Archivo de la categoría: Teachers

Milena Plebs

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Dancer, choreographer and teacher of tango, is a member of the Contemporary Dance Group of the San Martin Theater and appeared from 1986 to 1990 in the legendary Broadway show “Tango Argentino,” directed by Claudio Segovia and Hector Orezzoli. She was co-creator and director of the “Tango x 2” Company along with Miguel Angel Zotto, and creator of the shows Tramatango and Romance de Barrio, and choreographed the inaugural show “Piazzolla Tango” in Buenos Aires. She performed and choreographed the video documentary “Milena Dances the Tango … with Ezequiel Farfaro” among various other works. In 1991 she won the Maria Ruanova Award, Argentina’s highest and most important award for dance. She also received the Academic Honor from the National Academy of Tango of Argentina. Milena gives seminars on tango and choreography, and conducts research and writes on the evolution of tango.

http://www.milenaplebs.com

Jonathan Spitel

12144726_10207665739622076_9153251808693803023_n 10311828_10204414892112920_4728465460680189510_n11164042_10206572209724512_4843729752126186826_n In 1996 Jonathan Spitel began his formal dance studies in Argentine and Latin American folklore in Córdoba, Argentina at the age of 16. He entered the artistic company Sangre Latina in 1998, performing Argentine and Latin American folklore and tango. Jonathan moved to Buenos Aires Capital in 2008, where he began working in tango salons such as Piazzola Tango, La Cumparista, Tango Palace, La Casa de Aníbal Troilo and the Viejo Almacen. During his career he has received honorable mentions and the Latin American Prize for Dance, and was honored by Danzamérica in 2005, 2006 and 2007.  He received the Incentive Award of the city of Córdoba in 2007. In 2009 he won the World Championship of Tango Escenario in Buenos Aires, along with dance parter Betsabét Flores, enabling them to participate in shows and festivals in various countries of Europe, Asia and throughout Latin America. They have been declared guests of honor for their activities contributing to the cultural interest in the cities of Santa Fe, Jujuy and Paraná (Entre Rios). Jonathan and Betsabét are directors and choreographers of the show “A Pasos de Tango.” He serves as a juror in various subsites of the World Championship and also judges other national and international competitions, including the Buenos Aires Championship in 2015. He has also trained several couples in the World Championship of Tango in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

 

Aurora Lúbiz

aurora13164245_257819654573053_7278154359095085038_n 12717478_10208444294135874_1260664264764547551_nTeacher, dancer and choreographer. She first studied dance at the Escuela Nacional de Danzas. For many years she was part of the Ballet Folklórico de Santiago Ayala “El Chucaro” y Norma Viola. Lubiz studied tango with Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Los Dinzel and La Negra Margarita, and has taught tango since 1983. She has also explored other dance forms, including jazz and flamenco, in addition to studying theater. Lubiz took part in notable shows such as Tango Emoción, Romance de Barrio, Los Grandes del Tango Argentino, and Una rosa para el Señor Tango. She participated in very successful tours of the United States, Japan, Canada, Germany, Australia, Netherlands, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay. Ms. Lubiz was the artistic director of the World Tango Festival, organized in Buenos Aires. Today she teaches follower role technique at the Escuela Argentina de Tango and at her own dance studio. In her studio Lubiz presents her own exclusive productions and exhibitions, also operates a tango shoe shop.  She has been a member of La Compañía del Maestro Mariano Mores, which performs in Argentina and throughout the world. She is, since 2010, the godmother of the Queer Tango Festival of Buenos AIres

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Claudio González

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Mariana Docampo

13330994_1576139899351537_7595313867969715004_n5to Festival de Tango Queer 144522411_10151283646166368_147944249_nMariana Docampo is the founder of the weekly Tango Queer Milonga of Buenos Aires, and is co-producer of the International Queer Tango Festival of Buenos Aires, presented annually since 2007. She is a writer and teacher of tango and literature, and received her B.A. from the University of Buenos Aires, specializing in gender studies. She has published three books of fiction (Al borde del Tapiz, El Molino and La fe) as well as other writings included in anthologies. She edited the collection “Las Antiguas,” published by Buena Vista, dedicated to reviving interest in the works of historic women authors of Argentina. She is the author of the essay “Queer Tango,” published on the web in 2006 and cited or reproduced in many magazines  and books throughout the world. She studied with tango masters in a range of styles and trained in a variety of the most traditional milongas of Buenos Aires, expanding her technique of tango salón, and tango nuevo. Drawing upon her experience in traditional tango, she focused her attention on the possibilities for changing the roles of partners within the dance itself. This approach allowed her to explore the dynamics of equal communication between dance partners, and inspired a series of new seminars, prácticas and milongas beginning in 2005 (Milonga de Mujeres, El Desvío, Prácticas Tango Queer). Currently, she teaches tango and is the producer of the Tango Queer Milonga of Buenos Aires as well as other events and festivities. She was invited to teach at the International Queer Tango Festival of Hamburg in 2006 and at the International Queer Tango Festival of Copenhagen in 2009. In 2011 she served as a guest teacher and dancer at the First International Queer Tango Festival of Berlin. She has also offered tango workshops in Stockholm, Zurich, Marseille, Nice, Le Hague, Preston, Brighton and London. http://www.tangoqueer.com /

