Episode 115 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
My guests today are Helena Fernandez and Claudio Villagra, also known as Los Villagra.
Helena has been dancing since age three and also has a strong background in classical ballet, jazz, ballroom, samba, and Flamenco. Lucky for us, she has devoted much of her near 30 years of experience to Argentine Tango. She has taught and performed all over the world, in stage productions and on television. An experienced competitor, she made it to semi-final rounds in Tango World Championship events in Greece, Italy, and San Francisco.
She also holds a degree in physiotherapy, and specializes in helping patients with neurological disorders.
Claudio's tango history begins with his grandfather, Hector Contreras, who mentored him early in his tango career. He has also studied with a number of renown tango masters, and performed in many famous venues, such as the Walter Kerr and Marquis Theaters on Broadway (where he performed for two years), The Olympia Music Hall in Paris, Teatro Colón, Luna Park, Teatro Astral, Teatro Nacional Cervantes in Buenos Aires. and the National Auditorium and Fine Arts Theater in Mexico.
In addition to having worked with many famous tango orchestras and experience as a choreographer, Claudio has twice served as a final round judge at the World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires.
These two are a formidable team, and currently operate their tango school out of Lisbon, Portugal.
Let's meet Los Villagra...
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