Weekend Tango Workshops

Oliver Koch and Marisa van Andel

14-16 October 2005

Oliver and Marisa are leading teachers in Brussels, Belgium, and gave very enjoyable classes when they visited last year. They will teach at all levels over the weekend.

Oliver Koch and Marisa van Andel

Oliver Koch
Oliver Koch (Weil am Rhein, °1964) received a training as a dance teacher and a stage dancer and in Hamburg and at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. He started his career as a dancer with the Belgian dance company Michèle Anne De Mey. In 1994 he became a member of Rosas, the well known contemporary dance company of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, with whom he danced in the performances Erts, Woud, Just Before, Achterland, Drumming, I said I, In Real Time and others. Oliver also had a leading role in the dance films Les Noces and Love Sonnets (Thierry De Mey). In 1993 Oliver Koch discovered Argentine tango. It was a revelation and tango immediately occupied an important place in his life and dance career. For many years Oliver combined his work as a modern dancer with his passion to dance and teach tango. At the end of 2001, he decided to leave Rosas in order to dedicate himself totally to his career in tango.

Marisa van Andel
Marisa van Andel (Milano, °1967) grew up in a Dutch family in Northern Italy. As a very young child already, she followed regular and frequent dance lessons of all kinds. Yet, when she left school she opted for the university and in 1986 she traveled to Brussels to study journalism and European studies. She started to dance tango in 1994. In 1998 Marisa succeeded in combining her passion for dance with her job, when she became promotion and press officer with the Rosas dance company. After office hours she worked as a tango dancer and teacher. At the end of 2001 she decided to leave Rosas in order to dedicate herself fully to tango.

Marisa & Oliver
Marisa & Oliver met on the Brussels tango scene in 1996; they are dance partners and in life since then. They were educated by many of the main tango maestros, among which Pepito & Suzuki, Pablo Veron, Los Dinzel, Eduardo Arquimbau, Mingo & Ester Pugliese... But the dancers who inspired them most are certainly Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne, Gabriel d'Angio & Natalia Games, Geraldine Rojas & Javier Rodriguez and Claudia Codega & Esteban Moreno.
Marisa and Oliver live in Brussels, where they created in 1999 their own non-profit association, Al compás del corazón with the aim of teaching, developing and promoting tango in Belgium. "Al compás del corazón" is the title of a famous tango and means: "to the beat of the heart"... and that is exactly what Marisa & Oliver are permanently aiming and looking for: how to reach such a degree of intimacy in the tango dance that leading and following are no longer coming from muscular force, but from the heart and soul? They permanently search the energy, the non-verbal communication that is created between two persons when the soft melodies of he tango give birth to pure improvisation. Trying to permanently listen to and feel each-other, they give free flow to a game full of challenges and surprises. Oliver and Marisa's tango is a harmonious proof of the association between intimacy and a skillful game of legs and feet.
Oliver and Marisa taught and performed all over Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, New York and Buenos Aires. Oliver & Marisa regularly travel to Argentina to imrpove their technique and dancing style working with the best teachers and milongueros.
Marisa & Oliver's teaching focuses on improvisation through the analysis of traditional or original figures, as well as on the techniques and details of leading and following, the active role of the woman, the constant maintaining of the individual and shared axis, harmony, synchronisation and interpretation of the music.



No. Day Level Start End Theme Venue Price Select
1 Saturday Intermediate 14:00 15:30 the flexible abrazo Counting House
2 Saturday Inter/Adv 16:00 17:30 colgadas in tango de salon Counting House
3 Saturday and Sunday Improver 12:00 13:30 Tango de Salon Counting House
4 Sunday Intermediate 14:00 15:30 dancing pauses and suspensions Counting House
5 Sunday Inter/Adv 16:00 17:30 online and round volcadas Counting House

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£15 per class, ETS subscribers £12

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