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Taboe Tango Camp

We proudly present the teachers team for the 23th Taboe Tango Camp 27 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan2019.

Tango Teachers

Natalia Agüero & Agustín Venturino More info
Maral Kojayan & Mariano Laplume More info
Mira Van de Griendt & Lucas Malec More info
Adeline Ireland More info
Candela Ramos More info
Leilani Weis More info
Michael Watson More info
Steve Morrall More info
Paras Saghi & Paul Vossen More info

Non tango teachers and body workers
Sacha Roberts - Shiatsu More info
Miklós Hoffer - massage More info
Adeline Ireland More info


Natalia Agüero & Agustín Venturino

This is a truly charming young couple with a breeze of freshness and enthusiasm from La Plata, Argentina.

From the many different styles and influences they developed their own teaching method. They start the lessons with exercises to develop body awareness which opens the road to explore many possibilities, instead of focusing on fixed sequences. This approach makes it possible to dance with greater ease and flexibility and enables dancers to find their own expression.
Their aim as teachers are to help people find a dance that harmonious, authentic, comfortable and natural.

Some impressions:
Their website
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Maral Kojayan & Mariano Laplume

A love & tango marriage

Maral & Mariano are leading Argentine Tango professionals from Buenos Aires, based in London and recently moved to Rotterdam! Together they give life to a rich, vivid and spontaneous improvised social dance that is characterised by creative fluidity, musical sensitivity and is simply presence inspiring.

A genuine couple in life and dance, Maral (British) and Mariano (Argentine) are a perfect blend of the best of both world when it comes to quality and authenticity in teaching and style. They are experienced senior teachers with international teaching experience in Buenos Aires, London, Paris, New York, Berlin, Erfurt, Amsterdam, Montreal, Toronto and more.

Maral and Mariano have a unique and powerful combination; between them they have deep knowledge, skill and extensive professional experience not only with Tango but other dance forms, music and body/mind awareness which they bring to their teaching and performances.

To list a few, Maral has modern dance qualifications and has danced many different dance forms.
Mariano is a highly qualified Alexander Technique Teacher and former professional tango music (best known as a member of Sexteto Milonguero).
Maral also has extensive experience with Alexander Technique and is a certified practicing Clinical Hypnotherapist. They also bring with them broad cultural understanding of Argentine Tango as Mariano is from Buenos Aires and Maral has a masters in Anthropology and lived and worked with tango in Buenos Aires for 7 years).

Maral & Mariano run the very successful yet unpretentious London Tango Garden.

Some impressions:
The last goodbye - choreography
Martín Alvarado "Gracias a la Vida" live in England
Mandria, La Catedral, Buenos Aires
Lesson Review and Demo
Demo Erfurt 2018
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Mira Van de Griendt & Lucas Malec

After classical and jazz ballet, street dance, aikido and salsa Mira came into contact with Argentine Tango through her father. Since 2006 she has been teaching throughout the Netherlands (for years mainly in Nijmegen, Tilburg, Zoetermeer, Amsterdam and Culemborg).

She teaches with various teachers, such as Yerpun Castro, Roberto Rizzo, Lucas Malec, Santiago Onel, Robert Madrigal, Esther Heitzer and Karel Bredenhorst.. In her tango discovery journey she is looking for musicality, expression, technique, dialogue and the embrace.

Lucas is from Buenos Aires and started his career as professional jazz- and tango musician on the saxophone. He is a master composer. Now he is in tango all the way, as musician, dancer and Dj mainly in the Netherlands and in Argentina.

He runs the Tinta Roja milonga in Amsterdam.

Some impressions:
Mira & Lucas in Milonga La Cantina - "Ahora No Me Conocčs"O.Pugliese
Mira & Lucas in Zoetermeer - "Asi Se Baila El Tango"
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Adeline Ireland

Adeline's dance experience began with a decade of jazz dance and aerobics, which led to her first teaching experiences. In 2002, she found argentine tango and was fascinated by the degree of awareness necessary for tango's intensity of connection. Adeline started teaching tango during her time at Humboldt University in Berlin, where she received her Masters in Gender Studies and Pedagogy.

Her desire to enhance her effectiveness in teaching tango motivated her to pursue graduate studies in dance pedagogics. Upon completing her dance teaching credential, she immediately migrated to Buenos Aires to study and teach tango.

After touring for several years through the States and Europe she returned to Berlin and began work as a full-time tango instructor in Berlin's three largest Tango schools (TTMS, Nou, Mala Junta). She worked with a great variety of colleagues which fostered an openness for different techniques and styles.

Adeline is - besides a tango teacher - also qualified in more styles of yoga. She will also offer in the morning 'Yin Yoga' body work classes. Yin yoga is based on relaxing the body and mind with gentle streching exercises. In these classes we will do exercises chosen especially to support our tango-body. We will balance stretching and strengthening to get strong and stable without loosing qualities like smoothness or elasticity. Focus will be balance and the mobilisation/rotation of the spine - two main qualities for tango. Bring comfortable clothes and either a thick yoga mat or 2 thin ones.

