When I asked Veronica Toumanova what would be one phrase that she would like to write on a billboard she said to me:

“Find your passion. Find your love!”

And then added a phrase of the great Eric Franklin:
“In dance the most important technique is the love of dance”

Listen to our whole chat here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxR0EBJViPs&t=4s

What I loved about my chat with Veronica Toumanova

You know between Toronto and Paris there is a time difference of 6 hours–they are ahead…! We got this chat set up for Sunday morning 8:30am… What you might not know is that I am not a morning person and that it was Greek Easter on Saturday so I got to bed rather early… in the morning…hahaha

If you are now thinking:
Boohoohoo! Poor Chrisa she didn’t get her beauty sleep..!

You are ABSOLUTELY right!
Because this lady gave me so much energy, so much inspiration, so much power and will and love that I am now empowered for months!

That is what I loved about our chat: her passion and her sharing personality, which I am sure all of you who have taken classes with her have already experienced.

So even though this is a bit longer than all the other Tango chats, I want to encourage you to listen to it, it will make time stop!

If you are looking for inspiration, for answers on why you are suffering in the milongas and classes, for how we learn and why you feel like you are progressing too slow and most importantly how you can keep going when the frustrating moments come..? Then I believe you won’t be disappointed.

So, click on the video above and enjoy!

Chat notes:

–How you can reach Veronica Toumanova: www.verotango.com
or through Facebook: Veronica Toumanova
or through Tango Mon Amour: http://www.tangomonamour.com

–Read her book “Why Tango”: https://www.amazon.com/Why-Tango-learning-dancing-argentino/dp/1517189470

–El Corte milonga/ classes/ workshops: http://www.elcorte.com

–Eric Franklin: https://franklinmethod.com

This month we feature a lovely example of implied movement photography by the well-known Tango Photographer, Serdar Kaplan from Ankara, Turkey.

The photo was taken at the Sultan’s Tango Festival in Istanbul, Turkey in 2018 and captures the dancer, Ilgın Tetikcan, performing with her partner, Murat Elmadağlı.

Serdar used a Sony A7s with a short telephoto lens to capture the shot.

Serdar? Why this image?

“I like the conflict between the momentum of her blue skirt and the movement of her legs in perfect, gentle form.”

We get together with Jason Jiang, for some Tango chatting!
You know some times a friend can be the best mentor, and this is coming from me a dancer… Do you know what that means?
HA
That most of the times I hate my partners…and then I realize how much, each of them has taught me..! haha

For example:
Tango is too beautiful, not to dance good! Jason Jiang

Jason Jiang is a good friend and active member from our community here in Toronto.
He is also though the organizer of the Shanghai Sientome festival which features many big names of the Tango world with Sebastian Arce and Mariana Montes leading the way.

He has been a DJ for big festivals the most recent on being the  Tango Maya Fest happening every November in the spicy Cancun. Jason has been dancing Tango for many years and has a strong background in Ballroom dancing as well.

So in this interview, we attempted to reveal juicy Tango details that can help different dancers of different levels and with different goals.

This is what you will get from our chat:

What it is like to dj for big festivals–such as Tango Maya Fest in Cancun: https://www.tangomayafest.com/
How he managed some special circumstances

What happens when Sebastian Arce shows up to teach a class

Tips he got from his private class with Sebastian Arce and Maximiliano Cristiani
How he uses these tips to practice
What exactly he practices on and how

How his vast experience in ballroom affected his Tango

The Shanghai Tango Festival– Sientome Tango: https://sientometango. com/
How he organized it, who, where, when and why
How they manage role balance in the classes
and much much more

If you are looking for tools, tips, drills and inspiration, I think you won’t be disappointed!

