La Rogaia-Tango History
Tango at La Rogaia, history and some stories aside
We can hardly believe it ourselves but in the year 2015 we can celebrate tthe 17th anniversary of our tango classes at La Rogaia ! We look back to many wonderful weeks with great teachers such as Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Ann, Fabian Salas and Lola Diaz, Chicho Frumboli, Los Hermanos Macana, Brigitta Winkler, Ariadna Naveira & Fernando Sanchez and many others
Everything begann with a workshop of Marina Jablonski, the founder of "Qué Tango", Munich's eldest Argentine Tango school.
When she arrived with her group in the afternoon of May 3rd, 1999 we where still planting the roses around the dancing terrace and were whitening the walls of the dance studio. Marina almost got a heart attack when she saw it. At that moment neither she nor one of our guests could imagine that everything would be ready the next morning, in time for the first Tango class.
Of course everything turned out alright. The workshop was a big success, and encouraged by that we grew almost a little bit jaunty and extended our programm to four classes in the following year ...
At a Tango ball in Munich we had seen Amira Campora and were so enthusiastic about her, that we invited her for two workshops in 2000. Previously we were not so sure whether Amira would like to stay in our Umbrian "Pampa" far from town. It turned out however that Amira liked La Rogaia as much as we liked her. In consequence Amira every year gave at least one workshop at La Rogaia until her final return to Buenos Aires.
At this point we would like to note something: We have often been asked whether we have named our elder daughter Amira after Amira Campora. This is not the case (sorry, Amira!) though we have to admit that it would be a nice story. How our "little" Amira got her name is another story which we will tell at another occasion.
In the summer of 2000 we had come to know Yvonne Meissner at Florence and organized spontaneously a weekend workshop with her in September with participants mainly from Italy.
In the following year Yvonne returned with her partner Eduardo Aquirre. Yvonne und Eduardo stuck to La Rogaia for several years and everybody who has experienced them in their lessons will never forget Eduardo´s untiring "Ritmo!! Ritmo!!" and his voice filling the dance room and the valley below La Rogaia with tango songs at night.
2001 once again we hosted a teacher couple from Munich: Daniel & Maja Kopper from the "El Corazon" tango school. Amira Campora had recommened the two of them as excellent teachers and she really had not exaggerated.
In 2002 we almost doubled the number of our Tango classes and dared to go for the first time to the absolute top level of the Tango world, not without collywobbles and cold sweat as we have to admit. We invited Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne to La Rogaia.
Our fears unfortunately proved to be true. The class was already fully booked in January but at short notice before the start of the class end of September we got hit by the bad news.
Gustavo had injured his leg, had to cancel his complete European tour and we had to find an adequate substitute in no time at all. Fortunately we found it in Metin Yazir who has been a master student of Gustavo and had been recommended by him. He passed the almost impossible challenge with flying colours. We had known Metin already in Munich and already appreciated him greatly there.
(By the way, it is Metin´s fault that we got married. At least we came to know each other at his Milonga.)
Apart from that we had a blessing in disguise. After Gustavo Naveira´s recovery he could still hold a spontaneously organized master-class at La Rogaia in November of the same year.
For the first time at La Rogaia were also Graciela Gonzales as well as Alberto Paz and Valorie Hart, a couple from the United States. In the class with Alberto and Valorie we had a record number of different nationalities among the participants: At the farewell evening participants from 16 different nations presented cultural highlights from their home countries, from Slavian folk songs to Hawaian Hula.
2003 was the year with the biggest number ever of Tango workshops at La Rogaia. Nine couples of teachers in a row and there was Tango music floating over the valley of La Rogaia at day and night for weeks ...
In 2002 we had made the acquaintance of Ines Trosky and Gustavo Vidal, had fallen in love with their heartfelt and yet precise style of dancing and had invited them to La Rogaia.
Munich Tango friends had strongly recommended Fabian Lugo and Laura Cairo and had brought us into contact with them. We succeeded to win them for La Rogaia, as well as the highly renommated Tango teachers Ines Moussavi and Ulrich Demmel from Berlin.
Obviously Gustavo and Giselle had liked being in La Rogaia and they happily came back to teach two weeks of Masterclasses in a row in October - Giselle at six months pregnant with their first child.
