Week1: Sunday 23/07 > Sunday 30/07/23
- Teachers: Marisa van Andel & Oliver Koch (B) and Mirella & Carlos Santos David (NL).
- Additional neo-beginners group with Lin Petersen & Daniel Lauwens from La Luna (B).
Week 2: Sunday 30/07 > Sunday 06/08/23
- Teachers: Marisa van Andel & Oliver Koch (B) and Lorena Tarantino & Gianpiero Galdi (I).
- Additional neo-beginners group with Lin Petersen & Daniel Lauwens from La Luna (B).
At the foot 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 discover without delay.
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… Baveno is next to the lake’s most popular and picturesque town, Stresa, with its prestigious villas, its botanical gardens and of course the famous Borromean islands.
The city of Milan (fashion capital) is located 80 km south, Brussels 870 km north. The area is easily accessible by car, train and plane. The nearest airport is Milano Malpensa (45 km).
In 2023, our groups of tango dancers will be hosted in one of the luxurious Zacchera hotels. All hotels are in privileged positions on the shores of Lake Maggiore and the magnificent Gulf of Borromeo. We will hear which of the 4* hotels it will be ony a few weeks before our stay, depending on which of them has the best conditions to host our groups at that moment. According to the size of our groups, we will probably be placed again in the Grand Hotel Dino in Baveno.
Each hotel offers magnificent rooms, relax areas, bars, restaurants and a comfortable dancing room for the classes and the milongas, all air conditioned. The highly professional staff, elegance, comfort and facilities will make your stay an unforgettably nice experience. All the hotels of the group are very luxurious and have been maintained perfect conditions.
The hotels are surrounded by a large colorful garden with flowers and exotic trees. and has a wonderful private swimming pool with sun loungers, umbrellas and towels.
Spacious private hotel parkings are available at a friendly price. Check out the virtual tour of each hotel.
For the classes and the milongas, the hotels propose a spacious, air conditioned dancing room with a good floor.
All rooms are equipped with a private bath or shower, air conditioning, satellite TV, WiFi and many of the rooms offer a stunning view over the lake or the swimming pool.
Each hotel is at walking distance from the town centre and the beaches.
|Standard room (2 persons per room)||1.145€ pp per week|
|Extra charge single supplement||55€ pp per day|
|Extra charge view on the lake or pool||55€ per room per day|
|Extra charge superior room view on the lake or pool||75€ per room per day|
|NB. Prices for 3rd adult, child, pet, parking, extra days… upon request|
NB. The tourist tax of +/- 2€ pp per day is not included in the above prices.
Deposit to be paid within 4 weeks after booking to the organisation: 380€ pp. The remaining will have to be paid to the Hotel a few weeks before arrival by bank transfer.
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: -60€ per couple for reservation and payment deposit before February 15th, 2023
– If the holiday is cancelled by the organisation or the hotel because of force majeure: your deposit will be reimbursed, except for a small non-reimbursable administration fee of 25€ per person .
In case of cancellation by the participant (for health reasons or other):
– from 1 till 15 days after reservation: 25€ pp
– from 15 till 60 days after reservation: 50€ pp
– after May 1st: 50% of the reserved package
– after June 15th: the total amount is due, unless you propose someone else who takes over your package.
We advise you to take a private travel insurance to cover costs, as neither the organisation, nor the hotel can reimburse you if you have to cancel.
Included in the price are
- The tango workshops with professional tango teachers:15 hours of lessons for the advanced groups with 2 couples of international renown teachers, or 6 hours of semi private lessons for the neo-beginners with teachers from La Tangueria.
- Evening milongas, sales of tango clothes and shoes.
- 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 the the dancing rooms, the swimming pool, the garden chairs and several other hotel facilities.
- Breakfast (until 10h00) and buffet supper with typical Italian menu in the magnificent dining room reserved for the tango group, 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.
- Not included: private hotel parking, trip/shuttle to the hotel (on request), lunches, extras (drinks, snacks…), local tourist tax to pay at the moment of departure.
The organisers and permanent teachers are Marisa & Oliver from La Tangueria Brussels (both weeks). The guest teachers are in the first week Mirella & Carlos from The Netherlands and the second week Lorena & Gianpiero from Torino.
Marisa van Andel & Oliver Koch – Brussels/B, Al compás del corazón/La Tangueria
Both weeks: Sunday 23 July > Sunday 6 August 2023.
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.
Mirella & Carlos Santos David – Den Haag & Delft/NL
Sunday 23 July > Sunday 30 July 2023.
We are very pleased to introduce for the first time in 2023 to the participants of our tango vacation the beautiful couple Carlos & Mirella, based in the Netherlands. This couple is known and appreciated for their elegance, subtlety and musical finesse, as well as for their spectacular, breathtaking demonstrations. Their joint career started in 2011. Mirella’s technical background, who graduated from Dance Academia, is completed with Carlos’ years of experience abroad.
