Podcast Episode 99 is now online

Episode 099: Be comfortable with being uncomfortable - Jaimes Friedgen
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My guest today is an internationally renown dancer and teacher. He is the co-founder of the LA Tango Academy, and although he's been teaching tango for over 20 years, he's been immersed in artistic expression since childhood. He has a background in theater, music, and a variety of other dance forms. On top of that, he also has extensive training as a gymnast. He's traveled all over the globe to dance, teach, and study tango, and is working hard to push his dancing even further.

Let's meet Jaimes Friedgen...

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Podcast Episode 98 is now online

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My guests today are Daniela Pucci and Luis Bianchi. They first met in 2005, and lived in NYC from 2006 - 2012. In 2012 they made the big decision to relocate to Buenos Aires. There, they set up Tango Oasis, which is their studio and guest house.

Since then, they have traveled to over 90 cities in 4 continents to teach at workshops and various festivals. Some of their more notable appearances include the esteemed Ostertango in Switzerland, Phantastango in Germany, and the Copenhagen Tango Festival.

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Podcast Episode 97 is now online

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Episode 97 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guest today is an internationally renowned DJ based in San Francisco, CA. He has DJ'd at a number of big-name festivals, marathons, and events, including the Taiwan Tango Marathon, The Southern California Tango Championship, The San Diego Tango Festival, the Austin Spring Festival, and many others. If you live in or ever visited the San Francisco Area, you'll see him DJ'ing at many of the popular venues there.

Let's meet Jonas Aquino...

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Podcast Episode 96 is now online

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Episode 96 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guest today is a native of Rosario, Argentina. In 1998 she moved to NYC to study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and she is now located in San Francisco, CA. 

She started dancing at age 6, and has a background in a variety of dance genres, including ballet, contemporary, flamenco, afro-haitian dances, and many others. In addition to being heavily involved with Argentine Tango, today's guest is also a staff teacher for the Youth Program at ODC (Oberlin Dance Collective), and is also a staff member at the renowned Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp.

Let's Meet Andrea Fuchilieri...

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www.triogarufa.com

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Podcast Episode 95 is now online

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My guest today has been dancing all her life, having started at the age of 6 with the world-famous San Francisco School of Ballet. She has experience with jazz, modern, competitive ballroom, flamenco, hula, and theater dance. Having participated in many productions, spent spent years touring with a number of famous musical artists, including Liza Minelli. 

She's been reviewed by the NY Times as a choreographer for off-broadway productions, and she also helped choreograph live-televised events, such as Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA. On top of that, today's guest has appeared in major network TV programs, Films, commercials, and fashion magazines. 

Of course, along the way, she discovered Argentine Tango and has participated in events and workshops all over the world. 

Let's meet Michelle Lamb...

Michelle will be teaching at the 2019 Windy City Tango Festival in Chicago - You can find out about her here: Windy City Tango Festival - About Michelle

Podcast Episode 94 is now online

Episode 094: When you have no time to lose - Corinne Krikorian
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My guest today has been passionate about dance all her life. After falling in love with tango, and through years of struggle, adventure, and grit, she realized her goal of dancing and teaching professionally. Based in Montreal, she holds a number of regular classes, and organizes a number of popular tango events as well. 

Let's meet Corinne Krikorian...

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Podcast Episode 93 is now online

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Today's guest is a Tango DJ based in Charlotte, NC. He is also a master craftsman, and designs mobile dance floors that have garnered praise from tangueros everywhere. He and his wife started the renown Queen City Tango Marathon, and we'll hear the interesting story of how that came about.

Let's meet Mark Mindel...

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Podcast Episode 92 is now online

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Episode 92 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guest today is Mark Word. He's a clinical social worker who's passionate about helping victims of psychological trauma. Much of his experience also stems from the military, where he functioned as a Behavioral Health officer with the 101st Airborne Division. Before falling in love with tango, Mark was a professional musician, spent a number of years living in Europe, and also developed a passion for languages. 

Mark combines his expertise as a mental health professional with tango to explore the healing effects of tango, and has some fascinating answers for us...

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Podcast Episode 91 is now online

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My guest today is a Tango DJ who also happens to be a sound engineer. As you can imagine, he's very particular about sound quality. He makes his own high quality transfers from shellacs whenever he can obtain them. He DJ's at the Magic Roundabout Milongas, located near Bristol in the UK...

Let's meet Paul Strudwick

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Podcast Episode 88 is now online

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Ok, my guest today began his Tango journey while he was a student at Arizona State University. Later, he would become an influential presence with the ASU Tango Club, where he now teaches regular classes and guides the next generation of young dancers.

Let's meet Marco Antonio Licon...

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Podcast Episode 87 is now online

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My guest today is a bandoneon player, pianist, and hard-core tango scholar. She's really enthusiastic about promoting contemporary tango music, and encourages us to explore that rich and largely-untapped world.

At the time of this recording, my guest is very close to finishing her Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland. In the DC area, she's been part of the tango group Da Capo Tango, where she is one of two bandoneon players. She has traveled extensively, and studied and played with some of the top bandoneon players today.

Let's meet Heyni Solera...

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Podcast Episode 86 is now online

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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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Website: www.nersesova.com
Website: https://www.sotango.world/
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Podcast Episode 84 is now online

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Episode 84 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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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Episode 83 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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.