Tango Argentino
&
Body-Mind integration

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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    "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

    "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 Arizona, USA

    "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 Kansas, USA

    "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 New York, USA

    "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 St. Louis, USA
      Tango dancing lessons

      Tango Argentino

      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.

      Yoga Lessons

      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.

      Workshops

      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.

      Current Schedule

      I'm in Vienna at the moment.

      You're welcome to join the group classes or to choose the time of your convenience for private lessons.

      Learning with me from the comfort of your home is possible online too, worldwide.

      You can join the classes with or without a dancing partner. Group lessons are on a weekly basis in English and Spanish. Check out the detailed summer program.

       

      **Important: This Sunday (July 10) the classes will be in the Ikea Westbahnhof building. See you on the terrace – 7th floor (if it’s too hot at the time of the class we’ll move indoors to the 5th floor for the class). Starting time will be confirmed in the next few days. Stay tuned!**

      What follows is our regular schedule when the Rooftop Milonga is not taking place:

       

      Sunday 17:00 to 18:00 Summer Course for beginners (starting on July 3) in Salon Sechshaus (Sechshauser Straße 48/2, 1st floor). Near U4/U6 Längenfeldgasse.

       

      Sunday 18:15 to 19:30 Improvers course This is a multi-level class, recommended for beginners with previous knowledge, intermediate, and those who are interested in continuously improving their tango technique or learning the other role. Salon Sechshaus (Sechshauser Straße 48/2, 1st floor).

       

      Milonga Itinerante*

      *Itinerante means it uses different locations. It takes place every Sunday. Stay tuned and join us each week!

      –> July 10 Rooftop Milonga! We dance outdoors on the Ikea Westbahnhof + Jo&Joe rooftop terrace from 19:00 to 22:00.

      -> July 17 in the Salon Sechshaus (Sechshauser Straße 48/2). From 19:30 to 22:00. I serve some simple snacks and soft drinks, you’re welcome to bring something to share if you like. In this location we’re required to don’t use high heels or street shoes. If you don’t have dance sneakers / practice shoes it works perfect to dance in socks.

      In English

      Friday 18:00 to 19:00 at Magdalenenstraße 4, 1060 (Institut Hara)*

       

      En Español

      Lunes 8:00 a 9:00 (online)

      Miércoles 8:00 a 9:00 (online + presencial) en Salon Sechshaus, Sechshauser Straße 48/2, 1150*

      *Pre-registration is required for in-person classes.

      *Inscripción previa requerida para las clases en persona.

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      Tango Argentino
      &
      Body-Mind integration

      by Jessica Gerdel

      contact@jessicagerdel.com

      +43 681 10323630