Some impressions:
Adeline with Alejandro
Adeline with Korey
Adeline's website
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Candela Ramos

Candela gave her first dance's steps in a ballet barre with 6 years old and passing through Ballet, Modern dance, Jazz, Contemporary jazz, Arabe, Yoga, Argentinian Folklore and many techniques of Contemporary Dance.

She arrived into Tango at the age of 15 years old. After few years she met Dana Frigoli, Pablo Villarraza and the Studio "DNI Tango" where she did an intense formation as teacher and dancer, ending to work there in the Studio and the Company for 4 years long. On those years she was in charge of the Contemporary dance classes on the school where she developed a method for Tango dancers related to the TTC approach(Tango tecnology conceptual, technique applied for DNI studio).

When she turns 21 years old she moved to Berlin, Germany in order to improve her contemporary dance, the most influenced method was "Axis Syllabus" the one that now she keep going on research. Also she continued with the Tango teaching in Berlin, as well as traveling through Germany, Poland, Italy, Holland, Russia, France and Spain where she was called by determined events and Festivals.

Now She is the Choreographer on the new production of the Parisian company "A part of the whole" directed by Nathalie Bentolila where she also participate as a dancer, actress and singer.

Having residence in Barcelona now she keeps going on with the work of inspire new people to the Tango world.

Her research and approach is based on the awareness of Anatomy and Physiology of the body to use it in favor as she dances. Medical resources on biomechanics and physics applied into movement helped her to realize how to prevent injuries and to get energy efficient choices. By that, she gets rid of much of the after dance pain, dance through longer periods of time and have a longer life as a mover. She is part of the "Axis Syllabus International Research Network" which is a list of information of this kind. This specific focus for alignment brought her freedom into improvisation as well as adaptability to deal with different dancers styles.

Some impressions:
Winter Tango Challenge, Lanckorona 2017, Candela & Adrian
Winter Tango Challenge, Lanckorona 2018, Candela & Tymoteusz
her website
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Leilani Weis

` She has being dancing, researching, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation for the last 20 years. In the year 2000 she started with Tango Argentino and fall in love with it. Since then she has being studying, performing and researching an easy way of enjoying the dance. In a very natural way both technics started to combine in her body, enriching the creative process of moving. In a very natural way she started teaching it around.

She is dedicated to the analysis of others and her own movement, feeling the dance from a very deep place in herself. In her teaching she wants to invite people to the self joy of dancing with awareness and simplicity, honoring the "creative animal" within each of us.
She creates dance pieces where her Latin-American esthetics come strongly out. She believes in creative collaboration as a way of nourishing her art.

Morning classes: Diving into the body
This morning warming up through bodywork, touching and being touch, will lead us to a way of fine listening. It will give us information about the details of our partners body and of ourselves. It is a practical study of anatomy through sensation and experience, that will enrich our dance and keep us healthy for an intense week of dancing.

ContacTango workshop
ContacTango studies the body and a way of relating to each other that increases the joy and the freedom in dancing with others. It opens a playful place, where sensation is welcome as an inspiration, supporting the natural improvisation of dance inherent to Tango and Contact Improvisation. With this classes people will find details that will enrich their dancing.

Some videos:
Leilani Weis and Asaf Bachrach
Freiburg, Leilani and Ruslan
Leilani Weis and Javier Cura
Master-class with Leilani Weis
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Steve Morrall

Michael is dancing tango since ages and teaches many years in Tango Loft and Mala Junta in Berlin. He is well known for his surprising and creative way of teaching. As a Dj he is always looking for new music and creates a mesmerizing atmosphere in the milongas.

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Steve Morrall

Steve has taught Argentine tango since 2000 and is known for his skill as a dance technician. He explains dance movements and corrections in a variety of styles; concepts that can seem nebulous, elusive, or just plain fanciful in other classes become clearer and more logical as he presents them with a relaxing, carefully paced and articulate way.

He is a lifelong musician and composer, playing piano and a number of other instruments, including bandoneon, he approaches dance both from the artistic, emotional angle of musical interpretation and the mechanical necessity of moving the body from one position to another while retaining control and interaction with your partner. In the UK he runs the Tango UK dance school at Bramshaw with his wife Debbie and they have hosted the Tango Tangk weekend mini-festivals since 2004 featuring dance maestros from around the world.

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Paras Sághi and Paul Vossen

Paras was in her youth a Rhythmical Gymnast for 10 years, going to competitions in many countries and winning many medals inclusive the golden one of the Hungarian Championship. After her sport-carrier she danced in different dance companies. She is experienced in many disciplines: classical, modern and jazz ballet, contact improvisation, dance therapy, yoga and the most inner movements she learned in India: Qigong and the Buddhist Vipassana meditation. She is a skilled teacher of dance-expression for kids and adults.

