Esref Tekinalp & Vanessa Gauch
Eşref Tekinalp and Vanessa Gauch have emerged as influential figures in the vibrant history of Turkish tango. Both respected and accepted as pivotal individuals within the Turkish tango community, their partnership has quickly become a source of inspiration for many.
The dance of Eşref and Vanessa seamlessly blends the elegance of traditional tango with an innovative musical understanding reflective of the new era. Their unified perspective on tango was discovered after both had worked separately with some of the most influential instructors in the tango world, ultimately leading to a powerful collaboration that transcends cultural and artistic boundaries.
As teachers, Eşref and Vanessa prioritize creating a comfortable environment for their students to explore and enhance their individual essence while simplifying the intricacies of tango. Their dedication to nurturing and guiding aspiring dancers is evident in their unique approach to teaching, as they impart invaluable knowledge and wisdom to their students.
Eşref’s pivotal role as the co-founder of Turkey’s largest Tango School, “istanbulTANGO,” and as the co-organizer of the International Tango Festival, “tanGO TO istanbul,” and tangotoistanbul CUP exemplifies his deep commitment to advancing tango within Turkey. Additionally, his longstanding position as the national jury of Argentinian Tango in Turkey underscores his influential presence within the tango community.
Conversely, Vanessa’s diverse background in dance, including classical ballet, ballroom dances, jazz, swing, salsa, and tango, coupled with her scientific background in biology, imbues her with a unique and analytical approach to dance. This distinctive blend of experiences fosters an element of curiosity and opens up new possibilities within their dance, resulting in performances that are rich with surprises and depth.
Eşref Tekinalp and Vanessa Gauch’s partnership not only represents a harmonious union of artistic expression but also serves as a testament to the transformative power of passion, dedication, and a shared vision. Together, they continue to influence and shape the Turkish tango landscape, leaving an indelible mark on the art form while inspiring those around them to embrace the limitless potential of dance.