Gonzalo Orihuela & Solange Chapperon
Being dancers of the new generation, they show in their performances
the roots of traditional tango with innovative elements from other
performing arts such as contemporary dance and theatre.
The personal movement as well as the communication with the dance
partner are a fundamental axis of their pedagogy. In their lessons they
provide plenty of exercises that try to lead the students to develop
their motion and artistic skills in a stylized and comprehensive
fashion, through repetition. They teach tango nuevo as well as the
traditional one making the learning process simpler and more pragmatic.
As dancers and teachers they've worked in Argentina, Canada, the
Emirates and throughout Europe. They have also been invited to the
Quebéc University, Salzburgo's Mozarteum, and international festivals
such as Tango Magia, Hamburg Tango Festival and Tango Nuevo Diesseldorf
Bettie Bolks & Caroline Bernard
I have been dancing Tango since 1987 and started teaching in 1992,
since 96 in my own school ‘La Escuela’ in Groningen, Netherlands. I
have also been dancing Jazz, show ballet, Tap, classical ballet,
Flamenco and was a Salsa teacher, too. Also, in 99 I started doing
Between 1997 and 2003 I studied in Bs As with many good teachers. The
most impotant of which were Graciela Gonzalez, Julio Balmaceda and
In 2003 Caroline and I decided for the Milonguero style of the academy
of Susana Miller and Maria Plazaola. During the nights, we explored the
various milongas looking for the secrets of the Milongueros. In our
lessons, we want to approach the Tango in a playful way creating an
effortless dancing that makes it possible to fully enjoy both dancing
and music even on a crowded dance floor. In 2004 I had been invited to
be part of teacher team of Susana Miller where I taught until last year
for three months every year.
My new ‘input’ is Alexander technique, which I started to study last
year in Reinbek, near Hamburg. It is not only changing me but also my
I started dancing when I was seven with classical ballet, and then
later went on to dance jazz ballet and modern dance. It was only much
later, in 1997, that I discovered the Argentinian Tango. The added
aspect of dancing with a partner, the art of communicating within the
embrace, fascinated me so much that I decided to dedicate myself to
tango. Three years later, I started working with Bettie, and we have
been working together ever since.
During the last 10 years, I also developed my passion for yoga. Yoga
develops the ability to listen to your body without having to think,
and enables you to let go of unnecessary muscle tension. I have found
this awareness to be extremely useful when dancing tango.
When working with Bettie, we aim to teach people to dance in close
communication with each other in as relaxed a body as possible so that
each tango becomes an experience you can't get enough of.
Ciça Camargo & Astrid Weiske
(Buenos Aires / Berlin)
Stage Tango and Participicians Performance
Ciça began her dance studies in 1988, first in São Paulo, Brazil, and
later in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with extensive training in ballet,
modern dance, contemporary dance, flying low, contact improvisation and
She has worked with several ballet, contemporary and tango dance
Highlights of her Tango career include :: The leading role in the movie
"Mas Tango" (mas-tango.com)
:: Working among others in several of the most prestigious Tango houses
in Buenos Aires, including El Viejo Almacen, Homero Manzi,Che Tango and
:: Performing alongside leading Tango bands such as Bajo Fondo Tango
Club and Otros Aires, in the CITA International Congreso del Tango in
Buenos Aires, in the Cambalache Festival de Teatro y Danza, and in the
Campeonato Mundial del Tango :: Working with several world-renowned
Tango dancers such as Pablo Villarraza and Dana Frígoli, Claudio
Gonzalez and Melina Brufman, German Conejo, Fernando Gracia, Junior
Cervila and Mora Godoy, among others.
She has been living in Berlin since 2008, where she regularly teaches tango at Studio 35, Phynix Tanzt, Tango Nou and El Yeite.
Through the fusion of styles she develops in Tango a unique, special
form of artistic expression, incorporating decades of experience as a
contemporary and modern dancer into Tango. Ciça is also a fine artist,
see her paintings on rodocrozita.blogspot.com.
For more than 14 years Astrid has been dancing and studying Tango
Argentino and is well known and respected in the tango communities
worldwide as an excellent leading woman. She has developed strong
sensitivity in leading, great creativity in improvising and playful
musicality which stand out as key elements in her dance. Astrid dances
and teaches both roles and is known as a dancer of both styles
"Milonguero" and "Nuevo".
