Mar 212017

TangoForge Seminar

You are warmly welcome to the Second Annual TangoForge Seminar Encuentro Compañeros in Berlin from 28 August – 2 September, 2017.

We invite you to join us for a 10-day period with six days of seminar, 28.Aug-2.Sept and two weekends of dancing. 24-27 August are the last three nights of the Contemporary Tango Festival, with live music every night in the Hauptbahnhof (free and no registration required). 24.August is TangoForge’s artistic evening at the Festival, entitled “The Tradition is Transgressive“.

See our detailed guide to food, transport, and milongas to make your trip easy and delicious.

TangoForge Seminar Program and Schedule

Seminar Routine

Monday 28.August-Saturday 2.August

11:00-12:00 Yoga & Private Lessons

12:30-14:00 Biomechanics

14:00-15:30 Lunch Break Practica

15:30-18:00 Seminar
with 30 minute Break

18:00-19:30 Practica de la Tarde
& Private Lessons

Tuesday-Sunday 22-27.August Play with us at the Contemporary Tango Festival
Dormitory open

Monday 28.August THEME The two hardest moves in tango 
Change of foot and ochos, intensive for perfect technique in close and open embrace.

Tuesday 29.August THEME Trusting Tango 
Understanding tango pathways and change of embrace.

Wednesday 30.August THEME Sacadas Everywhere!
Intensive on sacadas, including back sacadas, in the line of dance and in close and open embrace.

Thursday 31.August THEME Sweet Ganchos
and how to find all 76 of them, in the line of dance, [mostly] in close embrace

At the convenience of the students, private lessons will also be scheduled on the weekend prior to the seminar and the Sunday concluding the seminar.

Friday 1.September THEME Maximizing Pleasure 
Extending projection to voleos and leaning movements (volcada colgada)

Saturday 2.September THEME TBA
based on our ongoing research in the coming months.

Sunday 3.September Farewell dances
at the outdoor Monbijoux Park Milonga and Tangoloft.


The seminar welcomes all levels except absolute beginners. We make friends doing basic exercises across levels, then we cluster by level for dancing.

Our students dance every exercise in both roles. With our teaching techniques, Women quickly get over their anxiety about marking and Men enjoy a new world of tango experience.

We create an atmosphere of healthy and liberated tango, in which dancers have gentle, kind, and dialogic relations and discover more pleasure with more partners.

Every student will receive a 30 minute private lesson with Vio and a one hour private practice with one of the TangoForge Apprentices.

Three TangoForge Apprentices have been training all year and they are now confident and experienced teachers to assist you: Stefan, Yoko, and Maren-Swan.

On-site massage with Jaina Hirai Healing Massage.

You can use the kitchen to prepare your own food if you want to.

Daily yoga and practicas!

All classes will be translated to Deutsch. Japanese and Castellano translation is also available. If you need Italiano or Français, please let us know in advance.

For those who were with us in 2016, click here for what we’re doing differently this year.

Location: Mitte
  • You can walk everywhere, so you may not even need to buy a transit ticket!
  • <15 min walking from 6 milongas: Clärchens Spiegelsaal, El Ocaso, Nou Tango (2x/week), and the beautiful outdoor Monbijoux Park (2x/week).
  • Two stops on the S-bahn and latenight Sunday direct nightbus from Tangoloft (or a 30 minute walk.)
  • Direct bus from the doorstep <10min delivery to Hauptbahnof for Contemporary Tango Festival AND all all-night Tram to get home, 5 minutes walk from the Studio. (Or you can walk home, 25 minutes)
  • We are surrounded with great restaurants, bakeries, biodelis, farmers markets… Food Guide.
  • Walking distance from Museum Island, the Museum of the Wall, Kulturbrauerei (Museum of East German daily life), and the Mauerpark. More info.
  • My complete guide to arriving from the airport/train, where to eat so you are delighted by every € you spend on food, museum advice for daytime during the CTF, and even shopping…

My dream for the first TangoForge European seminar in 2015 was to rent a flat so students could sleep, eat, and practice together. This year my dream comes true!

We will be able to accommodate 10 students sleeping in the Studio. The remaining places are on camping mats on the floor.

The dormitory opens on 22.August and closes on 3.September.

Please note:

  • We do not have an electronic entry system, so keys and access will require good communication among the stayers and means that the doorbuzzer will be ringing throughout the night.
  • We have 1.5 bathrooms and an “on-demand” constant hot water heater, so everyone can take a shower sequentially and we will never run out of hot water.
  • We will be sleeping in the studio space, so this means that beds and personal items will need to be cleared by 11:00 every morning. We recommend packing in a roomy large zipper duffel bag to make sure you can collect all your stuff in one place and access it easily (rather than a backpack or several small bags).

There are a number of hotels and hostels nearby. Use googlemaps to explore the Mitte area. There are some suggestions in my Guide.



6-days seminar includes Biomechanics and Yoga, 2 Private Lessons, up to 13 nights sleeping

6-days seminar includes Biomechanics and Yoga, 2 Private Lessons NO sleeping


You may register by credit card using our secure payment processing system driven by Stripe. We will not see your credit card details. This website is secure and protected by SSL.

You may register by electronic bank transfer to this account: IBAN DE13430609671170841800 Konto: Starr BLZ 43060967 BIC GENODEM1GLS

If you pay by electronic bank transfer, please secure your place by immediately sending an email to

Since the sleeping price is already very cheap, no discounts will be given for shorter stay. (Thank you for understanding that this is just too much distracting extra logistics for us.)

In the case of cancellation, we will try to find someone from the wait-list to replace you, or you may transfer your registration to another person.

Prices were increased on 6.August to compensate the extra logistics for late registrations.

For those who were us for Seminar 2016, some changes
  • All new curriculum.
  • Private room for sessions with Jaina Hirai Healing Massage.
  • This year’s Seminar will be fewer students than last year, maximum enrollment is 26.
  • Vio will teach the Biomechanics class and all classes will be TangoForge technique.
  • We have only one Seminar theme each day, but with more time to explore it + Biomechanics as before + 2 Practicas per day.
  • Longer breaks – with really delicious protein shakes this time.
  • No lunch service on site, so we will not be distracted by preparing your lunch/table
  • This year we will not be preparing a performance during the week of the TangoForge Seminar! Our performance is several days before the seminar, on 24.August.
 21 March 2017