When I decided to learn tango, I had very [little] idea of what it entailed or what the end result would look like. It was quite an impulse really! But I needn't worry. Bianca and Sacha's style of teaching is to take students wherever they are and bring them to top level on all aspects of the dance: technical, musical, emotional, social, etc. Thanks to their efforts and dedication, as well as my own self-discipline, I feel they have really given me the gift of this beautiful language I can now speak (not yet fluently, but it is getting better!) all over the world...! This means I can find myself in Paris, Istanbul or London, and experience this extraordinary dance ... Bianca and Sacha have given me the tools!
Last but not least: classes are great fun! The atmosphere is really friendly Bianca and Sacha make a point of knowing everybody's name and we have a lot of fun, week after week, whilst working hard! I cannot recommend enough Rojo y Negro! F. Dahan
If you want to dance tango properly (and why would you want to do it any other way?), there is no better teacher in London than Bianca. I have had private lessons for over three years and can talk from a lot of experience! Tango is built on technique and an awareness of and sensitivity to your partner, and with Bianca you develop a profound understanding of each of these elements. She has high standards and is persistent in getting you to the next level of your tango expression. It's fair to say she demands more of you than a teacher who is happy if you get things ‘about right’ but she is endlessly patient and I guarantee that the method pays off.PRS
How lucky can a person be to find the right tango instructor for him/her right from the start? When I was struck by the tango virus during the Thames festival in mid-September 2008, I just had to start learning it from the very next week. I picked up all the flyers on display, and started checking, with map and schedules at hand, which tango school might fit my tight working schedule and geographical whereabouts. Having kept 3 or 4 options, I also asked a friend for some references.
Rojo y Negro was an obvious choice, only that in that particular year—they were starting later after holidays. So, for a week or two, I wandered into other places. Maybe this was a good thing, as I had some hint on how it worked elsewhere. The week when R&N were about to resume classes, I went on Monday to their place in Clerkenwell. I must have dropped late, in the middle of the beginner's class, but then I stayed for the following one and—that was it!
Bianca, it was clear from the start, was the kind of teacher I could learn something with. She'd not just show and ask for imitation—she'd always explain ... what and how?, and why?, and what if you don't, and how bad it looks if..., and what are the possible traps, and the geometry and the mechanics of the move, maybe also the history of how it developed or how it is performed in different styles of tango.
Even more, she'd be always receptive to questions and I always had a lot of them and expected my teachers to take them seriously answering them pertinently. She'd never flatter your ego saying “how lovely!”, “wonderful” and thus lure you into fancy moves before you've learnt to reach proper control of your axis and awareness of weight change.
She'd always keep you aware of your limits and help you understand their cause, guide you in overcoming them and thus really help you improve your tango level. “Not too bad” was, for long time, the highest compliment she'd bestow upon us. When she once ousted a “good”, we all looked suspiciously around. That is why it is worth to study with Bianca.
Whoever had been with Rojo y Negro long enough to reach a certain level, always came back to get their tango fixed after having wandered through places where they had been told how lovely their spectacular (but, alas, wobbling) lapices and ganchos were… Well, not whoever, some just could not overcome their pride while others, instead, would travel form distant European capitals to feed their tango to Bianca's essentials.
Ever since that first Monday in October 2008, I went to all the tango evenings and took all the possible classes given by Bianca, during the following 4 years I spent in London.
Rojo y Negro has become my second home my London-family and is still so.C. Podgorean
Bianca and Sacha, the resident teachers @R&N are very good at teaching technique and have great eye for detail. They make you think and they encourage you to explore. You get a lot of individual feedback which I find essential in my never ending journey trying to improve my tango experience being it technique, musicality, presence, the dancing experience in total.
They also arrange regular intensive workshops which are a great way to dig even deeper on a chosen subject and really work on your technique. I have had so many eureka moments during those.
Tangueros @R&N are friendly, fun loving crowd and welcome new students with a smile, so why not to join us ;) H. Salminen
From abroad… with a lot of joy I think back of the time in my early Tango beginnings, when both of you took me by my little hand and created a great atmosphere of fun, respect, friendship and serious work. I will never forget that moment during one of your classes, when I had this “Wow, I just danced Tango, THIS will be it..!”. I don't know if you remember that scene, but the smile on the face of my dance partner in that class will forever be burned in my mind and soul—it was “Yes, this is it, thank you!”.
Well, Bianca and Sacha—thank YOU! Not only for activating my tango, but also for giving me the opportunity to meet great people and make new and very special friends (not only) over there! You achieved to make me travel several times from Switzerland to London for your classes and for your festivals, and I'm looking forward to meeting you again, hopefully very soon. M. Lupescu
I started taking the group lessons at Rojo y Negro about two months ago in preparation for an acting role which required learning some Argentine tango.
Not only have I found learning the tango to be really enjoyable, but I also think that it is of immense benefit to actors, particularly the way in which Bianca teaches. The more time I spend getting to grips with the dance, the more I think that it should be taught at drama schools.
So many basic principles of acting are repeated in these lessons. There are the obvious benefits of physical conditioning; tango trains you to develop an elegant, upright and efficient posture. Bianca's focus however, is more on heightening awareness of your body and especially your centre (both centre of mass and central axis), helping to improve your grounding, balance and movement control/flow.
Less apparent than this, is the principle of intention, which is fundamental to Bianca's lessons and to tango in general. Without it, there could be no improvised dance; you are continually learning how to give clear and strong intention as a leader, and how to allow your body to be open and receptive to that intention as a follower. When practised well, this produces a connection between the two dancers that is in my mind so similar to the connection between actors during a performance, except that with the actors the leading and following will be constantly changing.
Learning to give clear intention is an important skill for an actor and allowing yourself to be open to whatever is given to you is vital. Bianca's lessons teach you to notice and respond to the subtlest movements of your partner without thinking, exploring this communication as a foundation to the dance. It is similar in so many ways to some of Sanford Meisner's exercises and I think it doubles as a valuable acting lesson.
I also find that tango develops your ability to stay present. Learning to stay in the moment, without becoming distracted or anticipating the next step, even when patterns are repeated, is a constant challenge in the dance, much as it is in an actor's performance. As an actor you will always be working on this skill and tango will give you instant feedback when your presence is wanting.
Bianca is a superb teacher and is also fluent in an actor's vocabulary. Like all good teachers, she recognises that it takes time to get these lessons ingrained into your body. Don't expect instant results, but understand that the more you put in, the more you get out. I have found the lessons to be deeply rewarding; the dance itself is subtle, beautiful and fun and I feel it is already making me a more sensitive actor. You are in good hands at Rojo y Negro.T. Gibson
A great friendly school, which will teach you nothing but the true essence of tango: it is not just about the steps or the attitude, there is an entire world there. I have been attending lessons there for 3 years, tried a couple of other schools but always remained faithful to them.
You can choose the theme during group lessons and focus on exactly what you need. The atmosphere is friendly, almost familial and the teachers, Bianca and Sacha, are very generous with all their students: the more you will want from them, the more they will give to you! They also want you to develop your own tango personality, not admiring someone else.
Great attention is given to small details so that you really learn how to dance. In brief, a great exciting experience—highly recommended. A. Couquet