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My guest today has been a full-time tango dancer for over two decades. But she developed her passion for dance during her childhood when she started studying classical ballet.

She has taught at a number of festivals around the world, has been the mastermind behind a number of tango events, and co-founded the all-female dance company, Tango Mujer.

Based in New York City, she taught every level of tango at Dance Manhattan from 1994 - 2014. Internationally renowned as one of the foremost experts in tango, she has collaborated with a number of other world-class instructors and is widely sought out for her clear instructional style, and extensive insights on technique.

Let’s meet Rebecca Shulman...

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Podcast Episode 85 is now online

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My guest today was born in Iran, but grew up in Africa and Russia. For quite a while, she was based in Portland, Oregon where she taught regular tango classes and workshops. Today, she is based in Los Angeles. In addition to being a tango instructor, she’s also an accomplished visual artist. We’re going to hear about how she combines movement and art, as well as her other exciting new tango projects.

Let’s meet Yelizaveta Nersesova....

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Podcast Episode 84 is now online

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My guest today is the founder of the Rose City Tango Academy in Portland, OR. She's been dancing all her life, having started her training at the age of 3. She studied ballet, modern, and many other styles. Eventually, she happened upon Argentine Tango. 

In 2011 she began teaching tango in Seattle. Then she spent 3 years pretty much living on the road, traveling to teach, perform, and DJ in the US, Europe, and Argentina. After relocating to Portland, she established the Rose City Tango Academy where she is committed to creating a supportive, challenging, and nurturing atmosphere for tango enthusiasts.

Let's meet Liz Hutchinson...

Why you should worry

But isn’t tango a place where we can leave our worries behind? Isn't our tango time an opportunity to de-stress from the events of the day?

Yes, but once we're at a milonga, our worries tend to shift to our current tango skills. We wonder if we're being a good leader or follower. And oftentimes we feel insecure about other details: Are we relaxing enough? Paying attention to our frame enough? Etc. 

Before long we find that we haven't stopped worrying. We feel bad about that, which only creates more negativity in our heads...which affects our dancing.

Instead of trying to suppress or avoid all worries, let's use them as a motivator to improve. And that can be through doing individual drills, or making an effort to work on certain figures at a práctica. As long as we don't let it get out of hand, worry can be a fuel that drives our dancing forward. Worry isn't something to fight against; it's just another partner we learn to dance with.

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Podcast Episode 83 is now online

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My guests are Carlos and Maureen Urrego; they are the 2018 USA Argentine Tango Champions, and they have a number of other championships and awards to their name.

They have taught and performed all over the US, in Colombia, and in Buenos Aires. And they've also produced several shows, such as Seasons of Tango and Midsummer Night Tango Cabaret.

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Podcast Episode 82 is now online

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My guest today is Jim Chow; he is the owner of Belltown Dance Studio in Seattle, WA. 

Jim established the studio back in 2005, but he's been a passionate dancer all his life. He's familiar with a variety of dances, but salsa is his specialty so it should come as no surprise that he's Belltown's head salsa instructor. Belltown Studio is home to a number of other dance genres, including Argentine Tango.

So why interview a studio owner? Well, studio owners provide venue space for tango classes and milongas - In many cases, we tango folks wouldn't be able to do what we do without people like Jim. But I also thought it'd be fun to hear about the challenges, the behind-the-scenes action, and the highs and lows of running a dance studio...

Podcast Episode 81 is now online

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My guests today are Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda based in San Francisco, CA. They have taught all over the world, and are known for their clear and enthusiastic teaching style. They teach regularly at several venues in the Bay Area, such as Milonga Genesis, the Great Northern, The Beat over in Berkeley, and the Stanford Tango Club.

They are also organizers of the renown San Francisco Tango Marathon. Felipe has also DJ’d at a number of big-name events, including festivals and milongas in Portland, Denver, Washington DC, Fort Bragg, New York, Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, and many others.

Podcast Episode 80 is now online!

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My guest today is an amazing tango dancer known for her technique and grace - As an instructor, she's known for her patience and attention to detail. Based in Michigan, she also has a strong background in ballroom dance and is a frequent participant in numerous performances and showcases.

Let's meet Erin Rea...

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Podcast Episode 79 is now online

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My guests today are John Miller and Jesica Cutler, both of whom are based in Colorado. John has been dancing since the age of 18. He eventually happened upon tango, and started teaching full time in 2009. He is also a very well known DJ, and has played over 1500 milongas and practicas at multiple festivals.

Jesica is a massage therapist, and in addition to tango, she teaches Lindy Hop and Blues. Much of her teaching style is focused on body mechanics, and helping students gain greater body awareness.

They have been working together since 2012, and have taught at festivals in Denver, Salt Lake City, and in Mexico.

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Podcast Episode 78 is now online

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For today's show, I'm happy to welcome back Iona May Italia - also known as the Terpsichoral Tango Addict. She has traveled the globe dancing and teaching tango, and has documented her observations and thoughts in a blog that is very well-known in tango circles.

I had the opportunity to speak with Iona back in Episode 40, and it was a lot of fun. On that show, if you remember, she mentioned that she was working on a book - well, that book is now complete, and has been released. It is called, Our Tango World, Volume 1: Learning and Community.

Podcast Episode 77 is now online

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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...


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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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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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