Ilias Oikonomou

Ilias Oikonomou discovered the Argentine Tango in 1995. He has studied Tango since then with such notable and well-known teachers as Gustavo Naveira, Gabriel and Natalia, Patricia Segovia, Chicho Frumboli, Julio Balmaceda and Osvaldo Zotto. Due to their influence and thanks to his musical and artistic background, Ilias developed his very personal and modern style of dancing and interpreting the Argentine Tango.

Very significant in that process was the time Ilias spent with the famous tango teacher and founder of Tangodiscovery, Mauricio Castro. The attendance of several of his intensive seminaries in Buenos Aires, Arnheim, Rotterdam, Bremen and Hamburg helped him to discover the philosophy of the Tango Nuevo for himself and to redefine his style of teaching Tango by integrating the ideas of TangoDiscovery.

In addition to teaching Tango Ilias was co-founder of the Tango-Ensemble “Tangoground” and therefore between 1999 and 2002 to be seen on many tango shows all over Europe. He was also invited to perform and participate at several Tango festivals, like the Mini-Tango Festival in Malmö, Sweden (2002), the Greece Tango Festival (2003) and the Tangodiscovery Festival in Wuppertal (2004).

Acting, Dancing and doing Pantomime have been projects Ilias constantly worked on beside his passion for the Argentine Tango. From 1995 until 2000 e.g. he was a member of the theatre company Theatricon e.V. in Hamburg and he attended several workshops which focused on Dance Theatre, Body Control and Improvisation.

Besides dancing and teaching Tango Ilias focused on the advancement of his musical skills. As a Percussionist he worked with several ensembles like “Madrucada batucada”, the “Rembetico Trio” and the “Ensemble Macam”. Since 2006 he enriches the group “Mediterra“.

Based on this experience, Ilias developed an innovative way of teaching tango which works out very well especially with the modern style of tango- and non-tango music. His main focus is to achieve perfect harmony between the dance partners and the music and the natural aesthetics of body language.
While he has been teaching with his team at the “Hochschulsport” at Hamburg University as well as various cultural centers in Hamburg since 2000, he has also organized several Argentine Tango projects at schools in Germany and Switzerland, as his teaching method is also particularly suitable for teaching children.
As a member of the “Tango Discovery Team Europe”, since 2005 he has regularly given seminars in Greece (e.g. Volos, Xanthi, Trikala), where he initiated the tango group “TangOlympo” in Katerini and “Tango Argentino Santorini” in 2009 on Santorini.
As the highlight of all this work and experience in 2009 the idea for “Tango Orange” was born. Together with his dance partner, Laura Toledo, he wants to open up the Argentine Tango in its evolution as a different form of communication to a broader public.
Since the beginning of  2011 Ilias Oikonomou is using his teaching method also therapeutically: American neuroscientists have shown that dance, especially tango supports the activation of certain brain areas – through the coordination of the body and the synchronization with both the dance partners and the music. In cooperation with Theravitalis Alsterdorf Ilias Oikonomou is teaching tango to Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis patients to give them back to a certain extent quality of life. Since 2015, Ilias and his Tango Orange Team have also appeared in various countries around the world to host workshops and perform on dance shows.Places he visited include Caracas Venezuela (2015), Odense Denmark (2016), Mexico City (2016), Sacramento, CA (2016), Vietnam (2017), California and Oregon (2017).

In April 2018 workshops in South Africa, Stellenbosch and St. Pietermarizburg.

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Laura Toledo

Laura Toledo from Buenos Aires started her career as a tango teacher and dancer at Rodolfo Dinzel’s “Universidad del Tango” in Buenos Aires.
Under the profound guidance of several famous tango dancers she became well versed with all different styles of Tango Argentino and her dancing reached a level close to perfection. Laura successfully worked many years as the main assistant to Carlos Rivarola.
Inspired and surrounded by the Tango in Buenos Aires and her love for the dance, Laura devoted herself to Tango; this devotion and her amazing dancing skills helped her to develop and refine her unique and precise style of teaching.
Her encounter with Mauricio Castro and her curiosity and genuine interest in innovative tango finally led her to Hamburg.

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Annette Martiny

Annette discovered the Argentine Tango for herself in 2005 and was directly impressed by the innovative way of teaching by Mauricio Castro, founder of Tango discovery, and his Hamburg team. In Ilias & Laura she found two teachers who pay a lot of attention to music interpretation, what for her as a musicologist is fundamental. In Tango – especially in the teaching method of Tango Orange – she is fascinated by the subtlety of communication between the dancing partners, the infinite possibilities of improvisation and the idea of a dance based on natural and efficient movement.

 Annette is Certified Rolfer™ and has been working as a tango teacher at Tango Orange since 2010. Apart from her professional background as a Rolfer she contributes her long-time experience in pilates and power yoga to her dance and her teaching.

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Lea Hillmann

Lea Hillmann dances the argentine tango since 2005. In her training she was mostly influenced by Tangoorange besides workshops and private lessons with Aris Negrosol and the Founder of the Tangodiscovery method Mauricio Castro. She also gained experience with different teachers in Buenos Aires.In addition to her job as assistence trainer at Tangoorange she worked at numerous tango projects. Among other things she worked with blind and visually impaired people and tought children and adolecents in special needs, integrated and vocational schools.As educational scientist and systemic coach Lea also investigates the tango from different perspectives: She wrote her diploma thesis on “Tango dancing as a method for learning to think ‘education’” and developed concepts for experiencing systemic thinking and dealing with the aid of tango dancing. Workshops dealing with this topic are offered at the Hamburger Institut für Systemische Weiterbildung (HISW).

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Lucas Filipo Voges

During his student life, Lucas gained experience in some common dances. And they always were a good distraction from workday life for him. The Tango he got to know since 2011 at Tango Orange convinced him. Not only the freedom but also the logic of the dance were reasons enough to fall in love with the Tango.

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