Alex Krebs - June 2017
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Jun 11

Alex Krebs - June 2017

Alex Krebs

Alex has been dancing Argentine Tango since 1997 and teaching worldwide since 1998, including performances in Buenos Aires. He has run his all-Argentine tango studio, Tango Berretin, in Portland, Oregon since 2001 and has also studied the bandoneon since 2001 currently directing his sextet.

He is completely fanatic about the dance, and shares his passion with his students. He teaches for the social dance floor, emphasizing the improvisatory side of the dance through a strong communication between the lead and follow and on musicality. Alex tries to give his students the vocabulary necessary so that each person can find their own unique way of dancing -- dancing the tango of their own body.

Weekend Workshops

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Saturday June 10th 2017

Workshop 1
Topic: Revisiting pivots and torsion: adapting your technique based on the connection
Level: Intermediate and above
Time: 2-3:30pm

Workshop 2
Topic: Musicality - feeling more musical to your partner through varying interpretation and reading expectations
Level: Intermediate and above
Time: 3:30-5pm

Sunday June 11th 2017

Workshop 3
Topic: Molinetes: lead and follow technique
Level: Intermediate and above
Time: 2-3:30pm

Workshop 4
Topic: Milonga
Level: Intermediate and above
Time: 3:30-5pm

Musicality Lecture
Level: All Levels
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Location and pricing: $150 for a weekend pass. $130 for full-time students with ID. Workshops are not sold separately. Everything will take place at: North West Sport and Health, 4001 Brandywine St NW, Washington, DC 20016.

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Leader pass
Follower pass
Leader pass (full-time student)
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Alex's travel biography:
Boston, Providence (RI), Montreal, Seattle, Austin, San Francisco, New York City, Dallas, Washington D.C., Phoenix, Bellingham, Vancouver (B.C.), Nijmegen (www.elcorte.com), Toronto, Ann Arbor, MI, Pittsburgh, Albuquerque, Eugene (OR), Berlin, Nijmegen (www.elcorte.com), La Fraysinette (France)(www.tangovalley.com), Anchorage, Klamath Falls (OR), Mt. Shasta City (CA), Minneapolis (co-teaching with Florencia Taccetti of Buenos Aires), Munich and Augsburg (Germany), Bologna and Modigliana (Italy), Lund (Sweden), Amsterdam, London, Leeds (UK), Totnes (UK), Cambridge (UK), Bristol (UK), Bylaugh (UK), Edinburgh (UK), Yale (New Haven, CT), Urbana (IL), Sun Valley (ID), Maui, Chicago, Newport, Victoria (B.C), Atlanta, Oxford (UK), Raleigh (NC), Bend (OR), Bellingham (WA), Atlanta, and St. Louis

Videos of Alex:
Alex and Luciana Valle
Alex and Evan Griffiths
Alex and Jennifer Olson
Alex and Jenna Rohrbacher
OPB video of Alex and the bandoneon

More about Alex:
Alex has been influenced by many people and styles, but influenced early on by Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli(musicality), Fabian Salas (structure of the dance), and Damian Esell and Nancy Louzan (posture, walk, elegance). Studied and danced in Buenos Aires for over six months between seven visits. Co-taught and performed with Luciana Valle (BsAs) in Denver, Austin, San Francisco, Boulder, North Carolina, Aspen, London (UK), Bylaugh (UK), Bristol (UK) and has performed with Luciana in Buenos Aires (Torquato Tasso and Centro Cultural Mora), San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle (at the Benaroya Theater with the New York Tango Trio). Alex has co-taught with Florencia Taccetti (BsAs) in Minneapolis, San Francisco, Albuquerque and Pittsburgh and has performed with her in Minneapolis, Portland, Albuquerque, Pittsburgh and San Francisco and performed in London (with Biljana Lipic), Amsterdam (with Yvonne Meissner), Antwerpen (with Esther Heitzer), Florence (w/Yvonne Meissner), Munich and Augsburg (Germany, with Heidrun Fluk).

Has been invited to teach in Beijing, Moscow, Cape Town, Frankfurt, Aachen, Cleveland, New Zealand, and Antwerpen (Belgium).

Has DJ'ed milongas in Portland, Anchorage, Dallas, Ann Arbor, Augsburg (Germany), Cambridge (UK), Seatle, Victoria (B.C.), Salt Lake City, Boulder, Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and the all-night milongas in San Francisco, Washington DC and New York City.