When she discovered Tango in 1998, Paras was so astonished by its richness with its silent, intimate, heartfelt, sensual and playful moments, that she decided to put her focus into this dance.

Paul made his first tango steps in 1991 and probably danced at least once around the world since then. He is inspired by many teachers from Argentine and Europe, and also by other movement disciplines such as dance improvisation, Qigong and yoga. His dance is fluent and playful. He has a soft lead with space for the follower's initiative. He is always searching for ways to go beyond the technique to find the space where the two dancers becomes truly One in the dance.

Paras and Paul are dancing together since 1999, and started to teach in 2003 in the Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Hungary and Italy. Their main interest is to be a good and committed teacher, rather than a performing artist. They followed many workshops and seminars with many Argentine maestros in Europe and Argentina and studied few months in the well-known DNI School in Buenos Aires with Pablo, Dana and many other teachers there. They have an 'open minded' approach, as they have found a lot of valuable things in all the different styles from milonguero till nuevo. Their investigation in tango is like a long journey, always moving, changing and evolving. They believe that the Magical moments happen only partly thanks to the technical skills, and that's why they like to work with the "Extras": presence and body awareness, qualities and intensity, dialog and improvisation. They have a new approach to it, called the TaoTango.
Their motto is: 'Magic happens always outside the comfort zone'. That's why they found a light and playful way to challenge the dancers to trust, open up, connect and interact and a little more intense than usually. They like longer events, because they are more suitable for this as the group stays together. They organize the Taboe Tango Camp, a big, innovative and international tango 'retreat'week twice a year.

"We love to gather with all these tango-nomads from all around the world in this warm and joyful 'refuge' in the forest. We create the circumstances that everybody can feel at ease and part of the 'Taboe tribe'. Besides all the hours of dancing, we offer many little extras to encourage people to connect, interact and even talk with each other ... because we find, that this open atmosphere is really important when staying together with such a huge group of 150 or more people for a week."

Some impressions:
Living Doll performance in Ruigrok Amsterdam
Spontaneous performance in Flores Mannheim
Phantastango performance on live music
Play with enganches (class)
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Sacha Roberts
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu, meaning 'finger pressure' in Japanese, is a form of healing massage originating in the east and based on energy meridians or channels (as used in acupuncture). Receiving shiatsu is a deeply relaxing and releasing experience. A range of techniques are used including stretches, movement and pressure to bring about an adjustment of the body's physical structure and balancing of its energy flow, whilst creating an overall sense of well-being. Shiatsu is generally given on a futon mat on the floor. The receiver remains fully clothed throughout the session and it is best to wear loose fitting/stretchy comfortable clothes.

Why Shiatsu and Tango? Tango events and camps are a feast for the body and emotions. Shiatsu is a unique form of massage, which brings together body, mind, spirit and emotions through dynamic, gentle touch. Shiatsu prepares the ground for people to be more relaxed and receptive to the learning process.
It can specifically pick up on something that is coming up in a private lesson or workshop or in people's dance - a blockage of energy, or disconnection of part of the body. During an intensive period of tango dancing and workshops, knees and ankles get heavy use with lots of spiral movement. The dance focus is on balance, posture, being grounded, sensitivity to other people's energy, non verbal communication, connecting with your own centre and from there with your partner.
Shiatsu supports and nurtures the process. Tango and shiatsu are complimentary in that they are both working with moving energy. People arrive on the mat well prepared for shiatsu - tuned into their own and other's energy. In a shiatsu session each treatment is tailored to the recipient and their individual needs. People bring their emotional and physical aches and pains and return to the dance with a sense of renewal and rebalancing.

Sacha Roberts - Dip Shi, MRSS (member of Shiatsu Society UK)
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Miklós Hoffer
I am Miklós Hoffer. I started dancing Argentine tango in 2003 at the year of 30. Since then this passion has become a part of my life. One of my fellow dance partners started my career as a masseur.

Since 2006, I regurarly give Lomi-Lomi massage therapies. Lomi-Lomi is an ancient Polinesian massage technique originating from Hawaii, in which treating the feet is an essential part. To broaden my knowledge in the field, I have attended several courses regarding massage therapy, including a Maorian class covering the basics of the anatomy of joints. Since 2013, I am also a certificated medical masseur. Since I have been working for Hölgyválasz dance studio (2006), I have the opportunity to treat dancers on a daily basis.

This is how they sum up their experience: "I really like that calming, soothing, reassuring positive energy that I always find by Miklós when I drop by for a massage. It is good for my body and also for my soul."
Paras Saghi

"Miklós provides a pleasant, intimate, from-head-to-toe relaxing experience. For me, his gestures are like the waves caressing and pushing my body as I'm lying in the shallow water on the beach. It is a really pleasing sensation and most importantly I feel completely safe in the hands of the therapist"

Miklos facebook page
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