Iceland Tango Events
Tango Adventure plans workshops with visiting instructors in both tango and salsa and also announces other tango events in Iceland. New special events are posted on the homepage, and see the calendar for what's on at a glance. On this page we've listed some past events and guest artists Tango Adventure has sponsored.
A professional tango dancer, Sebastian began dancing when he was 8 years old in a local dance company. When he was 18 he graduated from the National School of Dance. He performed in some of the most prestigious theaters of Argentina including Teatro Colon and Teatro Argentino. He similarly performed in Croatia, Serbia and Spain.
In 2010 and 2012 Sebastian toured New Zealand teaching and performing. His workshops were well received at the 9th New Zealand Tango Festival. In 2011 Sebastian toured Brazil teaching at dance schools in Porto Alegre, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro. As a teacher Sebastian focuses on the mechanics of movement as a way to facilitate connection and fluidity of movement for leaders and followers.
About Michael: After several years of intensive involvement in martial arts followed by professional contemporary dance and clowning, in 2000 Michael Watson discovered Argentine tango, to which he has since devoted all his time and energy. Michael has taught tango for the last six years in his home town Toulouse, and has received frequent invitations to conduct courses in Lisbon and Moscow. Michael is a regular visitor to Buenos Aires and Berlin, the European tango capital. Michael's classes, while respecting the technical intricacies of the dance, put a strong emphasis on musicality, focusing on the dancers' feelings and the intimacy of their partnership. Michael is also an accomplished DJ and in his regular milongas plays a balanced mix of traditional and alternative tangos.
Nov - Claudia Rogowski og Felix Naschke
Sept - Helen LaVikinga, Walter Perez & Leonardo Sardella
Aug - Menningarnótt at Hótel Borg
On Culture Night in August, Tango Adventure held a milonga with two drop in introductory lessons for beginners at the lovely Hótel Borg Golden Hall. Our own Siggi Bragason og Tinna Ágústsdóttir performed to an original composition and Garðar Garðasson sang a tango tune accompanied on guitar.
June - Matias Facio and Claudia Rogowski
Jan - Ozgur Demir & Marina Marques
We are happy to have once more a visit with popular teacher/performers Ozgur Demir & Marina Marques. Here are a few exmples of their style on youtube:
Marcela Troncoso was born in Buenos Aires but is currently based in Malmö, Sweden where she teaches as well as hosts two local milongas. She has been performing and teaching for tango associations and Tango schools in Spain, France, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Norway and France since 1996. Since 2003 she worked as a teacher in several international tango festivals: Sitges, Granada, Tarbes, Lisabon, Copenhagen, Tangocamp in Finland, and Cumbres Mundiales del Tango (Valparaiso, Sevilla, Bariloche).
Ozgur Demir and Marina Marques
Ozgur Demir returns with partner Marina Marques in the summer of 2010. Marina has been studying acting and dance since she was a child, which led her to study modern dance at the CIA Raça de São Paulo school. She then specialized in tango, studying with Jaime Arôxa, Ronaldo Bolaño and Giggio Giovanni from Brasil. She moved to Buenos Aires and worked with very well known teachers of different styles of tango to improve her skills.
Ozgur Demir and Cecilia Berra
Ozgur Demir returned to Iceland in December of 2009 with Cecilia Berra for a worshop week including 2 performances. Cecilia is well known in Buenos Aires most notably for her previous partnership with Horacio Godoy. Here is a link to some videos with Ozgur and Cecilia dancing together: Ozgur and Cecilia video
Helen "La Vikinga"
Helen "La Vikinga" is one of Iceland's own, but has been living and teaching in Sweden and more recently in Buenos Aires for the past 15 years. As well as running a milonga and tango school in Buenos Aires, Helen is also a designer of her own line of "La Vikinga" tango shoes. She visited us in June with workshops in tango, milonga and the Argentine folk dance, chacerera.
Özgür Demir is from Turkey where he started his tango training 8 years ago. Since then he moved to Buenos Aires to study with the masters and has earned an international teaching certificate from Acosiacion de Maestros, bailarines y coreografos de tango Argentino.
Özgur was here in Iceland for 3 months holding regular classes as well as weekend workshops with the assistance of Svana Valsdóttir. His emphasis was on promoting tango as a social dance that is comfortable and accessible to everyone.
Matias Facio and Claudia Rogowski
Matias Facio and Claudia Rogowski are familiar names in the tango world. Matias is from Argentina and has been performing and teaching in many prestigious festivals, including Tangomagia in Amsterdam and Siracusa in Italy. Claudia organizes a yearly tango marathon in Berlin, which is attended by high level dancers from Europe and beyond. Matias and Claudia were well received in Iceland and gave us a performance at the elegant Hotel Borg Golden Hall and taught several workshops during the week they were here.
