Weekend Tango Workshops

Tango Weekend on Loch Tay

16-18 September 2011

Edinburgh Tango Society (ETS) invites you to the 17th weekend of tango and outdoor activities at the Firbush loch-side activities centre on beautiful Loch Tay. This is a residential centre belonging to the University of Edinburgh. It is fully catered with facilities and instruction for outdoor activities such as hillwalking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, and mountain-biking (the range of activities on offer will depend on the weather conditions and the instructors on duty). All necessary equipment is provided but none of these activities are compulsory, and the option of chilling-out is always available! There is a bar downstairs and the main dining hall provides a spectacular dancefloor for the workshops and the evening milongas.

The weekend starts on Friday night and ends Sunday afternoon, and will include tango workshops in the mornings and evening, outdoor activities in the afternoons, and dancing until late. The classes will be given by Komala and Stefan (http://www.komalaystefan.com/), who are making a return visit to Scotland from Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

There are spaces for 36 people, open to dancers from Scotland and to visitors from the UK and abroad. Bookings for couples and individuals can be made now. The price covers accommodation, all meals, outdoor activities, and 4 hours of tango classes. Minibus transfer from Edinburgh (departure 4pm Friday) can be arranged at extra cost. Please contact us with any questions about travel arrangements prior to booking, as there is no public transport to or from Firbush.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to the requirements of maintaining the male-female balance for the classes and milongas. Couple bookings can be confirmed immediately with payment, individual bookings may only be confirmed once a partner is available. If possible, arrange your own partner to avoid disappointment!

Dancers of all levels from Improver upwards are welcome. For the lessons the group will be split into two, and each group will have 1.5 hour lessons on the Saturday and Sunday mornings plus a 1 hour after-dinner class on either Friday or Saturday.

The price for this trip will be 130 (120 for Edinburgh University students). Payment is required to confirm a booking, in the event of withdrawal this may be returned if we can find a replacement person.

For bookings or information please contact:
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For more information about the Edinburgh Tango Society see: www.edinburghtango.org.uk
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Komala & Stefan

For over a decade Komala has been teaching in Europe where she is highly respected. She has a profound knowledge of the body and of the dynamics of tango. Her workshops followers are invaluable to followers who want to know their bodies better and to become more active in the dance, and her other workshops deal primarily with the energy and dynamics of the dance, preparing leaders and followers for a new level of communication. Komala started tango dancing in 1990. She began her professional career by teaching together with Eric Jorissen, founder of the famous tango center, El Corte, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She is currently a main hostess and teacher of El Corte. Stefan started Tango in May 1997 because he needed some Tango steps for a chanson he was singing in a local theatre group :-) In no time he was completely caught up by this fascinating dance and could barely finish his preparations for a black belt in Karate. After achieving his black belt he very soon realized that he preferred a partner who is not responding to every movement he makes with a punch but with a soft and gentle movement ;-) After spending 1 year in Munich dancing nearly every night he was ready to look for something more and he found it in another city in another country: Nijmegen - Holland. There he stopped taking classes for a while and started dancing - all night & day long. And there he learned that there are mainly 3 components which make a Tango a Tango: * the partner you're dancing with * the music you're dancing to * the other people who are dancing in the same room with you After this period of 'just dancing' he started to take lessons again with different Argentinian teachers - among them Nancy y Damian. But the most inspiration he got from his work with Eric Jeurissen & Komala - not only regarding the dance but also the teaching. The most important thing since then is for him 'not what you dance but how you dance it'.

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