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Podcast Episode 104 is now online

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Harmonica virtuoso Joe Powers was back in town last weekend, so I thought it'd be a good time to catch up with him and record a spontaneous episode. We discussed some tango topics that we didn't cover the last time he was on the show, such as the additional skill sets necessary to be a successful musician, work ethic, and how to not be a total prick once you become famous. Enjoy!

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Podcast Episode 103 is now online!

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Episode 103 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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...

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Podcast Episode 102 is now online!

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My guest today is one of the most experienced tango professionals in NYC. She has taught extensively at the NYU Undergraduate Drama Program at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, the Lee Strasberg Professional Theater Program in New York, the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and many others.

But long before moving to the big apple, today's guest trained as a modern dancer and received a degree in Performance/Choreography from the California Institute of the Arts. She's lent her expertise all over the US as a choreographer for musicals, operas, plays, and films. Of course, she eventually crossed paths with Argentine Tango, and developed a passion for that particular dance. At the Sandra Cameron Dance Center, one of New York's top ballroom dance studios, she joined the teaching staff and was the director of both the Argentine Tango and Salsa programs. She is the founder of the Jeni Breen Tango Academy, located in downtown Manhattan, where she continues to spread the love of tango.

Let's meet Jeni Breen...

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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.

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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...

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Website www.tangotunes.com

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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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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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sflovestango.com
www.jonastango.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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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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Episode 93 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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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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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Music of Diego Schissi

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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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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...

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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