The grand finale of the Tango year at La Rogaia was the class of Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli and Eugenia Parilla. We were not quite sure whether this would turn out well as Chicho had a reputation of being a little bit "special" and not always easy for organizers. Previously indeed it was not quite easy to make a contact with him. To our big relief he belied all our apprehensions, was very nice and wowed the participants of the class as well as the visitors of the Perugian Milongas and the tango dancers that had come to our farewell party from all over Italy.
In 2003 Giselle Ann had given lessons at La Rogaia despite she was 6 months pregnant - to the obvious delight of the participants, especially those from Italy (and accompanied of course by many well meant motherly advices).
2004 she gave birth to her baby and she and Gustavo decided not to travel for the years to follow.
We succeeded replacing them by another top level couple, Fabian Salas und Carolina del Rivero, and some mockers among our friends remarked that by now we only needed to invite Pablo Veron and Harry, sorry, Sally Potter to film a sequel of "A Tango Lesson" at La Rogaia.
We thought that to be a suggestion worth considering especially as in 2004 we hosted another legendary Tango couple at La Rogaia, Kely und Facundo Posadas. Both of them being without doubt an enrichment for every Tango movie.
Yet we had another premiere at La Rogaia. With Christian "El Austriaco" and Andrea we had for the first time Tango instructors from Austria at La Rogaia. They brought with them a group of very sweet Tango novices from Vienna. Two of them, an elderly couple, wrote to us later saying that their stay at La Rogaia had been "the most romantic holiday of our entire lives".
Alberto and Valorie from New Orelans returned for another multinational class to La Rogaia.
In April Nancy Louzan und Damian Esell gave a guest performance at La Rogaia. Fabian Salas and Carolina del Rivero came this year for two weeks of workshops followed by a short holiday to recover at La Rogaia from the stress of being on tour for months. They didn´t completely escape without giving lessons though. Of course we used the opportunity of having them for ourselves to take some private lessons.
Also Christian "El Austriaco" and Andrea from Vienna were at La Rogaia again.
And once again the European Tango Metropolis Berlin was represented at La Rogaia by Ines Moussavi und Ulrich Demmel.
In 2006 we saw the debut of Brigitta Winkler at La Rogaia. Annette had seen her at the Broadway with her "Tangomujer" show and was enthusiastic about her dancing. The same enthusiasm was obvious among the participants of her workshop, most of them from the United States and Berlin (what a comparison!). As Britta integrated in her class a lot of body work, exercises for stretching and relaxing (very recommendable!) visitors occassionally dropping in were wondering a little about that tango class where everybody was to be found lying stretched out on matresses all over the dance floor doing strange wrenches. Obviously most of our neighbours had had a slightly different conception of Tango Argentino.
Three other teaching couples we could welcome at La Rogaia:
Let´s start with Steve and Debbie Morrall. We had had them as our guests already in the class with Fabian Lugo and Laura Cairo in 2003. Steve, who also plays the bandoneon in the evenings had improvised tango jam sessions together with Laura who is an accomplished piano player. At the farewell party the two of them also had given a little concert (Laura and Steve please forgive us, the piano wasn´t tuned too well.).
In the meantime Steve and Debbie had dedicated themselves completely to Argentine Tango, given up their former lives, opened a tango school of their own and established a very lively tango community in Southern England. Now they returned to La Rogaia as tango instructors and everybody who had thought the English to be very stiff and formal was disabused very quickly.
On the other hand we experienced the "Los Macanas", the brothers Enrique und Guillermo De Fazio, who pulled out of the hat real fireworks of wit and ideas during the workshop. At the Farewell Gala Night on the banks of the Trasimeno Lake they offered a show so spectacular Perugian tangueros and especially tangueras are crazy about them till this day.
In the end we, Wolfgang and Annette, made our official debut at the program of La Rogaia. We had been for a long time teaching classes to our Italian friends and had organised the very first Milonga ever in Umbria (back in 1999). Apart of that however we had always left the field to better known teachers. Being asked again and again though we finally worked up our courage and decided to accept ourselves in the program of La Rogaia.