Questions? Contact Aja Fenn: aja@tangomercurio.org


Damian Lobato May 2017
May
12
May 16

Damian Lobato May 2017

Damian's DC Schedule in May

Friday May 12th, before Milonga de Luz
Class topic: Tango Artistry
Class level: Advanced *COUPLES ONLY*
Class time: 8-9:30 PM
Price: $20 drop in or use your Tango Mercurio class package
(No pre-registration required)
Venue: John Wesley Church, 1615 14th St Washington, DC

Tuesday May 16th, before 18th Street Lounge Milonga
Class topic: Tango Elements
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 8-9 PM
Price: $15 (No pre-registration required)
Venue: The 18th Street Lounge 1212, 18th St. NW Washington, DC

About Damian

Born and raised in Argentina, Damian started dancing tango in 1991. In 2000, he left his profession as a dentist to devote himself to dancing professionally. Since then, he has been teaching and performing in Argentina, Central America, Europe and the United States.  Damian belongs to the generation of dancers that helped revive the tango scene after 30 years of decline. Damian's teaching style is characterized by his ability to convey the concepts and techniques of tango with clarity and efficiency. His students include dancers at all levels, from absolute beginners, with no previous dance experience to professional tango dancers. He is currently based in Philadelphia, PA, United States.

Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda - March 2017
Mar
28
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Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda - March 2017

Tango Mercurio is delighted to host Felipe and Ayano at the 18th Street Lounge this March!

Felipe & Ayano came together in the tango scene of the SF Bay Area, and embody the global nature of tango, traveling full-time throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Asia to teach, DJ, and lecture about the music. They also spend time annually in Buenos Aires studying and enjoying the dance and its history. Felipe's background includes a degree in education and 19 years of experience in tango and is widely renown for his clear teaching strategy, enthusiastic personality, and ability to make real improvements in your dancing. 

Ayano has been dancing tango since 2005 and is an accomplished and motivated dancer, with excellent movement technique and musicality. She has been teaching with Felipe for the past few years around the country. Together, their demonstrations are clear and precise, offering students an excellent model of movement. Both Felipe and Ayano lead and follow interchangeably which is invaluable for teaching. Their series at Stanford University and their classes at The Beat in Berkeley are always in high demand, which is a tribute to their teaching excellence and wide appeal. We are very fortunate to have tango professionals of this caliber here. Come join us for a wonderful learning experience!

 

Felipe and Ayano's Schedule in Washington, DC

March 28th, Tuesday:

Tango Elements Class at the 18th Street Lounge
Class level: Intermediate
Class theme: "Wonders of the Crossed System for social dancing"
Class time: 8-9 PM
Price: $15 for all, $10 for students (This is a drop in class, no prior registration is required)

After the class, Felipe will DJ the ESL Milonga - dancing from 9 PM to midnight or later!

Eric Lindgren - March 2017
Mar
6
Mar 12

Eric Lindgren - March 2017

Tango Mercurio is thrilled to host Eric Lindgren in DC this Spring! 
Eric is a world-renowned teacher and a superb dancer, who brings with him a deep knowledge of tango technique as well as clear and precise language to describe movement, dynamics and musicality.

Eric's Bio

Eric fell in love with Tango in his first class. A month later he had moved to Buenos Aires to pursue the dance full time. In the decade since he has continued to explore the many unique avenues of style, technique, and self-expression that Argentine Tango offers.

Eric has taught, toured, and performed throughout the US and Europe and continues to revisit Buenos Aires regularly as source of inspiration and clarity. Eric is exceptional both for his endless willingness to re-examine his dance seeking new depth as well for as for the unusual breadth of his knowledge and experience. 

In classes, Eric focuses on pursuing presence, ease, expression, and pleasure, as the quickest and most rewarding paths to further our understand of the dance.

Enjoy one of Eric's latest performances here.


Eric's Schedule in DC

Weekend Workshops:
Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12
Balance Gym Foggy Bottom
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Registration is required for these workshops

Workshop Themes:

Day 1:
1) The Beauty of Surrender
Simple secrets for luscious movement and cozy connection.
2) Close Embrace Challenge
Expand you Close Embrace comfort zone! In this class, we’ll cover a challenging five-part close embrace sequence. Playing with texture and rhythm, this sequence is sure to entice and challenge both partners. 

Day 2:
3) Powerful Partnership
Finding technical precision, excellence, and pleasure through powerful, expressive following and present, clear leading. 
4) Milonga with a Twist
Working torsion and pivots into our milonga without losing our cool.

