Friday, 18 April 2014

BERLIN TANGO INTENSIVE 2017

B E R L I N    T A N G O   I N T E N S I V E
PROGRESSIVE TANGO INSTRUCTION + INTENSE GUIDED PRACTICE
WITH ROTATING ADVANCED PRACTICE ASSISTANTS.

SAVE YOUR DATES, SUMMER IN BERLIN!

August 2-6th, 2017

with

Kara Wenham  +  Javier Antar  

-  5 DAYS- 20 HOURS
-  3 HOURS OF CLASS/DAY + 1 HOUR OF PRACTICE 
-  2 MASTER TEACHERS TO GUIDE AND PUSH YOU FORWARD IN YOUR            
   DANCE
-  EXCELLENT ROTATING TANGO ASSISTANTS, OFFERING YOU FEEDBACK 
   AND  VARIETY IN THEIR LEADS AND FOLLOWS. 
 - WITH THE BACKDROP OF ONE OF EUROPE’S FINEST SUMMER CITIES AND TANGO
   CAPITOLS


So we're back with our 4th Edition of our Intensive. We’ll be doing the same 5 day-20 hour intensive, all with the rotating dance assistants.  
Last years BERLIN  Intensive was great and the progress the participants made was impressive. Below you’ll find some testimonials of people who’ve done our intensive (some more than once) So please take a read below to find out what it's all about.





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I N T E N S I V E     T A N G O   T R A I N I N G

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Why do our Intensive?

Our Intensive is a new format within the world of tango.  
The three main distinguishing characteristics that we’d like to point out are:

1) A clear pedagogy and progressive instruction that has proven to work for over a decade
     traveling around the world.

2) Immersion:  It has the right amount of hours of classes each day to learn new material
    and the sufficient amount of practica hours so you can integrate what you’ve learned into your dance.

3) The Assistants: Rotating super advanced tango dancers and working professionals 
     from Berlin and around Europe. 



These things are great when they stand alone, but working together they act 
powerfully on the student, exponentially raising the level of their dance. 
The regular format of weekend workshops doesn't give the student the depth or 
intensity that they really need in order to change their dancing on a more profound 
level. Learning sequences or steps also keeps us in the illusion that the dance is 
about steps rather than elements. So for us, there are no secrets. 
There is only good instruction and conscious practice. 
More workshops and more steps won't make you a better dancer. 
Practicing unconsciously will only reinforce your bad habits and accentuate what 
doesn't work in your dance. 

SO....

We believe that real learning requires conscious learning applied WITH training. 
We have put together a comprehensive and progressive program that will bring your 
dancing to your next level. We will give you the tools you need in order to acquire a 
logical way of thinking about the dance, so that you can therefore construct your OWN.
We don't aim to make replicas of ourselves dancing, rather we want inspired and 
connected dancers to find their own authentic dance. In doing this we become not only
good dancers, but also artists in our own right. Javier and I are micro teachers. 
We believe that in the small, we find the big. Once the micro is in place, 
then the macro can start to give shape to our dance.

WHY PRACTICE?

Is there any skill we learn that doesn't require practice?
Whilst practice may not “make perfect”, we know that practice makes much much better. 
And that's the goal: getting to your best dance. We take endless classes and rarely do we 
have the chance to practice what we learn. The “Practicas” most of the time turn 
into a milonga (or a class). We want to bring back the art of practicing and cultivate 
the skills in not only WHAT to practice but HOW to practice. The goal for us is that once you finish 
our 20 hour intensive you will know how to plan, implement and evaluate your own progress. 


YOUR DANCE ASSISTANTS

Having your own dance assistant is a great thing. You’ll be dancing with assistant who has 
a much higher level of dancing than you do. These people are dancers and some are
teachers in Berlin and around Europe who are either working professionals in the tango scene 
or are obsessed advanced amateurs who dance nightly in Berlin. 
The assistant is there to accompany you in the process, but they, 
like you are also there to deepen their process as dancers and teachers. 
You'll be challenged to step up in the dance and to learn the dynamics of practicing. 
We will rotate partners in the classes and the practicas, so that you’ll be dancing with
different dance assistants and be exploring the variety of leads and follows 
and sensations in the dance.


