Eric and Susannah
Eric and Susannah Gebhart, the creators of the TangoBreath vinyasa
|Eric and Susannah began teaching TangoBreath in March 2011, after over six months of development, incorporating influences from their backgrounds, including yoga, martial arts, ballet, weight training, and other dance forms. They are grateful for the instruction and inspiration provided by many of their tango teachers and role models.|
Eric and Susannah believe that how we think and what we visualize has a profound effect on how we move. For them, the best way to learn tango is through body awareness, proper bio-mechanics, and movement discovery, rather than learning steps. To that end, they have developed a two pronged approach of teaching both individual and partnered movement and posture through their TangoBreath vinyasa flow of exercises and visualizations and their classes, which concentrate on subtle, sensitive communication and movement within the embrace. They seek to help students find natural, powerful and graceful movement, sensitivity and subtlety, as well as their own creativity in their dance. If they have a goal in teaching, it is not only to help their students become better dancers, but also to empower them to move through their everyday lives with healthy, dynamic posture, more confidence, and fluidity.
Known for their unique teaching style, Eric and Susannah have developed a philosophy of learning based on concepts and patterns, which can then be applied holistically to the dance in a multitude of ways. With their strong knowledge of anatomy, they apply themselves to find more accurate ways of describing movement. Greatly inspired by the works of “movement specialists” such as Eric Franklin and Irene Dowd, they use a variety of visualizations intended to help students find the posture and movement in their own bodies. Often, their teaching has also been compared to Feldenkrais. Additionally, musical expression in the quality of movement is always present in their teaching. Eric and Susannah continue to study and explore the dance intensively, sharing their discoveries and journey wholeheartedly with their students.
To see what their students are saying, visit the testimonials page.
Private Lessons and Workshops.
Eric and Susannah are available for private lessons and to teach TangoBreath workshops. They are delighted to work with organizers to tailor classes as well as TangoBreath exercises to focus on the needs and desires of the community.
Eric and Susannah have studied with many teachers. Those that have been most influential to their understanding of technique and/or teaching philosophy have been Tomas Howlin, Brigitta Winkler, Murat & Michelle Erdemsel, Rosa Corisco, Homer & Cristina Ladas, Alex Krebs, Robin Thomas, Jay Abling, Daniela Pucci & Luis Bianchi, and Hsueh-Tze Lee.