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Argentine Tango

Since the end of the 19th century, tango dance in its various incarnations spread throughout the world from its Buenos Aires origins. At tanzhaus nrw, we dance Argentine tango, a less regulated form of tango, as it is practiced at tango balls, so-called Milongas, in Buenos Aires. The communication between leader and follower remains at the centre of this multifaceted and constantly evolving dance and music culture. Jost Budde, together with Stefanie Clausen, Andrea Stegmaier and Mareike Focken, shaped this sector of tanzhaus nrw into what it is today. They developed a teaching method that enables dancing starting right away from the first class onward. Their style combines traditional with modern elements, like neo-tango or tango nuevo. The monthly Noche de Tango at tanzhaus nrw as well as other events also invite you to become a part of the tango community.

Instructors

Porträt des Tango-Teams

Andrea Stegmaier & Jost Budde

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.

Portrait of the Tango-Team

Andrea Stegmaier & Stefanie Pla Pérez

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.

Portrait of the Tango-Team

Mareike Focken & Jost Budde

Argentine tango has been a constant source of fascination for more and more people around the world for many years. The tanzhaus nrw tango team, consisting of Jost Budde, Stefanie Pla Pérez, Andrea Stegmaier and Mareike Focken, has developed a distinctive teaching method that enables participants to dance freely from the first class on. Their style is informed by many long nights in Buenos Aires’ Milongas, while they join traditional elements with modern influence, the so-called neo tango or tango nuevo tendencies in the younger generation of dancers. Their well-founded classes bring the “connection with the partner” to the fore, or, as Jost puts it, “couple dancing in embrace”. In the introductory course basic steps are taught and the fun of movement is in the foreground.

Porträt von Stefanie Pla Pérez

Stefanie Pla Pérez

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.
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.

Portrait of the Tango-Team

Stefanie Pla Pérez & Jost Budde

Argentine tango has been a constant source of fascination for more and more people around the world for many years. The tanzhaus nrw tango team, consisting of Jost Budde, Stefanie Pla Pérez, Andrea Stegmaier and Mareike Focken, has developed a distinctive teaching method that enables participants to dance freely from the first class on. Their style is informed by many long nights in Buenos Aires’ Milongas, while they join traditional elements with modern influence, the so-called neo tango or tango nuevo tendencies in the younger generation of dancers. Their well-founded classes bring the “connection with the partner” to the fore, or, as Jost puts it, “couple dancing in embrace”. In the introductory course basic steps are taught and the fun of movement is in the foreground.

Porträt des Tango-Teams

Tango Team

Das Tanzhaus-Tango-Team besteht aus Jost Budde, Stefanie Pla Pérez, Andrea Stegmaier und Mareike Focken. Sie unterrichten in unterschiedlichen Konstellationen und bauten den Tango-Bereich am Haus maßgeblich auf.
Stefanie Pla Pérez unterrichtet seit vielen Jahren argentinischen Tango und ist daneben international auf verschiedensten Veranstaltungen als Tänzerin, Dozentin und DJane tätig. Ausgehend vom traditionellen Tango Argentino in Musik und Tanzstil, verfolgt sie neugierig die aktuellen Tendenzen und verbindet Altes mit Neuem, immer auf der Suche nach Natürlichkeit und Bewegungsfreude. In jeder Woche wird Stefanie gemeinsam mit einem anderen Mitglied des Tanzhaus-Tango-Teams unterrichten.