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Gonzalo Alonzo and Mariel Robles (Buenos Aires)

Mariel Robles and Gonzalo Alonso began teaching tango together 1999. After intensively developing their tango and teaching in the province Santa Fe they moved to Buenos Aires 2003. Mariel has her background in classic and spanish dances and Gonzales in tango, salsa and mambo.
They have been teaching tango at Estudio Tango Elite Argentino between 2003-2004.
As members of the cultural and pedagogic leading group they participated in the creation of Estudio DNI 2004 until 2008 in Buenos Aires. Now they have continued teaching on their own developing their tango dance and pedagogy further focusing on the social aspects of the tango, musicality and dynamics. They have participated in several international tango festivals in Buenos Aires and abroad and have been teaching tango and giving performances in other countries for example Venezuela, Mexico, China, Sweden, Spain, Brazil and Germany. They are appreciated for their musical creativity, their deep knowledge of the dynamics of movements and their fantastic ability to teach and always develop their pedagogy. Their embrace (abrazo) is mature and a sign of the depth of their warmth, their sensuality, social abilities and charming personalities. They are known for their brilliant teaching creating a relaxed athmosphere based on mutual respect, always making efforts listening to the individual needs.



Mariel Robles and Gonzalo Alonso


Charlotte Rivero (Stockholm)

Charlotte teaches queer tango in Stockholm and is the founder of queertango in Sweden. Charlotte had a presentation about her concept queer tango pedagogy/teaching at the international dance research conference NOFOD, Stockholm January 2006. She runs her own queertango school, Tangoverkstan - Roles in Motion, in Stockholm and organizes Stockholm International Queer Tango Festival. Charlotte has also been teaching at different parts of Sweden, in Oslo and the queertango festivals in Hamburg, Buenos Aires. Recently she worked as an invited guest teacher with tango & gender/queer theory for the National Academy of Mime and Acting in a gender project. She is also a guest teacher at University College of Dance. The emphasis in teaching is based on dynamic movements, presence in the moment, connection and communication with awareness of power relations and gender structures. The pedagogy is based on gender/queer theory, norm critcal thinking and problem based learning. This year Charlotte was invited guest choreographer and dancer in The Threepenny Opera where she and other dancers from Tangoverkstan made a tango performance during the Pimp's Ballad taking place at a brothel.

Sabine Berge (Stockholm)

Sabine, originally from Germany, has been teaching together with Charlotte at the birth of Tangoverkstan and at Stockholm Pride 2006. They also made performances at the Pride Festival. Sabine is since a long time an appreciated instructor and tango profile in Stockholm.



Charlotte Rivero


Sabine Berge and Charlotte Rivero
© Photo Julio Rito



Martin Schick (Germany)

Actor, dancer and choregrapher, living in Berlin, worked several years for tv and cinema, since 2008 very active as a freelancer in the theatre- and dance-scene, developing his own work. He learned Tango (amongst others) with Maria Jose Gonzales and Mariano Garcés, but also influenced by DNI and 'Los Dinzel', with passion for the follower-part, danced and developed several shows, teached at the Queer Tango Festival in Copenhagen 2009 and organizes Gay-Tango-Events in Berlin. He is interested in an open and free way of communication and improvisation in Tango, not only by changing roles, but also through giving space and freedom inside each role.



Martin Schick



Jorge Arbert (Argentina/Netherlands)

Artist born in Neuquén-Argentina, studied theatre and dance, national price from de Antorchas Foundation with the street opera Albatri and selected for a study grant in dance for the National Foundation of Art. Since 2000 lives and works in Amsterdam, making many different works as maker, performer and teacher of tango and dance-theater, developing the interaction with the audience. His work is based in the fusion of the different disciplines: theatre-tango-modern dance. Since 2008 organize, for first time in Amsterdam, workshops of Queer Tango (changing roles). He performed his solo “Distant Love …” in the Tango Queer Festival Buenos Aires, in Rotterdam and in Amsterdam. 
In the workshop we will play with different steps of tango, improvising solo, duo and grupal. Tango, movement and emotion. 



Distant love

Jorge Arbert



Claudia Mai (Germany)

Claudia Mai started Tango teaching in 1989 in Bremen, her native city in Northern Germany. Located in Hamburg now, she has also been living in Paris and Barcelona for a while, enjoying different styles of Tango dancing and creating her own style – elegant, playful and sometimes humorous, but always with a deep sensation of the music. Her most influential Tango teachers were Antonio Todaro, Pablo Veron & Teresa Cunha, Eric & Jeusa, Esther & Mingo Pugliese and Gustavo Naveira. Claudia had several performances, mainly as a leader, in Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Cologne, Hamburg and other places. She supported Tango shows and festivals in organisation and public relations. Her absolute favourite dance besides Tango is the Milonga!



Claudia Mai

claudia mai



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