In this year we decided to slow down a little. Unfortunately Fabian and Carolina were not working together anymore and couldn´t come to teach. Instead they recommended to us Celine Ruiz and Damian Rosenthal. Celine and Damian introduced to us a completely new way to look at Tango. Not enough that their lessons were excellent and reconciled all those who had been afraid we would not be able to find a teaching couple that could adequately make up for Fabian and Carolina. With their incredibly precise Tango enriched by elements of Modern Dance they have created a completely independent style which appeared to us at the same time dynamic and tender, sometimes almost fragile like a delicate piece of art.
Having organized Tango workshops at La Rogaia for almost ten years now it seems it has got around among tango teachers and dancers that it is quite nice here. Anyway we have a big request by tango instructors who want to come to La Rogaia to teach.
In consequence in 2008 we had invited three new couples to La Rogaia.
Sebastian Missè und Andrea Reyero accompanied by their little french bulldog "Cognac" who gave one of the most fantastic tango shows we ever saw at La Rogaia.
Joseba Pagola und Bakartxo Arabaolaza, dancers from the Basque country whose speciality is to combine a dynamic "Tango Nuevo" way of dancing with traditional tango music. And what is best, they teach to dance their way safely even on crowded dance floors.
Last but not least Andreas von Maxen and Laura Priori from Berlin who gave the participants of their workshop an understanding of Tango Argentino in the nicest way with a lot of patience and love for detail.
The year began with Ricky Barrios & Lauro Melo during the Easter week. They created one of these magical moments at La Rogaia: At the the farewell party 30 pairs (!) danced in a moment of perfect harmony with each other in the "Ronda" in our dance hall. Another highlight was of course the week with Celine & Damian - at their show in Perugia everybody was deeply moved by their performance. We also had two Tango divas as our guests: Brigitta Winkler and Carolina del Rivero with her new partner Donato Juarez. Also Christian & Helga Seyb from Munich joined us for the first time.
We continued with old and new faces from the world of Tango: With the "magician" Metin Yazir from Istanbul / New York, and with Ricky Barrios & Lauro Melo. At their farewell milonga over 150 persons from all over central Italy came to the tiny theatre of our village Castel Rigone. Newcomers this year were Susanne Illini & Harald Rotter from Bonn, Germany. Harald's music selection is a bit unusual for established tango dancers - he scours the world of music from pop to classical, from Jazz to Ethno in his search of Tango compatible beats. To him the music of Astor Piazzolla is the "most traditional" in his DJ case and you will wait in vain for a tanda of "Golden Era Tango". But his selection is refreshing, fun and easy! For the grand finale in November we had Fabian Salas with his new partner Lola Diaz. His birthday party at La Rogaia will certainly always be remembered.
Siobhan Richards & Michael Lavocah were represented for the first time in our program - Michael's dry English humor and Siobhan's fine sensitive nature inspired not only the English participants. With Kathrin Holtz & Jens Dörr we hosted another couple from the Tango maniac Rhineland area in Germany. Their specialty are soft flowing movements in tango. - The cooperation with our tango friends from Perugia intensified, we regularly organized joint milongas, often with performances of our guest teachers - a great opportunity to meet up with local dancers and get to know each other by dancing.
Apart from popular teachers such as Brigitta Winkler, Andreas von Maxen & Laura Priori, Fabian Salas & Lola Diaz we had the opportunity to invite Filippo Avignonesi & Yulia Yukhina for the first time. The two are a great combination of Italian Dolce Vita and Russian fire. Andrea & Andrès enchanted everyone at our summer night Milonga on the shore of Lake Trasimeno with their magical choreography. And with Daniela Pucci de Farias & Luis Bianchi we made a great discovery: They are born entertainers, not only in the classroom ! Already on the first evening at dinner time we all laughed so much at Luis jokes and little mime performances that we almost fell from our chairs.
We have arrived at 16 weeks of Tango in La Rogaia. At Easter we welcomed again Ricky & Laura, this time with little daughter Uma. They enchanted everybody with their touching performance in the Milonga "EL Bandoneon" at Perugia. See their dance in this video . Filippo & Yulia were back to La Rogaia the week after Easter. In May we had - as every year - Brigitta Winkler and Michael & Siobhan. Michael presented his hot off the press book on tango music for dancers. In June we met another tango legend: El Pibe Avellaneda (together with Yvonne Meissner) - a spirited Argentine hurricane. And Fabian & Lola were of course back. The week with Steve & Debbie Morrall was no doubt the funniest Tango course we have ever had at La Rogaia. Steve is definitely better than "Mr. Bean" (as our daughter calls him). Andrès came this year with his new partner Mira, who gave a charming little performance at a milonga at Perugia.