Since 2005 she has been teaching in Berlin at "PHYNIXtanzt" Studio in
Berlin, traveling as a guestteacher and followed invitations in Germany
and also abroad to San Francisco, New York, Brighton UK or Copenhagen.
Since that time she offers classes, workshops also with renown
international guestteachers in Berlin.
Her main influence and deep understanding of tango in dancing and
teaching she got from her constant studies all over the years with
renown dancers like: Brigitta Winkler, Gustavo Naveda y Giselle Anne,
Cecilia Gonzalez, Chicho Frumboli, Pablo Pugliese y Noel Strazza, Tomas
Her teaching is based on awareness, analysis of natural movement in
combination with her profund knowledge of technique, structure of the
dance and awareness of connection in the couple. Creating a constant
dialogue between leaders and followers who share the responsibility of
listening and reacting to each other, based on a strong connection to
the music. She integrates her solid experiance of bodywork, Contact
Impro and Somatic Movement into her teaching.
Her exploration of the many techniques of tango, from the very
classical to the very experimental, leading and following, including
other dance forms like contact improvisation or modern dance makes her
believe that there is no "one" Tango. She believes in creative,
liberating variety and connection of ideas, movements and technique by
repecting the roots of Argentine Tango. In that idea she worked with
other dancers in the past on choreogaphic interpretations and dance
Tango & Alexander Technique
F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) demonstrated that the difficulties many
people experience in learning, in performance and in physical
functioning are caused by unconscious habits, often based in the fear
of not being good enough. THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE provides the means
for overcoming these impeding habits and for helping people learn to
do things more freely, confidently and with more pleasure.
Alexander lesson the studentlearns, with a gentle hands-on touch
and guided awareness attention, how to un-learn and un-do old habits
such as holding one’s breath or having too much muscle tension. With
allowing ease in body and thought one can experience heightened
spontaneity; body parts suddenly become light, flexible and easily
balanced – all perfect for tango.
Deborah Jeanne Weitzman is a certified teacher of the Alexander
Technique. She has worked internationally as a teacher of the
Alexander Technique, voice, theatre and movement since 1988 and has
toured extensively as a singer/songwriter as well. Deborah began
dancing tango while living in Nijmegen in 1997 and has spent many
years in Buenos Aires studying dance, movement and breathing. There is
a magical symmetry between the Alexander Technique and tango that
Deborah is looking forward to share at PHANTASTango.
Madeleine von Roll & Jorga Alexander
and Jorga colour the camp with their special attitude - a sparkling
mixture of a South Sea breeze, a Hippie spleen and touch of wilderness.
No one knows exactly where their converted Hanomag (old German car
brand) has just been parked - whether in Spain, Mecklenburg or
somewhere in Africa. But the parking bay for this summer is already
clear: the Phantastango Summer Camp. Once again, since both have
already been a vital part of the very first camp - inventor of the kids
pool, of the rain-proof dance floor and the .....
dance is busty, energetic, deep and expressive at the same time with a
topping of passionate phantasy. In the camp they will focus on the
following topics: controlling weight, free pelvis and shoulders, open
and closed embrace, respecting and reacting to each other.
couple can not only communicate with steps - the exchange of
"vibrations" is the most vital part. Taking all that and adding the
music - that makes a wonderful Tango!
Sabine Zubarik & Alexander Voelz
(Erfurt / Berlin)
Although Sabine and Alexander developed very individual Tango
histories, they share the buzz for dancing as well as for the
communication in the couple. Playing with musicality and experimenting
are very important elements of their dance. Both studied with numerous
teachers in Buenos Aires, the US and in Europe, too. They intentously
don’t follow strictly a certain style of Tango. They teach together as
well as with other partners (Alexander in Berlin, Sabine in Thuringia
Therefore, communication is not only something that they find important
for themselves, but Sabine und Alexander also want to reveal the
secrets of it to others – no matter which partner or which style. Tango
is a phenomenon belonging to those who are just filling it with live.
Both respect that everybody has her/ his own way of learning ending in
a very individual expression of the dance.
Sabine has been at the Phantastango since the very beginning, whereas
Alexander has his debut at the 5th Camp. Both are very much looking
forward to the classes!