Sunday 12th > Saturday 18th April:
International Tango Holidays with teachers
Marisa & Oliver (B) in collaboration with Tracey & Leonardo (UK).
In 2020 we will also organize a tango vacation during the Easter holidays, returning to our beloved luxurious and stylish Grand Hotel Majestic in the sunny, green, beautiful region of Pallanza/Verbania, where we spent 5 wonderful summer holidays from 2013 till 2018.
We are very happy to return there, this time in the spring, for the less hot and crowded Easter period.. when the entire lake coast is in bloom, while the surrounding mountains are still covered with fresh white snow. From every angle of the hotel you can admire the breathtaking beauty of the Lake Maggiore or the Monte Rosa.
To make a larger group such as to have nicer milongas, we decided to invoke our British tango colleagues Tracey & Leonardo Acosta, to set up an international collaboration for this holiday, that they will join with a group of their own students.
After the successful experiences of the previous years, we will again be staying in the magnificent historic Grand Hotel Majestic**** in Pallanza/Verbania (Piedmont).
Located on the lakeside promenade of the picturesque town of Pallanza, the hotel is surrounded by beautiful, huge florishing gardens. From its privileged position, you have breathtaking views from almost every angle: the surrounding mountains and the Monte Rosa, the splendid Borromeo Islands in front, and the Lake itself all around.
The micro climate in this region is mild and sunny in April. The temperatures here are on average around 20° during the day, but there can also be peaks of 25°. The hotel has a small private beach directly on the lake. Although sometimes people already swim in April in the (still fresh) lake water, it is anyway possible to use the indoor heated swimming pool and sauna. The pool area has beautiful sliding glass doors to the astonishing flower garden. A fitness room with modern infrastructure is also available.
The characteristic city of Pallanza is only 1 km away; fashion capital Milan 90 km to the south, Brussels 870 km. The Majestic is easily accessible by car (free parking in front of the hotel), with the train (Verbania) and by airplane (the closest airport is Milano Malpensa, at 70 km).
|Classic room to the back side||810€ pp|
|Supplement balcony||15€ pp per day|
|Supplement lake view||25€ pp per day|
|Supplement lake view and balcony||50€ pp per day|
|Supplement double room for single use||40€ pp per day|
|Discount 3 adults in 1 room||– 30€ per room per day|
|Child 3 till 12 years in adult room||50%|
|Child under 3 years in adult room||free|
> EARLY BOOK DISCOUNT: -60€ per couple with booking and payment before January 2, 2020.
– until 14 days after reservation: 25€ pp
– from 15 till 30 days after reservation: 50€ pp
– as of 1 month after reservation until 15th March: 75€ pp
– after 15th March: 50% of the reserved package
– after start of the holiday: the total amount is due, unless a last minute replacement can still be found.
Included in the price:
- Hotel in half board for 6 days/nights in a double room with private bathroom (bath/shower) and toilet, hair dryer, air conditioning, TV, telephone, WIFI, mini bar, safe. The participants have free access to the private beach, the swimming pool and sauna, the garden chairs, the fitness centre, the dance halls…
- Breakfast buffet (until 10h00) and supper with typical Italian menu. Every evening in the magnificent dining room with lake view reserved for the tango group, you will enjoy a varied menu (vegetarian and not) with: first course, main course, side dishes, dessert. 1/4 L mineral water and 1/4 L wine per person are included in the price.
- The tango workshops: for a total of 12 hours, of which 7 lessons with professional tango teachers Marisa & Oliver and 1 workshop with guest teachers Tracey & Leonardo.
- Every evening milonga, and a special ball with exhibitions.
Not included: trip/shuttle to the hotel, lunches, extras (drinks, snacks…), local tourist tax to pay at the moment of departure (1,50€ pp per day).
The teachers are Marisa van Andel & Oliver Koch – Brussel/B, Al compás del corazón/La Tangueria
After a career in the contemporary dance company Rosas, Marisa & Oliver have been working as a tango couple since 1996, giving workshops and exhibitions all over Europe as well as in the USA and Buenos Aires. They danced in different tango shows in The Netherlands and Belgium and they have trained several of today’s professional tango dancers in Belgium and abroad. They also have vast experience in teaching and organising tango holidays in Italy, France and Austria. Their tango school Al compás del corazón and their milonga in La Tangueria have become a reference for tango in Belgium and abroad.
