The color orange is a symbol of optimism and joie de vivre.
It signals openness and sociability. Orange is the color of activity, the color of the children and of all who feel young and vital. It asks us to let go and live for the moment. Orange promotes confidence and stands for communication, the desire for unity and for creativity!
This is our Tango. … Orange!
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.
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.
Lea Siemann 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 therapist 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 learning about and experiencing systemic thinking "bodily" with the aid of tango dancing. There have been numerous workshops with the working title "Tango in conversation", for example in the HISW in Hamburg, Dogument, self-awareness training in the Diakonie, at a Coaching Symposium in Oldenburg and as team-event at aperto plenum in Berlin.
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. It is an outstanding experience to be creative and always discover something new. Teaching Tango was another joyful and unique but well-known experiance. The diversity of the dance and the music are next to the affinity to quiet music, the main ingredient for his dance.
Barbara Schultz entdeckte schon sehr früh ihre Leidenschaft zum Tanz. Mit 16 Jahren war sie Deutsche Meisterin in der Lateinamerikanischen Formation von Wolfgang Opitz. Mehrere Zweitplatzierungen in der Europa- und Weltmeisterschaft folgten.
Als Physiotherapeutin bildete sie sich in den darauffolgenden Jahren in den verschiedensten Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten des Tanzens fort. Kurse im Orientalischen-, Afrikanischen Tanz und in Tanztherapie ergänzten ihre Ausbildung.
Für sie steht die Sprache des Tanzes im Mittelpunkt. Inspiriert wurde sie u.a. von den Erneuerern des Tanzes Mary Wigman, Laban und Pina Bausch.
1998 entdeckte sie den Tango Argentino für sich. Esther und Mingo Pugliese und zuletzt Mauricio Castro waren ihre Lehrer.
In der Methode ihrer Lehrer Ilias Oikonomou und Laura Toledo von Tango Orange, von denen sie seit 2009 intensiv trainiert wurde, sah sie die Möglichkeit allen Menschen das Tanzen zu ermöglichen.
2011 entwickelte sie gemeinsam mit Ilias Oikonomou ein Konzept um diese Lehrmethode auch für Menschen mit Handicap umzusetzen.
Ihre umfangreiche Tätigkeit als Dozentin für Neurologie und Ergonomie an Heilpädagogischen Einrichtungen und ihre langjährige Erfahrung als Bobath-Therapeutin bildeten die Basis für dieses Konzept.
Zur Erweiterung des tänzerisch/medizinischen Konzeptes dienten ihr ihre Weiterbildungen in der Franklin Methode, in der Sensorischen-Integrationsbehandlung, der manuellen Therapie, der Osteopathie, der Feldenkrais-Methode, der Spiraldynamik und der Eutoniepädagogik.
Für Barbara Schultz ist der Tango eine lebendige Sprache: Er bringt zum Ausdruck, was den Menschen innerlich bewegt und zur Mitteilung drängt. Das Ausdrucksinstrument ist der menschliche Körper, dessen natürliche Bewegungen das Material des Tanzes bilden. Für den tänzerischen Ausdruck ist die individuelle körperliche Bewegungsfähigkeit des Körpers ausschlaggebend.
Lea discovered the Argentinean Tango in october 2010 during her studies at the university in Hamburg. With this step she fullfilled herself a wish she had for many years.
From the first lesson on Tango became an important part of her life with Ilias and Lauras philosophy and way of teaching it. It played a big role in balancing the daily life of being a student an later on of being an aprenticer of nursery in the hospital. It brought joy, relaxation and was a great outlet for creativity. Later on while travelling she collected more and more experiences in Tango. She gave workshops with Ilias in Venezuela (2016) and later on in California and Oregon (2017). Since then she is assisting regularly in Tango Orange.
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.