We are absolutely thrilled to have a very special appearance by Murat Erdemsel.
Murat with his former partner Michelle Lamb were a huge influence on the growth and development of both the Tucson Tango Festival and the Tucson tango community. They were part of the first festival and although now working separately it will be great to have them here for our 10th anniversary. Murat will be teaching a musicality lecture and will be available for privates.
Murat’s journey of dancing tango started in 1998. He was born in Turkey with Italian and Croatian roots. Studied art in the academy of fine arts following his parent’s academic carriers. Before he graduated he met Tango at a local milonga in Istanbul. He was fascinated by the improvisational aspect of the dance. Started taking lessons next morning and never stopped.
Completing the art school as specializing in fresco and mural, he chose to continue his studies in The United States. First New York then Washington, DC. His studies for masters in fine arts in George Washington University and starting to teach tango were dated very closely. Organized milongas and ran classes in DC for 6 years. Then moved back to NYC and started working for Dance Manhattan Studios. After accomplishing his tango carrier in both cities and partnering with number of NY based dancers, he met Michelle. They became friends, then lovers, then dance partners. They married and left NY to start traveling in the country. They worked in most major festivals, universities and tango communities of the time in the States. They have become usual teachers of festivals such as Valentango, Portland and Tucson Tango Festivals. In 2008, they took their travels to international grounds, mostly to Europe. Visited Australia and New Zealand. Annually visited Michelle’s birth place, Hawaii. He started presenting musicality lectures as well as producing acrylic art works representing the visualizations of tango music.
Years passed and life went on. They separated after 10 years of shoulder to shoulder living. Murat moved to Europe and continued his teaching alone. He traveled to Australia and New Zealand to teach, lecture and perform his inspirational skits.
He met his current dance partner Sigrid Van Tilbeurgh in 2015 and started their steady partnership. They have started working in Europe with a heavy schedule. Toured in AU and NZ together.
Today Murat works half of his schedule with Sigrid and the other half alone. Besides teaching and performing, he continues giving lectures at tango marathons and festivals. He is actively involved with a motion capture project with Swedish design institute on the subject of making visualizations of dancing. Murat has number of bases as he calls home. He never stopped traveling as he finds tremendous amount of pleasure in teaching and spreading inspirations for tango dancers around the world.
After years, Murat and Michelle celebrate their partnership in special occasions, all in the United States. Murat continues to travel with Sigrid as well as conducting tango holidays in Europe. He keeps visiting Hawaii in beginnings of every year. And each year spending more than 35 weeks of the year traveling to teach, nowadays Murat spends more time in Lausanne Switzerland.