In order to expand the group of tango dancers and thus to make the milongas more pleasant, for this tango holiday we are working together with the British tango couple Tracey and Leonardo Acosta and their tango school Tango Fandango based in Bournemouth and London. They will share the hotel with us, joining with their own group of students who take classes with them. There will be an exchange where they will give one workshop to our group and we will give one workshop to their group..
There will be a variety of themes in the classes: tango de salón, tango fantasia, tango nuevo, vals and milonga. The classes will focus on technique, as well as on detailed refinements regarding posture, axis & balance, embrace, foot work, adornos, musicality, leading and following. Students will learn new movements, figures and sequences, but the main goal is to create a more harmonious, comfortable and enjoyable dance.
The level of the group will be intermediate-advanced. A minimum of 2 years tango experience is required, but dancers with more experience are equally welcome. There will be special attention to make sure that the more advanced dancers get enough input and feed-back to improve and not get bored during the classes. They can also get more challenging variations of the material.
The tango workshops are taught in 2 spacious dancing rooms, each with sprung floor, terrace and lake view: room Intra and room Toscanini. Generally, the classes take place after breakfast and before dinner, and occasionally in the afternoon. The group will have one full day without classes, to have time to explore the region.
A detailed programme of the classes will be sent to the participants about one month before the start of the holidays. The classes will be taught in English. The teachers also speak French, Dutch, German, Spanish and Italian…
Normally the lessons are reserved for the participants of the tango holiday. If, at the end of the registration period, there are still places available, people from outside can also take the lessons à la carte. Also Tango dancers who do not want to follow classes but only want to stay at the preferential rate in the hotel and participate in the milongas can register.
Every evening there will be a milonga in the beautiful dancing hall with sprung floor, big terrace and lake view. A special milonga will be organised during the week with exhibitions. Some of the milongas are also open for outsiders of the tango holidays (after paying entry fee). Previous reservation is compulsory for non hotel guests. To make a reservation, call the following number at the latest at 15h of the day you would like to attend the milonga: +39 333 48 75 822 (Marisa).
We try to help singles to find a partner for the workshops by bringing them into contact with each other. Once registered as a dance couple, however, it is no longer possible to change partners for the classes. So please verify that the relationship between the two dancers is good before registering as a dance couple.
Aldo for those who wish to find a room mate (eg 2 ladies or 2 men together), we can provide help by bringing singles into contact with each other, but we cannot guarantee that we will find a suitable roommate for everyone.
- Arrival is is foreseen on Sunday 12th April before supper (19h00). Departure on Saturday 19th April after breakfast.
- For tango guests who want to arrive earlier or stay longer and for people who accompany dancers (spouses, children, babysitters…) we have negotiated a discount group price. Info and booking via Marisa only, subject to availability. Transmit your extra days at the moment of reservation, to benefit of the best conditions.
- For people who want to participate in the milongas only, we have negotiated a discount group price. Info and booking via Marisa only, subject to availability. Participants who take the full package of hotel + classes + milongas have priority.
- Small pets are allowed, at an extra charge.
Grand Hotel Majestic Pallanza
Via V.Veneto, 32, 28922 Verbania, Italy
Tel: +39 0323 509711 – Fax: +39 0323 556379
GSM: +39 349 800 44 28
Person of contact: Massimo Scarpata
From the north (Belgium, The Netherlands, France, etc)
Go to the south to the Gotthard Tunnel (CH). Shortly (+/- 30 minutes) after the Gotthard Tunnel take exit 47 Bellinzona Sud/Locarno. Take the A13 Locarno Tenero, continue towards Ascona. Enter Italy, then subsequently follow Cannobbio, Cannero Rivera, Ghiffa, Intra, Verbania.
All hotel reservations have to be made only via Marisa. Do not contact the hotel directly if you wish to benefit of the group prices or participate in the tango activities.
To reserve your tango holidays, please send the complete details of both dancers, the chosen dates and your dancing level to Marisa (NL, FR, EN, DE, IT, ES) via email@example.com.
The telephone number is: +32 479 22 86 98.
NB. During the holidays themselves you can can also contact us via the Italian number:: +39 333 48 75 822.