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Pedro Benavente, “El Indio,” is the creator and organizer of the collective Milonga Placita del Pañuelo Blanco (the “Little Plaza Milonga of the White Hankerchief”) declared to be of Cultural Interest by the Culture Ministry of the Presidency and by the Congressional Chamber of Deputies, with more than 25 years of uninterrupted popular tango in the neighborhood of San Telmo. With Pablo Banchero, he is the creator and producer of the Grand Tango Festival of San Telmo. He was a dancer with the Brandsen Ballet, directed by Mabel Pimentel and Oscar Murillo; and was also a dancer with the National Folklore Ballet, directed by Norma Viola and Maestro Santiago Ayala “El Chúcaro (the “Wild One”).” He won the Biennale of Young Art in 1992 with his “Malambo from South to North.” Some of his tango teachers were Rodolfo and Gloria Dinzel (Los Dinzel), Juan Carlos Copes and María Nieves, Virulazo y Elvira , Gloria y Eduardo, Nina y Luis Córdoba, Teté and María, Javier Rodríguez and Geraldine, La Turca and Jorge Dispari, Gabito, Lampazo Pepito Avellaneda and Susuki , el Tano Guillermo, El Tigre, Omar Vega, Tomi, Mingo and Esther Pugliese, Antonio Todaro, Toto, el Flaco Dani, Pupi Castello , Graciela González, Fabián Salas, Juan Averna y Carmencita Calderón, “El Pibe Palermo”, Rodolfo and María Cieri (Los Cieri), Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne. He recently studied with Dana Frígoli and her staff of teachers in the DNI Tango School, among others. He currently teaches tango La Catedral Club, one of the most emblematic places of Tango, and has been resident artist every Sunday at the traditional Feria de San Pedro Telmo for over 25 years (where he tells the story of tango through dance—organized by the architect José María Peña, who was the creator and director of the Museum of the City of Buenos Aires and the traditional feria of San Pedro Telmo) and noted stages and tango festivals of Argentina and the world. He has worked with such prominent dancers as Mariana Dragone, Mariana Fresno, Virginia Uva, Dolores Echenique, Agustina Vignau, Estefanía Becker, María Laura Sosa, Corina Herrera, Roxana Suárez, Elina Roldán, Anabella Chinelatto, Sofia Saborido, Lourdes Claure, Marisol Blanco, among other dancers. He has shared the stage and given tango classes organized by noted national and international cultural personalities such as Mercedes Sosa (in the festival of Cosquín), León Gieco, Víctor Heredia, Rodolfo Mederos and Marcelo Nisinman, and participated in projects including “From Ushuahia to the Quiaca” by Leon Gieco, the tango show of Los Dinzel in the Viejo Almacén, directed a tango photo shoot for Mora Godoy’s tango show, and directed a photo session and video clip of tango and rock with the performer Liliana Velázquez in Berlin. He joined the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on its first tour of Argentina and danced the tango “La Cumparsita,” performed by bassist Flea along with other members of the rock band on stage at the Obras stadium. In 1992 he was invited by Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet to appear in Russia with Andris and Ilse Liepa at the Bolshoi Theater, the Vakhtang Chabukiani School and the Opera House of Georgia. In 2007, in the Kremlin with the dancers of the Kirov, the Bolshoi and La Scala of Milan among other great dance artists, he performed in a homage to Marius Liepa, the best interpreter of the role of Crassus in the history of classical dance in the ballet Spartacus . He has given private and group tango lessons to Hollywood actor Willem Dafoe. In 2015 he worked with singer Ariel Ardit, Grammy nominee and winner of the Carlos Gardel Prize, and with the group Scalandrum led by Pipi Piazzolla in the Biennial of the Book of Rio de Janeiro, and at the Cecilia Meireles Theater, in Lapa, also of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In June 2016 the prestigious dancer and choreographer Sasha Waltz (who appeared at the Teatro Colón with her entire company in the opera Dido and Aeneas) took private classes with Pedro Benavente El Indio, and exchanged ideas about dance, art and tango; Sasha Waltz’s company then took tango workshops at the Cathedral club under El Indio’s direction. He has worked in tango festivals in many countries and cities throughout the world, including the USA (New York, San Francisco, Texas, Chicago, Denver, Miami), Mexico (Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende), Guatemala, Antigua, Canada (Quebec, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, La Mancha), Russia (Moscow, Georgia), France (Paris, Tolousse, Orleans, Val Cenis), Italy (Rome, Todi, Naples, Sicily, Reggio, Calabria, Capri, Torino, Florence), Bolivia (La Paz, Copacabana), Peru (Arequipa, Lima, Cuzco, Puno), Uruguay (Montevideo, Colonia), Chile (Santiago), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), Switzerland (Zurich, Lucerne, Basel, Lugano, Locarno, St. Gallen), Germany (Kaiserslautern, Hamburg, Berlin), Netherlands (The Hague, Alkmaar, Leiden) and many other cities and countries. He is currently touring all the continents as a professional dancer and teacher at festivals, universities and tango communities of the world making presentations, workshops and performances. His tours of Berlin and The Hague in 2014 were declared of Cultural Interest by the Argentine Chancellery.
