TangoTalks…a dialogue without words…
Argentine Tango is an improvised dance, a subtle game between leader and follower in relation to the music.
Born in the late 19th century in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Tango has taken the world by storm and is even now more popular than ever. Not only is Tango an exciting dance to watch, but also an adventure to practice yourself: to communicate with each other without words…
In 2002 René & Gabriëlle founded tangoschool TangoTalks in Amsterdam, based on traditional Argentine Tango. In our classes we dance in close embrace on classical music and with a lot of attention to the technic of the tango motives. Besides that we will work on the posture and translate the steps into the rhythm of the music. We also present a special course Tango Nuevo, for advanced dancers who would like to play more with the tango material.
In our view, dance is an translation and interpretation of the music: besides classical tango music we are interested in neotango and other danceable kinds of music. Our approach to tango intends to contribute to the development of an contemporary tango culture in the Netherlands.
René has been involved in Argentine Tango since its rediscovery in 1986 at the oldest tango dance school in the Netherlands, Tangoschool Amsterdam. He took classes with the legendary maestros Antonio Todaro and Pepito Avellaneda during a visit to Buenos Aires in 1989.
René and Gabriëlle, his dance partner since 1993, have been teaching at Tangoschool Amsterdam and cultural student society CREA in Amsterdam.
In 2002 René & Gabriëlle founded their own tangoschool TangoTalks and nowadays they have their own studio in art center Meneer de Wit in Amsterdam. Besides his tango activities René works in this art center as artistic leader.
Every Summer René & Gabriëlle hold a tango course at a charming manoir L’Huys Préau in the French Burgundy.
Gabriëlle started her dancing career in 1980 as a ballroom dancer, through which she discovered the energy and inspiration of dancing in a pair. In 1993 René Oey linked her to Argentine Tango and they formed a dance couple.
Since 2000 they have been teaching and regularly organise tango concerts and performances. And they are interested in cross overs with other disciplines and music styles. Besides their own school in Amsterdam, they teach tango classes at High Schools in The Netherlands.
Gabriëlle & René love to dance on live music; they performed amongst others together with Trio Escapada, Trio Tangata, Santiago Cimadevilla and Kay Sleking. Since 2010 they tour with tango-jazz band Tango Extremo in Holland and abroad. Together with Tango Extremo they went several times on tour in China.