Pricing:

Weekend Pass - $100.00
1 Day Pass - $55.00
1 Workshop - $30.00

Student Weekend Pass - $65.00
Student 1 Day Pass - $35
Student 1 Workshop - $20.00


Tuesday, March 7th
Intermediate Tango Elements Class at ESL Milonga
Time: 8-9 PM
Theme: To be announced
Pricing: $15 drop in, $10 for students
This class is a drop in, no prior registration required.

Friday, March 10th
Advanced Couples Only Class at Milonga de Luz
Time: 8-9:30 PM
Theme: To be announced
Price: $20 or use your Mercurio Class card ($10 for students)
This class is a drop in, no prior registration is required, but you are required to come with a partner

Yaisuri Salamanca and John Hernan Raigoza - January 2017
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Jan 17

Yaisuri Salamanca and John Hernan Raigoza - January 2017

Yaisuri and John Hernan's Schedule in DC 

January 13th 2017

Tango Artistry, before Milonga de Luz
Class level: Advanced *COUPLES ONLY*
Class time: 8-9:30 PM
Price: $20 drop in or use your Mercurio class package (No pre-registration required)
Venue: John Wesley Church, 1615 14th St Washington, DC

January 17th 2017

Tango Elements, before 18th Street Lounge Milonga
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 8-9 PM
Price: $15 (No pre-registration required)
Venue: The 18th Street Lounge 1212, 18th St. NW Washington, DC
 

About Yaisuri & John Hernan

Yaisuri Salamanca  and John Hernan Raigoza are an award-winning professional Argentine tango couple with more than 15 years of performing experience.  They dance with explosive strength, playful creativity, and a powerful emotional connection.  Their style is firmly grounded in authentic tango learned from Argentine masters enhanced by technique gained from training in ballet, jazz and Latin dance. It is this dynamic style that earned Yaisuri and John third place in the stage tango category at the 2008 Tango World Championship in Argentina and has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  Together and separately they have performed as featured dancers in major tango shows in Buenos Aires, New York City, and London, as well as at a variety of events in the United States and Latin America. In addition to their performing prowess, Yaisuri and John are experienced teachers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of tango with dancers of all levels.

Yaisuri was a principal dancer in the 2012-2013 West End production of the musical Midnight Tango in London, England, and has also danced with a major South American tango dance company.  Her training in classical ballet, salsa and traditional South American folk dances has enriched both her dancing style and technique.

John started dancing tango in Buenos Aires in 1997, where he studied with highly respected tango masters.   He has partnered with several talented dancers and performed in popular Buenos Aires tango shows such as Sabor a Tango and Voz Tango.  His personal style is based in traditional tango and informed by training in theater, contemporary dance, jazz, and salsa.

Brigitta Winkler - January 2017
Jan
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Jan 14

Brigitta Winkler - January 2017

Brigitta's Schedule in DC

Tuesday January 10th:

Tango Elements, before 18th Street Lounge Milonga
Class level: Intermediate
January element: Boleos
Class time: 8-9 PM
Price: $15 (No pre-registration required)
Venue: The 18th Street Lounge 1212, 18th St. NW Washington, DC

January 14th 2017

Leading Ladies Workshop (leading workshop for women only)
Class level: Must be at least advanced beginner level *in the following role*
Class time: 3-5 PM
Price: $30
Venue: Balance Gym Downtown

Brigitta's Bio

Brigitta is one of the FIRST teachers of Argentine Tango in Europe AND North America in this current tango revival period. She discovered tango in 1980. In Buenos Aires, she worked with legendary dancers, including Juan Carlos Copes, Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Gustavo Naveira and Eduardo Arquimbau. Brigitta co-founded the highly respected Tanzart studio in Berlin in 1987, the internationally acclaimed performance company Tango Mujer in 1996, and co-created the Teacher Training Network with Tomás Howlin in 2008. In between world travels, Brigitta teaches regularly in NYC and PHYNIXtanzt in Berlin.

Brigitta combines over 30 years of international experience in tango dance, instruction and performance with techniques of Body Mind Centering. She is an equally gifted resource for both close embrace and open style tango. Her workshops are insightful, creative, and incredibly fun!  
(See Brigitta's web site www.brigittatango.de for more information)

Sharna Fabiano - December 2016
Dec
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Dec 11

Sharna Fabiano - December 2016

Sharna's Schedule in DC

Friday, December 9th 

Tango Artistry: Advanced Class, before Milonga de Luz

Class level: Advanced - *couples only*
Class time: 8-9:30 PM
Price: $20 drop in or use your Mercurio class package

Wednesday, December 7th - Sunday, December 11th

Speaking Tango - Workshop

Designed for experienced social dancers and new teachers, Speaking Tango is a step-by-step process of synthesizing your own tango knowledge and experience into a system you can talk about and share in clear language. You’ll learn to observe, sense, and describe movement more precisely, give and receive empowering feedback, and verbally guide learning for friends and students. Limted to 12 participants.

