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Tango Argentino Summer in Vienna

Private & group classes, special workshops and the most welcoming milongas!

Intensive course for beginners

Get ready to hit the dancing floor in the blink of an eye.

In this course you'll learn tools to develop body awareness and to connect with your dancing partner(s) and the music in a playful and easy way, even if it's the first time you dance or if you think you have two left feet.

The goal in all my classes is that you understand the mechanics of movement, exploring and training body awareness to develop tools for improvisation even if you're a beginner, instead of just memorizing and repeating steps. And that you can gain confidence in your dance, with the patience that every learning process needs.

Come as you are. It's not required to attend with a dance partner, just bring a good attitude and an open mind to learn and co-create a good atmosphere for all.

I don't reinforce gender stereotypes, you're welcome to learn the role of your choice (I actually encourage you to learn both) and expect openness to dance with any person in the room regardless of gender. Same gender and non binary dance partners are of course welcome.

The course is in English, or bilingual English/Spanish according to the group’s needs. If you don’t feel comfortable with these languages, translation to Deutsch is available if needed.

Every Sunday from July to Sept from 17:00 to 18:00 in Salon Sechshaus*

Sechshauser Straße 48 / top 2 (near U4/U6 Längenfeldgasse and U6 Gumpendorfer Str.)

We have air-conditioning in the room so we don’t melt 😉

Bring practice shoes (dance sneakers) or a pair of socks to this studio.

(*) When the Rooftop Milonga is taking place the class will be in the Ikea Westbahnhof building. This happens on August 7th and 21st. Stay tuned in my social media or send me a message if in doubt.

UPDATE: Registration for new participants in this group is closed. You're welcome to register for the new beginner courses that start on September (there will be a group on Wednesday 20:00 and another on Sunday 17:00). If you can't wait, exceptions to join in August can be considered if you already have basic knowledge or are willing to come to a private lesson with me to help you catch up on what the group have learned. Ask me here or via email / social media.

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    Improvers course

    Improve the technique of what you already know and expand your knowledge to advance in your dancing, focusing on body awareness, connection between dancing partners and with the music in a playful and easy way to favor the improvisation which is in the core of tango argentino.

    This is a multi-level course, recommended for beginners with previous knowledge, intermediate, and those who are interested in continuously improving their tango technique or learning both roles.

    The classes are in English, or bilingual English/Spanish according to the group’s needs. If you don’t feel comfortable with these languages, translation to Deutsch is available when needed.

    Sundays from 18:15 to 19:15*

    Salon Sechshaus (Sechshauser Straße 48 / top 2, near U4/U6 Längenfeldgasse)*

    We have air-conditioning in the room so we don’t melt 😉

    Bring practice shoes (dance sneakers) or a pair of socks to this studio.

    (*) When the Rooftop Milonga takes place this class changes schedule. This will happen on August 7th and 21st. Stay tuned in my social media or send me a message if in doubt.

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    Milonga Itinerante

    "Tradition is not to worship the ashes but transmitting the fire"

    Our milongas bridge tango argentino tradition with awareness of being in the XXI century.

    Come as you are. With or without a dance partner, solo, with friends, beginner or experienced, dancing the role(s) you want, wearing what makes you feel good, all combinations are welcome! Just bring good vibes and an open mind to co-create a welcoming space for all. 

    If it's your first time in a milonga I'm happy to guide you through the social codes of tango argentino so you can feel at ease. Just ask me.

    Itinerante means this milonga takes place at different locations 😎 

    Updates are posted here and on my Instagram & Facebook. Stay tuned! 

    August 7. and 21. Rooftop Milonga!

    Ikea Westbahnhof rooftop terrace (Europaplatz 1, 7th floor)

    We dance outdoors enjoying stunning panoramic views over the city!

    Rain or shine we dance it all! (In case of rain we make it indoors on the 5th floor)

    For outdoor standards the floor on the terrace is quite good. If you want my advice, dance sneakers or flat soled shoes that hold well your feet are better here than high heels.

    August 14. and 28. in Salon Sechshaus

    Sechshauser Straße 48, top 2 (U4-U6 Längenfeldgasse and Gumpendorfer Str.)

    Bring dance sneakers / practice shoes or a pair of socks (no high heels or street shoes)

    September 4. and 5. Get transported to Argentina ❤

    We dance to live music from Buenos Aires!

    So excited about this!! 😍 This is truly a special visit.

    They create the most special and intimate atmosphere I remember having danced in while living in Buenos Aires. And you'll have the chance to experience it for the first time in Vienna!

    Duo Faryna-Satorre will delight us with their fresh and renewed interpretations of the classics from the 40s and 50s to dance it all.

    And on the second evening their repertoire will include a journey through Argentinian folklore and the best tango selection, accompanied by the great singer Paula Barembuem in a memorable concert.

    Early bird tickets are ready for you.

    PS. Both evenings are planned to recreate the intimate atmosphere they offer when playing in Buenos Aires, therefore tickets are limited.

    Send me a message or ask me at the milongas to get yours.

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    Happy to meet you

    Hi! I'm Jessica

    My journey to connect with my body started with Tango Argentino.

    I wasn’t looking for it back then, but after a while dancing I became aware of how disconnected I was from my body and how tango was opening that door for me. 

    Being a very rational person (academic overdose included: graduated from three BA, went through a MA program and half of another one… just to start the list), body and emotions were like two invisible islands for me.

    My sociological eye helped me notice that tango was being transformative not only for me but for other people I met in the community. 

    I became curious.

    How’s that a dance can impact in such ways other aspects of life?

    I wanted to know how the body-mind connections work and thought that Yoga could be a place to look for it. So I decided to enrol in a yoga teachers program.

    I was lucky to learn in a school that understands yoga as much more than fancy poses and physical demand, and became certified as a Yoga Professor in Yoga Integral. A style that focuses on what yoga is supposed to look for: self-awareness and integration of our physical, mental and spiritual bodies in the journey to meditation, choosing and adapting the many techniques that exist in yoga to what’s beneficial for the student, regardless of their previous experience or physical condition.

    These learnings gave me some of the clues I was looking for and others I was totally unaware of.

    It of course influenced my approach to tango as well.

    This kept opening my curiosity and the doors to my inner journey, which led me to try other body-mind approaches like Bioenergetics, Body-Mind Centering®, Psychodrama, Authentic Movement, Expressive Body Arts, Contact Improvisation, among others.

    From the many paths to body-mind integration I tried, I chose to follow a postgrad in Dance/Movement Therapy to deepen my journey.

    This experience has been the most influential in my work during the last years, as the path of embodiment, conscious movement and movement analysis was more clarifying for my approach to dance than many tango technique classes I attended before; more supportive for my self-awareness, self-confidence and empowerment than traditional counseling; and definitely powerful to improve the way I relate to myself and others both in dance and life.

    My interest in the connections between body, mind, emotions, identity and culture keeps driving what I do.

    For me tango argentino is a philosophy of life.

    A path to freedom, empowerment and personal transformation. A door to a deeper connection with ourselves and others.

    It’s culture and community.

    Definitely way more than a mere collection of memorized steps to repeat.

    When learning with me you can expect a mix of all this.

    Traveling is my other big passion so it is also present in what I do.

    In a more obvious way by designing and coordinating transformational retreats and cultural immersion experiences in Argentina and other Latin American countries.

    And in the subtle ways by bringing parts of that culture to the classes and events I organize in any place I’m based at, which at the moment means bringing what I love and miss from tango in Buenos Aires to Vienna ❤

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      Tango Argentino
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      Body-Mind integration

      by Jessica Gerdel

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