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.
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.
Teacher, 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
Teacher, choreographer and dancer of great stage presence, Claudio Gonzales has studied the different techniques of contemporary and classical dance, trapeze and finally the tango. He has performed in international companies, such as the show Forevertango, Tanguera the Musical, The Tangokineses Company, El Show de Otango, and is currently touring with a piece called Milonga with choreography by Sidi Largui Cherkaoui, produced by Sadler’s Wells in London. He is a choreographer of dance performances, musical works, tango sequences, and the Duas Beiras Company. He teaches at national and international festivals and serves as a judge for tango competitions around the world.
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 /
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.
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
Edgardo Fernández Sesma has been dancing tango for 13 years. The teacher who most influenced his learning was Augusto Balizano, and in different periods Mariana Docampo, for tango milonguero Osvaldo and Coca Cartery, and at the Argentine School of Tango, Claude Murga. He is considered a militant for a tango free of roles, against machismo, sexism and homophobia. Once a year he organizes in public spaces with over a hundred teachers and dancers, “A Tango Against Homophobia” to demand freedom to love and to dance tango in 80 countries lacking that freedom; and “A Tango Against Elder Abuse ” with over one hundred milonguer@s in various places and broadcast on public TV. He has conducted Queer Tango classes and workshops at festivals, at the Buenos Aires Museum Night, at National Meetings on Diversity, in queer milongas, etc. and has danced milonguero-style tango for special events with various tango singers and always at conferences concerning sexual diversity. Following Queer Tango practices regarding the paradigm shift in language, in roles and in the communication of the dance, and focusing on socialization and integration, he has been a teacher at the following spaces since their inception several years ago: “Diverse Tango Classes” (SIGLA), “Clases de Tango Diqueras” (Recoleta), “Tango Classes forMuchach@s” (LGBA, 2nd stage), “Folklore Classes Without Roles” (Villa Crespo), “Tango Dance Workshop” (Art School, ECUNHI), and “Clases de Tango Libre” (Los Laureles Bar).
Bar Los Laureles – Av. Gral Iriarte 2290 – Buenos Aires
pre-milonga lesson 19:30hs.: Anahí Carballo (folclore)
Born in San Francisco (Córdoba), Anahí Carballo is Professor in Native Dances, C.I.A.D. (Inter-American Confederation of Dance); Tango Dance Instructor, C.E.T.B.A (Education Center of Buenos Aires Tango); Interpreter of Folkdance and Tango, U.N.A. (National University of the Arts) and is studying toward a degree in Folklore, concentrating in Folk Dancing and Tango, at U.N.A. As a dancer she performed at the opening of the 2010 Cosquín Festival, together with the “Gran Ballet Argentino de Córdoba” on the great stage Atahualpa Yupanqui, and was guest choreographer for the opening of the PreCosquín Festival in 2016. For five years she was a member of the “Mestizo Project” Company, directed by Gaby Fabro, specializing in the disciplines of Afro-contemporary and modern Cuban dance. She has studied music, theater, classical dance, contemporary and urban dance. She is currently a teacher, dancer and choreographer of folk dancing and tango. She specializes in women’s Malambo, tango with the exchange of roles, and the fusion of popular dance with dance technique. She is the director and choreographer of the independent group “Tango for Women.” Three years ago she began working as a judge in various Folklore and Tango competitions, as well as serving on the examining board of different professorships in the country’s interior.