“A fantastic framework for teachers and dancers to get to the very heart of why they dance, empowering them to explore and chart new avenues for personal growth and understanding. I loved the group discussions and activities. Sharing our experiences (both the sublime and the frustrating) felt deeply affirming and supportive, sparked numerous 'Eureka!' moments, and reinforced our sense of local and global community.”
-J.P., Baltimore

Sharna combines her 18 years of teaching experience with a Master's degree in Dance to design this set of practical and creative learning tools especially for tango dancers. 

More information on Speaking Tango and registration HERE.
 

About Sharna

Sharna has been involved with tango since 1997, when she received her first lesson in the corner of a dance hall from a fellow beginner. In addition to studying with such tango legends as the Pugliese family, Nito & Elba Garcia, Juan Bruno, "Tete" Rusconi, "Chicho" Frumboli, Omar Vega, and Pablo Veron, Sharna has also trained in an abundance of other movement modalities such as contact improvisation, yoga, Pilates, and Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals.

Sharna performed as a member of the all-woman dance company TangoMujer between 2003-2006, and founded the nonprofit organization Tango Mercurio in Washington, D.C. in 2008. She completed an MFA in Dance at UCLA in 2014, where she studied performance theory,  critical pedagogy, and choreographic methods. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

As a teacher, Sharna has the rare ability to both articulate and demonstrate, with precision, the subtle details of tango movement and improvisation. Her approach is holistic and exploratory, informed by both the anatomy and the poetry of the body.

Damian Lobato - November 2016
Nov
15
8:00 pm20:00

Damian Lobato - November 2016

Damian's Schedule in DC

Tuesday November 15th, before 18th Street Lounge Milonga
Class topic: Tango Elements
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 8-9 PM
Price: $15 (No pre-registration required)
Venue: The 18th Street Lounge 1212, 18th St. NW Washington, DC
 

About Damian

Born and raised in Argentina, Damian started dancing tango in 1991. In 2000, he left his profession as a dentist to devote himself to dancing professionally. Since then, he has been teaching and performing in Argentina, Central America, Europe and the United States.  Damian belongs to the generation of dancers that helped revive the tango scene after 30 years of decline. Damian's teaching style is characterized by his ability to convey the concepts and techniques of tango with clarity and efficiency. His students include dancers at all levels, from absolute beginners, with no previous dance experience to professional tango dancers. He is currently based in Philadelphia, PA, United States.

Brigitta Winkler - September 2016
Sep
15
Sep 18

Brigitta Winkler - September 2016

BRIGITTA WINKLER BIO

Brigitta is one of the FIRST teachers of Argentine Tango in Europe AND North America in this current tango revival period. She discovered tango in 1980. In Buenos Aires, she worked with legendary dancers, including Juan Carlos Copes, Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Gustavo Naveira and Eduardo Arquimbau. Brigitta co-founded the highly respected Tanzart studio in Berlin in 1987, the internationally acclaimed performance company Tango Mujer in 1996, and co-created the Teacher Training Network with Tomás Howlin in 2008. In between world travels, Brigitta teaches regularly in NYC and PHYNIXtanzt in Berlin.

Brigitta combines over 30 years of international experience in tango dance, instruction and performance with techniques of Body Mind Centering. She is an equally gifted resource for both close embrace and open style tango. Her workshops are insightful, creative, and incredibly fun!  
(See Brigitta's web site www.brigittatango.de for more information)


Brigitta's Schedule in DC

Tuesday September 19th:

Tango Elements, before 18th Street Lounge Milonga
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 8-9 PM
Price: $15 (No pre-registration required)
Venue: The 18th Street Lounge 1212, 18th St. NW Washington, DC

Thursday September 22nd:

Tango Improvisation Class at Balance Gym Foggy Bottom
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 8-9:30 PM
Price: $20 drop in or use your Mercurio class package

Saturday September 24th:

Leading Ladies Workshop (leading workshop for women only)
Class level: must be at least advanced beginner
Class time: 3-5 PM
Price: $30
Venue: Balance Gym Downtown 

 

 

