo and Elvira, Pepito Avellaneda.
Historical information will be given on each dancer and interesting
anecdotes on how and when the figures were invented will be discussed.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn figures from the
famous tango maestros who are no longer with us.
Tango Milonguero from the 1940s, '50s, and '60s
Figures created by the
following milongueros masters will be taught : Lampazo, Sancinela, Fino
and Maria Teresa. Historical information will be given on each dancer
and interesting anecdotes on how and when the figures were invented will
be discussed. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn figures
from the famous tango maestros who are no longer with us.
A special seminar
dedicated to the in-depth explanation of the tango system used by Master
Antonio Todaro and Raul Bravo. Figures from the system will be taught and explained in
the authentic way of Antonio Todaro. A detailed explanation of the
system and its basic, key principles will be given so that the dancers
may discover their own variations and open the door to a whole world of
Learn authentic Argentine tango waltz as it is
danced in the neighborhood clubs of Buenos Aires. No more of this 1,2,3,
1,2,3. Learn the real musicality used for tango vals.
Tango orillero is a
lost style of social tango dance. It was danced in the neighborhood
clubs of Buenos Aires in the 1930s and 1940s. Antón and
Carina are one
of the only couples in the world today who still dance it and teach it
in it's authentic form. Learn this fun, exciting and creative form of
al Revés (Tango in shadow position) Seminar
Carina are the only couple in the world today who teach this
exciting and fun form of tango from the 1950s in its authentic form. An emphasis is placed on
leading and following the figures and on improvisation and not just
choreography. Anton teaches the leaders how to improvise in this form of
tango and Carina teaches the followers how to concentrate on the lead
and follow well. This workshop is recommended for high intermediate to
Musicality Workshop and Seminar
rich world of tango music. Learn about the many varied orchestras
throughout the ages and each unique point they all had. Learn about the
structure of the music: rhythm, melody, beat, syncopation,
instrumentation, etc. Learn tools to make you a better, more musical
Special Seminar on Leader's Technique
Antón is recognized for his strong, clear and
unmistakable lead and through this special seminar, he transmits the
secrets of his lead to other leaders. In addition to discussion of
leading, other important tango vocabulary for leaders is taught such as
walking, enrosques, planeos, giros, lápiz, and adornments. This is an
invaluable and in depth seminar from which all dancers can benefit.
Special Choreography Seminar
This is a special seminar
geared towards those who are interested in studying performance tango
and choreography. Antón will explain all the tools necessary to present
an outstanding tango performance: choreographic composition, musicality,
use of stage space, entrances for choreography, exits for choreography,
Sequences, Finales, Bows and other pertinent information regarding stage
tango. Be prepared to work hard and learn quickly as this is a fast
paced seminar with much advanced material to be covered. A high advanced
or professional level is recommended.
These unique, one of a kind workshops link the past with the present.
The participants will have the rare opportunity to view films of
milongueros from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s demonstrating figures.
These figures will then be analyzed, taught, and explained by Antón and
Carina, assisted by Sergio Segura. The exact details of the original
interpretation of the steps will be given and a more technical overview
of how to apply them to the dance of today will be given by the teachers
contract these events contact
communities are welcome
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