Tango Connections classes with Patrick Marsolek & Lori Mitchell are fun, welcoming and exciting. Their classes focus on developing dynamic and living connections in the dance -- connections can be within ourselves, with our partner, with the music and the other dancers on the floor with us. Within these connections we explore a full range of communication and awareness of ourselves and our partners. Tango can be a tremendously rich and subtle experience. In each dance we develop and express unique qualities, emotions and energies.
We enjoy exploring a fluid and flexible embrace, a wide range of musical styles from traditional to nuevo and alternative, slow sensual dancing to milonga and tango vals. When focusing on particular steps, we encourage an organic discovery of new possibilities and ways of communicating new possibilities.
Since Patrick had is first introductory lesson in the Argentine Tango in 2005, he has been passionately exploring, studying and learning about the dance. Shortly after that first lesson he attended a full weekend workshop and hasn’t looked back. He’s attended seminars, festivals and has studied with many of the modern ‘masters’ of tango from the United states and Argentina; including Murat & Michelle Erdemsel, Alex Krebs, Oliver Kolker & Silvina Valz, (Pulpo) Norberto Esbres & Luisa Paez, Fabian Salas, Lola Diaz, Carolina Riviero, Donato Juárez, Caroline Peattie and Christopher Nassopoulos, Damian Esell and Nancy Louzan.
Patrick & Lori teach around Montana
Photo by Ari Denison
In 2008 he traveled to Buenos Aires to study tango with Gustavo Naviera and Giselle Anne. In Argentina, he also immersed himself in the ‘Milonga’ scene, the social dance phenomenon of Argentina, gaining a deeper appreciation for the richness and tradition of the tango.
Since 2007 Patrick has been teaching tango around Montana. He’s one of the founding members of TangoHelena, a nonprofit community organization dedicated to promoting the tango and the culture of the dance in Central Montana. He has taught in Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, Billings and Dillon.
He enjoys sharing the tango with people of all ages. He’s had students in grade school and as old as 100 years. He’s taught in schools, retirement communities, workplace Christmas parties, private groups and individual lessons. He also produced a series of Tango lessons through Helena Civic Television which has aired more than 50 episodes.
Over the last 30 years I have studied modern, ballet, jazz, tap, flamenco and trained in Pilates, Gyrotonics, and Laban movement fundamentals. My work as a dancer has encompassed performance hanging from ladders, dancing in fountains, and dashing across the Broadway stage. Every performance was an expression of the Choreographers vision and my own story. In 1990 I co founded Thread Dance, a collaborative group of four dance familiars, and explored improvisation, personal expression and story telling through movement. Together we found the joy of sharing our dance with small audiences in intimate spaces.
In 1991 I earned my license in massage. Years of practice have taught me much about how the body works, and how to listen. Following this thread I earned my Nursing degree in 2005. Now I travel in the healthcare, academic, and dance worlds with an eye and heart informed by the joy and wisdom of the importance of movement, self expression, and acknowledgement.
Currently I study Flamenco with Elenita Brown, Heather Adams and most recently with Marisol and Joaquin Encinias at the International Flamenco Festival. I am a founding member of Espiritu Flamenco. My Tango teachers include Abby & Diego, Patrick & Grace, and several workshops with Alex Krebs and Murat & Michelle. Whenever possible I dance in Joy French’s Tuesday night Modern class – I highly recommend it.
I love to teach and am fortunate to teach Anatomy & Physiology Labs at Missoula College at the University of Montana and facilitate workshops for Living Art of Montana. At the DDC I get to teach Flamenco and Tango. And best of all I am blessed to dance and teach Tango around Montana with my fabulous partner Patrick Marsolek.
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Tango Connections. You can learn Argentine Tango, a highly personal and expressive social dance that can be danced to many different styles of music. It all starts with walking! Walk into a playful, fun, exploration of this exciting, improvisational dance.
In the Tango Connection classes you will learn the basics of the embrace, connection, musicality. Our classes build from week to week with an emphasis on good posture, embrace and awareness of your partner, the music, and the other dancers on the floor.
We will dance to the full range of tango music from traditional Argentine, to modern tango orchestras, nuevo and fusion music and non-tango and popular music that works for tango. You will gain an understanding of the different forms of tango from traditional to nuevo (with the showy flourishes) and including tango waltz (Vals) and Milonga.
Couples or Singles are welcome as are same sex couples or individuals who wish to learn a non-traditional role. Students are encouraged to dance with other members of the class to ensure a fuller understanding of the dance. All ages are welcome, all body types, even those of you who 'can't dance'.