Korey Ireland - September 2016
Sep
6
Sep 9

Korey Ireland - September 2016

Korey Ireland is a professional composer turned tango-addict. He brings a lifetime of musical experience and an unquenchable thirst for tango to his teaching. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Korey has spent the better part of the last 15 years traveling and teaching tango in the U.S., England, Holland, Spain, Germany, Russia, Kenya, Poland and Argentina, sharing his passion for tango, music, expression, and connection.  In recent years, this mission has grown to include work with aspiring tango musicians at festivalthroughout North America and Europe to create live music for dancers.  In 2009 he led the “Monster Orchestra” of Tango de los Muertos resulting in a live CD of his arrangements and transcriptions.  This project led to the birth of the Community Tango Orchestra project, which in its 6th year now includes about a dozen ensembles throughout the US and Europe dedicated to nurturing the tradition of golden age tango for dancers and musicians. 


Korey's Schedule in Washington DC

Tuesday September 6th:

Tango Elements, before 18th Street Lounge Milonga
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 8-9 PM
Price: $15 (No pre-registration required)
Venue: The 18th Street Lounge 1212, 18th St. NW Washington, DC

Friday September 9th:

Tango Artistry, before Milonga de Luz
Class level: Advanced *COUPLES ONLY*
Class time: 8-9:30 PM
Price: $20 drop in or use your Mercurio class package (No pre-registration required)
Venue: John Wesley Church, 1615 14th St Washington, DC


Weekend Workshops

These weekend workshops draw from material developed as part of Korey's "Musical Insights for Tango Dancers" seminar series in Berlin. The full series includes over 26 hours of material on a wide range of musical topics. Dancers discover tango music through a mix of movement exercises, score analysis, live and specially recorded music examples, video, animation and games. The workshop series in Berlin has developed an excellent reputation and for more than two years been consistently sold out, often with substantial waiting lists. This work is being offered for the first time in Washington DC.

Saturday September 10th:

1) Tango recipes - basic ingredients and essential flavors

We explore what makes a tango work from a musical and dance perspective and open up new resources for experiencing and interpreting tango music as a dancer. In each of these classes we will work with material and ideas that are equally important for leaders and followers alike.

2) Quality of motion, musical dynamics

Beyond rhythm and melody, tango music employs a variety of articulations and arrangement textures that offer nuance and variety for dancers. Here we delve deep into the music and model dance interpretations to discover rich resources for our own dance.

Sunday September 11th:

3) Layered musicality and partner dialog

Golden Era Tango Music often employs multiple/contrasting elements at the same time. How to recognize and integrate these layers in the dance partnership is the focus of this workshop. We will train both roles and develop our sensitivity not just to the music that we hear, but also the music that we feel in our partners dance.

4) Motif and Repetition

Development of repeating motifs is both a fundamental principle, and a particular flavor/effect in many of tango's most famous dance hits. In this workshop we will study and play musical motifs as a resource for shaping our leading and following. We will look at inspiring examples from a variety of dance styles and develop our own interpretations of classic tango motifs.

All WORKSHOPS will be held at Balance Gym Foggy Bottom (2401 M St NW, mezzanine level of Fairmont Hotel)

Regular pricing: $100 for the weekend, $55 for one day, $30 for 1 workshop.
Full-time students (with valid ID) and seniors (over 65): $65 for the weekend, $35 for one day, $20 for 1 workshop.

Dominic Bridge - June 2016
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Jun 16

Dominic Bridge - June 2016

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Born in California and raised in Oregon, USA, Dominic Bridge discovered his passion for tango in 2005 during his studies in foreign languages and psychology at the University of Oregon. Since, he has given shows and workshops all across Europe and North America, and in Buenos Aires.

In 2008, Dominic spent over a year as the head instructor for the newly-established tango school L’Assocciazione Pablo in Florence, Italy.  By the end of 2008, La Pablo had become one of the most prestigious tango schools in Tuscany.  In the winter of 2011 he took over the instruction for the school Tango Mio, in Moscow.  He has also taught at The 8th Style School of Tango in Seattle under North American tango legend, Jaimes Friedgen, his most influential teacher. 

Passionate about inspiring his students, Dominic always encourages them to go deeper and to find joy both in their process and their successes.  Many of Dominic’s students have gone on to teach tango and several are emerging professional tango artists.


