Welcome to Joe's Tango Podcast! Here you'll find Joe's interviews with world-class Argentine tango instructors, event organizers, and musicians. You can listen to the show on iTunes, through Soundcloud below, or Stitcher.

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New episodes are released every Monday...


Episode 039: Perfectly imperfect
GuestKaren Jaffe
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My guest today is based out of Asheville, NC. Her tango journey began back in 1997, but she also has an in-depth background in a variety of other dance disciplines. On top of that, she has a solid foundation in gymnastics and theater. As a tango instructor and performer, she holds classes and organizes events in the Asheville area, and regularly travels throughout the southeastern United States to teach at other communities. To continue developing skills in creativity and connection, she makes annual trips to Buenos Aires to study with world renowned teachers. Let's meet Karen Jaffe...

More on Karen here:
Her website: http://tangogypsies.com/
Find her on Facebook

Episode 038: You're never "done" with a step
Guests: Koichiro "Chewy" Suzuki and Yulia Zhukoff
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My guests today are not only accomplished tango dancers and instructors, but each also possesses a strong musical background. They have traveled extensively, and are very well known in their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Let's meet Koichiro "Chewy" Suzuki and Yulia Zhukoff...

More on Chewy & Yulia here: 
Website: http://www.pghtango.com/
Info on Pittsburgh Tango week: http://www.pghtango.com/tango-festival/

Episode 037: You can't dabble with a bandoneon
Guest: Korey Ireland

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Today's guest started off as a professional composer before discovering tango. He is now a highly accomplished tango musician, composer, and teacher. Although he's originally from Kansas City, MO, he's now based in Berlin, Germany where he's an instructor at Mala Junta Berlin, 

Tango Tanzen Macht Schön, and Nou Tango Berlin. He has taught and performed internationally, in countries including the US, Argentina, Poland, the Netherlands, Kenya, Russia, and many others. 

Let's meet dancer/teacher/bandoneon player Korey Ireland...

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Episode 036: People will be judging you...
Guests: Lena and Oleg Mashkovich
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My guests today are based in Chicago, IL. They are a very popular pair who dedicate their time as both teachers and organizers. They also make regular visits to Buenos Aires, where they've become well-known regulars at the local tango scenes there. And over the course of multiple visits, they've come away with a lot of knowledge about Tango music and history. In 2017 they competed in the USA Argentine Tango Championships, and came away as finalists.
Let's meet Lena & Oleg Mashkovich...

More and Oleg and Lena here:

Website: http://www.tangounaemocion.com

Their Facebook (personal) 

Facebook group 

Los Besos Milonguita Facebook group


Episode 035: I want to dance with you, NOT your teacher
Guest: Roxanne Maier
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My guest today has been a competitive and social dancer since 1985. She has an extensive background in ballroom and swing, and has well over a decade of competitive experience. After retiring from competition, she opened the Convergence Dance and Body Center in St. Louis, Missouri. And shortly after that, she discovered Argentine Tango. She makes regular trips to Buenos Aires, and has studied with a number of well known tango masters, such Chicho Frumboli, Susanna Miller, Alicia Pons, and many others. In addition to to being a central figure in the St. Louis tango community, she has also taught at Tangofest and Valentango, which are two of the biggest tango festivals in North America.

So what does the title of this podcast, "I want to dance with you, NOT your teacher," mean? Listen to find out.
Let's meet Roxanne Maier...

More on Roxanne here:

Website: http://www.convergencedbc.com

On Facebook


Episode 034: Moving Tango forward
Guests: Homer and Cristina Ladas

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My guests today became enamored with tango back in 1997. And since then, they have become some of the most influential and creative tango instructors in the world. They are well known for their highly engaging teaching style, their amazing ability to improvise, and their incredible generosity.  

Let's meet Homer and Cristina Ladas...

More on Homer and Cristina here:
Website: http://theorganictangoschool.org/
On Youtube 
On Facebook


Episode 033: Focusing on students
Guest: Max Kepler
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Today's guest is Max Kepler, who started off as a classically trained dancer at age three! It was only a matter of time before Argentine tango would come into the picture. Max has been a part of several large tango communities on the West Coast, and is currently based in Seattle, WA.

