The desire for a women's tango retreat emerged from our own individual practice of both roles, and after decades of offering local classes, practices, and workshops for women only. We imagined a focused space for women to lead and follow together in a supportive, encouraging environment, a space that would link women from many distinct communities. A retreat is also an opportunity to cultivate inner stillness and to gain a broader perspective, a space to imagine, to dream, and to gather the inner resources to make creative visions real. Our participants often leave with stronger identities of themselves as dancers, and with plans for unique projects, events, and classes.
"The Breitenbush retreat is hands down the most paradigm-shifting, most growth-inducing, most nourishing tango event I have ever been part of. I believe that attending a TangoMujer retreat is the best thing any woman can do for her tango." - Hannah Louise Poston
TangoMujer Dance Company
Our women's tango retreats are inspired in large part by the story of the groundbreaking dance collective TangoMujer. In the early 1990s, four female tango dancers began practicing together in NYC: Fabienne Bongard, Rebecca Shulman, Valeria Solomonoff, and Brigitta Winkler. In 1996, they responded to a performance invitation at Symphony Space and became TangoMujer, the first all-female tango company in the world. Their show included not only innovative tango duets but imaginative solo and group tangos as well.
An engagement at the Podewil Theatre in Berlin followed in 1998, adding Berlin-based Angelika Fischer to the group, and a National Dance Production grant from New England Foundation for the Arts sent the entire company on tour to seven cities in the 2000-2001 season. In 2003, Sharna Fabiano became the youngest member of the company, and over the next several years TangoMujer performed at Jacob's Pillow, Denver Tango Festival, Queens Theatre in the Park, the University of Maryland, and the House of World Cultures in Berlin. In May 2005 they appeared at the Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf, and in 2006 they performed for the last time as part of Ted Viviani's Leading Ladies of Tango at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco.
What's Your Story?
TangoMujer re-imagined tango as a performance form, shattered conventional gender roles, and inspired social dancers to approach tango from new perspectives. The company told new stories with tango, stories of friendship, isolation, longing, and community. The members were and continue to be passionate teachers in their home communities and as guest artists in universities and on tour. Their female students, and their students' students, now form a generation of women leaders who are reshaping the social landscape of tango in the United States and Europe, enriching milongas and prácticas with playfulness, creativity, and connection. You are part of this generation of women who dance both roles. What story do you have to share through your dance? We want to hear it.