Dominic's Schedule in Washington, DC

June 7th:

Tango Elements Class at the 18th Street Lounge
Class level: Intermediate
Class topic in June: Paradas ans barridas
Class time: 8-9 PM
Price: $15 for all, $10 for students

June 16th:

Tango Improvisation Class at Balance Gym Foggy Bottom
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 8-9:30 PM
Price: $20 drop in or use your Mercurio class package

May
11
May 15

Sharna Fabiano - May 2016

Sharna has been involved with tango since 1997, when she received her first lesson in the corner of a dance hall from a fellow beginner. In addition to studying with such tango legends as the Pugliese family, Nito & Elba Garcia, Juan Bruno, "Tete" Rusconi, "Chicho" Frumboli, Omar Vega, and Pablo Veron, Sharna has also trained in an abundance of other movement modalities such as contact improvisation, yoga, Pilates, and Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals.

Sharna performed as a member of the all-woman dance company TangoMujer between 2003-2006, and founded the nonprofit organization Tango Mercurio in Washington, D.C. in 2008. She completed an MFA in Dance at UCLA in 2014, where she studied performance theory,  critical pedagogy, and choreographic methods. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

As a teacher, Sharna has the rare ability to both articulate and demonstrate, with precision, the subtle details of tango movement and improvisation. Her approach is holistic and exploratory, informed by both the anatomy and the poetry of the body.

Please visit her website for more information.


Speaking Tango 

Designed for experienced social dancers and new teachers, Speaking Tango is a step-by-step process of synthesizing your own tango knowledge and experience into a system you can talk about and share in clear language. You’ll learn to observe, sense, and describe movement more precisely, give and receive empowering feedback, and verbally guide learning for friends and students. Limted to 12 participants.

“A fantastic framework for teachers and dancers to get to the very heart of why they dance, empowering them to explore and chart new avenues for personal growth and understanding. I loved the group discussions and activities. Sharing our experiences (both the sublime and the frustrating) felt deeply affirming and supportive, sparked numerous 'Eureka!' moments, and reinforced our sense of local and global community.”
-J.P., Baltimore

Sharna combines her 18 years of teaching experience with a Master's degree in Dance to design this set of practical and creative learning tools especially for tango dancers. 

More information at http://www.sharnafabiano.com/speaking-tango


Tango Artistry: Advanced Class

Friday, May 13th (Before Milonga de Luz)
Class level: Advanced - *couples only*
Class time: 8-9:30 PM
Price: $20 drop in or use your Mercurio class package

Murat Erdemsel - April 2016
Apr
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7:30 pm19:30

Murat Erdemsel - April 2016

Murat is gifted with an insightful, thorough and analytical understanding of the dance.  He started his journey with tango in Istanbul, 1997.  Widely known for his strong lead and musicality, Murat's background in fine arts and music provides him with the perfect blend of senses for the movement of bodies through time and space. 

In his philosophy of teaching Murat strives to offer students valuable tools in order to enable them to take control of their own personal growth.  He is warm, attentive, entertaining and accessible to students. The style of his teaching is holistic in approach and clear in method.  He successfully combines technical and sensory exercises with fundamental concepts that lead to all the challenging possibilities of improvisation and expression.  As demonstrated in his own dance, he focuses on the origin of movement coming from an agreement in the embrace and has created a unique brand all his own characterized by musicality, playfulness, a balanced partnership and an awareness of social etiquette.

Murat has influenced large numbers of dancers with his unique perspective of dance and instruction. He followed his parents path to art school. He established himself as an artist before he arrived in the US to complete his Masters Degree in Painting. His art works were sold to collections in Europe and in the States.

For quite some years, Murat used to call Washington, DC home, and there are many people around who originally learned from him. In 2015 Murat has given his world-famous tango talk on musicality at Stroga and we are delighted to have him back once again, this time for a tango workshop. If you don't know him yet, he is not to be missed!

For more information about Murat, visit his website at: www.muraterdemsel.com

Below you can see one of Murat's latest performances with Sigrid Van Tilbeurgh at Palazzo del Toscano, Catania Italy. April 2016. 

"Silencio" by Oswaldo Bercas was originally suggested and provided by Yves-Pierre Senn which to this day, it was never released in digital media and on internet. For that reason, audience applauses during the performance have been removed for providing a clean audio with the intensions of contributing a new tango to the community of music lovers.


Murat's Schedule in Washington, DC

Tuesday, April 19th:

Special Workshop at the 18th Street Lounge
Address: 1212 18th St NW Washington, DC 20010
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 7:30-9 PM
Price: $25

Please note that all participants MUST register for this class. The space is limited and the spots will go fast! Class packages and monthly memberships can NOT be used for this class. Click the button below to reserve your spot.

