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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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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 96 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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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 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 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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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...

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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Episode 82 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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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Episode 81 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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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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 78 is now online

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Episode 78 of Joe’s Tango Podcast 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.