Background Rob dances Argentine Tango since
1991, and took classes at the Academia de Tango, participated in
workshops from other local teachers, and Argentinean dancers visiting
the Netherlands (Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Claudia &
Esteban, Gustavo Naveira, Tete Rusconi, Osvaldo Zotto & Lorena
Hermocida, Carlos Gavito or at festivals in Europe (Fabian Salas and
many, many others). Because of his 'energetic' style of dancing he was
soon nicknamed 'Torito'. He went to Buenos Aires a few times to
experience the Argentine tango culture at its birthplace.
In the past years, Rob taught dance classes organised
by Tangoschool Amsterdam, Tangoschool Rotterdam and Tangoschool
Amsteltango, Tangation in Culemborg and occasionally for schools in
Italy, England, and
Singapore and a Tango+salsa holiday in Spain.
Now, he teaches on invitation of event organisors or
dance schools or gives occasional private classes.
Rob does not run a dance school. There are no regular group classes!
Private lessons for beginners
(couple or single)
Learn the basics of tango in 6 intense lessons: technique,
music. You'll learn much faster than in a group lesson.
lessons for advanced or very advanced (couple or single) You
may want to work on specific subjects, like: corrections, another style
(close embrace or more open), performance, techniques for a
more active role of the lady, in the creation of the dance.
You and your friends may want to organise a lesson for a
If you know the date, we'll find a studio, or you do.
6 private lessons for the price of 5
A private lesson (75 minutes) costs 45 euro (one teacher),
payed in advance, you can have 6 lessons for the price of 5.
The lesson is often given by one teacher, and taken by
Beginning couples however must take at least two lessons with 2
teachers (80 euro per lesson), before they can have a lesson with one
NB. The gratis 6th lesson is given by one teacher
NB. For this price the lessons are given in Amsterdam at your home / or
your office / your studio. If necessary, a studio can be rented on your
costs, but not much space is needed, to dance Argentine tango.
For people not living in Amsterdam: call, or send an email, and we see
what the possibilities are.
Dance lessons / Favorite themes
Musicality, creativity, personality and expression.
Standing secure, dedication to the partner, a pleasent tension,
comfortable, relaxed, taking care of yourself.
Think also of: 'Dare to be different' or 'Get a life!'
With lots of attention for the lady, who makes half the dance.
These are the basics, of the technique and of the ideas from which we
The pleasure of dancing tango comes from the contact that is essential
for improvisation. First after we learn what it means to really dance
together, we should expand our repertoir of steps.
The students themselves should understand that they themselves could
also invent steps, moves, combinations, since all steps are once
invented, by someone creative, who dared to. A step could not be copied
if no one had created it first.
No one dances the same way and no one should try become a copy of his
teacher. Nor should a teacher think his/her style of dancing should be
And nothing should be copied before it is understood and experienced as
The style of your tango dancing will be shaped after your body, energy,
mood, preferences in music but also by your favorite dancepartners
who'll still all have their unique qualities, capabilities and desires.
Two, unique persons, dancing together, should enjoy the dialogue.
Dancing Tango is not about the leader, telling the follower which step
to make, in which direction and with which speed. But it is also not
about the follower waiting for an opportunity, given by the leader, to
throw her own few seconds of creativity into the dance. The leader must
learn to be sensitive for the followers creativity and the follower
must learn to communicate her wishes while dancing (and without
speaking a word!).
Advanced dancers may have developed an automatism, in dancing patterns,
without realising they have lost the pleasure of the contact that comes
with improvisation. For them it would be good to do excercizes that
make them aware of the loss, and regain the pleasure of more
Although I consider teaching steps the least important, one should not
be afraid not to learn any. Every lesson contains steps that fit best
to the theme of the lesson.
The song (a milonga) 'El Torito' has in its name and
its speed some relation to Robs dancing. Postcards with these images
have been sent, from Buenos Aires, by Ricardo 'El Holandes' and Hans
& Yolande Gerver. Thanks guys!
Maintaining the best viewed Tango pages in the
Netherlands has become a daily task, since all visitors expect this
Tango Agenda to live up to its promises and be complete and up to date. Tango
Agenda for the Netherlands
Then there're the webpages that are consulted
worldwide, by hundreds of viewers every day. All together a
wellrespected set of Tango pages where many request to be linked from
and through which many find their way to Tango in any country they wish
to travel to. Go Tango Worldwide
Enthusiasm about the skill of professional dancers and
musicians and his wish to see the right artists be booked for the right
jobs, made him start a service for event organisors. Those who seek
Tango musicians and/or Tango dancers can be assured of the best help
one can get. Event organisors of theaters, festival organisors, large
companies, television- and radiomakers used the insights and contacts
build upon 2 decades of Tango experiences, through Torito Events (This
is not an agency. Torito Events is hired by the event organisor, not by
the artists). Torito
& Marit in a 4 minute act with a 'deadly' tango dance, on live
music ('Assassins Tango'), for 'De Rode Draad', a 75 minute
concert/theatre piece by students of the School For Young Talent at the
Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
The 'sad' ending of the act was requested by the musicians, and so was
the use of something red (That's how a red shawl came in).
