Eşref Tekinalp and Vanessa Gauch have emerged as influential figures in the vibrant history of Turkish tango. Both respected and accepted as pivotal individuals within the Turkish tango community, their partnership has quickly become a source of inspiration for many.
The dance of Eşref and Vanessa seamlessly blends the elegance of traditional tango with an innovative musical understanding reflective of the new era. Their unified perspective on tango was discovered after both had worked separately with some of the most influential instructors in the tango world, ultimately leading to a powerful collaboration that transcends cultural and artistic boundaries.
As teachers, Eşref and Vanessa prioritize creating a comfortable environment for their students to explore and enhance their individual essence while simplifying the intricacies of tango. Their dedication to nurturing and guiding aspiring dancers is evident in their unique approach to teaching, as they impart invaluable knowledge and wisdom to their students.
Eşref's pivotal role as the co-founder of Turkey's largest Tango School, "istanbulTANGO," and as the co-organizer of the International Tango Festival, "tanGO TO istanbul," and tangotoistanbul CUP exemplifies his deep commitment to advancing tango within Turkey. Additionally, his longstanding position as the national jury of Argentinian Tango in Turkey underscores his influential presence within the tango community.
Conversely, Vanessa's diverse background in dance, including classical ballet, ballroom dances, jazz, swing, salsa, and tango, coupled with her scientific background in biology, imbues her with a unique and analytical approach to dance. This distinctive blend of experiences fosters an element of curiosity and opens up new possibilities within their dance, resulting in performances that are rich with surprises and depth.
Eşref Tekinalp and Vanessa Gauch's partnership not only represents a harmonious union of artistic expression but also serves as a testament to the transformative power of passion, dedication, and a shared vision. Together, they continue to influence and shape the Turkish tango landscape, leaving an indelible mark on the art form while inspiring those around them to embrace the limitless potential of dance.
Workshop 1 (All levels) Connection & communication
How connection and communication systems influence the way we move and our dance style (Milonguero, Salon).
Workshop 2: (Level: Intermediate) Cortados
All kinds of cortados and how to use their flow.
Workshop 3: (All levels) Milonga
From Lisa to traspie, play with rhythms and “must” traspie sequences.
Workshop 4: (Level: Intermediate) Musicality & syncopations
Using rhythm musicality and syncopations in all conditions.
Likes Golden Age
Gabriel likes Golden Age tango, with a special affection for the big 4. He wants every tanda he plays to have 4 great songs, and he tries to keep a certain harmony or idea in each tanda. He has been DJing in festivals and marathons in Norway, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.
Weaves the perfect blend
Drawing from a rich selection of Golden Age tangos, Eşref skillfully weaves together the perfect blend of classic and contemporary tango orchestras, ensuring that every moment on the dancefloor is an unforgettable experience. From the iconic sounds of the 1930s to the vibrant compositions of today, Eşref's passion for tango music is evident in every beat.
His dedication to preserving the essence of tango and his unwavering commitment to creating an atmosphere that transports dancers to another world is what sets Eşref apart. With an assertive and uncompromising style, he refuses to settle for anything less than perfection, delivering only the finest tandas that ignite the spirit of tango in all who have the privilege of dancing to his music.
With passion for tango music
Omar’s love and passion for Tango music shows in his choice of songs for each tanda. His style is rooted in the traditional Golden Age of tango, but he is open to playing almost anything that fits the mood. As a DJ he always tries to play beautiful and danceable music that is well balanced in rhythm and melody and very much in tune with the current atmosphere. He has DJ-ed in the U.S., Lebanon, Greece, Norway, Denmark, and several places in Sweden.
Enjoys most tango music
Semi-private 1: (Level: Intermediate/advanced) Enrosques
Enrosque for both: Preparation and action.
Semi-private 2: (Level: Advanced) Back sacadas
Complex back sacada-combinations for both.
Other semi-private and/or private content of lessons depends on the person or persons making the booking.
Price for private: € 60 or €100 with both teachers. All workshops, semi-private lessons and private lessons are booked through the registration system.
The festival package includes all milongas (Friday - Sunday), meals and coffee.
Milongas can be booked at the time of registration but can also be purchased at the entrance if space is allowed. NB! Maximum 80 people.
Thursday 19.30 - 21.30 - Milonga
Friday 21.00 - 01.00 - Welcomemilonga.
Saturday 13.00 - 17.00 - Day Milonga
Saturday 21.00 - 02.00 - Party Milonga
Sunday 13.00 - 17.00 - Day Milonga