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My guest today is an Argentine Tango dancer and performer. She's also a choreographer, and an actress. She started dancing at the age of 5, and has a background in ballet, Israeli folk dancing, jazz, latin, and contemporary. At age 16, she performed at the Teatro San Martín, which is one of the most most prominent theaters in Argentina. She has performed in productions at the Spanish Repertory Theatre, and in New York, she was nominated for two ACE Awards for best dramatic actress. Over the years, she has appeared in a number of musicals, plays, films, and TV programs. 

In 2009, she rediscovered her love of tango and is now based in San Diego, CA. She teaches tango classes several times a week, with a heavy focus on understanding body mechanics. She often teaches technique through the use of the Feldendkrais Method; the goal of which is to help her students gain more body awareness. Throughout the year, she also travels to teach at various festivals. 

Let's meet Patricia Becker...

Podcast Episode 75 is now online

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For this episode, we're doing things a little differently and it'll be a treat if you're really into tango music; we’re going to focus on the inner workings of a tango music group. My guests are Maxfield Wollam-Fisher and Brett Lemley. They are part of Da Capo Tango Ensemble, based in Washington, DC. It's another fun, eye-opening conversation...


Podcast Episode 74 is now online

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Episode 74 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!

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My guest today started his tango journey in Portland, Oregon back in 2000. In 2014 he moved to Boston, and went on a tour that took him throughout the US, as well as China and Taiwan. In 2016, he and his then-partner Tilly Kimm won the US Tango de Pista Championships. As of 2018, he is based in Chicago and continues traveling to give workshops and to teach at various festivals.

Let's meet Adam Cornett...

Podcast Episode 73 is now online

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Episode 73 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!

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My guest today has spent her life immersed in art. While living in New York City, she has worked as an interior designer, writer, dancer, performance artist, and rock musician.

In 1999, she and her husband, Alberto Paz, moved to New Orleans, where she helped establish the Argentine Tango scene there. In 2002 they created the New Orleans Tango Festival. In 2009, they won the 3rd annual U.S.A. Salon Style Tango Championship. They also co-authored the book Gotta Tango, and both have been influential in the development of salon Tango in the US. Sadly, Alberto passed away in 2014, but she continues contributing to the tango community in New Orleans, hosting classes and milongas, as well as supporting other local tango events.

Let's meet Valorie Hart...

Podcast Episode 72 is now online

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My guest today is a Tango teacher and DJ with international acclaim. He started his TANGO journey back in 2002, and has studied with a number of renown teachers such as Gustavo Naveira, Susana Miller, Alex Krebs, and Robin Thomas. Based in Ann Arbor, MI, today's guest considers himself an eternal student and is always working to move his tango forward.

Let's meet Avik Basu...

Podcast Episode 71 is now online

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My guests today are Damian Lobato and Sarah Chung. They are currently based in Philadelphia, PA where they teach a number of classes and host events every week.

Sarah is known for her expressive musicality, and is very much about having her students establish a strong foundation in basic technique.

Damian was born and raised in Argentina, and began dancing in 1991. A former dentist, he decided to pursue tango full time in 2000. Since then, he has taught and performed in multiple countries.


"SLOW DOWN" TO MOVE MORE QUICKLY

With a dance like tango, any number of figures can be initiated at a moment's notice. And so we prepare ourselves to react quickly. 

In order to react quickly, we feel we have to guess what will happen next. But viewing tango as a constant guessing game is stressful, which leads to a lot of bad things like physical tension. Physical tension makes communication with our partners more difficult, and this guarantees bad reaction time.

To be able to move and react quickly, we must focus on the moment. Instead of worrying about what will happen next, we must concentrate on what's happening right now. Oddly enough, to be able to react quickly we must learn to slow down our thinking.

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Podcast Episode 70 is now online

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My guest today is the director of the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School. She started dancing tango in 1999, and as tango inevitably took over her life, she eventually left her job and moved to Buenos Aires where she stayed for 3 years. In 2006 she began working with Andres Amarilla, and since then she has traveled the world teaching and performing.

Today's guest is also the director of the Philly Tango Fest, and hosts the radio show Tango Stories.

Let's meet Meredith Klein...

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WHO DO WE WANT TO DANCE WITH?

We know the type of person we want to dance with. It is a leader or follower who is respectful, fun, and patient. This is the type of person who makes our night when we're feeling unsure of ourselves, and doesn’t react negatively to our mistakes. We've worked hard building up our own tango skills, and show up to milongas hoping to dance with such a person.

Stop leaving it up to chance whether or not this person will notice our skills and remember to give us a cabeceo. That’s waste of time. Instead, once we figure out the type of person we want to dance with, let's work hard to be that person. 

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Podcast Episode 69 is now online

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My guest today grew up around creative arts and performance. She frequently travels throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Buenos Aires to teach, and she has worked incredibly hard to build up tango communities in Boston and Western Massachusetts. 