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Astrid Weiske

astrid35392_1509063932527_1903769_nIMG_2838 For more than 20 years Astrid has been dancing Tango Argentino and is well known and respected in the tango communities worldwide as an excellent leading woman. She has developed strong sensitivity in leading, great creativity in improvising and playful musicality which stand out as key elements in her dance. But Astrid is recognized also for her skills as follower which expand her knowledge of the dance much more.
Since 2005 she is teaching in Berlin at “PHYNIXtanzt” Studio, traveling as a guest teacher and accepted invitations in Germany, United Kingdom, Paris and also abroad to Argentina, the United States and Canada. She received invitations to teach and perform in several festivals including Queertangofestival Copenhagen, Phantastango Festival (Germany) and Queertango Festival Buenos Aires. In 2011 she founded the first international Queertangofestival in Berlin with a great success and international recognition.
Her teaching is based on awareness, analysis of natural movement in combination with her profound knowledge of technique, structure of the dance and awareness of connection in the couple—creating a constant dialogue between leaders and followers who share the responsibility of listening and reacting to each other, based on a strong connection to the music. Her exploration of the many techniques of tango, from the very classical to the very experimental, leading and following, including other dance forms such as contact improvisation or modern dance makes her believe that there is no “one” Tango. She believes in creative, liberating variety and connection of ideas, movements and technique by respecting the roots of Argentine Tango. She promotes that fusion to reduce boundries and let find people their own expression in the dance.

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Gabriela Elias

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Gabriela began her dance career in classical and jazz, participating in several musicals. In 1986 she discovered tango, and has since integrated it in her performances, currently in the cast of the company “Mariano Mores” as prima ballerina, with Eduardo Perez; and is also Director of the dance group. She performed in shows and concerts with the orchestras of José Colangelo, Las Tangueras, Los Reyes del Tango and others. She also shared the stage with Libertad Lamarque, Julio Iglesias, Estela Raval, and Los 5 Latinos, among others. She has traveled to more than 25 countries around the world showing her dance and transmitting everything she knows through her teaching at workshops, festivals, milongas and private classes, demonstrating both male and female roles. She danced the tango at Royal Festival Hall (London), Royal Theater Carré (Amsterdam,) the Waldorf Astoria (New York City), Caesar’s Palace (Las Vegas and Atlantic City) Canecão (Rio de Janeiro), the World Economic Forum (Davos), and for the Queen of England. She has had successful seasons within Argentina, especially in the city of Buenos Aires, performing in internationally recognized venues including the Teatro Colón, Luna Park, Estadio Obras, and the Gran Rex, Opera and Metropolitan theaters; also in major hotels and dinner theaters, including Sheraton, Intercontinental, Hilton, Plaza Hotel, the Park Plaza chain, Libertador, Michelángelo and La Ventana. She has participated as a judge for the tango salón and tango escenario categories at the World Championship and Metropolitan competition of Buenos Aires, and as a teacher at the Festival of Tango since 2003. Since 2002 she has organized the well-known and prestigious authentic milonga in Buenos Aires, La Baldosa. Her specialty is the MILONGA rhythm, and her classes are taught in the most recognized milongas and schools of Buenos Aires. They are praised for her teaching method and excellent pedagogy. They say that GABRIELA loves TANGO, but her passion is the MILONGA CON TRASPIE.

 

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Augusto Balizano

yos_Marshall_Augusto_09 12742471_10153410531063861_8232613116092939096_nAugusto Balizano is the founder and producer of the milonga La Marshall and is one of the organizers of the International Queer Tango Festival of Buenos Aires. He belongs to the dance group Propuesta 5. In 1997 he received his professional degree in graphic design from the University of Buenos Aires. He became a tango master and performer under the direction of Claudia Bozzo. His teachers also included Claudio González in tango, Carina Passaglini in the technique of dance partnering, and Soledad Pérez in contemporary dance. He joined the theater company Caviar under the direction of Jean Francois Casanovas in the productions Viva Caviar and Hot Vudú. He was co-director with Pacha Brandolino of the company La Terna, directing his first work of dance theater, Quien es Medea? with tango music. The company toured internationally to Germany, where it won first place in the Carnival of Culture in Berlin, and to England, where the group appeared in the Pegasus Theatre at Oxford. He formed the first professional gay tango couple, touring Germany, England, Denmark and Italy. He was also invited to participate in the International Queer Tango Festivals of Hamburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen. With Elizabeth Guerrero he performed in Punta del Este, Uruguay and also teaches tango classes with her at the School of Social Dance. In 2011 he traveled to Berlin to be a guest lecturer at the first International Queer Tango Festival of Berlin. http://www.lamarshallmilonga.com.ar

 

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