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Tango Workshop in Ojai:  March 2015


On Monday, March 16 — Returning to Ojai ...


"Flirty Vals"

— 90-Minute Workshop + 30-Minute Supervised Práctica —

... followed by open dancing in Ojai's renowned "Tango Incident"

Monday - March 16, 2015     —    7:00 - 10:00 pm

All in the Gallery in the Ojai Art Center — $20 / Dancer

In her now legendary workshop "FLIRTY VALS," the masterful Brigitta Winkler will help us take direct aim at one of Tango's most delightful and enigmatic dances — the magic we create with the swirling 3/4 time of vals music.

Like our fellow humans and other bipeds, most tango dancers have a matching pair of two legs + feet, an anatomical feature that not only helps us walk, run, skip and jump, it also makes for a most elegant and brilliant "fit" with both the common 4/4 rhythm of tango music, and the steady 2/4 heartbeat pulse of milonga.

Ah, but when Time begins to divide itself into threes, we two-legged creatures are faced with a whole new set of options, ideas, and challenges — including several potential pitfalls — and — some of Tango's most sublime + scintillating possibilities.

... How best to find our way deep into the rotating heart of Whirlwind Vals and soar "over the rainbow" into the Magic Land beyond?

Find out for yourself by joining us in Ojai on March 16 for another illuminating evening with the astounding Brigitta Winkler of Berlin as she helps us "click our heels" three times in one of her most playful + revealing workshops, "FLIRTY VALS" ...

With nearly 35 years worth of background + experience in Tango, the iconic dancer, teacher + innovator Brigitta Winkler is celebrated world-wide for her vast knowledge + unparalleled insight into the form.

Last year, Brigitta's 2014 workshop in Ojai filled the room with dancers as we delved deep into the mysteries of expressive following + effortless leading ... and this year promises us even more of the same Rare Magic.

Be sure not to miss it ...


And after the "FLIRTY VALS" workshop and our Supervised Práctica with Brigitta ...

Please plan to stay on as we dim the lights + enjoy another hour of open dancing in Ojai's renowned "Tango Incident" — all in the same artful Gallery space ...

As always, in Ojai there's no need to pre-register or pay in advance — just come as you are ... bring a friend ... and be prepared to enjoy an unparalleled evening of Tango with the iconic Brigitta Winkler.

"Flirty Vals" Workshop in Ojai with Brigitta Winkler, March 2015

Overview:  "FLIRTY VALS" — Workshop with Brigitta Winkler



Monday — March 16th, 2015



Ojai Art Center - in the Gallery - 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai



7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - an Extended 90-minute Session

Supervised Práctica: 


8:30 - 9:00 p.m. — included, following the Workshop  ...

"Tango Incident":


9:00 - 10:00 p.m. — social dancing, all free tonight ...



$20 / Dancer for this Special Workshop + Práctica


        2-for-1 / Students with I.D.

All Levels Workshop

— Newer + More Experienced Dancers Both Welcome —

Click here for Driving Directions - and - more about Monday Night Tango in Ojai ...

Coming to Ojai for an overnight ...?  Click here for info on local accommodations.


After the Workshop + Práctica, please join us for Open Dancing at ...

The Renowned Monday Night "Tango Incident" in Ojai *

9:00 - 10:00 p.m.  ... All in the same room — The Gallery in the Ojai Art Center

* Typically by Donation — but Tonight's "Incident" All Free in honor of Brigitta

More About Brigitta Winkler

Brigitta with Tomás Howlin

Celebrated as a major figure of the modern Tango Renaissance, Brigitta Winkler relishes both tradition and innovation, and brings more than 30 years' experience to the dance floor.

She spent some years in Paris studying with Virulazo, a star of Tango Argentino. At that time she met Coco Orlando Diaz, and they began performing together at Les Trottoirs de Buenos Aires in Paris. In 1986, they toured to Montreal and Toronto.

Brigitta traveled often to Buenos Aires to study with such noted dancers as Juan Carlos Copes, Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Gustavo Naveira, and Eduardo Arquimbau. In 1987 she opened Tanzart with Angelika Fischer, where she hosted Arquimbau's visits to Berlin.

