Brigitta Winkler is a curious woman. She likes tradition and innovation and has been dancing tango for over 20 years. She divides her time between New York and Berlin. In 1980, her life changed when she discovered Argentine tango. She then spent some years in Paris studying with Virulazo, a star of Tango Argentino. At that time she met Coco Orlando Diaz, and they began performing together at Les Trottoirs de Buenos Aires in Paris. In 1986, they took their own show to Montreal and Toronto.
Brigitta traveled often to Buenos Aires to study with such noted dancers as Juan Carlos Copes, Antonio Todaro, Pepito, Gustavo Naveira, and Eduardo Arquimbau. In 1987 she opened Tanzart with Angelika Fischer, where she hosted Arquimbau's visits to Berlin. In 1994 Brigitta choreographed and danced in the Tango Marathon in the Theaterhaus Stuttgart and Tango Vision in the Podewil Berlin.
She teaches regularly at Festivals in USA, Germany, Italy and Russia, and in 2005 she openend her own Tangocenter called Phynix Tanzt in Berlin. Brigitta incorporates into her interpretation of tango Body-Mind Centering, which she studied in a four-year program with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen. Besides working with TangoMujer she loves to work with Tomas Howlin from Buenos Aires. Together they have created a Teacher Training Network for Tango.
(Bio from Tango Mujer and photo from Brigitta's website: http://www.brigittatango.de)
Brigitta and Tomas Howlin, Montreal, 2009
Christopher and Caroline
Known for their musicality and dynamic movement, Christopher and Caroline are two of the best-known close-embrace instructors of Argentine tango in the United States. They are specialistsin teaching pure lead and follow and clear and uncomplicated walking.
Christopher was first introduced to Argentine tango in 1993, and made numerous trips to Buenos Aires to study and learn the social traditions of the milongas there.
Caroline taught many forms of movement and danced salsa for almost a decade before being lured to the tango in 1997, and joined Christopher as his teaching partner two years later.
They have been invited to teach in more than 20 cities across the country. With strong backgrounds in yoga, pilates, and martial arts, and a multitude of athletic skills between them, these energetic instructors fill their classes with contagious humor and a relaxed atmosphere to create positive and upbeat class experiences.
Skilled yet unpretentious, Christopher and Caroline have the incisive ability to analyze movement and help improve a student's technique on even the most subtle levels. In addition, both Christopher and Caroline lead and follow, giving them further insight into the technique of and relationship between the two roles. They give their students the building blocks they need to create their own improvisational dance, using the beauty of the music and the embrace of their partner as their ultimate guide.
(Bio and photo from http://carolineandchristango.com)
Somer Surgit is a uniquely experienced dancer who embodies musicality, elegance, and creativity. His education in dance began at the age of 5 when he joined a folk dancing group, performing intensively with them and participating in many international festivals.
Somer's training in Argentine tango began in college while attaining a degree in Economics, and from the first moment of this experience his passion for this dance form became the focal point of his life. A few years after graduating, he decided to follow his passion and pursue a career as a tango dancer and teacher. His extensive dance background and exceptional talent enabled him to quickly master the complexities of tango and earn a reputation in the international tango community.
As a teacher, Somer avoids formulas and set combinations, emphasizing instead core techniques and fundamentals in both close and open embrace. His profound understanding of movement -- both technical and interpretive -- and how it is accomplished allows him to convey the principles of tango succinctly and clearly, and his warmth, sensitivity, and well-developed interpersonal skills enable his students to advance quickly and consistently.
(Bio and photo from http://www.somersurgit.com)
Lampis has been fascinated by tango, continuously tries to expand his understanding of this complex art form, and aims to achieve an emotionally fulfilling evening of dancing with his music selections. He has been invited to the Denver, Portland, Houston, San Diego, Chicago, and Ann Arbor festivals, to San Francisco, New York, and Europe, as well as to special events including the Thing and NYE milonga in Portland, the Oxygen Marathon in Los Angeles, and the East Coast Tango Marathon in Providence (photo by Jan Jaroszynski).
Ramu Pyreddy is the founder of the Michigan Argentine Tango Club at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - a community well known for its excellent social dancing skills. Currently living in Washington D.C., he is one of the most knowledgeable and sought after tango DJ's in North America and is a featured DJ at most tango festivals in the US. He teaches tango for the social dance floor with an emphasis on musicality and connection. His teaching and dancing are characterized by a keen musical interpretation, an infectious enthusiasm and a deep love of the music and the dance that is fanatic.
Vijay Namasivayam was one of the key instructors and DJs in the Ann Arbor tango community. He is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He teaches the traditional Milonguero style of dancing that employs subtle body movements to generate complex choreography in a compact space. His classes have a strong emphasis on Connection, Musicality and Navigation that help students to quickly grasp the fundamentals of social dancing. His dancing style has been influenced by many teachers including Robin Thomas, Christopher & Caroline, Alex Krebs, Jaimes Friedgen in the US and by Susana Miller, Cacho Dante, Ana Maria Shapira and Javier Rodriguez in BsAs. As a DJ, he has been a part of several festivals in the US including the Portland and Denver tango festivals
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Pat is known for his emphasis on contrasting rhythms in his sets. Sweet tangos set against rhythmically rich playful ones. Smooth and fluid vals tandas balanced by sharp and energetic milongas. He also carefully crafts his tandas to incorporate both clear rhythms appropriate for beginners and rich melodies for the experienced dancers. As a Milonguero style dancer he leans towards Golden Age tangos.
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