More on Max here:

Website: http://www.dancekepler.com
Website: http://www.queerseattletango.com
On Facebook 
On Linkedin


Episode 032: Guillermo Garcia of Trio Garufa
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Today's guest is a tango guitarist and dancer from Argentina. He's got a bit of a technical background, and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He helped develop audio technology for big name companies such as Gibson Guitar and Silicon Graphics. As a dancer, he was part of the dancing cast in the 2011 show Tango Fatal, directed by Forever Tango lead dancer Jorge Torres. As a musician, he's known as the co-founder of the internationally renown group, Trio Garufa

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Episode 031: There are no shortcuts
Guest: Gabriela Condrea
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Today's guest is an author and a speaker - She's also a tango instructor known for her deeply kinesthetic approach to the dance and the exploration of connection. She is also known for devoting time to teaching tango to those with mobility problems. With an extensive background in a variety of subjects, she has also taught language, mathematics, and gymnastics. She's quite the traveler as well - shuttling between Buenos Aires, and her home town of Seattle, Washington. Let's meet Gabriela Condrea...

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Episode 030: Layers of musicality
Guest: Mariano Laplume
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Today's guest is an accomplished tango dancer, teacher, and violinist. With his multi-faceted background, he has developed a teaching style that maximizes body awareness and musicality. As a musician, he has been a part of the Academic Orchestra of Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires, Orquesta típica imperial, and he also helped co-found the internationally renowned tango group Sexteto Milonguero. He has played at more than 40 milongas and festivals in Buenos Aires alone, and at over 100 in other parts of the world. Let's meet Mariano Laplume...

More on Mariano here:

Website: http://www.maralmariano.com/

On Facebook


Episode 029: It takes time to sink in
Guest: Robin Thomas
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Today's special guest is a world renown tango instructor and DJ. A mainstay of the New York City tango scene, he has taught in multiple cities in the US and abroad. He's known for his humor, and very down-to-earth teaching method.
Let's meet Robin Thomas...

More on Robin here: http://robinthomastango.com/

On Facebook


Episode 028: The Tango Adventure
Guest: Sasha Cagen
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Today's special guest is not only deeply involved with Tango, but she's also an author and life coach. Her work as a coach for women has been featured in more than 100 media outlets, such as CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, and many others. She is quite the traveler, spending her time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oakland, CA, and Providence, Rhode Island. Let's meet Sasha Cagen...

More on Sasha here: sashacagen.com


Episode 027: Become an expert by doing
Guest: Mark Wyman
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Today's special guest is a musician with a very eclectic background. He began studying classical piano at age five. In 1988 he moved to San Francisco to further his studies, and eventually relocated to Amsterdam in 2003. His musical experience ranges from classical to punk, to rock, and avant garde!

He has toured all around the US and Europe, and in Buenos Aires he honed his tango skills. He's played with several famous tango groups, including Strictly Tango, Tango #9, Trasnoche, and countless others. He also publishes music books through his company Delf Music. Let's meet Mark Wyman...

More on Mark here:www.harmonk.com


Episode 026: Tango vs. Parkinsons Disease
Guest: Dr. Madeleine Hackney
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Today's special guest had a successful career as a competitive ballroom dancer before getting into Argentine Tango. She has been certified by the American Council of Exercise as a personal trainer, and she is an assistant professor at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She is also a research health scientist at the Atlanta VA Rehabilitation R&D Center of Excellence. Her research has been covered by the New York Times, Scientific American, NPR, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others. Currently, she is a researcher working intensely on rehabilitative and treatment strategies for individuals with Parkinsons Disease. So what does Argentine Tango have to do with Parkinsons Disease? Listen to the interview to find out! Let's meet Dr. Madeleine Hackney...

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Episode 025: Accepting tango and embracing change
Guest: Miguel Di Genova
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Today's special guest started off as an architect. But today, he's better known as the director and lead singer of Otros Aires, one of the most popular and influential modern tango bands. With a career spanning over 14 years, he has released 5 studio albums, a live album, and a documentary film. He and his group have toured through Europe as well as North and South America, performing in well over 200 cities. Their band's Youtube channel boasts over a million visitors, and the've got thousands of Facebook followers. Their music has been featured on shows such as "Dancing with the Stars" in the US, and "Strictly Come Dancing" in the UK. And I bet you've heard their music at many milongas as well. Let's meet Miguel Di Genova...

