Who is Sigrid ?
Since early childhood, I have been interested in dance. I started with ballet, and my desire to expand my knowledge and explore new ways of expression brought me to contemporary dance. In 1998, I discovered Argentine tango in South-Western France, where I have my roots. By 2001, I was taking part in performances, and in the following year, I began giving classes.
While studying Spanish language at university, I also continued my education in Argentine tango. Living in Toulouse far from the French capital, it was more of an effort in time and most of all in money for the student I was to seek out the dancers who would inspire me, and help me evolve into the dancer. Among these dancers Hernán Obispo, Christophe Lambert, and Moira Castellano shaped me deeply and influenced strongly my further development as a dancer and as a teacher.
In 2004, I went to Buenos Aires for one year in order to pursue my formal training in tango. I was practicing a lot and even taught in the Confiteria Ideal with Fabrizio Forti. After my return, I began to tour internationally as a dancer and teacher of Argentine tango. I worked with Jarle Sandodden in Norway and with Kamel Rebaï in Moscow.
In 2006, I moved to Paris, and began teaching and dancing with Mazen Kiwan. From this point, we find ourselves in greater demand as teachers and dancers in some of the world’s largest festivals, alongside some of the biggest stars in tango. In two and a half years of partnership, we taught at the TangoCamps, as well as the festivals of Moscow, Warsaw, Washington, Copenhagen and others.
In the summer of 2008, I married and settled down in Berlin with my husband. I worked with Marcelo “El Chino” Gutiérrez and with Yanick Wyler and started to develop my speciality : teaching women’s technique classes. In the end of 2009, I got my first child (a boy) and six months after, I started working with Daniel Carlsson and later also with Dominic Bridge.
During the summer 2013, I have moved to Lausanne in Switzerland and got my second child (a girl). Now, I am starting a new partnership with Murat Erdemsel without abandoning the work with Daniel nor my work alone with the women’s technique classes.
These technique workshops have become a speciality of mine and I am very highly regarded for my pedagogy and my vision of the corporal movement. “When dancing tango, Sigrid’s refined elegance is complemented by her great musical interpretation. Thanks to experience and technique her dynamic movements appear effortless and free. In class she generously shares her knowledge and thus facilitates her students progress.” Yanick Wyler.
And there is more to say about me in tango : Since 2005, I have added another arrow to my quiver. I am quite in demand as a DJ ! My interest in and sensitivity to the music gives my milongas a special flow, and has dancers on their feet all night long ! I started DJing in la milonga de las morochas in Toulouse where I had a weekly milonga with Martine Rondet. Now, you can dance to my music in marathons or festivals all over, such as the festivals in Malmö or Copenhagen.
Murat is gifted with an insightful, thorough and analytical understanding of the dance. He started his journey with tango in Istanbul, 1997. Widely known for his strong lead and musicality, Murat’s background in fine arts and music provides him with the perfect blend of senses for the movement of bodies through time and space.
In his philosophy of teaching Murat strives to offer students valuable tools in order to enable them to take control of their own personal growth. He is warm, attentive, entertaining and accessible to students. The style of his teaching is holistic in approach and clear in method. He successfully combines technical and sensory exercises with fundamental concepts that lead to all the challenging possibilities of improvisation and expression. As demonstrated in his own dance, he focuses on the origin of movement coming from an agreement in the embrace and has created a unique brand all his own characterized by musicality, playfulness, a balanced partnership and an awareness of social etiquette.
Murat has influenced large numbers of dancers with his unique perspective of dance and instruction. He followed his parents path to art school. He established himself as an artist before he arrived in the US to complete his Masters Degree in Painting. His art works were sold to collections in Europe and in the States.
Murat regularly visits Holland, France, Germany and Italy.
For more information about Murat, visit his website at: www.Murat.Dance