Here you can see some videos of Matias and Claudia dancing:
Marcelo Gutiérrez "El Chino"
Marcelo, better known as El Chino, is a well known as a performer and teacher both in his home town of Buenos Aires as well as in Europe. His unique teaching style emphasizes the "feel" of tango, and the impression of this writer is that he has an uncanny ability to impart his knowledge to his students without complicated explanations. The theme of several of his workshops was simply "quality of movement" and this is a much needed subject that is often overlooked by dancers eager only to add more steps to their repertoire.
Alejandro "Lucho" Lucero
Lucho is a respected up and coming dancer and teacher from Mar del Plata, Argentina, which is popular with tourists for its beaches and tango. It is near enough to Buenos Aires that Lucho has had the opportunity to study with the tango greats - Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli, Fabian Salas, Sebastian Arce and Gustavo Naveira - as well as local tango artists from Mar del Plata. Read more about Lucho on his website.
Lucho visited in December with workshops in a variety of techniques, including tomadas and sacadas, colgadas and volcadas and men's and women's adornments.
Kamila Jezierska & Kamila Romana Jankowska
We were so lucky to have 2 surprise guest instructors from Poland, Kamila Jezierska & Kamila Jankowska, who offered classes in contact improvisation during the weekend that Lucho visited. As tango is also an improvisational dance, many modern tango dancers are discovering the benefits of practicing contact improvisation, and we were happy to be able to offer this to our students.
Svana is an Icelander who caught the tango bacteria 6 years ago while living in Copenhagen. Since then, she has spent several months of each year in the heartland of tango, Buenos Aires, studying with various tango teachers and dancers. Most notably, she has been learning the past 3 years with tango maestro Gustavo Naveira and his partner, Giselle Anne, who are among the most respected tango teachers and dancers worldwide. Svana led the workshop and practica at Næsti Bar during them months of September and October.
Tango dancer and multi-discipline performance artist Moneir Bardai from Amsterdam visited Iceland in August for a performance and a workshop in Milonguero and Tango Nuevo. His performance, on Reykjavík's Culture Night - Menningarnótt, is called My Name is Tango, about a storyteller who sings and dances his way through the evolution of tango. See more info about Moneir on his website.
Per Berséus was in Iceland for most of July and part of August, and initiated a number of tango events with Maria Shanko during that time. Together, they hosted a weekly workshop and guided practica, as well as introducing the concept of Queer Tango to Iceland, where everyone switches roles between leading and following. In addition, they performed and instructed at several special cultural events both in Reykjavík and in some small villages around Iceland.
Tango dancer and instructor Dirk Apitz visited Iceland from Bonn, Germany and offered a series of classes during the first 5 days of June. Dirk is well known in the tango festival scene in Europe, and has studied tango with some of the best teachers in Buenos Aires during his long stay there.
In Iceland, he focussed on musicality, and was especially appreciated for helping us practice our basic technique. His course on Women's Technique was very popular and we all came away feeling like better dancers!
Daniel Carlsson is one of the most experienced tango teachers in Scandinavia and has been teaching and dancing tango for 13 years in 9 countires with his base in Öresund. Daniel's tango is playful and this is something he wants to let others try. See his website here: www.tangokompaniet.com and more information in English here.
Daniel visited Tango Adventure on the weekend of May 11-13 and lead several workshops in musicality, neuvo style, and other techniques.
Tango dancer, teacher and DJ Luca Lamberti from Rome paid us a visit March 3-10. During that time he held workshops in tecnica for all levels, as well as workshops in volcadas, tango vals, and a free introduction to tango workshop. Luca also perfomed for an event with Maria Shanko, who also assisted him in the workshops. As Luca is a regular DJ in Rome and a guest DJ in other cities, he provided the music for us at a milonga at Hotel Borg. During his visits to the milongas throughout the week, he was very generous with helping the other dancers, both male and female, and we are very grateful for that!
Tango/Salsa with Ehsan Shariati
Ehsan Shariati was the first guest teacher invited to Iceland by Tango Adventure, in December 2006. He held workshops in tango, milonga con traspie and salsa, and we had tango/salsa parties two nights in a row to celebrate.
Ehsan is the main teacher at Studio-K in Uppsala, Sweden. When he visited Iceland, he had just returned from Buenos Aires and Cuba and we appreciated his sharing his inspiration with us.