A practical path into the possibilities of movement and encounter
Life is now~
Shall we dance?
Our bodies are the most direct path to self-awareness.
Home of our most primary memories.
Our bodies express what goes through us even if we try to hide it (to say here “non-verbal communication” would be just the tip of the iceberg).
It’s the place of the unconscious. And maybe the only that remains in the “here and now”.
While the mind travels to the past or the future, the body is our bridge to experience the present.
What would your life be like if you listened to your body?
If that listening allows you to understand what you need and how to provide it.
To connect with yourself and others on a true and deeper level.
If you integrate body, mind, soul and emotions. In dancing and in everyday life.
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What my students say
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"My husband and I signed up with Jessica as a favor to our son, who had taken a lesson with her and wanted us to step outside our comfort zone. We're not dancers. Never have been, but Jessica's approach was so easy and friendly, we left feeling there was hope for us to learn a new activity. Thanks, Jessica! Our hour lesson was fun and worthwhile -- we now understand why so many people love tango!"Karen
"More and better than expected. I have never been a dancer but within minutes we were gliding around the space. Jessica explained, then demonstrated, the almost imperceptible ways of communicating movement and direction. I was so impressed that I contacted Jessica about another lesson. Buenos Aires is so amazing that I didn’t really need another reason to return but Jessica gave me one anyway."Kevin
"Jessica is a wonderful teacher. I had a big increase in my anxiety during the lesson (old habits) but Jessica handled my needs wonderfully and got me back to normal very quickly. She had a mixed group of dancers and did a great job personalizing the lesson for everyone. She took good care of us and provided a wonderful experience for everyone. I would definitely recommend Jessica for anyone who wants to explore what tango is really like."Jennifer
"My wife and I have wanted to dance tango in Buenos Aires for quite a long time. We have taken a visit to a classical milonga and after seeing the ritual attending the event and the packed dance floor of experienced dancers we wondered if we’d ever be able to gain enough mastery and courage to achieve our goal. Jessica is a talented and sensitive instructor who works with you to find the kind of experience you are seeking. For us it was finding a milonga that was comfortable, welcoming and accepting of beginners. We began with an hour long lesson to give you some helpful strategies for handling the dancing. We then left the studio for a milonga that had all the qualities we sought, including live music. The evening went perfectly and we’ve now accomplished our goal. Jessica was always present to guide us as to what to do. She has a passion for the dance and its culture which is contagious and inspiring. It was a magical evening for us!"Tim
Tango is about encounter within an embrace. It’s where its magic and power of making people feel good reside.
What does it take to enjoy this magic?
A combination of skills, confidence, trust and open listening go hand by hand in tango dancing.
My work focuses on helping you build a deeper connection with yourself through body-mind awareness, with your dancing partner(s) and with the music. Finding and supporting your own strengths to advance in the journey. Keeping it easy and playful even if you never danced before.
You can learn with me in group lessons and privates. Also online.
Most times, the difficulties that appear in learning a dance, being more expressive or just moving efficiently for daily tasks, have little to do with the dance/movement technique itself and more with the ways we inhabit our bodies.
The practice of yoga and other body-mind integration techniques are of great help to address these topics and to improve physical, mental and emotional health.
Physical demand is not the goal in my approach to movement. I help you to get familiar with your own ways of moving and inhabiting your body. To discover what’s underneath and explore different patterns to enrich your possibilities of movement and expressive skills.
Body awareness is helpful to know yourself better and identify what you need and how to provide it. And this gem is the base for self-care practices, healthy boundaries and more harmonic ways to connect with yourself and others, in dance and daily life.
In my own journey, the path of embodiment and movement analysis was more clarifying for my dancing than many tango technique classes I attended before; more supportive for my self-awareness and rediscovery process than traditional counseling; and definitely powerful to improve the way I relate to myself and others and how I act in the world.
The other source that nurtured my journey was traveling. I combined this life passion of mine with my interest in the connections between body, mind, emotions, identity and culture. First on my own experience and later designing and coordinating transformational retreats and cultural immersion experiences to help others find their own path, using the potential of traveling (literal and metaphorically) for self- and cultural awareness, personal development, wellness and relational intelligence in their everyday life.