(photo by Barry Gribble and Peter Forret)

Xavier Vanier - April 2016
Apr
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Apr 14

Xavier Vanier - April 2016

Xavier Vanier has an extensive background in music and martial arts that spans nearly two decades. This experience has granted him a facility both in his understanding of the music as well as in his movements. He began his tango studies with the widely respected Marika Landry, where his ease with the dance became immediately apparent. Within a few short years of study, he began teaching at Tango Fabrika in Montreal and was already becoming well known throughout North America. Xavier continues to be passionate about teaching, dancing, and learning. Having spent several months in Buenos Aires studying with Gaston and Moira, he is more inspired than ever and is in increasingly high demand at events around the country. Xavier has been invited as a DJ in some of the most sought to festivals and marathons such as Valentango, Tango Element, East Coast Tango Marathon.


Xavier's Schedule

in Washington, DC

April 12th:

Tango Elements Class at the 18th Street Lounge
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 8-9 PM
Price: $15 for all, $10 for students

April 14th:

Tango Improvisation Class at Balance Gym Foggy Bottom
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 8-9:30 PM
Price: $20 drop in or use your Mercurio class package

Momo Smitt - March 2016
Mar
15
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Momo Smitt - March 2016

Momo is based in Portland, OR, and is an Argentine Tango dancer, instructor, DJ, and all-around enthusiast. Focusing on musicality and connection, he dedicates every day to deepening his understanding of tango through his studies and through his students. Constantly on the road, Momo has traveled to over 50 tango festivals across the US and Canada in the last three years alone. In the moments when he isn't social dancing or teaching, you'll find him locked up in the recording studio, expressing his love for tango through his original music, dubbed affectionately by listeners as "Tango Rap". Momo independently released "Tango World" his debut tango rap album (and ninth album overall) in February of 2011, and due to the unique concept and genuine passion contained in the album, it has enjoyed international success. In November of 2012, Momo co-organized, taught, DJed and rapped at "Connect2012," a weekend-long Tango Festival in Ashland, OR. Every workshop was centered around connection and musicality, and the milongas magically expressed the shared intentions of all the dancers to spend a weekend exploring enhanced connections between partners and orchestras alike. To learn more about Momo please visit his website.

Big thank you to Ramu Pyreddy and Marathon Z for bringing this talented artist to Washington, DC.


Tuesday Class with Momo at ESL

Momo Smitt will teach the pre-milonga class at the 18th Street Lounge on March 15th.

Class time: 8-9 PM

Class level: Intermediate.

Class description:  "Waiting and Listening" - Using Compression and Grounding to Change your Turns.

Price: $15 for all, $10 for students

 

Dominic Bridge - March 2016
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Dominic Bridge - March 2016

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Born in California and raised in Oregon, USA, Dominic Bridge discovered his passion for tango in 2005 during his studies in foreign languages and psychology at the University of Oregon. Since, he has given shows and workshops all across Europe and North America, and in Buenos Aires.

In 2008, Dominic spent over a year as the head instructor for the newly-established tango school L’Assocciazione Pablo in Florence, Italy.  By the end of 2008, La Pablo had become one of the most prestigious tango schools in Tuscany.  In the winter of 2011 he took over the instruction for the school Tango Mio, in Moscow.  He has also taught at The 8th Style School of Tango in Seattle under North American tango legend, Jaimes Friedgen, his most influential teacher. 

Passionate about inspiring his students, Dominic always encourages them to go deeper and to find joy both in their process and their successes.  Many of Dominic’s students have gone on to teach tango and several are emerging professional tango artists.

Special thanks to Ramu Pyreddy and Marathon Z for bringing this special artist to Washington, DC.


Dominic's Schedule in Washington, DC

March 8th:

Tango Elements Class at the 18th Street Lounge
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 8-9 PM
Price: $15 for all, $10 for students

March 10th:

Tango Improvisation Class at Balance Gym Foggy Bottom
Class level: Intermediate
Class time: 8-9:30 PM
Price: $20 drop in or use your Mercurio class package

 

 

Brigitta Winkler - January 2016
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Brigitta Winkler - January 2016

  • 1339 Green Ct NW Washington, DC 20010 US

The internationally renowned Brigitta Winkler comes to Washington DC in January 2016! Mark your calendars, everyone.