More on Miguel and Otros Aires here:


On Facebook


Episode 024: Beating the "constant state of panic"
Guest: Vania Rey
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Today's special guest began teaching tango in Berlin, Germany back in 2002. In 2005 she was invited to teach in New York City, and eventually relocated to North America. She travels regularly, and in addition to teaching, she's also a DJ. To date, she has taught in over 40 cities worldwide. Let's meet Vania Rey...

More on Vania here: https://vaniatango.com/


Episode 023: Let out your evil side
Guests: Adam Ashton Hoopengardner & Ciko Tanik
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My guests today are a prominent couple based out of New York City. They have studied and danced all over the world, and they're known for their humor and very playful creativity. Let's meet Adam Ashton Hoopengardner and Ciko Tanik...

More on Adam and Ciko:

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Episode 022: Liz and Yannick Vanhove
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Today's guests have been dancing tango ever since they were teenagers. Eventually, they took the leap and became full-time tango instructors. Since then, they have worked tirelessly on their craft, and have gained international acclaim as both teachers and competitive performers.

More on Liz and Yannick: http://www.liz-yannick.com/


Episode 021: Do it like a man!
Guests: Kara Wenham & Dominic Bridge
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Today's guests are Kara Wenham and Dominic Bridge. Kara was first introduced to tango in 2000, coming from a professional background in acting and theater. She has taught all around the globe, and has spent many years living in Buenos Aires, She is now based out of Berlin, Germany.

Dominic specializes in social tango dancing - he's been a full time tango dancer since 2007, and he's also taught and performed internationally. He is the founder of PDX Tango in his home city of Portland, Oregon. 

As of this recording in the fall of 2017, Kara and Dominic have only recently begun working together professionally - so we're catching them at a very exciting time!

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Episode 020: Get better by sucking at it first
Guest: Stephane Koch (El Turquito)
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Today's special guest is a central figure in European Tango scenes. He is based out of Paris, France, and is a well known teacher, organizer, and DJ... and he is the guitarist of the group Cuarteto Belgrano. Let's meet Stepháne Koch, aka El Turquito...

More on El Turquito here: http://www.turquito.com


Episode 019: Embrace Possibility
Guest: Daniela Borgialli
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Our guest today started off as contemporary dancer who later discovered Argentine Tango whlie working on her MFA in Dance and Choreography. She taught tango at Arizona State University for 11 years, and during that time she introduced more that 1500 students to the dance. 

She has held tango classes all over the US, Europe, and in Buenos Aires. With a teaching style that emphasizes technique and body biomechanics, she authored THE TANGO WORKBOOK 1ST EDITION in 2015. It's a book designed for beginning tango students, based on her years of teaching at ASU. Let's meet Daniela Borgialli...

More on Daniela here: http://www.accesstango.com


Episode 018: Teach your teachers
Guest: Tomás Howlin
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Today's guest is a Tango teacher and performer with over 20 years of experience. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, his style is known for being rooted in Argentine traditions. He has performed in the most respected tango clubs in BA during the tango renaissance, and has taught in the most well-known tango academies there as well. A true artist and ambassador of tango, we are very lucky to have him on the podcast. Let's meet Tomás Howlin....

More on Tomas: 

Website: http://www.tomastango.com/

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Episode 017: Tango harmonica, and the importance of experimentation
Guest: Joe Powers
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Today's guest is an internationally renown harmonica virtuoso, who's made quite a splash with a variety of music genres, such as Jazz, Classical, Blues, Pop, Hip hop, Latin, and many others. Of course, he is widely known as a tango musician. 

In 2008, he was the winner of the Belgian Crystal Harmonica Award in the Classical Division. He has taught and performed all over the world - he's appeared on TV and radio, and on the tango side of things, he has collaborated with a number of masters and music groups, such as Tanghetto, Narcotango, Color Tango, Otros Aires, and he's shared the bill with the legendary Alberto Podesta as well. Let's meet Joe Powers...

More on Joe Powers here: http://www.joepowers.com


Episode 016: Let your tango evolve
Guest: Alex Krebs
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Today's special guest has been teaching worldwide since 1998. He also directs a tango sextet, and is a well-known bandoneon player. His studio, Tango Berretin, is located in the great city of Portland, OR. Let's meet Alex Krebs...

