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Maja & Marko

Miljević
Petrović

About

Maja has been dancing since she was three years old. She has a background in contemporary dance and ballet, as well as latin and ballroom dances. She attended music school for ten years, where she played the piano and flute. She studied Spanish and German language and literature at the University of Zagreb and worked as language teacher and translator. In Karlsruhe, she worked in different departments of the Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM). Marko was more into sports and almost went pro in basketball. Instead, he decided to study Electrotechnics and later Physics in which he obtained a degree at the University of Zagreb. He later continued his education and in 2014 received his PhD in Nanobiotechnology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). From 2010 until 2018 we have lived in Karlsruhe, Germany. We curently live in Zagreb, Croatia.

We started dancing tango in Zagreb, Croatia in 2002 in a small group of enthusiasts curious about this “new” dance. Some five years later we began giving regular lessons at the Tango Argentino Zagreb dance school. Our first and most influential teachers were Pablo Rodríguez and Noelia Hurtado. Later we continued to study with Noelia and Carlitos Espinoza. We also studied with Federico Naveira and Inés Muzzoppapa, Bruno Tombari and Mariangeles Caamaño and Chicho Frumboli and Juana Sepúlveda, among others.

Since 2014 we are working with tango professionally, holding workshops and performing all over Europe (Amsterdam, Minsk, Florence, Karlsruhe, Genova, Budapest, L´Aquila, Freiburg, Treviso, Poreč, Mantova, Halle, Sevilla, Lisbon, Procida, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Reykjavik etc.). In 2018 we have started to work in North America, Asia and Australia.

How we teach

While our performances are always improvised, our lessons are most certainly not. Each lesson has a defined structure which allows us to guide the students step by step through the topic. We always start with the technical execution of the movement, explain the role of leader and follower and finish with the tips on musicality. In this way the dancers of all levels should be able to take a certain part of the lesson with them and are encouraged to continue to work on their own. We make an effort to approach each student and couple individually, as there is no magic formula that fits everyone. Having and transmitting a clear idea is extremely important to us. Everything we teach we have tried out ourselves. We’ve made the mistakes that our students will make, we’ve encountered the same problems, we’ve asked the same questions and worked on them until we were happy with the answers.

What we teach

We rarely teach figures. We prefer to focus on the basic technical (walking, stepping, pivoting, keeping posture, finding balance, embracing, quality of movement, etc.) and musical (phrasing, change of dynamics, interpreting different orchestras, etc.) elements. We always come back to the basics ourselves. Our philosophy is based on 3 ideas: feeling good, looking good and connecting with our partner to the music. One of the things we like the most about tango is the close embrace. We see it as a living, changing thing that enables us to transmit the movement that interprets the music. We like to play with the possibilities and limits of close embrace and encourage our students to do the same!
Even though we think of ourselves primarily as social dancers, and social tango is also what we teach, we believe the aesthetics is an important part of the dance and should not be neglected. Once we feel comfortable with the movement in the body, we can focus on the beauty of its external shape. Furthermore, changing the quality and character of the movement can bring great diversity in our dance, even in the simplest steps. This again enables us to interpret many different orchestras without reaching for complicated figures. Everything we do must harmoniously work both with our partner and the music.
Finally, the foundation of our dance and teaching is this: we see ourselves as equals in the couple and we both contribute to the dance equally. This idea is based on the communication that goes both ways - whether we are doing a complicated sequence of steps, a pause or an embellishment. By suggesting, understanding and sharing a movement inspired by the music we are both actively and willingly participating in the dance. We want our students to do the same: to go past leading and following and start dancing.

Where & When

January
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16th - 19th January 2020
Bosphorus Tango Festival, Istanbul, Turkey


24th - 26th January 2020
Oslo, Norway


31st January- 2nd February 2020
Les Allumés du Tango, Nantes, France
February
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31st January - 2nd February 2020
 Les Allumés du Tango, Nantes, France

8th February 2020
Dance school Conny & Dado, Graz, Austria

21st - 23rd February 2020
La Yumba, Hamburg, Germany 

March
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6th - 9th March 2020
Munich, Germany


25th March - 2nd April 2020
Cairo Tango Encuentro, Egypt







April
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25th March - 2nd April 2020
Cairo Tango Encuentro, Egypt


10th - 12th April 2020
Yzeure, France


17th - 19th April 2020
Tenerife, Spain



May
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9th May 2020
Dance school Conny & Dado, Graz, Austria


14th - 18th May 2020
Caserta Tango Meeting, Italy


22nd - 24th May 2020
Philadelphia Tango Festival, USA


27th May - 5th June 2020,
Gainseville, Florida, USA

June
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27th May - 5th June 2020
Gainseville, Florida, USA


18th - 21st June 2020
Amersfoort, Netherlands



July
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August
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September
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19th - 23rd September 2019

Madam Pivot Korea, Seoul, South Korea


26th - 30th September 2019

Studio Rada, Tokyo, Japan

October
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12th October 2019

Graz, Austria


25th - 28th October 2019

Boise, Idaho, USA


30th October - 5th November 2019

Washington DC, USA
November
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30th October - 5th November 2019
Washington DC, USA


8th - 10th November 2019
Albuquerque Tango Festival, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


13th - 18th November 2019
Tango del Barrio, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


22nd - 24th November 2019
Astana, Kazakhstan
December
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14th December 2019

Graz, Austria