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& Isolde dance for a world congress of advocates in Amsterdam as an
appetiser for a next congress taking place in Buenos Aires.
Photo Marit Hilsen, August 25,
Dutch cinema movie
Torito Event was asked to pick 4 dancers who'd perform the Argentine
tango for a Dutch movie, in a scene recorded
in the night of July 7th 2010.
request of KPN, Torito Event organised 20 advanced Tangodancers
and the best teachers in the Netherlands for
a tango dance lesson to the award
winning top employees, and a dance performance.
in the Old Church ( de Oude Kerk ), in the centre of Amsterdam.
Organised by de Oude Kerk for the Museum Night of 2004. Torito Event
advised, invited the dancers, organised the musicians and the DJ.
de Tango is a foundation that
Tango events to raise money for projects in the poorest neighbouhoods
of Buenos Aires.
Rob is the president of the board (4) of Luna de Tango.
To introduce an Argentine Tango
couple to the tangueros of the Netherlands, tangosalons
with short lessons were organised.
& Chi-E (from Japan) gave workshops in Sunderland, England.
Rob taught workshops and private lessons in Singapore,
organised by Ivy Loo.
Amsterdam, Dam square.
Event organised a Tango performance on request of Hete Herfst (a
protest against the choices in budget cuts by the Dutch government).
Dancers Yerpun & Inge (Amsterdam)
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for this worldfamous and very inspiring dancer and his dance partner
Plazaolla, Rob organised a special Gran Salon de
Tango in Grand Cafe De Kroon in Amsterdam, during their first
incidental visit to
the Netherlands. The Dutch tango dancers came from all over the
country, on a wednesday night, to see their dance performances, and
enjoy the dance night.
various partners were then asked to teach at the Tangomagia festivals
regretfully passed away July 1st 2005. As long as his legs supported
him he inspired many with his sensual dance, done with immense feel for
Candal, professional Tango dancer, wrote from Buenos Aires:
on his last birthday in the Sunderland Club: "Madurar es del Alma" (To mature comes from the
For a party in Scotland, Torito Event was chosen to put a dinner show
together, with mainly Tango.
The show was realised with a group of 4 tango dancers and 10 musicans,
originally from Argentinia, USA, Russia, the Netherlands, Germany and
Scotland. The musicians played Argentine Folk and Argentine Tango, Jazz,
& Jolanda danced at 'Reflejo de luna' (by alacran) at the launch of
the CD 'Latin Lounge' (label Putumayo) in the
Sugar Factory in Amsterdam.
enthusiastic about the arrival of this elegant dancer in
Amsterdam, Rob became the agent of him and Christiane Palha, for the
time of Ernestos stay in the Netherlands.
workshops and performances in milongas in Amsterdam, The
Hague, became the maestros of the Deventer Tango festival where they
gave workshops, and also performed on stage with Richard Galliano. They
concluded the cooperation with performances at Robs 'TangoX4' weekend
joined Toneelgroup Amsterdam to dance in
the theatreplay 'Romeo and Julia' in the role of Paris and Julia, after
which Ernesto returned to Buenos Aires.
highschool in Harderwijk, Rob gave a Tango dance class, assisted by
Rob & Gabriëlle Nederend
danced in the show 'Olé Tango!'.
With this show they visited 35 theaters and concert halls in the
Tangoschool Amsterdam they taught 3 levels of regular classes.
& Machiko raised money for human rights organisations
in Argentina, as that being a part of the Alternative National Gift to
crown prince Willem Alexander and prinses Maxima, when they married.
Tango Royal. Rob and his dancepartner Gabriëlle were
invited, before that, to do a dance performance and a dance lesson at a
party of crown prince Willem Alexander and his bride Máxima,
2 days before they married, but Rob declined. There were two reasons
for that: Rob thinks princes and princesses, kings and queens are
fairytale figures like Sint Nikolaas and Santa Claus (sorry, children)
that Rob refuses to say 'your highness' to. Also, the head of state
should be chosen democraticly.
It is rather
silly to give a lady the status of a princess, just because of her
marriage to a man, who, just simply by birth, was given a status of
crown prince, and then simply start to cheer them and gasp at them as
if they did magnificent things.
reason for decline, was the possibility that Jorge Zorreguieta, father
of the bride and important member of the murderous government of the
formar military juntaleader Videla (Argentina) could attend this party,
at a royal palace in The Hague.
instead a supporter of the H.I.J.O.S. Holanda,
children of the missing and
murdered, victims of Zorreguietta and his compañeros en lo
few steps on
& Jolanda practising in the Vondelpark Open Air theatre in
4, 2005, RTL4, Television
In the first edition of the new Dutch lifestyle programm' Cheers', Rob
& Jolanda gave a dance lesson in a television broadcast about
Tessa van der Voort, who paints Tango and flamenco