The tanzhaus nrw tango team consists of Jost Budde, Stefanie Pla Pérez, Andrea Stegmaier and Mareike Focken. They teach in different constellations and have been critical in establishing the tango department at the house. Jost Budde has been teaching Argentine tango since the 1980s. He graduated in dance from the German Sport University Cologne, learning from genre masters like Antonio Todaro, going on to produce numerous dance and theatre pieces. He commands years of teaching experience in sports, dance, performance, and improvisation. Jost organised various tango festivals, regularly hosts the Noche de Tango at tanzhaus nrw, in addition to large outdoor events like Tango at Kö-Bogen, where he is also involved.
Stefanie Pla Pérez has been teaching Argentine tango and has also been active as a dancer, teacher and DJane, appearing internationally. Based on traditional Argentine tango in music as well as dance style, she curiously follows current tendencies, connecting traditions with new developments, constantly on the lookout for natural expression and joy in movement. Andrea Stegmaier grew up in Chile and concluded her education in stage dance and dance education in Chile as well as in Germany. As a tango teacher, she emphasises the participants’ individuality and their own set of expressions, carving out each participant’s own, individual potential. Mareike Focken came into contact with tango by coincidence while on an educational journey undertaken as a linguist, going on to learn tango, primarily from Jost Budde, and connecting her expertise on linguistic communication with communication in dance. She has been a part of the tanzhaus nrw tango team since 2007, putting her focus in teaching on joy and freedom in bonding. As a dancer, she participated in productions at tanzhaus nrw and at Tonhalle Düsseldorf as well as elsewhere.