15+ years experience
Klaus has successfully taught numerous Tango dancers at all levels (and ages 12-90 years) in over 20 countries during the past 20 years. Many are now teachers too! Our unique and systematic approach, MAGIC (more about this below), is based on the original Tango Nuevo System (developed by Gustavo Naveira, Fabian Salas, Pablo Veron and later Chicho). It enables our students to acquire a large repertoire of dance moves faster than conventional teaching methods. Our primary goal is, however, to enable our students to lead and follow. Ideally they do this without pushing or pulling, by applying a small set of basic psychological and physical principles, which we refer to as Jedi-force – or simply magic 🙂
After mastering the basic principles, you may naturally discover that you are not limited to dance only to the three traditional tango music styles (tango, vals, milonga), but to any music that makes you want to move.
If you are a beginner, we will typically teach open-embrace dancing first. This means that you are not leaning into each other. This approach enables you to move more easily, naturally, with minimal risk to disturb your partner’s balance. Once you are comfortable with open-embrace dancing, and you are able to execute the simple elements of Tango Nuevo (walking, ochos, giros, a simple gancho, a simple boleo), we will help you master the more challenging traditional tango. Generall leadable (with good followers) are at least 16 types of boleos, 8 types of saccadas, and 12 ganchos. Of course, we are equally happy to help you tackle colgadas (“hangers”), volcadas (“leans”), soltadas (solo/pseudo disconnected moves!), turns, lifts, and leg-wrap combinations too!
The power of MAGIC
Klaus’ popular teaching system, MAGIC*, is a very effective, structured, and intuitive way to acquire tango skills fast. MAGIC will not only enable you to dance comfortably with people from other schools in your country – but anywhere in the world. In addition, you could dance to a wide range of music. For 20 years, Klaus has studied how locals dance tango socially in over 20 countries. He uncovered principles that make it easy to adjust both posture, embrace, and body dynamics to almost all local preferences. Thanks to MAGIC, you will have a great time dancing wherever you are, regardless of local standards, habits, traditions, and music. The only requirement is that people dance improvised tango and not show-tango**.
We developed MAGIC with the objective to produce rapid progress. This was only possible thanks to a traveling lifestyle, and Klaus’ formal background in physics, instructional design, and neuro-plastic principles, which were originally discovered by Moshe Feldenkrais (also a physicist!). MAGIC enables even slow learners, including self-proclaimed (but brave) non-dancers, to experience the fun, passion, and unique social benefits of truly improvised dancing.
*MAGIC is short for Maximum-Ability Generating Instructional Content
** Some schools, often unintentionally, teach at least some show/non-improvised tango, which include specific sequences of steps. Students and some teachers are not always aware of the fundamental difference in the learned technique. If you find you cannot comfortable dance with other/unknown dancers at different venues you may have learned Tango-Fantasia or something similar 🙂