More on Alex: http://www.alextango.com


Episode 015: Patience and the tango learning process
Guest: Mariana Galassi
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Today's guest is an internationally renown tango instructor and performer. She has trained closely with tango masters Chicho Frumboli, Lucia Mazer, Gustavo Naveira, Julio Balmaceda, Corina de la Rosa, among others. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, she also has a background in ballet and contact improvisation. In 2000, she moved to New York City, where she directed the Argentine Tango program at the Sandra Cameron Dance Center. She has taught at numerous tango festivals, including Portland Valentango, Chicago Tango Week, the New York City Summer Tango Festival, CITA (Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino), DC Tango Sutra, and there are many more on that list. As a performer, she has toured with several high-profile tango shows, including "Romance de Tango," by Leonardo Paz, and "Tango Glamour," which was directed by world-renown pianist Polly Ferman. Let's meet Mariana Galassi

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Episode 014: "Good tango is like good pasta..."
Guest: Candi Woods
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Today's guest is an instructor and organizer in Lincoln, Nebraska. Seeing that her local tango community needed growth, she took some bold steps to generate interest by organizing more social events and bringing in big-name dancers to conduct workshops. On top of that, she also managed to create a tango class at Southeast Community College. After making steady progress, she's become a major player in the Nebraska tango scene, and continues to hold regular classes and events. Let's meet Candi Woods...

More about Candi here:

On Facebook

Information on tango in Nebraska


Episode 013: "Follow the good leaders, have fun with the rest"
Guest: Sabine Ibes
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Today's guest is a central figure in the Minneapolis Tango community, and is one of the founders of the Argentine Tango Club at the University of Minnesota. She's been dancing ever since she was a child, having studied jazz, classical ballet, and ballroom. After moving to the US from the Netherlands and starting a family, she eventually fell in love with Argentine Tango. Immersing herself in learning the dance, she embarked on a life-long adventure that has taken her all over the world. In 2016 she was invited to teach at CITA (Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino), which is arguably the most prominent tango event in the world, and the longest running tango conference in Buenos Aires. Presently, she teaches at Dance Life Ballroom studio in Minneapolis, and she is heavily involved with innovating the tango learning process. Let's meet meet Sabine Ibes...

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Episode 012: Know what you want from tango
Guests: Micaela Barrett & Alberto Ramos
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Today's guests are Micaela Colleen Barrett and Alberto Ramos Cordero, from the Cleveland Tango School in Cleveland, Ohio. Micaela has a very artistic background with experience in painting, graphic design, theater, Tai-Chi, and other forms of creative expression. She first came into the world of Argentine tango as a teenager, and in time, became enamored with the dance. 

Alberto has trained at the Mark Morris Dance Company in Brooklyn, he's taught at the Hunter College Tango Club, and the YOU SHOULD BE DANCING studio in NYC. In Puerto Rico, he has taught alongside instructors and performers of Y ENTONCES TANGO.

More about Micaela & Alberto, and links to where you can help donate to hurricane relief:

Their Website

On Facebook 

Ramos Family hurricane relief fund 

American Red Cross Hurricane Maria relief


Episode 011: The view from a world class bandoneon player
Guest: Ben Bogart
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Ben Bogart is the co-director and founder of the tango group, Cuarteto Tanguero. He is also the group's bandoneon player. Ben studied classical music at UC Santa Cruz and jazz at Berklee College of Music before traveling to Argentina to pursue a 2-year certificate at the esteemed Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce in Buenos Aires. He spent a total of 6 years in Argentina, and studied with the top bandoneón players and tango musicians there. Ben has also performed with multiple grammy award winners, and has been featured as a bandoneón soloist with the Cincinnati Opera, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, and many others.

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Episode 010: Practice and focus...it goes deeper than we think
Guests: Somer Surgit and Jessica Stserbakova
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Our guests today have been mesmerizing tango enthusiasts all over the world since they began their partnership in 2012. Known for their smooth, elegant dancing style and very personable teaching method, they are an absolute pleasure to dance with and learn from. Let's meet Somer Surgit and Jessica Stserbakova.

More on Somer and Jessica here...

Their website 

On Facebook


Episode 009: Dance what you both know
Guest: Rod Relucio
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My guest today is known for his creative tango style, which due in part to his background in hip-hop dancing, seamlessly incorporates the traditional and non-traditional. He has taught at numerous festivals in dozens of cities, always bringing with him a strong does of infectious energy. His passionate, nurturing teaching style has earned him a huge following, and further demonstrates his commitment to seeing communities grow.

