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About

Idea

Today, Tango has made its way even into the smallest townships, and where it is danced, it is also taught. In bigger cities as well as in rural backwater, everywhere there are tango enthusiasts trying to get other people to dance it. Much is required for this task: not only the know how of technique and the step material, the dance quality of the teacher as a role model, the knowledge of music and dynamics in the dance, but also the ability to motivate others, to support them without overwhelming them, furthermore an empathic way of dealing with singles and couples and all their strengths and weaknesses, a deep interest in fine-tuning of movement and timing, and not last continuously developing new ideas for teaching. Some people have received professional training for this, either directly as tango teachers or via other professions like ergo- or physiotherapists, sport or music teachers or in adult education. Others learned the necessary skills during their own dancing progress; they do not consider themselves professional dance teachers but rather trainers, assistants or organizers of associations. Some have developed a fixed didactic concept over time, others just pass on what they recently learned and discovered. Until some years ago, there was no forum for all these tango teachers in Germany, neither for exchange nor for further education. Teaching dancers only met each other by chance at festivals or in advanced classes; they invite guest teachers, they watch, copy and keep learning. But they have not yet had a special event in order to ask didactic questions or discuss urgent problems of teaching explicitly and as the main focus. The annual teacher meeting was founded to change this.

Aim

Every tango location is different in its specific possibilities and needs, but the questions of tango teachers are quite similar: How to motivate beginners to stay for the next course? How to spice up the basic techniques so that everybody has fun with it? How do I teach versatile topics to the same people over and over again? How can I include popular new figures in a way that nobody hurts themselves? How do I convey a feeling for the music and respectful behavior on the dance floor? And so on...
All of us, those who are new to the “business“ and still searching for good ways, as well as “old hands“ who are already a bit burned-out by continuous teaching, have a lot of need for exchange, for getting to know other approaches, and receiving input via new step material, new explanations, games and exercises. But we also have a lot to give, because everyone who teaches tango has made experiences of which others can profit. In this sense, the TLT is meant for giving and taking.

Target group

This meeting is for all who teach tango already or are beginning it right now. It focuses on the discourse of didactic questions and is therefore not about new cool steps and one’s own personal improvement primarily. We offer it especially for the open minds who keep learning while teaching and search for better methods to design their classes.
Non-teaching guests are certainly welcome to take part in the open classes and all dance events.

 

Previous TLTs 2010-2017

1. TLT: 29.-31. January 2010
Master Teachers: Gerrit Schüler (Lüneburg), Stefan Wimmer (Nijmegen)
Article in
TangoDanza spring 2010 (by Michael Groß)

2. TLT:
3.-6. February 2011
Master Teachers: Gerrit Schüler (Lüneburg), Bettie Bolks (Groningen)
Basic Course: Sabine Zubarik
Article in TangoDanza summer 2011 (by Helmut Balzersen)

3. TLT:
29. February – 4. March 2012
Master Teachers: Susanne Opitz and Rafael Busch (Berlin)
Intensive Training: Sabine Zubarik
Lecture about Music: Theresa Faus (München)
Orchestra for the Saturday ball: Cuarteto Rotterdam
Focus „Teaching musicality“ and „Fusions with other body techniques“

4. TLT: 10.-14. April 2013
Master Teachers: Judita Zapatero and Enrique Grahl (Stuttgart)
Intensive Training: Sabine Zubarik
Orchestra for the Saturday ball: Cuarteto Rotterdam
Focus „One Tango – many styles“
financially supported by Thüringer Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur and by the Kulturdezernat of the City of Erfurt

5. TLT: 12.-16. February 2014
Master Teachers: Catalina Fooken and Thomas Lotte (Oldenburg/Bremen), Lizelot de Stigter (Arnhem)
Intensive Training: Sabine Zubarik
Orchestra for the Saturday ball: Trio Central
financially supported by Thüringer Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur (Minister Matschie)

6. TLT: 11.-15. March 2015
Master Teachers: Diana Del Valle and Juan Camerlingo (Stuttgart)
Intensive Training: Sabine Zubarik
Orchestra for the Saturday ball: Trio Ángel

6 ½.
TLT: 16.-18. October 2015
First Half-Time-Meeting
Intensive Training: Sabine Zubarik

7. TLT: 20.-24. April 2016
Master Teachers: Brigitta Winkler (New York/Berlin), Chantal Imboden and Sebastian Tkocz (Berlin)
Intensive Training: Sabine Zubarik
Orchestra for the Saturday ball: Cuarteto Rotterdam
financially supported by Thüringer Staatskanzlei, Fachbereich Breitenkultur

7 ½. TLT: 16.-18. December 2016
Second Half-Time-Meeting
Intensive Training: Sabine Zubarik

½ 8. TLT: 27.-28. February 2017
Third Half-Time-Meeting
Intensive Training: Sabine Zubarik
Spiral Dynamics: Marta Wyduba

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