In 1994 Brigitta choreographed and danced in the Tango Marathon in the Theaterhaus Stuttgart and Tango Vision in the Podewil Berlin. In 1996, she was a co-founder of the influential all-women collective and performance group Tango Mujer.

These days, Brigitta travels widely and teaches regularly at major Tango Festivals throughout the United States, Germany, Italy and Russia, and in 2005 she opened her own Tangocenter called Phynix Tanzt in Berlin. She is spending January and February teaching and dancing in Honolulu and Maui, and, following her visit to Ojai, she will travel to the Bay Area, Albuquerque and Boston before returning to Europe in May.

Clockwise from top left:  Brigitta Winkler with ... Angelika Fischer, Korey Ireland, J. Abling, Homer Ladas, and Tango Mujer.

“Brigitta always brings something new to her classes. Familiar topics are looked at with a different lens. It always amazes me on how after being in her classes I can work for months on precisely those things, feeling them fresh again !”

   — Fabienne Bongard — of Tango Mujer, formerly with Dance Manhattan, now dancing in
         Los Angeles where she co-hosts the monthly Libertad + teaches at Oxygen Tango.

"Brigitta Winkler has deep tango wisdom and irresistible sparkle. Unique in the tango universe, Brigitta is an inspiring and playful teacher and a veritable treasure trove of tango fabulousness accumulated over her 30+ years of devotion to the dance form."

   — Sharna Fabiano — of Tango Mujer, formerly with Tango Mercurio in Washington, DC,
         now in Los Angeles where she recently earned her MFA in Dance from UCLA. Sharna
         and her partner Isaac Oboka both teach at Oxygen Tango.

Links to More About Brigitta ...

Brigitta's Website

    — background, bio, links, video ...

Tango Mujer

    — the influential all-women collective,
        co-founded by Brigitta

Phynix Tanzt

    — Brigitta's Tangocenter in Berlin

Tango Donna

    — women's tango retreat with Brigitta
        in Tuscany, October 2015

Brigitta on Facebook

         Brigitta leading ... following ...

Video of Brigitta Winkler's Dancing:

Map + Driving Directions

For the "Flirty Vals" Workshop with Brigitta Winkler in Ojai:

Map to Ojai Art Center — 113 South Montgomery, Ojai — from Google Maps ...

  • From US 101 in Ventura, take CA 33 north toward Ojai.
  • Keep going straight as CA 150 joins CA 33, then swings east to take you into Ojai. Stay on CA 150.
  • The "center of town" is the stop light at Signal Street — you'll see the Post Office on the SE corner, with its iconic bell tower.
  • For the Art Center:  Continue east approximately 0.1 miles, past Libbey Park, and turn right/south onto South Montgomery — the Art Center is half a block down, on your right ...
  • Come in the front door and follow the music — we will be in the Gallery at the end of the hall ... 1,400 square feet, with a recently refinished maple floor from the 1930s

Exterior — Ojai Art Center — 113 South Montgomery, Ojai

Interior — Dance Space in the Gallery at the Ojai Art Center

Past Quantum Tango Workshops & Events with Visiting Dancers

•    Momo Smitt — "Clean, Clear, Crisp, Rhythmic" + "Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go" — May 2014

•    Daniel Trenner — Tango Lab:  "Principles of Letting + Flowing" — March 2014

•    Brigitta Winkler — "INTER:  Act / Sect / Weave / Relate" — February 2014

•    Leonel Chen + Florencia Han — "Milonga:  Fast + Small" — November 2013

•    Daniel Trenner — Tango Lab: "Iconic Roles - Tango's Lead & Follow Dynamic" — March 2013

•    Felipe Martinez — "Cross-System Gems" — September 2012

•    Sharna Fabiano — "Close Embrace of the Third Kind" — September 2011

•    Folias Tango Quartet & Avik Basu — "Tango Music:  Its Secrets Revealed" — August 2010

•    Daniel Trenner — "Milonga:  Traditional Perspectives & Tráspie" — May 2009

•    Sabine Zubarik — "Milonga for Beginners" — April 2009

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Mulitple Workshops — October 2007   (pdf)

•    Andrés Amarilla : Extended Residency — January / February / March 2007   (pdf)

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Tango Lab: "Alternative Embrace" — May 2006

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Multiple Workshops — May / June 2006   (pdf)

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Tango Lab Intensive: "Nuevo" — February 2006


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