Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to register with a partner?
Yes, registration is only possible with a partner. If you are looking for a partner, you can contact us in case we hear of other dancers who are also looking for a partner.
In what language do you teach? Where do the other students come from?
We choose two languages based on the majority of students - most often this has been German and English. We also speak Spanish, French, Swiss German and Italian, and are happy to translate for you or find someone in the class who can do simultaneous translation. In the past we have had students participate from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Greece and Australia.
I cannot come for one day or part of one day, can I still participate?
The idea of the Immersion Seminar is that everyone participates for the whole four days. Our teaching is usually progressive, meaning that we build up on ideas, sequences and concepts from the previous day, etc. Although we encourage students to come for the full four days, we understand that sometimes it is not possible. We do not offer a reduced price if you miss some hours.
Help! How do I register and pay for the Immersion Seminar? How do I know if my registration is confirmed?
A step-by-step guide is available on our help page. During the registration process you will fill out a form with your contact information and pay with a credit card. At the end of the process you should receive a confirmation email with the details of your registration and payment. About two weeks before the seminar, we will send you an email with further information.
What happens if I have to cancel my registration?
You can cancel your registration at any time by contacting us via e-mail or through the contact form on our website.
In case of cancellation, you have a few options:
- You find a couple to take your place. All financial arrangements for reimbursement must be managed directly between you and the new couple. You must email us the names and contact information of the new couple.
- If you cannot find a couple to replace you, you may ask us to find a replacement from the waiting list. If there is a couple on the waiting list who can take your place, 20% of the seminar fee will be retained as an administrative fee and you will be reimbursed the remaining 80% of the seminar fee.
- If no replacement couple is found, the cancellation cost is as follows: up to 30 days in advance: 50% of the seminar fee, less than 30 days in advance: 100% of the seminar fee.
For what level are the Immersion Seminars?
Most of our Immersion Seminars are for "Good Intermediate to Advanced Level" dancers unless otherwise written in the description. We have also had semi-professional and professional teachers participate. We usually begin with technique, exercises and more simple sequences, and then work towards more complex elements, integration with the music, combinations with other figures, etc.
How much does a Seminar cost?
The price per person for one Focus Seminar is 200 Swiss Francs (CHF).
Is there a student discount?
Yes, we give a discount for students with a valid student identification card. If you are a student and are interested to participate, please contact us directly.
How many couples can participate in each Immersion Seminar?
The Immersion Seminars are limited to 20 couples unless otherwise specified in the seminar description.
Can I register for only one seminar?
Yes. All of our seminars may be taken independently.
How can I register for more than one seminar at a time?
If you click on the "REGISTER NOW" red button for one seminar, you will see a page with a red button that says "REGISTER BOTH DANCERS". Clicking on this button adds the seminar to the shopping cart, which you will see in the black button that appears on the top right corner of the screen with the price. If you scroll down on this page, you will see the other Immersion Seminars for which you can also register. Click on the "REGISTER BOTH DANCERS" button for the next seminar to automatically add it to the cart. You can repeat this for as many seminars as you like. When finished, click on the black button to continue to the shopping cart and to complete the registration and payment process.
How early do I have to register for Immersion Seminars?
Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis. No advance reservations are accepted. A waiting list will be available once the seminar is full. We do not know when this will happen, as it depends when people register for the seminar. To be sure to have a place in the seminar, we recommend you register as early as possible.
How do I know if there is still place available in an Immersion Seminar?
When the limit of couples is reached, it will not be possible to register and pay. You will be able to submit your email address to be added to the waiting list. Otherwise, there are still places available.
If a seminar is full, can I be put on the waiting list? How does the waiting list work?
When a seminar is full, you will be able to submit your email address to be added to the waiting list. As soon as a place becomes available, we will email the dancers on the waiting list.
What things should I bring for the seminar?
We suggest bringing the following things: two pairs of dance shoes, enough clean and comfortable clothing for 16 hours of dancing, other clothes suitable for milongas if you want to go out dancing, deodorant, a video camera or mobile phone and/or notebook to record the figures, suitable outer clothing/gear for the weather in Basel (see http://www.weather.com), a blanket or mat if you would like to rest on the floor during the breaks. A light snack buffet is provided and participants are welcome to bring something to add to it to share with the group. Fresh coffee and tea will be available during the breaks and water will always be available. Should you need special snacks or drinks, we invite you to bring your own.
I saw you offer a seminar with the same subject as a seminar I took last year. Will it be the same?
Often we give seminars that have similar titles (for example, Technique or Vals, etc.). We are constantly exploring and evolving our own dancing and teaching, and therefore are committed to finding new explanations, sequences, exercises and ideas to share with our students. Sometimes we repeat exercises we have taught before, though most often we create new figures and exercises, so no two seminars are exactly alike.
Is it possible to take private classes or Rolfing sessions during the Immersion Seminar?
During the days of the Immersion Seminar, we do not teach private classes or give Rolfing sessions. Depending on our schedules, we may offer sessions or classes the day before or the day after the seminar. If you are interested, please contact us.
What is the address of the studio where the Immersion Seminars take place?
Unless otherwise specified, the Immersion Seminars in Basel are held in the studio at H95 Raum für Kultur, located at Horburgstrasse 95, 4057 Basel. For information about H95 and their events, please visit the H95 Facebook Page.
Where can I find Basel restaurant information?
The Basel Restaurant website is http://www.basel-restaurants.ch. Zone 11 (Kleinhünigen & Kleinbasel-West) is the area of the studio and there are many nearby restaurants in Zones 6 (Bei der Messe) and 5 (Kleinbasler Innenstadt), or across the Rhein river in Zone 1 (Grossbasler Innenstadt - the old part of the city). There are many restaurants on Klybeckstrasse, about 600m from the studio. Some restaurants in Basel are closed on Sundays. We usually organize an optional group dinner on the first evening of the seminar. Details will be sent in an email a couple weeks before the seminar.
Is there parking near the studio? How does parking work in Basel?
There is only street parking at the studio. If you are driving, please plan to arrive with enough time to look for parking. Basel is a small city and it is usually easier to take public transportation (tram/bus) in the city except during late-night hours. For information about local parking regulations, how to buy half-day parking passes, etc. please see this info site: http://simplybasel.com/confused-parking-basel-read/. For car parks (parking garages), please see http://www.mybasel.ch/verkehr_parkleitsystem.cfm. If you are staying at a hotel in Basel, you will usually receive a Mobility Ticket which allows free access to public transportation in the city.
When and where are there milongas in Basel?
All milongas in Basel can be found here http://www.tangoinfo.ch/calendar/cal.shtml, along with other events in other cities in Switzerland. A couple weeks before the seminar we will send the participants a list of milongas and prácticas we recommend for that weekend.
Is there a good tango shoe store in Basel?
Yes! Munay Tango Shoes is 400m from the studio. Opening hours vary from day to day or you can contact Irma Gross to make an appointment by phone or via the website. They have a selection of women's shoes with different heel heights, men's shoes including 2x4 and flat or low-heeled training shoes.
What is the typical daily schedule for an Immersion Seminar?
The 16 hours of class are usually organized like this:
16:30-18:30 Part 1
18:30-20:30 Dinner Break
20:30-22:30 Part 2
Day 2 & 3
14:00-16:00 Part 1
17:00-19:00 Part 2
11:00-13:00 Part 1
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-16:00 Part 2