La Tangueria

puro tango argentino since 1996


In 2019, we will propose two weeks of tango holidays for the 13th consecutive year in the beautiful cradle of ot the Lake Maggiore. Surrounded by the Alps, while in the rest of southern Europe the temperature can easily reach 34°C, here you can enjoy the pleasant microclimate (± 26°C) and the stunning beauty of the Northern Italian lakes. piscina

Our very international groups are welcomed in the charming Lido Palace Hotel in Baveno.

Come and enjoy the sun, nature, fresh water, breathtaking views, delicious Italian food, top-quality tango classes, cozy milongas on a dream of a parquet floor… all at reasonable prices in an authentic Art Deco hotel.


Week1: Sunday 21/07 > Sunday 28/07/19

  • Teachers: Marisa van Andel & Oliver Koch (B) and Patricia Hilliges & Matteo Panero (I).
  • Additional group: La Luna Antwerp (B) from 20/07 > 27/07

Week 2: Sunday 28/07 > Sunday 04/08/19

  • Teachers: Marisa van Andel & Oliver Koch (B) and Selva Mastroti & Marcelo Ramer (I).
  • Additional group: Otra Noche Liège (B) from 27/07 > 03/08.


bavenomapLagomaggioreAt the foots of the Italian Alps, the Lake Maggiore is a paradise for a dream vacation. Its surface of 212 km² offers enchanting and romantic landscapes to be discovered.

One of the pearls of the lake is the characteristic small town of Baveno (Vb, Piedmont), which is famous for its precious pink granite used in several buildings around the world: the Arc de la Paix and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele of Milan, the columns from the Paris Opera House, Saint Charles Church in Vienna, Christopher Columbus Monument in New York and Bangkok’s Royal Palace…

The city of Milan (fashion capital) is located 80 km south, Brussels 870 km north. Baveno is easily accessible by car, train (Stresa) and plane. The nearest airport is Milano Malpensa (45 km).


In 2019 we will be back in the majestuous and historic Lido Palace Hotel**** in Baveno (Verbania, Piedmont). The tango travelers who have been following us forsome time have kept a wonderful memory of our six successful editions from 2008 to 2013 in this characteristic hotel with breathtaking views of the lake and the picturesque Borromeo islands. Also Queen Victoria, Sir Winston Churchill and Ray Charles were very pleased with their stay at this hotel.lidohotel

For the classes and the milongas, the hotel proposes 2  bright, spacious rooms with terraces and lake views. The ceremonial hall – where most of the workshops and all the milongas take place – has a superb wooden floorAll rooms are equipped with a private bath or shower, air conditioning, satellite TV, WiFi and more than half of the rooms offer a stunning view of the lake.

The hotel is surrounded by a large colourful park with statues, flowers and exotic palms. It offers a swimming pool with sun loungers, umbrellas and towels, a tennis court, a ping pong table, a pool table and a gym. It also features a private beach on the lake right in fornt of the hotel and a  free parking behind the hotel.


The following prices are per person, based on 2 persons per room (except for the single rooms).


Standard room (3*) 3rd or 4th floor on the back side 715€ pp
Superior room (4*) 1st or 2nd floor on the back side 820€ pp
Extra charge view on the lake 70€ pp
Extra charge view on the lake and balcony 70€ pp
Single standard room  (3*) 3rd or 4th floor on the back side 925€ pp
Child between 6 and 12 years in the room with 2 adults 315€ pp
Child up to 5 years or pet in the room with 2 adults free

NB: The number of rooms overlooking the lake and with balcony are limited. These are allocated at the time of the reservation.

> Deposit to be paid within 4 weeks after booking to Marisa and Oliver: 400 € pp.
> Remaining to pay at the hotel during your stay (credit card).
> Exceptional discount on deposit of the full amount before 28/2: -10% pp. Contact Marisa for the details.
> Not included: trip/shuttle to the hotel (on request), lunches, extras (drinks, snacks…), local tourist tax to pay at the moment of departure (1,60€ pp per day).

cameraCancellation fees:
– until 14 days after reservation: 25€ pp
– from 15 till 60 days after reservation: 50€ pp
– as of 2 months after reservation until 15th June: 75€ pp
– after 15th June: 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 are:

  • Hotel in half board for 7 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, the garden chairs, the fitness centre, the dancing rooms.
  • Breakfast (until 10h00) and buffet 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 buffet (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 (a total of 15 hours) with two couples of professional tango teachers at two levels.
  • Every evening milonga, and a special ball with exhibitions and sales of tango clothes and shoes.


