Ruth Zimmermann (England/Germany)
Ruth lives with her two children in Totnes, South West England. Following an ecstatic dream about dancing the Tango, she began to explore this sensuous dance from Argentina. She began learning from Biljana Lipic (London) and from Eric Jeurissen (Holland) amongst others, and danced obsessively in Holland, Germany, Spain and elsewhere. She decided to grow a Tango community in Totnes, a little town of 5000 inhabitants. She now runs various regular classes in and around the area, organises workshops for visiting teachers, as well as hosting regular and special events such as Practicas, Milongas and Tango Mangos. More recently, she has teamed up with Frank from Cardiff, and together they have also started to run classes and events in Cardiff.
Teaching appointments abroad have taken Ruth to France, Croatia, Spain, Norway, Holland and Germany.
Having trained as a musician, Ruth will always bring special attention to dancing musically, and she is always exploring new ways of teaching this musicality in her classes.
||A comment from a student:
I enjoyed our lesson very much, you are very precise and seem to have an endless number of ways to explain what you know so well inside your beingness. And the way you lead is simply heavenly magical, leading from true stillness! That's how you can read me so well and pass on what you see and feel, isn't it? And thats the bit I enjoyed most, having someone who can tell me what I do.
I can't wait to get to the point when I have totally left my mind and am really present with the dance, when I can contribute more and don't think about the following at all. Then we will dance again . . .
Thank you for being my teacher!
There have been many other teachers who through Tango Oblivion have contributed to the teaching and to the growth of the Tango community in this area.
Above all, my thanks go to Jean Paul Dal Din and Adele Levi for helping to get the ball rolling, to Biljana Lipic and David Lurie for visiting us once a month during the first year to give workshops, and to Fernando Guidi and Isolde Kanikani (both of whom have by now established their own teaching businesses in this area) for bringing their energy and enthusiasm to the second stage of growth. I am grateful for the times we shared.
Further thanks go to Eric Jeurissen from El Corte in Nijmegen, Netherlands, for being a constant source of inspiration with regards to teaching and creating a Tango community.
There are many teachers who came and taught as part of Tango Oblivion, often during the bigger events, without whom it would not be the same. Below an alphabetical (probably not complete) list...
Augusto and Miguel
Ben and Katja
Daniela Feilke- Wolff
Eric Rainer-Vehrs and Brini
Jordi (Tai Chi)
Lindsey and Paul (Salsa)
Maral and Mariano
Paras and Paul