Jacob set his roots in tango at the University of Oregon. Hypnotized by the precision and elegance of the dance, he readily became obsessed. Through the ealry inspiration and guidance by Dominic Bridge and Rebecca Rorrick-Smith, tango grew in him as a means to creatively express oneself and connect to the world.
Since 2010, Jacob has assisted various instructors and helped lead the growth of the Eugene tango population. He has taught tango classes at University of Oregon and routinely brought in groups of 40 students and community members while instructing classes for the University’s tango club.
The motivation for his tango is simple. Jacob believes in fostering a healthy dance community while appreciating tango’s orgins. As a dancer, he moves to find the flawless movement, connection and musicality that breaths life into the dance. Foremost, as a teacher, Jacob attempts to bring the sharp, charismatic, and beautiful movement into his student’s grasp.
Jacob teaches in a holistic manner, and uses a variety of tools to connect to his students. His approach to teaching can best be summarized by a quote from Nathan Pusey (former president of Harvard):
“(T)he teacher’s task is not to implant facts but to plac the subject to be learned in front of the learner and, through sympathy, emotion, imagination,a nd patience, to awaken in the learner the restless drive for answers and insights which englarge the personal life and give it meaning”