Chrisa

P.S:
Associated links mentioned during our chat:

Jason Jiang FB: https://www.facebook.com/jasonwjiang

Tango Maestros:
Luciano Brigante and Alejandra Orozco

Sebastian Arce and Mariana Montes

Maximiliano Cristiani and Karina Colmeiro

Fabian Peralta and Josefina Bermudez

Geraldine Rojas and Javier Rodrigues

TangoMeet

Tango Blogs:
https://tangovoice.wordpress.com/

http://www.tejastango.com/

http://www.todotango.com/

https://www.tangoandchaos.org/

We are delighted to present the overall ‘Spirit of Tango’ Award 2017 to the Tango Photographer, Marcos Angeloni, for the image ‘Essence’.

Marcos said: “I am really happy for having won this Award! Thank you!”

The Judges said: “The image has an unusual quality of stillness, a very nice use of the blackout or black backdrop technique, as the dancers emerge from the inky canvas into the light like creatures from another world. The photographer has captured a moment of poignant, unchecked and uncomplicated emotion here that compels the observer to feel respect for the dancers’ intimacy. Neither can we dispute the composition which, from every angle, allows the eye to glide easily from one detail to the next in circular. These three elements in combination made us return to this image again and again. A beautiful portrayal of tango.”

May we introduce you to Marcos!

Where are you coming from?

I live in Cologne, Germany but I grew up in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Favourite photographic genre?

I love to photograph Portraits, in unusual situations and remote locations. I also love to do Documentary Photography while I am traveling.

How would you describe your style?

My style is based on giving each picture a concept, a feeling, that appears at the moment I’m taking the photo.

What do you do when you are not taking pictures?

I dream of realising my travels. Traveling is the thing that takes the rest of my time. It is something I would like to do for the rest of my life.

Why did you start shooting tango?

It was kind of incidental. I just wanted to start dancing Tango again. Then I found a group of young people (“En Tus Brazos, Köln”) giving free classes in a very charming atmosphere here in Cologne. I ended up taking pictures of every meeting.

What’s so great about being a photographer?

For me the most important thing is to bring a message with my pictures.

What was your first camera?

A Film Samsung (1993). My father bought it for the family and the camera was always kept safe in a closet. For me, it was always incredible to open the closet and take this little black camera out.

What camera do you use now?

A Canon 5d Mark iii

What catches your eye and compels you to take the shot?

Details and the meaning of the movement in front of my camera.

What is something you are still learning?

To embrace my life as it comes.

What advice do you have for photographers just starting out?

I can only say to try to combine the power of your eyes with your feelings. The camera doesn’t matter. YOU have the power!

What is the greatest challenge for a tango photographer?

I think it is the fight with the ambient light. I am not the kind of photographer who uses flash. I try to be invisible when I am taking pictures. The goal is to not disturb the people dancing and let the magic happen with gestures and movements.. and then clack!

Who inspires you?

Lots of photographers inspire me, but I would have to say Sebastiao Salgado, a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist recognised worldwide for his work during the war. He started as a documentary photographer in the war and eventually became involved in environmental  photography.

Congratulations once again Marcos! It is a beautiful image and worthy winner.

Popping with colour that would brighten any grey February day, this month our feature image is shot by the right honourable Okke VanOudgaarden himself.

Taken on Okke’s trusty old Canon 6D at the first and only Tango Heaven Marathon a few years ago in Dresden, Germany.

Why do we love it? Because it pops!

Norbert Kotzan (Heidelberg)

Norbert Kotzan is one half of the DJ Duo of DJ. Sylvia Viñez & Norbert Kotzan as well as an active bandoneon player in the Tango duo ‘Algo Nuevo’with the cellist Johannes Alisch.

 

Norbert Kotzan refined his love for tango by playing in various orchestras in Buenos Aires studying from the great virtuosos of the bandoneon. He is also a tango DJ and organizer of special milongas and marathons including Bendito Tango Marathon.

