Tango legend Winkler to present dance, workshops Dec. 10-12

Tango legend Brigitta Winkler will host a weekend of dances and workshops Dec. 10-12 for the University’s Tango Group.

Winkler, a native of Berlin, is one of the world’s foremost teachers and performers of tango.

On Dec. 10, Winkler will host a free tango/swing/salsa dance from 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

The event will begin with a half-hour introduction to swing dancing and also will include, at 9:15 p.m., an introduction to authentic Argentine-style tango.

Tom Stermitz, organizer of Denver’s annual Memorial Day and Labor Day tango festivals, will play traditional Argentine tango music.

The dance is free and open to the public and will take place in Umrath Hall Lounge.

In addition, Winkler will lead a series of tango workshops at 1, 2:45 and 4 p.m. Dec. 11 and at 1 and 2:45 p.m. Dec. 12. The cost for each class is $20, and a discount is available for the series.

Beginners are welcome. Workshops will take place in the Mudd House Multipurpose Room.

Winkler is known for her exquisite creativity, clarity and understanding of the dance and music.

In 1987, Winkler co-founded the highly respected Tanzart studio in Berlin as well as the internationally acclaimed Tango Mujer, a pioneering dance company exploring the boundaries between tango and contemporary dance.

In her classes, Winkler integrates more than 20 years of experience of teaching and performing the tango with techniques adopted from Body-Mind Centering, an experimental approach to movement re-education.

For more information, call Shaun Sellers at 935-6098 or go online to cec.wustl.edu/~hs3.