Hi! I’m Jessica
I’m a certified instructor of tango argentino, yoga and therapeutic yoga (now finishing a certification in Kundalini yoga too), Dance/Movement Therapy practitioner and social scientist.
My personal experience with tango and my research on sociology of the body and anthropology of the senses led me to dive into the connections between body, mind, emotions, identity and culture –as what we do with our bodies has great power on how we perceive ourselves and relate to others.
That way I got involved with somatic education and the therapeutic uses of movement, arts and dance. And later combined them with my passion for travels by designing and coordinating transformational travels and cultural immersion experiences in Argentina through tango dancing.
My present work focuses on wellness through conscious movement, using the potential of body awareness and dancing to help people gain self-awareness and skills for personal development and relational intelligence for everyday life.
Traveling at the moment. You can take in-person classes with me in Buenos Aires during February and March, and back in Viena from April on.
Learning with me from the comfort of your home is possible online too, worldwide.
You're welcome to join the group classes or to choose the time of your convenience for private lessons.
You can join the classes with or without a dance partner. Group lessons are on a weekly basis in English and Spanish. Progressively learning Deutsch but still far from fluent. When needed we’ll get translation for you, and you’re welcome to ask your questions in German if you understand English/Spanish but don’t feel comfortable speaking it.
Detailed program here.
Registration to the new beginners course is open! The course starts on April 16th.
Register now to get advantage of the early bird prices. (All details in the registration link)
Courses for beginners with previous experience and intermediate:
Improvers course Multi-level classes for people with previous experience in tango argentino. On Sundays at 18:15 in Salon Sechshaus (Sechshauser Straße 48 top 2). New registrations closed until April (I’m in Argentina at the moment)
Book private and semi-private lessons here.
Contact me if you have any questions and subscribe to the Newsletter to not miss future courses and events.
*Itinerante means it has no fixed location. Stay tuned to not miss the next edition!
SAVE THE DATE! Duo Faryna-Satorre from Argentina will be with us again on May 14th. We had a truly special time dancing to their live music last year. Very much looking forward to their visit in our beloved milonga!
For all schedules previous registration is required. Send me a message to save your place.
Private lessons in-person and online are available.
New schedules on demand are possible with a minimum of 4 participants.
In English (online only until April)
On Wednesday at 19:00 in the Sechshauser Straße 48 top 2 (Salon Sechshaus). Or online.
En Español (online)
Lunes y Miércoles de 8:00 a 9:00 (hora de Europa Central).
Contáctame para inscribirte o para solicitar clases particulares (en persona y online).
Nuevos horarios a pedido con un mínimo de 4 participantes.
If you’re looking for benefits on physical and mental health with methods suitable for all body conditions and levels of experience (including zero), you’ve come to the right place.
Integral yoga is done for the joy of releasing tensions, developing body awareness and stillness of mind. Wisely choosing and adapting each session’s contents to respect each participant abilities, physical condition and learning needs.
Though it doesn’t consist on spending the whole class wrapped in a blanket (you can expect some sessions to be more dynamic than others), its goal is far from feats of strength or extreme flexibility in a high-intensity yoga workout.
We will focus on slow, mindful movements and conscious breathing to favor states of relaxation and meditation.
You don’t need previous experience to join a session. Just openness to give yourself time and attention.
Please register to guarantee a place for you, since the studio has limited capacity. If you’ll join online please sign up ahead so we have enough time to verify your payment and send you the login info.
There’s room in the studio to change clothes if you need, and yoga mats at your disposal.
You’re welcome to choose the booking option that fits you best:
- Per class €18
- Block of 4 classes €60
- Block of 8 classes €110
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by Jessica Gerdel
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"The class with Jessica went by waaaay too quickly because we had so much fun, and got to work on our dancing a lot. During the class she gave us the tools to go out and social dance at a milonga, which we did the same night! She focused on the connection in the dance couple, and explained how the social dancing works. She made us feel free to experiment and improvise, which is within the spirit of the dance itself. She was great at explaining, and had good answers to all our questions. This is perfect for anyone who wants to learn and gain the confidence to go out social dancing!"Caroline Oslo, Norway