MEET OUR GUESTS: ERIN & DORUK!
Coming one night only!
Come dance at our Thursday night clinic
where they will be our guest instructors on April 28.
Come see them perform at Practica!
Come see, come dance!
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Doruk: London, England. Grew up in Istanbul, Turkey, though.
Erin: Kalamazoo, Michigan
HOW DID YOU ENCOUNTER TANGO?
D: Through the Carlos Saura movie ‘Tango’, which surprisingly made it to theaters in Turkey. Later, a good friend started taking classes, and I accompanied her. The rest, as they say, is history.
E: During my undergrad dance program, both a close friend & my mentor suggested I choreograph to a Piazzolla song (Preludio para el ano 3001: Rinascero). My curiosity about tango was piqued, and I had to learn more!
ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO TANGO?
D: Go out to milongas, there is only so much you can learn in class. Also, watch other people dance.
E: I’m in agreement with Doruk! Also, enjoy the journey – it’s not a race to become “advanced!” 😉
CAN YOU DESCRIBE TANGO IN 3 WORDS?
D: I wouldn’t need to do all this dancing if I could 😉
E: It’s about availability.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT EXCHANGING ROLES?
D: Understanding what your partners experience in the dance.
E: Getting to feel how other followers move, and secretly learning from them (yes, I’m a bit of a spy).
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEACHING AT SANGHA SPACE?
D: This will be my first time at Sangha Space, but so far as we are organizing our visit, I am impressed by the niceness and professionalism of everyone.
E: Also my first time at Sangha Space! Everyone has been so friendly and wonderful from afar, I can’t wait to meet you all and dance with you!
SOME SAY TEACHERS ARE LIFELONG LEARNERS. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY LEARNING MORE ABOUT OR WORKING ON AS A TANGO TEACHER?
D: Many many things. Right now, I am trying to be more expressive, more present, more spontaneous, more forgiving of mistakes. All the fun abstract stuff I will never be ‘good enough’ at 😉
E: I’m currently fascinated by how profoundly a dancer’s mood and psychology (including my own!) impacts his or her dance, beyond the technique. I’m enjoying investigating how my verbal cueing along these lines can affect a great deal of change in lessons!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TANGO SONG/ORQUESTRA?
D: Changes depending on my mood, though lately I have a fondness for Biagi. As far as individual songs go, I always like Madame Yvonne, because the subject matter is so sordid.
E: For me, it also changes depending on my mood, but right now, my favorites are:
tango: Cuento Azul (Calo)
vals: Miedo (D’Arienzo) and
milonga: En Lo de Laura (D’Agostino)
WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES (BESIDES TANGO) DO YOU ENJOY?
D: I do practice a couple of martial arts of Japanese origin. I also draw and paint, which I am hoping to do more professionally in the future.
E: I have a long dance background, and I’m now very into dance filmmaking. In the past, I’ve studied cello, which I’d love to find time to do more of – but carrying a cello around on tour isn’t the easiest. 😉
IF YOU WERE TO WIN THE LOTTERY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?
D: There are many things I would love to learn, so probably I will be in some class or other all the time. Probably travel more so I can learn things at their source as well, which comes with the added benefit of awesome local foods 😀
E: I’d love to travel EVEN MORE in the short run, and later have my own dance and performance space so I could host all kinds of awesome events for dance and performance of all kinds.
WHAT’S SOMETHING SECRETLY AWESOME ABOUT YOU THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW?
D: I can get a wolf to howl
E: I was in a play with Anna Chlumsky (the “My Girl” girl) about 10 years ago.