Elodie Labonne

I moved to Sweden in 2011 to start my career as innovation adviser, first for PMEs, then at the university for researchers. At that time I was far to imagine that I would one day call myself a dancer, and even further away to think that I would make it my profession!

I got introduced to ArgentineTango in 2013 through a weekend workshop. I got instantly hooked and very soon tango became a lifestyle. It affected the way I was standing, thinking, making intrusions in my daily life while I would wait for the bus and explore my axis and posture, choose my clothes when shopping and hunting milongas and festivals wherever I was traveling. In 2014 I visited for the first time to Buenos Aires, and during one month my daily rhythm was classes, milongas (tango night), sleep, and repeat. When I came back, I began assisting in classes and there started my change of life.

Very soon after, I met who is now my life partner, Love Nilsson. Together we have been sharing our knowledge and passion for tango since 2015 in three dance schools in Gothenburg: Dance Vida, Adrianas Danshus, and World Dance Company.

Actively involved in the development of our tango community we regularly organize tango immersions, as well as events with guest teachers to stimulate the development of our tangueros and tangueras. With Tango4You we introduce immigrants to tango and its social environment which doesn’t require verbal language. We also initiated the creation of a tango show group to promote the dance in cultural events and various public spaces.

I usually say that I discovered my body through tango, the capacities of movement of my body and the sensations it can give. I have never been a big fan of exercises; I was trying to keep my jogging regular, at least during summer-time when the weather was not a valid excuse to skip it. 

I didn’t like to suffer, to sweat, and to have muscle pain. Tango offered me the san graal exercise, as my addiction was growing I was dancing every single evening a week. Without any effort, I started to feel more alert, lighter, more flexible.

But, as I was raising my awareness about sweet sensations, unpleasant sensations also became more obvious, and I became more and more sensitive to the chronic pains I had in the shoulder, back, knees, hips, and feet. 

The Gyrokinesis®️ method gave me the tools to exercise in the most efficient way without generating unnecessary and counterproductive pain in my body. It provided me with a training method to make my body stronger and more flexible without forcing or tensing, but most respectfully, using breathing and gentle yet efficient movement.

Both tango and Gyrokinesis®️ training are tools to enter consciousness, by raising awareness about the physical body, breathing, movement, and subtle communication.

Eventually this passion for movement took over my initial passion for innovation and while I was trying to operate a smooth and safe transition between the two, the fear of not “succeeding” burned me out. As I was recovering I realised how I lost myself in the seriousness of life, making everything a matter of life or death, to the point that I lost my joy for everything, including dancing, teaching, and connecting with others. Connect with Joy was born during this recovery period. It is the best way I can describe in three words what I wish to guide you in. And it is also a daily reminder for myself to cultivate my inner happiness.

Joyfully yours,

Elodie

Engagement

Elodie Labonne is committed to accompanying her students in their development with quality training.

As a certified GYROKINESIS®️ teacher she does yearly training updates and specialisation courses.  Likewise in the dance, she regularly works with other tango teachers from all over the world to exchange knowledge and pedagogic methods.

To update her knowledge in anatomy she regularly takes workshops with experts in those areas, studying the result of the latest researches, and exploration in her own practice, as well as careful observations on her students.

Body Awareness

GYROKINESIS®️ training and Tango help us to get to know our body.

Strength Building

Gently, yet efficient training targeting the deep core muscles and the body as whole.

Calm Your Mind

Balance the nervous system, for more peace and relaxation.

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