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Dance Workshops : 

Astrid Maria Cerpentier (Belgium) and Bennie Bartels (NL)

To go from close to open style, and from there to Neo Tango, with the intimacy and connection of the first. At the end of the day it is not about doing it ‘right’, but to express what I wanted to express with myself and my partner in connection to the music.

We create elasticity and larger movement(s) in the dance from the basis of a longing embrace and intimate connection. Something that creates a better understanding of the traditional style as well and works with the whole range of expression, dynamics and color tango has to offer: musicality and rhythm, use of space, freedom within your body, balance and elasticity, circular movement, connection, flow, ease.

Starting from figures dealing with pivot, line, projection, giros, wraps, sacadas, we will go back and forward to experiment with its elements, use of dynamics, use of each other and the floor, dealing with axes and musicality, to then bring it back to these figures as an expression. To then connect it as well to emotion and interaction, so it speaks a language. Looking to bring you to that magical place of being ‘in the moment’ into the physical experience, your body, and out of your head.


Bennie and Astrid teach in a unique, original and not comparable way (as dancers tell us) and make use of the dynamics that are inherently in us.

Dance brought back to its elements and manageable bits to be understood on a deeper level, where we combine and awaken this what moves us from within with the form that it creates externally.  

To then bring the elements again back to a whole, where music, emotion, direction, figures and interaction become one, as a function, an action with an ease, simplicity and clarity.


We work from and towards figures through sensing what we do, experiment, play, and a bringing of clarity in what we want to express and actually achieve.

We bring your attention to what moves you, the inner motions, and give you the tools to translate them to dance and interact on a very human level that sees both as equal partners.

Program :


  • WS1 18:00 - 19:15 - On circular movement, flow, ease

  • WS2 19:30 - 20:45 - Seminar prelude - use of space & projection, the longing embrace 

WS1 and WS2 are complementary and must be booked together


  • WS3 14:00 - 15:15 -  On elasticity and what it brings to the tango table

  • WS4 15:30 - 16:45 -  Balance and gravity, a play on the axes

WS3 and WS4 are complementary and must be booked together


  • WS5 14:00 - 15:15 -  Going around again: on circularity and connection

  • WS6 15:30 - 16:45 -  Wrapping it up, a different kind of embrace

WS5 and WS6 are complementary and must be booked together


  • €105 for the whole seminar (6 workshops)

  • €40 for the 2 workshops of a given day

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