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Mariana 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 /
Soledad Nani is a dancer, continuous student, and teacher of tango.
She began to dance tango at the age of 21, and from the beginning, was interested in, and practiced, both roles simultaneously. She graduated from the Educational Center of Buenos Aires Tango (University of Tango). Among the teachers that were and are especially significant to her: Rodolfo Dinzel, Olga Besio and Juan Miguel Exposito.
In 2004, she began to teach in various neighborhood and cultural centers of greater Buenos Aires.
She has participated in state community programs, teaching at public schools and health centers for seniors, young people, children, and women in situations of gender violence: “Tango by and for Women” from the Community Health Program for Women, or “Recreation of the Arts”.
Since 2008 she has been an adjunct teacher at Espacio Tango Queer.
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.
Augusto 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