"To dance tango, we must know who we are and feel proud. When we dance, one of the most important things we can do is offer something of ourselves to our partner - and at the same time, receive what our partner offers us. To truly move together in this way is one of the most profound and compelling encounters I have experienced." --Brooke Burdett
Brooke Burdett is known for her leap across continents in March, 1997 that took her from the Denver area on a ''tango calling'' to Buenos Aires where she currently resides. Recognized for her elegance on the dance floor and celebrated for her clarity and generosity in the classroom, Brooke teaches and performs tango in Buenos Aires, the U.S. and Canada and has made instructional videos with Daniel Trenner and Mariano Frumboli (better known as "Chicho").
From the perspective of a North American now regarded by Argentine locals as ''casi portena'' (practically like a native of Buenos Aires), Brooke translates the world of tango into a language that is accessible to all. An expert follower AND leader dedicated to improvisation and expression, Brooke has an innovative teaching style that allows students to be creative from the start and encourages exploration and play at all levels. Inspired by the question of what it means to dance tango authentically, Brooke’s approach is informed by her investigation into the present tango culture of Buenos Aires - the spoken and unspoken codes, roles and relationships between and among men and women, and the attitudes surrounding the traditional and more avant-garde forms of the dance. Also supporting her tango background is her wide experience in a variety of movement forms, including jazz, yoga, contact improvisation and African dances.
Based on her extensive study, Brooke has developed a style of her own that bridges the gap between younger and older generations. In class, she concentrates on musicality and body dynamics essential for both closed and more open embrace dancing. Through exercises and sequences, she introduces methods of improvisation and "play" that allow students to explore the limitless possibilities of this intense and alluring dance.
Some of her most influential teachers have been Gustavo Naveira & Olga Besio, Fabian Salas, Chicho, Graciela Gonzalez, Florencia Taccetti, Mingo &Esther Pugliese, Daniel Trenner, and Juan Bruno. She also attributes her knowledge to the immeasurable amount of time spent dancing in the salons of Buenos Aires and the information directly transmitted to her from her partners on the dance floor.
Read her article (Aug 2002) regarding the Crisis and Tango in Buenos Aires here.
Reach Brooke at email@example.com
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