The organisers and permanent teachers are Marisa & Oliver from Brussels (both weeks).

The guest teachers are in the first week Patricia & Matteo from Firenze and in the second week Selva & Marcelo uit from Torino.

daniellinFor even more dance fun at the milongas, and to fill up the hotel with tango dancers, we have invited for each week another dance school from Belgium to join the holidays with a team of their own pupils.thierryvero
> from Saturday 20/07 till 27/07Lin & Daniel from La Luna from Antwerp (classes in Dutch).
> from Saturday 27/07 till 03/08:  Véronique & Thierry from Otra Noche from Liège (classes in French).NB. These extra groups will start and finish their holidays on Saturday, so one day earlier. They have a separate timetable for the workshops and they arrange the registrations and payments of their groups themselves. The meals and milongas are together with all participants.

pallanzamo1Marisa van Andel & Oliver Koch – Brussels/B, Al compás del corazón/La Tangueria
Sunday 21 July > Sunday 28 July & Sunday 28 July > Sunday 4 August 2019.

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 collaborated with outstanding artists, such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jan Fabre, Hubert Damen, Dimitri Leue, Frank Groothof…
They have trained and inspired many of today’s professional tango teachers and dancers in Belgium and abroad. They were part of several international tango festivals and collaborate since 2005 with the Brussels Tango Festival as well as with the Brussels Tango Marathon. They also have vast experience in teaching in and organising tango holidays in Italy, France, Spain 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.

PatyMatPatricia Hilliges & Matteo Panero – Firenze/I, Tangoclub & Firenze Tango Festival
Sunday 21 July > Sunday 28 July 2019.We have met this italo-German couple back in the nineties, at the beginning of our respective careers in the tango scene. In addition to our linguistic similarities, we have many more affinities with thm and our friendship and esteem has grown with time.
Pat and Mat enrich their elegant tango de salón style with innovative

elements, full of fantasy and musicality. They share the tango culture in an atmosphere of friendship and warmth, created through their good mood, their sense of humour, and their charisma.
They worked in several important international Tango Festivals in Italy and abroad andg choreographed and danced several shows. Since 1999 ,Patricia & Matteo lead the “Tangoclub Firenze” and since 2002 they organize the International Firenze Tango Festival. They also have a sound experience teaching in tango holidays all over Europe.

SelvaMarceloSelva Mastroti & Marcelo Ramer – Torino/I, Proyecto Gricel
Sunday 28 July > Sunday 4 August 2019.

Thanks to many recommendations from pupils and colleagues, for the first time in 2016 we invited Marcelo & Selva as teachers for our tango holidays at Lake Maggiore.

They were born in Argentina, and learned the tango in adolescence, where they were trained in Buenos Aires with many of the great masters. They have been a couple for more than 17 years, and have worked worldwide for schools and festivals.

Marcelo & Selva currently live in Turin. Their lessons contained a lot of passion, they passed on their knowledge with spontaneity and simplicity. They start from the deepest roots of the tango, view all its facets, give the basis of technical and complex movements and never see the musicality and harmony within the couple. Given their success, we invite Selva & Marcelo again in 2019 to participate in our tango holidays.


The lessons of Marisa & Oliver and the guest teachers are aimed at experienced tango dancers. A minimum 2 years of tango (lessons and practice) are required. The organizers will assess the level of the participants and divide them into 2 groups according to the level. The groups will often have lessons at the same time, so it is not possible to change groups or participate in multiple levels.
Each group will have a total of 10 workshops of 90 minutes (15 hours in total, equally taught by the 2 teaching couples: Marisa & Oliver and the guest teaching couple.

