Tango Agenda for the
Go Tango Worldwide
Rob ('Torito') Nuijten, Amsterdam.
BTW (VAT) nr: NL001142230B63
dances Argentine Tango since
1991, and took classes at the Academia de Tango (Lalo & Mirta),
workshops from other local teachers, and Argentine dancers visiting
the Netherlands (Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Claudia &
Esteban, Gustavo Naveira, Tete Rusconi, Osvaldo Zotto & Lorena
Hermocida, Carlos Gavito, Paola & Orlando, Ruth & Andreas), or
at festivals in Europe (Fabian Salas and
many, many others). Because of his 'energetic' style of dancing in his
early years, he was nicknamed 'Torito'. He went to Buenos Aires a few
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 give an occasional private lesson, like for actors.
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.
A technique for ladies (in dutch)
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!
For many years, Rob maintained the only online Tango Agenda
Netherlands. When Facebook became the main channel for organisors to
promote their events and another online agenda started to compete with
it, the receival of necessary updates started to decline after which it
became too complicated to keep the agenda clean from outdated info.
That's why Rob now focusses on special Tango events, like workshops ,
shows and concerts, and leaves the agenda of 'where to go dance
tonight' to the Tangokalender, that you'll also find at the
Agenda for the Netherlands
Then there're the webpages that are consulted by travellers.
Choose the continent of your interest and find the tangowebsites per
country and city.
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 three decades of Tango experiences, through Torito Events
is not an agency. Torito Events is hired by the event organisor, not by
Go Tango Worldwide
performances, with also one dance/theatre piece by tango dancers and
May 24 and 25 (2015)
Mycelium - drama dance,
Put together by Dance school Cielito and Theatergroep het WEB.
in the woods near Lage Vuursche, behind the castle Drakenstein.
NB: This performance is one of a whole variety of performances offered
for the single entrance ticket.
Optional: performances at Fringe festival in Delft, June 6
& 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.
& Isolde dance for a world congress of advocates in Amsterdam as an
appetiser for a next congress taking place in Buenos Aires.
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.
dancing with Erica in a tango salon in Amsterdam in April 2010. Photo by tango photographer Peter Forret. Click for the whole
©2010 Peter Forret: tangopaparazzo.com
Check out Peter's page
Rob & Manuela
performance, Tangation, Culemborg.
December 2009. Photo © Ellen Verhagen.
& Claudia gave a 2 hour clinic about leadership, for the managers
of a very large insurance company.
December 2009. Photo by the chauffeur.
of CiTAngo welcomed Rob
as Tango DJ for their milonga on May 10, 2009.
& Sonja at the set of a Nescafe commercial. 20
tangodansers and 10 musicians and many extra's created a flashback of a
salon de tango from the 40's.
© Arjan Sikking (one of the other dancers for Nescafé)
Colour retouch by Rob Nuijten
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.
© Rob Nuijten
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.
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)
Click image for larger photo.
DJ Torito at Stadsbal The
March 12, 2010
& Manuela Rivero
Workshop milonga & performance in Culemborg
& Patty (van Hoften), improvisation at the Academia de Tango,
Music: La Cachila, by Osvaldo Pugliese.
November 2009. Photo © Bert Verleur.
taking a private
lesson in Rob's home.
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
Photo © Alex
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 Argentina, 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.
PR photo ©
& Sonja (Germany) were teaching a serie of classes in
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 (2001).
© René Oey
in Royal Theatre Carré,
& 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
© Sonja Mildner
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
Rob taught workshops and private lessons in Singapore.