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Instructor Bio

Rebecca began studying Argentine Tango in 1999, while pursuing her BFA in Eugene, OR. Quickly realizing Tango was the Art medium she had been searching for, she adopted a nomadic Tango lifestyle and then began instructing at the local Tango Center. From 2001 Rebecca has lived and taught within numerous sprouting tango communities in Oregon as well as in St Louis, MO and Juneau, AK . Some of the institutions at which she has taught include MIT, Yale, University of Oregon, University of Michigan, PSU, SOU, Catlin Gable and Linfield College. She has shared tango abroad in Great Britain, Canada, and in India, where she taught in Mumbai, Bangalore, and New Delhi. Rebecca has been fortunate to teach along side the best of North s professional dancers at numerous festivals and also spend ample time studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rebecca has always believed in the transformative capacity the structure of Tango presents and is fueled by the metamorphosis of her students. She displays her own artistry through her carriage, creativity, and fiery grace. She offers her students accessible compassionate guidance combined with a deep understanding of both following and leading, movement, music, and technique.America

Eric's passion and ambition for Argentine Tango have been apparent from the moment he started dancing. Within weeks of his first class, he had moved to Buenos Aires. Over the following few years he made frequent trips to Argentina becoming increasingly certain of his desire to teach the dance professionally. In 2007 he began teaching full time at the well known Dance Manhattan in New York. Since then he has worked extensively throughout the United States. Having lived and taught in many of the largest tango communities in North American (including New York, San Francisco, and Portland, OR), Eric decided to spend a full year touring with his partner, Rebecca Rorick Smith. Their teaching has taken them to locations as distinct as Juneau, AK, Ashville, NC, and Devon, England, with many stops in between. s teaching philosophies stem from his understanding of the dance as both a physical discipline and as well as an art form. He feels it is fundamentally important to develop and explore both of these facets to truly progress as dancers. While seeing it is necessary to train our bodies to gain access to greater expression in our dancing, but at the same time understanding that technique is always ultimately in the service of our creative fires.
Rebecca and Eric began teaching together regularly in January of 2009. Since then they have taught in many major US cities and are quickly becoming popular instructors at festivals around the country. Coming from very different tango upbringings, Eric and Rebecca offer a unique blend of modern ideas about technique and vocabulary while maintaining a strong emphasis on traditional aesthetics and values in the dance.


Note: Changes to the schedule and venues are possible.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2010

Location: Trotter House
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Registration and Warm-up

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Theory of Movement- Tools to revolutionize your dance from the ground up

All levels
3:15pm - 4:45pm

Beauty and the Beast: Exploring the Aesthetic and Function of Contra-Lateral vs. Homo-Lateral Movements

4:45pm - 6:30pm Practica
DJ: Mira Krauze
8:00pm - 1:00am Milonga
DJ: Elizabeth Garcia

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2010

Location: Vitosha Guest Haus
11:30am - 12pm

Registration and Warm-up

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Effortless Paradas and Planeos - Sweeping Pivots and Sensual Suspensions

1:45pm - 3:15pm

Circular Colgadas

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Throw a Tantrum to D'Arienzo - Furious Adornements for Leader and Follower inspired by Juan D'Arienzo

5:00pm - 6:30pm Practica
DJ: Mira Krauze
9:00pm - 1:00am Milonga
DJ: Denzil Bernard

Monday, Nov. 21, 2010

Location: Pittsfield Grange
6:00pm - 6:30pm

Registration and Warm-up

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Back Sacadas and Boleos - The Power of Over-Rotation

8:00pm - 11:30pm Practilonga
DJ: Mani Kashanianfard

Pricing and Registration

In order to secure Early Registration prices, please register online on or before Nov 16th(midnight).

Note: Regular club passes (series/milonga/Half-year/Full-year) will not apply for events during these workshops. You must purchase workshop passes separately.

Student Non-student

Early Registration
(on or before Nov. 16, 2011)

Full Workshop Weekend Pass
(All workshops and milongas
$45 $55

At the door

Full Workshop Weekend Pass
(All workshops and milongas
$55 $65
Saturday and Sunday Pass
(4 workshops + 2 milongas)
$45 $55
Any one milonga $5 $10
Any one practica
$5 $5
Any one workshop (if space is available) $10 $15

Private Lessons

Eric and Rebbecca will offer limited number of privates. If you are interested in taking private lessons, please register here.


Saturday: Trotter House, 1443 Washtenaw Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (Map)

Sunday: Vitosha Guest Haus, 1917 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Map)

Monday: Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 (Map)

Questions? Concerns?

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