Ricky Barrios & Laura Melo at El Bandoneon, Perugia 2013
For this year we had invited four new teachers' couples, in addition to our "veteran" teachers, who have taught at La Rogaia for many years already. At Easter we hosted for the first time Daniela Feilcke-Wolff & Raimund Schlie (with their dog Charly) from Berlin. For the "Dance into May" Filippo Avignonesi this time brought with him Candela Ramos because Yulia Yukhina was awaiting the birth of her first baby - congratulations! Candela is a whirlwind and at a Tango ball at the Villa Taticchi in Perugia - with Mareclo Rojas as TJ - she and Filippo improvised a ravishing Milonga. In May we had with us Ariadna Naveira & Fernando Sanchez for the first time, of course great teaching at an advanced level and a wonderful show at the hotel dell'Oscano where she incidentally met their colleague Enrique Macana, who also had been to La Rogaia together with his brother ( "Los Hermanos Macana") in 2006. Roght after we could welcome for the first time Beatrix Satzinger & Michael Young. They inspired the participants with their sensitive and elaborate teaching method. A great new discovery were also Marcelo Ramer & Selva Mastroti, a young couple from Argentina, who now live in Italy, and will hopefully be our guests more often. And Daniela Pucci & Luis Bianchi were back, this time "supported" by daughter Francesca (1/2 year old). Francesca has definitely inherited the comedic talent of her parents. Therefor this was again a week full of fun and laughter. Tango hardly can get more entertaining!
We started off with Filippo Avignonesi and his enchanting partner Candela Ramos (see video below). And we were happy to see back all our faithful tango teachers who have been back to La Rogaia for many many years: Joseba & Bakartxo from Basque Country, Andrés & Mira from Pfungstadt, Brigitta Winkler from N.Y., Andreas & Laura and Raimund & Daniela from Berlin. Steve & Debbies's week on musicality in may certainly was one of the highlights of 2015. Dani & Luis and their charming little daughter Francesca were again a pleasure to have.
Filippo Avignonesi & Candela Ramos at La Rogaia 2015
So we hope for another great Tango year at La Rogaia 2016
La Rogaia - a name in the world of Tango since 1999
8. - 15.5.1999 Marina Jablonski
27.5. - 4.6.2000 Marina Jablonski
25.6. - 2.7.2000 Amira Campora
30.9. - 1.10.2000 Yvonne Meissner
1.- 8.10.2000 Amira Campora
27.5. - 3.6.2001 Daniel & Maja Kopper
24.6. - 1.7.2001 Amira Campora
2. - 9.9.2001 und 9. - 16.9.2001 Yvonne Meissner & Eduardo Aguirre
13. - 20.4.2002 Graciela Gonzalez
20. - 27.4.2002 Yvonne Meissner & Eduardo Aguirre
4. - 11.5.2002 Metin Yazir
1- 8.6.2002 Alberto Paz & Valorie Hart
15. - 22.6.2002 Amira Campora
21. - 28.9.2002 Metin Yazir
2- 9.11.2002 Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne
29.3. - 5.4.2003 Metin Yazir
5. - 12.4.2003 Ines Trosky & Gustavo Vidal
