Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Tango Recreo - a tango weekend in the mountains with tango teachers from USA

TANGO RECREO is a three day immersion into the emotions of the argentine tango amidst the nature and the clean air of Rila Mountain. The aim is to relax from the stress and the tension of the big city and to enjoy the tranquility and the energy of the mountain, to indulge in the beauty of the dance and the music. Three days in which the nature will merge with our inner energy, released through tango, helping us to improve our movements and communication during the dance, to be more creative and natural and to sense better the music and our partner. Three days in which we will learn new things, develop what we already know, experiment with the music and the dance and have fun.


All workshops during the event will be led by our special guests - Sharna Fabiano and Isaac Oboka, who live and teach tango in Washington DC.

Isaac and Sharna are a dynamic and thoroughly modern partnership, pursuing the artistry of the tango with subtlety, playfulness, and precision. Among the most versatile of tango couples, they move elegantly between the intimate moments of traditional tango styles and the complex and athletic vocabulary of the emerging generation.

Equally passionate about teaching, their classes strike a balance between clear and insightful explanations of tango mechanics, and the sensual skills of connecting with a partner. Most of all they want students to have fun with the learning process, and to discover the magic of tango improvisation at any level. More information bout the couple can be found on their website: www.isaacsharna.com.

Sharna is among the most accomplished tango performers and teachers in the United States. She is recognized around the world for her mastery of both leading and following roles, and for her elegant and powerful quality of movement. She is also credited with pioneering the use of non-Argentine "neotango" music for social tango dancing. Sharna has a background of classical and contemporary dance, and has been dancing tango since 1997.

Sharna performs with the internationally acclaimed TangoMujer Dance Company, a group of all-women tango dancers based in NYC. Her own choreographic work combines tango movement with modern dance to explore the meaning of partnership: its allure, conflict and, ultimately, its potential for transformation in our lives. In 2006 she established Sharna Fabiano Tango Company and premiered her first evening-length production, "Tangos From Here" to sold-out audiences in Washington, DC. Her written articles on the depth and mystique of the tango have been widely read online and translated into several languages. For more information about Sharna's current projects, visit www.sharnafabiano.com.

Sharna's partner, Isaac Oboka, is an extraordinarily gifted young dancer from Denver, Colorado. With the smooth, effortless quality attributed to the most sophisticated social dancers, his tango is full of surprises, originality, and humor! For the past several years, Isaac's passionate quest for the heart of the tango has taken him to hundreds of dance floors across the US, and to Buenos Aires for an intensive study of three months. Since his return in early 2006, he has taught in over a dozen cities in the US and Canada, and also in Berlin, Germany. Isaac is greatly inspired by the innovative dancing of the famous argentine artists Chicho Frumboli/Eugenia Parrilla and Sebastian Arce/Mariana Montes.

During TANGO RECREO 2007 Sharna and Isaac will teach a total of 10 tango workshops on different topics and for different levels and will make a demonstration during one of the milongas. Sharna will also be DJing at a special NeoTango Milonga (milonga with alternative non-tango music) during the last night of the event.


All events will take place at Hotel Zodiac (***) in Borovetz. The hotel is part of the oldest and most famous mountain resort in Bulgaria situated some 75 km. away from Sofia. The hotel is not far away from the resort centre, giving access to the infrastructure and the convenience of the resort life. At the same time, Zodiac Hotel is located in an isolated area amidst a beautiful pine forest, surrounded by the beauty of the mountain. The hotel offers excellent recreation conditions, renovated rooms, cosy restaurant area with nice food and perfect dancing conditions in halls with wooden floors. Sauna, massage and gym facilities are available at a small extra cost.


14:00 - 16:00 - Check-in and registration
16:00 - 17:30 - Workshop 1.1 TANGO BASICS AND MUSICALITY level: beginners
17:30 - 18:00 - Break / free practica
18:00 - 19:30 - Workshop 1.2 CLOSE EMBRACE TECHNIQUE level: beginners & intermediates
19:30 - 21:00 - Dinner
21:00 - 01:00 - ЕCO MILONGA (recommended colours: green and blue), teachers presentation, DJ Ivo     

09:00 - 11:00 - Breakfast
11:00 - 13:00 - Free Practica
13:00 - 14:30 - Workshop 2.1 MILONGA TRASPIE all levels
14:30 - 15:00 - Break / free practica
15:00 - 16:30 - Workshop 3.1 FOLLOWERS' TECHIQUE 1 / Workshop 4.1 LEADERS' TECHIQUE 1 all levels
16:30 - 17:00 - Break / free practica
17:00 - 18:30 - Workshop 5.1 SACADAS AND OTHER TURNING ELEMENTS level: intermediates & advanced
18:30 - 20:00 - Dinner
20:00 - 22:00 - Movie screening: "Je ne suis pas la pour etre aime", French, with subtitles
22:00 - 02:00 - SHOW MILONGA, demonstration by Sharna and Isaac, DJ Ivo 

09:00 - 11:00 - Breakfast
11:00 - 13:00 - Free practica
13:00 - 14:30 - Workshop 2.2 VALS TURNS AND MUSICALITY  all levels
14:30 - 15:00 - Break / free practica
15:00 - 16:30 - Workshop 3.2 FOLLOWERS' TECHIQUE 2 / Workshop 4.2 LEADERS' TECHIQUE 2 all levels
16:30 - 17:00 - Break / free practica
17:00 - 18:30 - Workshop 5.2 TANGO NUEVO & CLOSE EMBRACE level: intermediate & advanced
18:30 - 20:00 - Dinner
20:00 - 22:00 - Movie screening: "Assassination Tango", USA, with subtitles
22:00 - 02:00 - NEOTANGO MILONGA (milonga with alternative non-tango music), DJ Sharna

09:00 - 11:00 - Breakfast
11:00 - 12:00 - Check-out and departure

*The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the schedule.