About Us in Devon
Tango Oblivion was founded in 2000 by Ruth Zimmermann with the goal of teaching tango in the dance hungry town of Totnes in South Devon, England. Twelve years on, she has found Frank Rozelaar Green, partner in life as well as for teaching and organising events together. They now divide their time between Totnes and Cardiff, so check out both venues for classes and other events!
"It all began 13 years ago, with a dream of dancing the Tango. In this dream I experienced an ecstatic feeling of absolute surrender while at the same time touching into the centre of my own power. When I woke up, I was intrigued to find out if Tango really causes these feelings, so I went to my first workshop.
I have always been fascinated by teaching, in the sense that it gives me an opportunity to create a space for people to make contact with themselves and with where they want to grow. Teaching Tango has intensified this by adding the dimensions of movement, of authentic intimate relationship and of community. For me, meeting Tango was like discovering the perfect treasure for my working life!
More recently, I have focussed on bringing in my knowledge as a trained musician, to teach the dancers to listen more closely to the music and give tools and structures to respond to the music.
Aside from regular lessons in Totnes, Exeter and Chagford, about five times a year I organise week-long events called Tango Mangos, a space where 160 people spend a week dancing tango and going through a journey with themselves - and often with their relationship to Tango too, if they come from another tango scene where the emphasis was maybe more on the outer shape of Tango.
When I started, our nearest Tango neighbours were in Bristol. Now, there is tango in Totnes, Exeter, Plymouth, Chagford, Taunton, Penzance, Barnstaple, Dorset, and more...
A new chapter has started in 2012. After a number of years of teaching and organising on my own,
I have found someone to share the joys of my work. I feel that once more, I am at the start of another adventure, with Frank sharing the dance of life with me.
Please enjoy the web site and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!!