12. - 19.4.2003 Fabian Lugo & Laura Cairo
3. - 10.5.2003 Alberto Paz & Valorie Hart
21. - 28.6.2003 und 28.6. - 5.7.2003 Amira Campora
20. - 27.9.2003 Yvonne Meissner & Eduardo Aguirre
27.9. - 4.10.2003 und 4. - 11.10.2003 Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne
11. - 18.10.2003 Ines Moussavi & Ulrich Demmel
15. - 22.11.2003 Chicho Frumboli & Eugenia Parilla
3. - 10.4.2004 Ines Trosky & Gustavo Vidal
17. - 24.4.2004 Kely & Facundo Posadas
12. - 19.6.2004 Yvonne Meissner & Eduardo Aguirre
19. -26.6.2004 Amira Campora
26.6. - 3.7.2004 Fabian Lugo & Laura Cairo
3. - 10.7.2004 Christian "El Austriaco" und Andrea
18. - 25.9.2004 Alberto Paz & Valorie Hart
9. - 16.10.2004 Ines Moussavi & Ulrich Demmel
16. - 23.10.2004 Fabian Salas & Carolina del Rivero
16. - 23.4.2005 Nancy Louzan & Damian Esell
(23. - 30.4.2005 Yvonne Meissner & Eduardo Aguirre)
24.9. - 1.10.2005 Christian "El Austriaco" und Andrea
8. - 15.10.2005 Ines Moussavi & Ulrich Demmel
15. - 22.10.2005 Fabian Salas & Carolina del Rivero
22. -29.10.2005 Fabian Salas & Carolina del Rivero
1- 8.4.2006 Yvonne Meissner & Eduardo Aguirre
13. - 20.5.2006 Brigitta Winkler
20. - 27.5.2006 Steve & Debbie Morrall
23. - 30.9.2006 Los Hermanos Macana
30.9. - 7.10.2006 Wolfgang Sandt
7. - 14.10.2006 Deborah Gutman & Ulrich Demmel
21. - 28.10.2006 Fabian Salas & Carolina del Rivero
14. - 21.4.2007 Steve & Debbie Morrall
5. - 12.5.2007 Christian "El Austriaco" und Andrea
12. - 19.5.2007 Wolfgang Sandt
19. - 26.5.2007 Brigitta Winkler
22. - 29.9.2007 und 29.9. - 6.10.2007 Wolfgang Sandt
13. - 20.10.2007 Celine Ruiz & Damian Rosenthal
26.4. - 3.5.2008 Wolfgang Sandt
3. - 10.5.2008 Steve & Debbie Morrall
24. -31.5.2008 Christian "El Austriaco" und Andrea
13. - 20.10.2008 Sebastian Missè & Andrea Reyero
27.9. - 4.10.2008 Wolfgang Sandt
11. - 18.10.2008 Joseba Pagola & Bakartxo Arabaolaza
18. - 25.10.2008 Andreas von Maxen & Laura Priori
4. - 11.4.2009 Ricky Barrios & Laura Melo
18. - 25.4.2009 Carolina del Rivero & Donato Juarez
9.-16.5.2009 Brigitta Winkler
30.5. - 6.6.2009 Wolfgang Sandt
6. - 13.6.2009 Marina Jablonski
29.8. - 5.9.2009 Joseba Pagola & Bakartxo Arabaolaza
12. - 19.9.2009 Steve & Debbie Morrall
19. - 26.9.2009 Andreas von Maxen & Laura Priori
26.9. - 3.10.2009 Wolfgang Sandt
3. - 10.10.2009 Celine Ruiz & Damian Rosenthal
17. -24.10.2009 Wolfgang Sandt
31.10. - 7.11.2009 Christian & Helga Seyb
27.3. – 3.4.2010 Ricky Barrios & Laura Melo
10.4. – 17.4.2012 Wolfgang Sandt
1.5. – 8.5.2010 Steve & Debbie Morrall
15. - 22.5.2010 Brigitta Winkler
22.5. – 29.5.2009 Wolfgang Sandt
19. - 26.6.2010 Marina Jablonski
11.9. - 18.9.2010 Joseba Pagola & Bakartxo Arabaolaza
25.9. – 2.10.2010 Metin Yazir
2. – 9.10.2010 Wolfgang Sandt
9. – 16.10.2010 Susanne Illini & Harald Rotter
16. - 23.10.2010 Andreas von Maxen & Laura Priori
30.10. – 6.11.2010 Fabian Salas & Lola Diaz
16. - 23.4.2011 Ricky Barrios & Laura Melo
7. – 14.5.2011 Steve & Debbie Morrall