COME WITH YOUR OWN PARTNER

We welcome those who would like to sign up with a partner. 
This means that you will take the entire intensive with this person.
If you’d like, you may change partners at any time with other students who 
also came with their partner and are willing to rotate.



THE DAILY BREAK DOWN: (exact daily schedules to be confirmed)


First class: 1.5h
30 min break
Second class: 1.5h
LUNCH - 1 hour
1 hour of guided practice.

* we highly recommend eating a very substantial breakfast prior to the classes and bringing 
some snacks and a big bottle of water as it’s going to be a long day! ;-)


PRICE BREAK DOWN:
COUPLE  €650 per person
SINGLE (incl. assistant)  €800 per person                       



INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION + PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE = SOLID PROGRESS

contact: karitatango@gmail.com


ABOUT OUR INTENSIVE: 
MORE INFO ABOUT WHAT IT WILL COVER AND WHAT TO EXPECT

Our  Intensives aims to attract individuals who already understand the importance of a 
comfortable embrace and has a sensitive ear towards communicating with their partner. 
The pillars of connection, movement and music will be the primary focus points and not the steps. 

We believe that if you are sufficiently advanced then you will understand that learning only steps,
 like volcadas and colgadas, etc… is not going to necessarily raise your level of dancing. 
It will only serve that you can do those steps in an isolated and mechanical way. 
When one starts to see tango in its entirety and not just in small fragmented parts, 
then the whole fabric of the dance will open up to an array of endless creative options.

Our intensive will be progressive (that doesn’t mean it will be easy!). 
Each day we’ll start with some technique exercises for both leaders and followers 
and then continue to study the technical aspects of the most common elements in the 
social dance: connection in open and close embrace, the order of communication in the movement, 
walking, musicality, changes of direction, stops, turns and more. As we progress we’ll be integrating 
other movement vocabulary into the mix, but always with the intention of
understanding each part of the movement. 
We will then have you integrate these elements into your dance right away in the practica
each day after the lessons. All of this will be learned in parallel with the rhythmical structure 
of the music because if we can’t organize the movement in the music then we’re only 
learning movement and not dance. We realize that we are very ambitious but we believe 
that with practice this can be done!
We believe that coming to Berlin with a structure in place, like our intensive, 
will bring you more results than taking a class here and there around the city. 

For those who will be opting to have a personal dance assistant, you will be rotating regularly 
with the other dance assistants, so as never to adapt too much to only one lead or follow. 

At the end of each day of classes, we will make a review (which you may film) 
that covers the days topics and exercises.

During the practicas we will cover principles to help you develop the capacity to plan,
implement and evaluate your own progress. This will include exercises one can do alone 
and together, modes of communication, and concepts with which you can objectively use 
to later analyze your dance.



TESTIMONIALS:
Participant
Ali May: Australia
Intensive 40hrs BA 2015
As dancers  Kara and Javier are world class and as teachers they are expert.  In their BA summer intensive, they have structured a program for tango learners that is well thought out, valuable and enjoyable. The value of having a high level partner to dance with every time the words “change partners” takes place is also a luxury.
The structure of this course is such that whatever your level of tango, Kara, Javier together with the very skilled assistants help you to progress regardless of the level of the other participants around you.    Kara and Javier are generous with their attention and providing excellent demonstrations and explanations in each class session.  
The assistants are helpful, patient, polite, good humoured and above all, excellent dancers.  I cannot recommend this course highly enough for those who want to jettison their tango to the next level.  The forty hour course over two weeks is just fantastic value in terms of what you get out of it and how, in the second week you can consolidate and really build on your progress.
Do not hesitate to spend 40 hours with the best local tango dancers and Kara and Javier in February 2016.

Participant:
Ning Wang: Switzerland
Intensive 20hrs Berlin 2015
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank both of you once again for the amazing work and great efforts you've put in the intensive workshop! I enjoyed so much the inspiring journey of discovering and rediscovering my body, my movements, and my tango with you as well as the others from the group! Thanks too for building up a loving and caring community, with whom not only I shared a great time, but also became new friends! :)

Assistant
Katrin Urwitz
Intensive 20 hrs BA 2014 + 40hrs BA 2015

I’m taking the opportunity to thank you for your work. I enjoyed assisting your seminar and I like the way you teach and the good energy you create with your group. The advancement of the participants was very notable, and it was great to be able to take part in their progress. I also grew in this process. I thought this intensive was more dynamic than last years and the musicality aspect added a great dimension to it for participants and assistants alike.

