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Where to Dance Interview: Anne-Maree Therkleson

17-06-2022

Nelson-based Anne-Maree Therkleson teaches dance and pilates, produces a yearly Tango Festival and leads dance tours to Buenos Aires. She explores the beauty of tango through understanding the bio-mechanics of the body movements required, how to meld them together with musical awareness - while creating your own voice within the dance.

Therkleson produces four social dancing festivals a year: Summer Tango in Nelson (March), Autumn Tango in Arrowtown (April), Winter Tango in Hanmer (August) and Spring Tango in Martinborough (October). The festivals are unique to New Zealand, the mission is: ‘No performances, no teaching - purely joyful social dancing in celebration of the milonga’. Milonga is the term used to describe a gathering of tangueros (tango dancers).

Anne-Maree says that what makes Tango so special is its elegance and beauty, the sublime connection you can experience in the arms of the other person. Tangueros search for that moment, where two people vibrate in mutual flow, an experience of energised focus, being ‘in the zone’ or ‘in flow’, a ‘neural duet’.

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