Let's meet Rod Relucio...

More on Rod here:

312 movement: http://www.312movement.com/

On Facebook

Info on the Windy City Tango Festival

Episode 008: The view from a world class violinist
Guest: Daniel Stein
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Today's guest is one of the founding members of the renown tango quartet, Cuarteto Tanguero. As a world class violinist, he has shared the stage with numerous Grammy Award-winning musicians, and has appeared in dozens of radio and television broadcasts both in the US and abroad. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of tango music, its history, nuances, and relation with dancers. Let's meet...Daniel Stein.

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Episode 007: Your peers are a huge resource
Guest: Mitra Martin
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Today's guest has been involved in organizing numerous prominent tango events around the US. She is known for her innovative teaching approach, and commitment to help her students reach their full creative potential. Currently, she's working on ways to unlock the potential of university tango clubs, and focusing on the importance of peer learning. Let's meet Mitra Martin...

Find out more about Mitra here: mitramartin.com

And on Linkedin  

Episode 006: Start with caring
Guest: Vance Rightmire
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The Austin Spring Tango Festival is one of the biggest tango events in the US, drawing hundreds of tango enthusiasts and a roster of amazing tango teachers. But how did it begin? We'll meet the man who started it all, and hear his take on the key ingredients needed to build a successful community. Let's meet Vance Rightmire...

More information on the Austin Spring Tango Festival

On Facebook

Where you can find out about tango in Austin


Episode 005: Don't forget about personal authenticity
Guest: Oliver Kolker
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Today's guest is a tango instructor who has taught workshops all over the globe. His energy, passion, and humor make an immediate impression, and his insights into the dance have inspired countless tango students. In addition to teaching, he's the writer/co-director/co-star of the film Fermin: Glorias del Tango. In addition to working on a second film, he's also the creator behind Pelando Variación, an eye-popping, innovative tango competition that's set to tour the world soon.

Let's meet Oliver Kolker...

Find out more about Oliver and his projects here:

On Facebook

Pelando Variacion on Facebook

Blog: https://oliverkolker.wordpress.com/about/

Film link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3377374/?ref_=nv_sr_1


Episode 004: Working towards goals & contributing to a close-knit community
Guests: George & Jairelbhi Furlong
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Today's guests are internationally renown dancers, teachers, and choreographers. Based in Dallas, Texas, they founded Evolutiontango in 2005. They have some very helpful strategies on how to move our tango forward, as well as ways to help foster a supportive, close-knit community. Let's meet George and Jairelbhi Furlong.

Find out more about George and Jairelbhi here: evolutiontango.com


Episode 003: The Art of Organizing
Guests: Gimena Gordillo and Lindsey Zan
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After immersing themselves in tango, Lindsey Zan and Gimena Gordillo decided to take their love of this dance several steps further. To help their community grow, they've been  inviting world-class tango instructors to regularly visit their home city of New Orleans. Visiting teachers bring in a fresh perspective, and can help maintain the energy level that every tango community needs. So what does it take to step up and take the initiative? Let's find out!

More information about Lindsey and Gimena here: https://milongaosada.wordpress.com/

On Facebook

And more information on Tango in NOLA 

Episode 002: Tango decoded
Guest: James Valentino
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James has been dancing all his life, and later began his professional career in ballroom. Then, one day he fell in love with Argentine Tango, which is what he's best known for. His go-getter attitude and tireless work ethic has made him an incredibly accomplished dancer, with a reputation for bringing out the best in his students. He keeps busy as the owner of City Style Tango, a dynamic and energetic studio located just outside Detroit. In 2016 hosted the Motor City Tango Festival, and plans on bringing it back soon. 

Find out more about James at citystyletango.org
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Episode 001: It's more than just a dance
Guest: Jordana Del Feld

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Jordana is a tango instructor and DJ based in northern CA who has danced and taught all over the world. She has a multidisciplinary background which includes yoga, martial arts, yoga, Flamenco, and even Haitian Snake dances. She's also a licensed bodyworker, Reiki Master, as well as a massage therapist...so it's no surprise that Jordana's approach to tango involves a lot of body-awareness. But intertwined with that is a deep mental element as well.

Find out more about Jordana here: jordanadelfeld.com