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Podcast Episode 109 is now online

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Episode 109 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guest today is Martin Enos, a highly accomplished dancer and instructor in the Washington, DC area. He is currently in medical school at Michigan State University.

More on Martin here:
To contact Martin, go to tangomercurio.com - they'll help you get in touch!

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Podcast Episode 108 is now online

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Episode 108 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guest today is Robert Le. He’s a dedicated organizer in the LA area, and hosts the popular Tango Mio milonga. We had a fun conversation about his personal tango journey, strategies on running a successful milonga, and his thoughts on community.

More on Robert here:
His Facebook page
His notes on Tango organizing

Podcast Episode 103 is now online!

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My guest today is originally from Russia, but is now located in Washington, DC. With a professional background in interior design, she discovered Argentine Tango in 2010 while attending a Weekend Bootcamp program with Tango Mercurio. Soon after that experience, she started assisting with instruction. Eventually, she became a teacher, and today she serves as Tango Mercurio's Executive Director & Events Program Manager.

Let's meet Masha Abapolnikova...

More on Masha and Tango Mercurio here:
Website

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Podcast Episode 101 is now online

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Episode 101 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guests today are Marcos Questas and Ruta Maria. Based in the Los Angeles area, they have been dancing pretty much all their lives.

Marcos is a 3rd generation tango dancer from Buenos Aires, and has a distinguished career performing on stage at a number of famous venues, including El Viejo Almacen, Argentina Tango & Pampa, and many others. He also appeared on the show Grandes Valores del Tango, which is a nationally televised program in Argentina. Marcos also worked on the staff of Argentina's presidential Committee of Entertainment, and has performed for official presidential events and for visiting dignitaries. From 2000 - 2005 he has produced the Las Vegas Tango Festival, choreographed dance pieces for the Latin Grammys, and a number of other high-profile projects.

Ruta has a distinguished history as a ballet dancer. She has experience as a principal dancer for the Nevada Ballet Theater, Bolshoi's first International Exchange, the Jacksonville Ballet, Ballet West, and Cirque du Soleil's Mystere. Later on, she discovered Argentine Tango, and has performed and taught at the Tango Mundo Festival, the Boulder Tango Festival, the Las Vegas Tango Experience, as well as the Argentine Tango USA Championships.

They're also excited to organize the International Tango Summit, a massive project encompassing all types of tango competition genres, specialized workshops, and teacher training.

More on Marcos and Ruta here:
International Tango Summit
Website

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Podcast Episode 100 is now online

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Episode 100 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guest today is the founder and CEO of TangoTunes.com

As you may know, Tango Tunes operates out of Vienna, Austria and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is dedicated to preserving tango music. Through a painstaking process, the team over at Tango Tunes digitizes tango music from vinyl and shellac records, and enhances the sound quality. The results are superior quality recordings of our favorite tango songs, and for a very reasonable fee, they are made available for download.

Since 2013, TangoTunes has successfully transferred about 1000 songs from vinyl, and 5000 from shellacs. The company continues working hard today, and their product catalog is always expanding...

Let’s meet Christian Xell...

More on Christian here:
Website www.tangotunes.com

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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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Website
www.triogarufa.com

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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...

More on Corinne here:
Website
Facebook

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Podcast Episode 91 is now online

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Episode 91 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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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Website
Facebook group

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Podcast Episode 88 is now online

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Episode 88 of Joe's Tango Podcast 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...

More on Marco here:
Facebook
Email Marco here: mlicon@asu.edu
Tango resources in Arizona
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Podcast Episode 87 is now online

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Episode 87 of Joe's Tango Podcast 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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Instagram

Music of Diego Schissi

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Podcast Episode 86 is now online

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Episode 86 of Joe's Tango Podcast 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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Website

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Podcast Episode 85 is now online

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Episode 85 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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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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 80 is now online!

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Episode 80 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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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Episode 79 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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 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...