Since 2016, Carlos and Mirella represent the Netherlands at the European and World Championships. They were European Champions Tango de Pista in 2017, and Finalists at the Mundial de Tango in 2016, ’17, ’18, ’19, ’22.
Carlos & Mirella are also known via Dutch Television. They won the second place in the show “Everybody Dance Now” on RTL4 in 2015 and they were in the final of the TV show “Time To Dance” in 2018. As teachers, they excite tango lovers all over the world with their natural, humorous and well-structured way of teaching.
Lorena Tarantino & Gianpiero Galdi – Torino/Accademia Carma
Sunday 30 July > Sunday 6 August 2023.
Following the success of 2022, we invite for the second time in 2023 the young and spectacular couple Lorena and Gianpiero, who we admire a lot. Their creativity and musicality are fresh and full of surprises, their technique is precise and despite their young age they have a sound experience and a huge maturity in their didactics. Their dance shows the true flow of a deep tango connection. Over the past years they have developed their own “Method”, based on a precise and effective didactics, providing the expressive Art of Tango in a sharp, accurate and meaningful tool of communication.
As a son of a tango dancer, Gianpiero grew up dancing, performing and teaching tango since he was a child. His view of tango and his pedagogy are strictly connected to his studies of sports, music, engineering, and bio-mechanics. Lorena is a sensual and gracious dancer, with a background in ballet and a profound study of tango since she was only 17. Coming from Salerno and Naples, they recently moved to Turin, where they teach during the week in a permanent school, when they are not busy traveling around the world teaching and performing in festivals, holidays and tango events.
Lin Petersen & Daniel Lauwens – Antwerpen/La Luna
Both weeks: Sunday 23 July > Sunday 6 August 2023
Each week, there will be a small additional group of neo beginners (from 6 months to 2 years of tango experience), with an adapted schedule of 6 to 10 hours of semi-private classes given by teachers from La Luna Antwerp (EN/FR/NL/DK).
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. There will be 2 groups of intermediate/advanced students. Depending on the experience of the majority of the registrants, these groups could be of different (Group A advanced and Group B intermediate), or of similar levels (advanced/advanced).
Each of the A and B groups 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 of that week. Since the classes will not be taught at the same time, it is possible for the most assiduous who would like to have twice the number of classes, to participate in several levels. It is also possible to book private classes during the week with the teachers.
Tango dancers with less than 2 years of tango experience will be assigned to Group C, a smaller group for neo beginners. The participants of Group C will have between 9 and 15 hours of semi-private classes taught by Lin & Daniel from Tango school La Luna in Antwerp. The number of hours depends on the size of the group: if there are:
> 3/4 couples: 9 hours
> 5/6 couples: 10 hours
> 7/8 couples: 12 hours
> 9/10 couples 14 hours
> more then 10 couples: 15 hours
There will be a variety of themes in the classes: tango de salón, tango fantasia, modern tango, 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 tango workshops are taught in a spacious, air conditioned dancing room, with a good dancing floor. The classes mainly take place after breakfast and before dinner. Each group will have one full day without classes, and so 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, provided that the hotel accepts pupils who are not staying in the hotel (depending on the Covid measures mainly).
Every evening, there will be a milonga for all the participants together, in the beautiful dancing hall.
Depending on the Covid-19 situation, we will try to organise one special milonga together with local tangueros, with a performance by the guest teachers.
We will have to wait and see whether some of the other milongas can be open for outsiders of the tango holidays, too. We zullen moeten afwachten of sommige van de andere milonga’s ook open kunnen zijn voor buitenstaanders van de tangovakantie.
Shoes and clothes
A stand of Tangolera tango shoes and Rossa Spina tango clothes is present at the hotel during the holidays. Participants can place orders for shoes or clothing they would like to purchase on site until July 10. The collections are visible at www.tangolerashoes.com and www.rossaspina.it.
Registrations for the classes can only be done in couples. We try to help singles to find 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 our facebook group. Participants who wish to find a room mate, can contact us.
- Arrival is foreseen on Sunday 23 July or Sunday 30 July. The first class takes place on the Sunday of arrival before dinner. Departure on Sunday 30 July or Sunday 6 August after breakfast. The last class takes place on Saturday before dinner.
- 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 organisation. 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 might be 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.
Addresses and itineraries to the Hotels
Hotel Simplon and Grand Hotel Dino are located in Baveno. The Bristol Hotel is in nearby Stresa.
S.S 33 Sempione
Highway A26 – Exit Gravellona Toce – Baveno – Stresa.
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, Stresa.
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 20th, 2023. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: +32 479 22 86 98.
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