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Podcast Episode 113 is now online

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My guest today is originally from Uruguay, and discovered tango for the first time in 2002. Ever since then, it's been hard to keep him off the dance floor. He's been teaching since 2004, and has traveled to numerous festivals to teach and learn, and has studied under many world-class instructors. Now based in Miami, his dancing and teaching styles are a creative blend of traditional and new tango.

He has worked for several dance companies, productions and shows, including Enamorados del Tango, Miami Contemporary Dance, Brasilian Carnaval, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the 15th International Tango Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay, and many others.

Let's meet Diego Santana...

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Podcast Episode 112 is now online

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My guest today has been dancing tango for over 30 years. In the 80s, she was one of the first Europeans to study Tango in Buenos Aires. In 1986, she opened one of the first tango studios in Berlin.

Famous for being not only a tango dancer and teacher, today's guest is also highly respected for her skills in teacher training. Every year she travels to dozens of cities all over the world to give workshops, and also organizes a variety of intensive tango retreats.

Let's meet Brigitta Winkler...

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Podcast Episode 111 is now online

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Episode 111 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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Originally from Argentina, today's guest has been living in the US since 1980 and is currently based in New York City. He is a world renown bassist, composer, and music producer. Also Grammy-Award Winner, he is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on traditional and contemporary tango.

He has recorded and performed with a number of other well-known musicians, including Pablo Ziegler, Raul Juarena, Yo-Yo Ma, Shakira, Lalo Schifrin, the New World Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and many others. Today's guest is also an active researcher and educator, producing programs for the Lincoln Center Institute, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, and Arts Connection in New York City. On top of that, he has been a guest lecturer at universities such as Yale, Harvard, and UCLA.

His contributions to the world of tango have been nothing short of amazing, and it's an honor to have him on the show.

Let's meet Pablo Aslan...

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Podcast Episode 110 is now online

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Episode 110 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guest today has been dancing tango for over a decade. Having spent several years in Buenos Aires, he's studied and analyzed a number of different styles. He's focused on social dancing, and is known for placing a lot of his teaching focus on movement and technique. Currently, he's managing the well-known Oxygen Tango group in Los Angeles...

Let's meet Dave Lampson...

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Oxygen Tango website
Oxygen Tango FB page

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Podcast Episode 109 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.

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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.

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His Facebook page
His notes on Tango organizing

Podcast Episode 106 is now online!

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Episode 106 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guest today has been teaching and performing tango for over 20 years. He has earned a number of international awards and prizes, and has received worldwide recognition for his dedication to developing tango workshops and events outside of Argentina. He has performed at a number of prestigious tango institutions, such as The Argentine Academy of Tango, Cambalache International Tango Festival, Caminito Tango Show, Club Sunderland, and many others. He has given classes, seminars, and performances in multiple countries such as Turkey, Holland, Germany, Italy, and Latvia. In 2013, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA, where he continues to teach and perform.

This episode will feature Daniel Arias, who will be joining us with his wife, Laura Mingo. Unfortunately, my Spanish is a little rusty today so I'm very grateful for Laura's assistance in translating. We'll also hear from Laura, who is a very well known tango organizer in the LA area, as well as a tango photographer.

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Website

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Laura's FB page
La milonguita FB page
Mingotography FB page

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Podcast Episode 105 is now online

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Episode 105 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guest today started dancing at age 3. During her childhood, she took up ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. Her passion for dance continued to evolve, and she would go on to spend several eventful years as a professional ballroom dancer. She won a good number of championships, and retired from competition in 2003 (the same year she earned her PhD). A few years later, she relocated to Seattle, Washington.

Although she had experience with Argentine Tango at various moments in her life, it took some time to develop a passion for that dance. When that happened, she found herself making multiple trips to Buenos Aires. While in BA, she not only immersed herself in studying the dance, but also came away with a number of eye-opening experiences.

Today, she is a professor in the Department of Dance at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she teaches studio and academic classes. As an educator, she specializes in cross-cultural topics involving dance, and has published numerous articles and books on tango, ballroom, salsa, rumba, and swing. And she has a lot of other exciting ideas in the pipeline...

Let's meet Juliet McMains...

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U of Washington webpage

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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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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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International Tango Summit
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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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Episode 95 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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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Website here

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