Tango Oblivion was founded in 2000 by Ruth with the goal of teaching tango in the dance-hungry town of Totnes in South Devon, England. Most famously known for the Tango Mangos (2002-2019), week-long dance events for 150 and more dancers, Ruth also taught regular classes in Totnes from 1999 until 2014, when she and her husband Frank decided to go on a long journey. Fast-forward 8 years and they are slowly migrating back to Totnes, ready to inject fresh Tango energy once again into this delightful town.
"It all began in 1998, with a dream of dancing the Tango. In this dream I experienced an ecstatic feeling of absolute surrender while at the same time touching into the centre of my own power. When I woke up, I was intrigued to find out if Tango really causes these feelings, so I went to my first workshop.
In our classes, we like to create an environment where people feel safe to explore their Tango, where we discover together the beauties of this improvisatory dance. Our teaching comes from the heart and through the music. It focuses on the essentials of connection, posture, musicality and floor craft.
2002 saw the invention of theTango Mango, a week-long Tango event to which we also invited visiting teachers from all over the UK and abroad. In the past, there have been around 4 (sometimes up to 8!) Tango Mangos per year.
Occasionally, we organise intensive workshop weekends - some of which we teach, others where we invite a teaching couple. Ruth also teaches abroad in Germany, Spain, Holland, Scandinavia and Croatia. Check our Calendar for dates of all events at home and abroad.
Having danced both roles for more than 20 years, Ruth is equally happy to lead (to dance the role of 'the man') or to follow (to dance the role of 'the woman') in private lessons. Knowing both roles equally well gives her a complete picture of the dance, and she can bring this understanding to your learning process.
A relatively young venture is Making Tango Music, a chance to study this beautiful music by playing it ourselves! Ruth is a trained musician and has intensively studied the Bandoneon since 2018 - the craziest instrument ever! The Tango Jam welcomes players of all levels, preferably with instruments that fit into the traditional ensemble (violin, viola, double bass, piano, bandoneon, and occasionally guitar, flute, clarinet and a singer). Occasionally we have room for less traditional instruments too, such as Akkordion or Saxophone.
Please enjoy the web site and if you have any questions or would like to book me, don't hesitate to contact me!!