14.- 21.5.2011 Brigitta Winkler
21. – 28.5.2011 Fabian Salas & Lola Diaz
18. – 25.6.2011 Wolfgang Sandt
25.6. – 2.7.2011 Siobhan Richards & Michael Lavocah
2. – 9.7.2011 Marina Jablonski
27.8. – 3.9.2011 Susanne Illini & Harald Rotter
10. - 17.9.2011 Joseba Pagola & Bakartxo Arabaolaza
1. - 8.10.2011 Wolfgang Sandt
8. – 15.10.2011 Andreas von Maxen & Laura Priori
22. – 29.10.2011 Kathrin Holtz & Jens Dörr
29.10. – 5.11.2011 Wolfgang Sandt
31.3. - 7.4.2012 Filippo Avignonesi & Yulia Yukhina
7. - 14.4.2012 Brigitta Winkler
5.5. - 12.5.2012 Siobhan Richards & Michael Lavocah
26.5. - 2.6.2012 Wolfgang Sandt
2. - 9.6.2012 Wolfgang Sandt
9.6. - 16.6.2012 Fabian Salas & Lola Diaz
16.6. - 23.6.2012 Yvonne Meissner & Yerpun Castro
23. - 30.6.2012 Wolfgang Sandt
30.6. - 7.7.2012 Andrés Morán & Andrea Hernández
1. - 8.9.2012 Wolfgang Sandt
22.9. - 29.9.2012 Daniela Pucci de Farias & Luis Bianchi
29.9. - 6.10.2012 Laura Priori & Andreas von Maxen
6.10. - 13.10.2012 Susanne Illini & Harald Rotter
13.10. - 20.10.2012 Ina Greiner & Jens Dörr
27.10. - 3.11.2012 Wolfgang Sandt
23. - 30.3.2013 Ricky Barrios & Laura Melo
30.3. - 6.4.2013 Filippo Avignonesi & Yulia Yukhina
4.5. - 11.5.2013 Siobhan Richards & Michael Lavocah
11. - 18.5.2013 Brigitta Winkler
18.5. - 25.5.2013 Wolfgang Sandt
25.5. - 1.6.2013 Wolfgang Sandt
1.6. - 8.6.2013 Yvonne Meissner & El PIbe Avellaneda
8. - 15.6.2013 Fabian Salas & Lola Diaz
31.8. - 7.9.2013 Wolfgang Sandt
7. - 14.9.2013 Joseba Pagola & Bakartxo Arabaolaza
14. - 21.9.2013 Steve & Debbie Morrall
28.9. - 5.10.2013 Laura Priori & Andreas von Maxen
5. - 12.10.2013 Kathrin Holtz & Jens Dörr
12. - 19.10.2013 Andrés Morán & Mira
19. - 26.10.2013 Susanne Illini & Harald Rotter
26.10. - 2.11.2013 Wolfgang Sandt
12.- 19.4.2014 Raimund Schlie & Daniela Feilcke-Wolff
19. - 26.4.2014 Andres & Mira
26.4. - 3.5.2014 Filippo Avignonesi & Candela Ramos
3. - 10.5.2014 Michael Lavocah & Siobhan Richards
10. - 17.5.2014 Ariadna Naveira & Fernando Sánchez
17. - 24.5.2014 Beatrix Satzinger & Michael Young
14. – 21.6.2014 Wolfgang Sandt
21.-28.6.2014 Wolfgang Sandt
20. - 27.9.2014 Andreas von Maxen & Laura Priori
27.9. - 4.10.2014 Wolfgang Sandt
4. - 11.10.2014 Marcelo Ramer & Selva Mastroti
11. - 18.10.2014 Daniela Pucci de Farias & Luis Bianchi
18. - 25.10.2014 Brigitta Winkler
25.10. – 1.11.2013 Wolfgang Sandt
28.3. - 4.4.2015 Filippo Avignonesi & Candela Ramos
4. - 11.4.2015 Andres & Mira
25.4. – 2.6.2015 Wolfgang Sandt
2. - 9.5.2015 Steve & Debbie Morrall
23. - 30.5.2015 Beatrix Satzinger & Michael Young
30.5.-6.6.2015 Wolfgang Sandt
6. - 13.6.2015 Wolfgang Sandt
29.8.-5.9.2015 Wolfgang Sandt
5.-12.9.2015 Joseba Pagola & Bakartxo Arabaolaza
19. - 26.9.2015 Andreas von Maxen & Laura Priori
26.9. - 3.10.2015 Wolfgang Sandt
10. - 17.10.2015 Daniela Pucci de Farias & Luis Bianchi
17. - 24.10.2015 Brigitta Winkler
24.- 31.10.2015 Raimund Schlie & Daniela Feilcke-Wolff