About Maja and Marko
They started dancing tango in Zagreb, Croatia but live since 2010 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 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 a 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).
Meet Maja and Marko here in this videoclip:
They are well known as punctual and professional teachers. Having and transmitting a clear idea is extremely important to them. They prefer to focus on the basic technical (walking, stepping, pivoting, keeping posture, finding balance, embracing, quality of movement, etc.) and musical elements (phrasing, change of dynamics, interpreting different orchestras, etc.). Their philosophy is based on 3 ideas: feeling good, looking good and connecting with the partner to the music.
Each lesson has a defined structure which allows them to guide the students step by step through the topic. They 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. They make an effort to approach each student and couple individually, as there is no magic formula that fits everyone.
One of the things they like the most about tango is the close embrace. They like to play with the possibilities and limits of close embrace and encourage their students to do the same.
The foundation of their 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”.