She has studied with a number of world famous tango instructors, and is also a well-known DJ. She has participated in and helped organize numerous festivals and marathons, including regular tango tours in Buenos Aires. 

Let's meet Veronika Kruta: Listen here

Podcast Episode 68 is now online

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Episode 68 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guest today is a central figure in the Eugene, Oregon tango community. She fell in love with tango back in 1999, and in addition to organizing classes and events, hosts learning tours in Buenos Aires.

Today's guest is not only a tango instructor, but also a writer, and filmmaker.

Let's meet Marisela Rizik...

JUST START MOVING

Technique is important. We listen carefully to our instructors, and work hard to understand the concepts designed to help make us good leaders and followers. 


But we can’t get through a figure simply by thinking our way through it. If we try, we’ll lock up, get stuck, and become frustrated. 

Instead, we have to put the dance into motion...to just start! 

It might not be perfect at first, but that’s what practice is for. The more willing we are to move, the better we’ll be at trusting our bodies to execute what our brains know. By moving, we might make mistakes. At the same time, being in motion gives us the best chance of getting it right. 

But we’ll never be right if we just stand still.

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Podcast Episode 67 now online!

Episode 67 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!

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My guests today are Tommy Smith and Christian Wheelihan, who are based in beautiful Boise, Idaho. 

Tommy started tango back in 2012, and soon it became an obsession. Today, he is a tango instructor, DJ, and organizer. With a background in math and engineering, Tommy is an instructor who approaches the dance with an organized, analytic method. He also teaches regular DJ workhops, and has DJ'd at Montana's Tango Uprising, the Salt Lake City Tango Festival, Tango on the Rocks, and several others. 

Christian discovered tango along with Tommy, whom she teaches with. As a professional therapist, she brings a positive, relaxed vibe. She connects easily with students, and adds an invaluable personal touch to their classes. Together, she and Tommy teach in several locations around Boise, including the student tango club at Boise State University.

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Podcast Episode 66 is now online!

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Episode 66 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online! Listen here

My guest is Simona Zaino. Although she's originally from Italy, she's based in Dublin, Ireland. In 2004 she and her dance partner, Hernan Catvin, established Compadrito Tango, where they teach multiple tango classes and host a number of events. Simona has taught and performed all over Europe, the US, and New Zealand.

She's also collaborated on a huge number of events, including acting and choreographing the opera Maria De Buenos Aires, which was staged at the Cork Opera House. In addition to appearing in television and radio programs, and having performed in a multitude of dance and music festivals, she also founded the International Tango Festival in Ireland, a yearly non-profit event that draws world-class tango pros, musicians, and tango aficionados from all over the world.

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Website: https://www.tangofever.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tangofever

Don't get stuck in the past

Over time, not only will our own tango evolve, but the community around us will probably change, too. 

Friends will come and go, as may teachers. New venues may appear, and old ones may close. Despite all this, it’s best to find ways to keep moving our tango forward. Yes, we’ll be nostalgic for times when certain dancers were still in town, or when classes and/or events were done a different way. 

But let's not get stuck in the past, or be too romantic about it. Constantly talking about how better things used to be is not a strategy for a better future.

The world of tango is aways in flux, regardless of how big or small our communities are. Sometimes the changes will be welcome, sometimes not. But regardless, there will always be opportunities for tango to enrich our lives. Ultimately, we are responsible for the amount of enjoyment we get from dancing. As times change, either we’ll have to look for it elsewhere, or we may have to create it ourselves.

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Podcast Episode 65 is now online!

Hello Friends! Joe's Tango Podcast Episode 64 is now online!
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My guest today is based in the Netherlands. He is the founder of El Corte, a world-renown tango center located in the city of Nijmegen. With a background in dance education, he studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory and started teaching tango in 1987.

El corte has grown tremendously, and sees roughly 25,000 tango students a year. 

Today’s guest is also an internationally famous tango instructor and teacher, and as you can imagine, he has a packed travel schedule. He spends several weekends every month - nearly half the year - flying around the globe teaching tango.

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Podcast Episode 64 is now online!

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My guest today is Robert McKenney. He's the general manager of Convergence Dance and Body Center in St. Louis, MO, and also an instructor there. And if the name of that studio sounds familiar, it's because several months ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Robert's mom, Roxanne Maier. 

Robert grew up around dancing, and started studying it at age 16. He has also studied with a number of tango masters, including Gustavo Naveira, Pablo Inza, Mariana Montes, Daniel Trenner, and many others. He has taught and performed all over the US and Argentina, and is also a very popular Tango DJ.

Podcast Episode 63 is now online!

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My guests today are Nico Tapia and Stephie Berg, based in Phoenix, AZ. They met in 2013, and have been working together ever since. Well versed in a variety of tango dance styles, they have taught and performed all over the world. In 2014, they won the US Tango Championship. They are still active in competition, and have also gone on to train other US Tango Championship finalists.

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