History of Tangocamp

The History of Tangocamp

Tangocamp was created by Pino Dangiola who, like most tango dancers, travelled many distant places to dance and study and was very frustrated with the quality of festivals at the time. He considered that a proper tango festival ought to bring people together and have excellent facilities. Thus he ran Tangocamp for the first time in Sweden in 2000. Tangocamp was the first tango festival that was truly focused on the dancers: good floors, all-night-long milongas, minimum talk and paperwork and maximum dancing. Also, unlike other festivals, Tangocamp brought the dancers together by housing them in the same hotel as the festival and keeping the groups so that the dancers can get to know each other throughout the festival. Finally, all the Tangocamp teachers are of a highest standard and allocated across the groups.

After its success in 2000, Tangocamp has been running in Sweden ever since and in 2003, the first Tangocamp in Greece was ran, now together with his wife Natalie Brateli, making Tangocamp perhaps the first and only festival that runs in more than one country. In 2005, Tangocamp was brought to Italy and Rom, becoming the first mayor festival in the capital of Italy. Germany became Tangocamp's latest addition in 2006 with Tanzhaus NRW as partner and with Jost Budde as manager.

This makes, after the 2011 editon, a total of 31 organized Tangocamp festivals, sofar!

Pino says: We aspire to make Tangocamp the most exciting tango happening in Europe and one of the largest in the world while of course keeping its high quality and we are very happy that people come forward every year asking us to make a Tangocamp festival in their hometown....and maybe one day we do. But for now we work on making the four we have to be of top standard and outstanding events.

Natalie says: We are very proud and honored that so many choose to come to Tangocamp. We take and feel this as a very big responsibility. We really try to make every participants visit to Tangocamp the best time they ever had. If problems occur we do our very best to solve it directly and on the spot, but for the most times everything runs extremely smooth. I think that the four different festivals complete each other. There is something for everyone. Each festival is special and they all have special features.


Teachers who have been part of Tangocamp during the years:

Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne
Adrian Veredice & Alejandra Hobert
Esteban Moreno & Claudia Codega
Esteban Cortez & Evelyn Rivera
Javier Rodriguez & Andrea Missé
Javier Rodriguez & Stella Missé
Javier Rodrgiuez & Geraldine Rojas
Joe Corbata & Florencia Blanco
Demian Garcia & Carolina Bonventura
Fabian Salas & Carolina del Rivero
Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli & Lucia Mazer
Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli & Eugenia Parrilla
Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli & Mariana Dragone
Julio Balmaceda & Corina de la Rosa
Eduardo Cappussi & Mariana Flores
Damian Esell & Nancy Louzan
Mazen Kiwan & Maria Filali
Mazen Kiwan & Sigrid van Tilbeurgh
Metin Yazir & Vanessa Gauch
Ozhan Araz & Sekan Gockesu
Pablo Villaraza & Dana Frigoli
Pino Dangiola & Natalie Brateli
Pino Dangiola & Eugenia Parrilla
Somer Surgit & Eugenia Parrilla
Ezequiel Farfaro & Eugenia Parrilla
Pablo Inza & Eugenia Parrilla
Pablo Inza & Moira Castellano
Gaston Torelli & Moira Castellano
Marcelo Gutierrez & Sigrid van Tilbeurgh
Diego Riemer  & Maria Belen Giachello


As Special Guest we have invited:

Ozhan Araz & Sekan Gockesu (2006)
Esteban Cortez & Evelyn Rivera (2007)
Mazen Kiwan & Sigrid van Tilbeurgh (2008)
Marcelo Gutierrez & Sigrid van Tilbeurgh (2009)
Loukas Balokas & Georgia Priskou (2010)