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.

Tango dancers with less than 2 years of tango experience are also welcome. These participants will receive an adapted schedule  5 semi-private lessons (teachers and hours to be determined) instead of the 15 hours of group lessons. Contact us if you are interested in this formula.

The tango workshops are taught in 2 spacious dancing rooms, with terrace and and lake view. The maoin room on the ground floor has a beautiful parquet floor and the  class room on level -1 has a decent tile floor. Generally, the classes take place after breakfast and before dinner, and occasionally in the afternoon. Each 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 moment the holiday starts, there is room in certain groups, lessons can also be taken à la carte. If the hotel has more vacancy once the 2 groups are completed, we will enable tango dancers with less than 2 years practice to also register. Instead of participating in the 15 hours of group classes, these participants will have a total of 5 hours of semi-private classes (teachers and hours to be arranged).


IMG_0758Every evening there will be a milonga for all the participants together, in the beautiful dancing hall with sprung floor, big terrace and lake view. A special milonga will be organised during the week with a performance by the guest teacher.Local tangueros are also invited to this milonga.

Some 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 the day you would like to attend the milonga:
+39 333 48 75 822 (Marisa).
A sales of tango shoes and clothing is also provided at the hotel during the holidays.


Registrations for the classes can only be done in couples. We try to help singles to fond a partner by bringing them into contact with each other. Once registered as a dance couple, however, it is no longer possible to switch partners. So please verify that the relationship between the two dancers is good enough, before registering as a dance couple.

Those who want to find a partner can send an e-mail with age, height, level and languages or place an ad on the  facebook group.

Practical information

  • Arrival is foreseen on Sunday 21 or Sunday 28 July before dinner (19h00). Departure on Sunday 28 July or Sunday  4 August after breakfast (for the extra groups it is always on Saturday, one day earlier).
  • For tango guests who want to arrive earlier or stay longer and for people who accompany dancers (spouses, children, babysitters …) we have negotiated a more favorable group price. To benefit of the discount price, reservations must be made via Marisa only, also for the non-dancers and the extra days. In exchange for the more favorable group price, a small commission will be charged for the organization. Book your extra days at the time of the reservation to benefit of the best conditions.
    ATTENTION:  the possibilities to extend your stay after the first week or before the second week are limited because the departure day of the first group is the same as the arrival day of the second group.
  • Also people who do not want to participate in the classes, but want to participate in the milongas only, can benefit of a discount group price. to stay in the hotel, by booking via Marisa only, subject to availability. Participants who take the full package of hotel + classes + milongas have priority.

Address and itinerary of the Hotel

mapLido Palace Hotel Baveno
SS Sempione, 30
I-28831 Baveno (VB)
Phone: +39 0323 92.44.44
Fax: +39 0323 92.47.44
Contact person: Paolo D’Amico
Milano Malpensa – 45 km
Milano Linate – 90 km
Line Cisalpina Milano/Genève – Station Stresa/Baveno

Route by car
From the north (Belgium, the Netherlands, France, etc): Go to the South via the Gotthard Tunnel (CH). Shortly after the exit of the tunnel (+/- 30 minutes), take exit 47 Bellinzona Sud/Locarno. Take the A13 Locarno Tenero, follow the road towards Ascona. Enter Italy, follow Cannobbio, Cannero Rivera, Ghiffa, Intra, Verbania, Baveno. Just past Baveno, on the road to Stresa, the Lido Palace Hotel is on your right hand side.


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.

Registrations start on January 15, 2019. To reserve your tango holidays, please send the complete details of both dancers, the chosen dates and the preferred level to Marisa (NL, FR, EN, DE, IT, ES) via be. Phone: +32 479 22 86 98.
NB. Only in July and August you can also reach us by this Italian telephone number is: +39 333 48 75 822.


Do you have questions or a special request? Mail to or call us at +32 (0) 479 22 86 98.



Rue A. & M. Hellinckx 64
B-1083 Brussels
+32 (0) 479 22 86 98


La Tangueria
Chaussée de Jette 239
B-1080 Brussels
Metro Simonis

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