Teamwork Tango: Using Partner Dancing Principles to Improve Organizational Leadership

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Today’s organizations require that workers be adaptable. Truly effective leaders know how to follow and how it feels to be a follower. Conversely, in order to be a productive team member, one must understand the difficulties of being a team leader. The daily “dance” between leaders and followers requires mutual understanding and a balance of give and take. As the great Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, said: “To lead, one must follow.” In this program, Yael Schy, creator of the Teamwork Tango® leadership training approach, shares her philosophy and methodology of using partner dancing principles and exercises for helping leaders and followers in organizations to work together more collaboratively and effectively.


Yael Schy is a leader in using expressive arts in organizational learning and development. She is principal of Dramatic Strides® Consulting, specializing in leadership development, communication skills, teambuilding and creative decision-making techniques that help people and organizations move forward together. By combining her 20 years of management experience with her expertise in improvisational theater and dance, Yael helps individuals, teams, and organizations to connect body, mind, and heart, and to “dance" their passion. Her unique Teamwork Tango® workshop, which teaches leadership and teambuilding skills through the metaphor of partner dancing, has been presented at numerous professional conferences and organizations in the U.S. and abroad for more than a decade.

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Abigail Clark is a graduate student at the University of Baltimore obtaining her master’s degree in negotiation and conflict management. Abigail earned her bachelor’s degree in human services with a specialization in addictions from Stevenson University. She left undergrad with the hopes of becoming an addictions counselor, which led her to the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Shortly thereafter, she determined that social work was not for her. While researching different possibilities, she discovered UB’s Negotiation and Conflict Management program. After reading two course descriptions, she was sold. Abigail is particularly interested in how men and women engage in conflict; more specifically, female to female conflict. She is currently working at a real estate law firm while she completes her studies. Abigail will graduate in May!

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