BRIGITTA WINKLER BIO

Brigitta is one of the FIRST teachers of Argentine Tango in Europe AND North America in this current tango revival period. She discovered tango in 1980. In Buenos Aires, she worked with legendary dancers, including Juan Carlos Copes, Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Gustavo Naveira and Eduardo Arquimbau. Brigitta co-founded the highly respected Tanzart studio in Berlin in 1987, the internationally acclaimed performance company Tango Mujer in 1996, and co-created the Teacher Training Network with Tomás Howlin in 2008. In between world travels, Brigitta teaches regularly in NYC and PHYNIXtanzt in Berlin.

Brigitta combines over 30 years of international experience in tango dance, instruction and performance with techniques of Body Mind Centering. She is an equally gifted resource for both close embrace and open style tango. Her workshops are insightful, creative, and incredibly fun!  
(See Brigitta's web site www.brigittatango.de for more information)
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BRIGITTA'S SCHEDULE IN DC:

Thursday, January 7th: Tango Mercurio's intermediate level "Tango Improvisation" class 1.5 hours, 8-9:30 PM at Balance Gym Foggy Bottom

Saturday, January 9th: 2 workshops, mixed level, 1.5 hours each, 2-5 PM at Balance Gym Downtown

Sunday, January 10th: 2 workshops, mixed level, 1.5 hours each, 2-5 PM at Balance Gym Downtown

Monday, January 11th: A pre-milonga class at Milonga Zandunga, intermediate level, 8-9 PM
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SPECIAL WORKSHOPS:

Saturday workshops:

2-3:30 PM: Shared ochos: turns and swirls. Traditional, useful and sweet (Int Level)

3:30-5 PM: Musical moves in an intimate embrace (Int Level)


Sunday workshops:

2-3:30 PM Entre las mujeres (this workshop is for WOMEN ONLY): Special practice for women to explore the difference and the interconnectedness of roles. Work your shadow. Shine in your strength. (All levels)

3:30-5 PM: Extraordinary every day moves (Adv level)

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All About Adornments (all-levels)

This lively and thorough 3-hour workshop will provide you with an extensive collection of charming, playful, provocative, and sneaky decorations, each mapped to an actual location in the dance where it might most naturally occur (some adornments fit nicely into the curve of an ocho, while others shine most brightly in the moment of a parada). We'll explore rhythmic adornments as well as lyrical or melodic ones. Our time will begin and end with conscious warm-ups and stretches for feet, legs, and core muscles to prepare and care for dynamic energetic dancing and decorating. A combination of solo drills and partnered exercises will give us a variety of ways to practice and refine the material. Bring a towel and a tennis ball if you have one!

Sunday, September 28

3 PM - 6 PM

Part 1. Milonga Traspié

Upbeat and lively, this workshop explores "hesitations," "rewinds," "stumbles," and other rhythmic variations that fall often under the umbrella term "traspié." Leaders get lots of practical take-aways for small space dancing. Followers build strength, speed, and control for playful, musical dances.

Part 2. Advanced Close Embrace Tango

Sweetly complex, material in this workshop is directed toward the seasoned social dancer. Spiraling combinations of sacadas, boleos, calecitas, and decorative elements will challenge your improvisational skills and refine your alignment and technique.

LOCATION:

Balance Gym Downtown, 1339 Green Court NW, Washington, DC (3d floor)

PRICING:

Tango Community: $100 for the weekend, $55 for one day, $30 for 1 workshop (Sunday only)

Full-time students (with valid ID) and seniors (over 65): $65 for the weekend, $35 for one day, $20 for 1 workshop (Sunday only)

About Sharna:

Sharna's tango training began in 1997 when she received her first lesson from a fellow beginner: "Give me a hug; hold my hand; now we walk..." In the years that followed, Sharna made six journeys to Buenos Aires and studied tango from some of the greatest names in the modern Tango Renaissance: Daniel Trenner, Rebecca Shulman, Brigitta Winkler, Juan Bruno, Pedro "Tete" Rusconi, Nito and Elba Garcia, Esther, Mingo, and Pablo Pugliese, Omar Vega, Graciela Gonzalez, Gustavo Naveira and Olga Besio, Fabian Salas, Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli, and Pablo Veron, among others. She has taught internationally and throughout the United States for over 15 years, and is co-director of the annual Women's Tango Retreat near Portland, Oregon.

Sharna lived in Washington, DC from 2002-2011 and is founder of Tango Mercurio and the ESL Milonga. During that time she also performed as a member of TangoMujer dance company (2003-2006) and directed three of her own productions locally. In 2011 she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue an MFA in Dance Choreography. Post-degree, she is now working toward a yoga teaching certification with Amy Lombardo and designing a series of professional development seminars for emerging tango teachers.

Please visit her website for more information: http://www.sharnafabiano.com/