 

Sylvia Viñez (España)

Sylvia is the other half of the DJ duo, In addition to running regular classes, Sylvia organize and DJ at two monthly events “Favorite Milonga” and “Milonga Papusa”, and co host the “Bendito Tango Marathon” and Bendito Tango Cita.

This month we feature a very special photo and perhaps one of our, all-time favourite photos of ‘tango culture’. A collage of personalities, emotions, expression and positive energy, it is a pleasure to look at each beautiful face in turn. And I am reminded of the joy tango brings.

The performers, Sebastian Achaval and Roxana Suarez, entertain the audience during the Lodz Tango Salon Festival 2015.

The shot was taken by the tango photographer, Elzbieta Petryka, using a Panasonic Lumix DX7 camera.

We asked Elzbieta why she loves this image:

“Artists say that the audience is a co-creator of the overal performance. I sometimes wonder about this statement. Would the performance be different if the audience reacted differently or did not react at all? This photo shows the direct interaction between dancers and audience. Here the audience is no longer just a background.”

Why are the audience laughing?

“I do not know why they laugh. For a moment I thought I should find the recording and check but then I realized that I do not want to know. Let this be a mystery.”

Tango chatting with Jason Jiang
Jason Jiang is a good friend and active member from our community here in Toronto.
He is also though the organizer of the Shanghai Sientome festival which features many big names of the Tango world with Sebastian Arce and Mariana Montes leading the way.

He has been a DJ for big festivals the most recent on being the  Tango Maya Fest happening every November in the spicy Cancun. Jason has been dancing Tango for many years and has a strong background in Ballroom dancing as well.

So in this interview, we attempted to reveal juicy Tango details that can help different dancers of different levels and with different goals.
This is what you will get from our chat:

What it is like to dj for big festivals–such as Tango Maya Fest in Cancun: https://www.tangomayafest.com/
How he managed some special circumstances
What happens when Sebastian Arce shows up to teach a class
Tips he got from his private class with Sebastian Arce and Maximiliano Cristiani
How he uses these tips to practice
What exactly he practices on and how
How his vast experience in ballroom affected his Tango
The Shanghai Tango Festival– Sientome Tango: https://sientometango.com/
How he organized it, who, where, when and why
How they manage role balance in the classes
and much much more

If you are looking for tools, tips, drills and inspiration, I think you won’t be disappointed!

Chrisa

P.S: Associated links mentioned during our chat:

Jason Jiang FB: https://www.facebook.com/jasonwjiang

Tango Maestros:

Luciano Brigante and Alejandra Orozco

Sebastian Arce and Mariana Montes  

Maximiliano Cristiani and Karina Colmeiro

Fabian Peralta and Josefina Bermudez

Geraldine Rojas and Javier Rodrigues

TangoMeet

Tango Blogs:

https://tangovoice.wordpress.com/

http://www.tejastango.com/

http://www.todotango.com/

https://www.tangoandchaos.org/

This month we feature the dreamy romantic image taken by Tango Photographer Jacques Thivierge, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The photo was taken at the grand opening of the new location for Studio Tango Montreal on Sunday 20th of September 2015. Jacques used a Canon T5i, Nifty Fifty Lens, Canon 50mm f/1.8 to capture the shot.

In Jacques own words, “I love this picture because of the sensuality and introspection it portray’s, an in-depth mood of powerful connection from which emanates an aura of mysticism, beauty and harmony.”

Its beautiful. Thank you Jacques!

This month we feature a great photograph by Tango Photographer and DJ, Anthony Cronin from Dublin, Ireland.

The photo was taken at Marathon De Chocolat, Brussels in 2013 and shot with a 1997 compact film camera Olympus µ[mju:]-II using fujifilm 200.

We love the movement here! The tanguera’s burst of emotion while the wind sends her hair across her face. If you dance tango you will know that glorious feeling of any burst of fresh air rushing over you as you dance… Overall the image has a real ‘journalism’ ‘editorial’ feel to it. A snap in time. Telling the tango story. Just as it is.