Assistant
Ellie Mutchler
Intensive 20hrs Berlin 2015
I wanted, before too much more time passed, to write you to thank you for the tango intensive. It really was a terrific experience and I'm so grateful that you invited me to participate. I feel that I really got a lot out of it and enjoyed working with everyone there!
Best,

Ellie

YOUR TEACHERS:

Javier Antar + Kara Wenham have developed a method of teaching that entrains the student to make sense of the movement of his/her body and how it relates to the musical structure of tango. When the connection of the couple is in sync with the movement and music, 
then this entire dance comes alive and we can better access and develop our creativity and expression. Known around the world as teachers with exceptional presence, generosity and effectiveness, 
they will profoundly improve your dance whilst inspiring your latent creativity from any level.

For us, these intensives have become the model of teaching that we prefer most. 
Weekends can be great and packed with a lot of material, but we seldom have enough time to see what the students do with this material. The Intensive affords us that luxury. 
Having continuity lets us see progress, and this is very gratifying for both student and teacher alike. We feel that you will agree- that after these 20 hours there will be a deepening in both 
your knowledge and capacity as a dancer, and perhaps also more importantly, your enjoyment of the dance. 

For more info/bios/videos on them please visit: www.todaviatango.com



SOME RECOMMENDATIONS

PLACES TO STAY:
While we are not organizing your accommodation, we’d like to make some suggestions
for places where we think you’d like to stay. The classes will take place in Kreuzberg though we still have yet to get confirmation of the exact location. We think staying in the Kreuzberg area will make it easier to be close to the intensive. 


Accommodation Hostels:

www.diefabrik.com  - Die Fabrik  in Kreuzberg
www.grandhostel-berlin.de - Grand Hostel in Kreuzberg
www.pegasushostel.de - Pegasus hostel – Friedrichshain
www.three-little-pigs.de  - 3 little pigs – Kreuzberg
www.circus-berlin.de  - Circus Berlin - Mitte

Bed and Tango:  on this website you can find apartments for rent all over the world for tangueros. Some of the places listed are in Berlin. Check it out at: http://www.bedandtango.com/

Another option is to rent an Airbnb place and share it with other participants. 


TRANSPORTATION:
BVG- Berliner Verkehrsbetreibe Subway/Bus- Find all public transport info and calculations. (and in English!) BVG supports all airports and train stations with great time schedules. Berlin has an excellent public transport system 24 hours and check out for tourist or day passes.

BERLIN BY BIKE
Berlin is great for biking, especially in the summer. See an excellent route planner for cyclists here.
It finds optimized routes according to the cyclists preferences.
And here's an article that will get you sorted on renting a bike here in Berlin.
http://www.exberliner.com/features/people/two-wheeling-in-berlin/


GETTING INSPIRED:
Apart from all the great cultural things one can do in Berlin, there is of course nightly tango dancing in beautiful venues all over the city. Some are in classical Berlin dance halls, others in outdoor venues along the river and the list goes on…
Here’s the main Berlin Tango webpage that lists the nightly milongas. You’ll be wanting to go out and dance but just make sure you save energy for the next day of classes. ;-)
https://tango.info/berlin/milongas

PAYMENT AND PURCHASING YOUR TICKETS TO BERLIN:
If you would like to participate in our intensive please contact us at:  karitatango@gmail.com
Once we know, we will ask for your €300 deposit to hold your spot in the intensive. 

You will be put on our participant list and WHEN we achieve our minimum number of participants, we will give you the go ahead to purchase your plane tickets and to pay us the full intensive fee. 
Once everyone is confirmed and we've given the go ahead to buy the plane tickets, then at that point the €300 deposit will become non-refundable. 
If you know you'd definitely like to come, please don't wait, contact us now so everyone can purchase the plane tickets and make accommodation arrangements as soon as possible. PLEASE DON’T BUY YOUR FLIGHT UNTIL WE GIVE THE GREEN LIGHT.


Our cancellation policy is-
3 weeks or less before commencement date, 0% refund.
3-5 weeks before commencement date, 25% refund.
5-8 weeks before commencement date, 50% refund. 
More than 8 weeks before commencement date, 100% refund. *