Biljana Lipić

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Biljana is truly a master, in the Art of Tango!
Photographs by Delia Spatareanu, Jelena Tasic, Andrew Lanyon + copyright of ITN

Biljana and Argentine Tango

I run regular Tango classes, workshops and practicas in Cornwall, UK:

In collaboration with Barefoot Practica - every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month - Tango Centre Falmouth practica for all, including beginners. 

Every other Wednesday in Ponsanooth Hall: workshop for improvers/intermediates 20:15 - 22:15

I am also available for regular private lessons.

For other up-to-date information about Tango classes, workshops, Practicas and events I run in Cornwall, as well as nationally and internationally, plus any Tango related special workshops and journeys I organise, please check the News and the Special Workshops & Journeys page too. You can also subscribe to my newsletters to receive regular updates. To enquire further, book or discuss booking me for workshops, events or mentoring (group or private), please contact me personally.

I fell in love with Argentine Tango upon my first contact with it. Hearing the music I felt an immediate soul call and making my first dance steps felt like homecoming. It was as if Tango had always been there in my heart, all I had to do was ignite it.

Once lit, my passion for Tango became a creative driving force, which has helped me find inspiration and focus in some of the hardest moments of my life. Holding me in a sweetly safe space, Tango has also gifted me with some of the most profound, joyous and blissful experiences in life, together with plenty of growth-inducing challenges too!

Even now, after 20 years of intense involvement with it, Tango still adds richness and depth to my life by moving me to explore, to be creative, and to keep learning about myself and others; about love and life as a relationship. More than anything, Tango teaches me about how to live life's paradox, how to stand in freedom whilst also being intimately connected to others.

My approach to teaching Tango springs from my understanding of it as a body-based walking dance practice, whose results can only be discovered through a direct contact with it and through the art of improvisation. My language and context of delivery is modern, although my aim is to transfer the traditional form of this social art form. I don't actually attempt to 'teach' but really to facilitate each person's unique Tango journey, inviting everyone to make their own personal contact with it through their creative exploration.

I invite everyone learning to dance, to start from the understanding that they are, at all times, already dancing! I invite them to focus the mind and free the body - marrying the two - use their senses, attention, imagination, their own awareness and perception of space, movement and others, in order to awaken in the now and bring their own inner world into the visible. I use all kinds of tools and ideas in order to make more free space for all of us to notice, to feel, to explore and to be playful and also to choreograph that which is already there - hence to become aware of our own responses and ability to make choices - to improvise - to connect with others and become a many-legged animal. Heart to heart - here and now - Tango for me is not a dead form, not some kind of ideal result we aim to have as a trophy after the learning is finished, but something always palpably there, to be loved and enjoyed during the process of learning. Something to be - the dance, the life/consciousness, the love, the relationship, the process itself.

In the performing and theatrical context as well, my focus again is on the art of improvisation and the minimizing of structure, where then aesthetic beauty comes from the exposure of the natural form, of truth in relationships as well as of the process of creation in itself.