WHO ARE WE?
We are Javier Antar and Patricie Porakova, two dancers in constant search of the “unattainable perfection”. Seeking the most accurate dance connexion and the best teaching method, we are in permanent observation of our own dance. Our aim is to understand it and teach it. Our first achievement together are our advanced students in the Czech Republic. In particular those who have come with us to Buenos Aires one or more times.
Javier started dancing tango in 1996 in Buenos Aires, where he took many lessons with many different teachers. In 1998 he met Gustavo Naveira and became one of his few students at that time. Together with a profound and solid technical knowledge of improvisation, very soon he understood the importance of conscious practice. Developing this part of the dance has become one of his greater basis. This allowed him to discover his own natural approach to tango that led him to find his own personal style. Therefor, making him advance much faster as a dancer and be much more efficient as a teacher. As a result, tango schools and festivals around the planet have asked for his help during the last 15 years.
Patricie is a natural born dancer who has danced many dance styles since her childhood. She’s studied in Barcelona – Jaques Lecoq body poetry. For many years she was an important member of “Farm in the Cave” and “Spitfire”. Both of them worldwide known dance companies of physical theatre from the Czech Republic. Besides Europe, she has worked in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, and Peru. Although tango has been her main activity since 2004. In 2011 Patricie was nominated for the Dancer of the year award. Her first work as a tango-theatre director was Quilombo. In 2010 she became a full time tango dancer and resident of Buenos Aires. This gave her an important recognition among the local community of tangueros. Because of this, she was regularly invited for consultations and cooperation in closed groups of professional dancers.
Tangonexion Team: Vitek… When I met the tango argentino in June 2013, it was love at first glance! Since then, I have been trying to improve my dance skills. I went through more schools, courses and seminars. I’m and will always be grateful to all my teachers for their care and the experience they’ve given to me. Now I am a student of school of Javier Antar and Patricia Poráková, and part or the Tangonexion Team. I have experienced the biggest, almost transformative shift after Buenos Aires in the intensive and truly nourishing programs of Tangonexion. Nourishing, Deepening and Metamorphosis Tango Expeditions. My perception of these travels stays as immersions in “other reality”. More precisely into the world of tango at a very high level. After your return, your tango will change forever. Argentine tango is a very important source of joy, growth, inspiration, and amazing experiences for me.
Tangonexion Team: Katka… Dance in various forms and styles has been my companion for 17 years. So I can say that I have been dancing for almost half of my life. My first love was flamenco. I studied it over 12 years in Prague and later also in its cradle in Andalucia. I also learned basics of salsa and ballet. But some years ago I was attracted by Argentine tango with its elegance, concentrated calmness and radiating emotions. It teaches me honesty and truthfulness in dancing. Extent connection and listening to my dance partner and mutual close cooperation in a couple is for me absolutely crucial. Tango is created by both dancers and one dancer without the other one can’t manage anything. Only with mutual understanding and support can be achieved the complete tango sensation. But surely also with some good knowledge of dance technique and tango experience.
Tangonexion Team: Petr… Tango is a dialogue, following the present moment. Music, communication in the couple.The conceptual and technical aproach of Javi and Patri is great for me. Tango is happy for me to understand at a non-intellectual level. I don’t have to analyze, and it’s wonderful that this depth / understanding / blending arises. Patri and Javi have led me to use motion visualization, working with elements of contact improvisation. Tango changed my life in perception of emotions, respecting the freedom of the other person. Confidence in improvisation, live in the present moment more than in a planned schedule. Tangonexion made me respect and listen more my partner, much deeper tan I expected. At the end, Tango is a way of self-knowledge. Understanding that the external movement is the result of our movement from within.
Tangonexion Team: Eva… Since 1994 I’ve danced Street Dance, Salsa (cubana, LA), Afro Dance, Zouk and West Coast Swing among other various dances. Tango is one of the “recent” dances I was introduced to, but defenitely the one I got touched by the most. I started in course for begginers within Tangueros dance School in Brno, lead by David Lang. Soon after I attented various workshops and courses of Argentinean tango in neighbour countries and finaly Argentina – Buenos Aires. Learning and dancing tango is a whole life process. I keep enriching my skills, technique and style by attending workshops, retreats and by regular trips to Bs As. Meeting Patricie and Javier Antar significantly shaped my tango. I got to know about Tangonexion, the technique that fits me the most. Mainly due to ability to share the pleasure of natural movement with no limits regarding age, nationality, etc. It’s a real universal Tango language!