Welcome to Joe's Tango Podcast!

Here you'll find Joe's interviews with world-class Argentine tango instructors, event organizers, and musicians. The conversations are candid, insightful, and provide yet another inspirational learning tool for tango students of any level.

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New episodes released every Monday...


Episode 077: Listening to Tango vs “Understanding” - Patricia Becker
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My guest today is an Argentine Tango dancer and performer. She's also a choreographer, and an actress. She started dancing at the age of 5, and has a background in ballet, Israeli folk dancing, jazz, latin, and contemporary. At age 16, she performed at the Teatro San Martín, which is one of the most most prominent theaters in Argentina. She has performed in productions at the Spanish Repertory Theatre, and in New York, she was nominated for two ACE Awards for best dramatic actress. Over the years, she has appeared in a number of musicals, plays, films, and TV programs. 

In 2009, she rediscovered her love of tango and is now based in San Diego, CA. She teaches tango classes several times a week, with a heavy focus on understanding body mechanics. She often teaches technique through the use of the Feldendkrais Method; the goal of which is to help her students gain more body awareness. Throughout the year, she also travels to teach at various festivals. 

Let's meet Patricia Becker...

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Episode 076: Reflections of a Tango DJ - Paul Akmajian
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My guest today has been dancing tango for over 20 years, and is also a well-known DJ. He DJs regularly in Tucson, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, but makes the rounds at various tango festivals all over the world.

Let's meet Paul Akmajian...

More on Paul here:
Tango music resource

Episode 075: The most musically infuriating experience I ever had - Maxfield Wollam-Fisher & Brett Lemley
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For this episode, we're doing things a little differently and it'll be a treat if you're really into tango music; we’re going to focus on the inner workings of a tango music group. My guests are Maxfield Wollam-Fisher and Brett Lemley. They are part of Da Capo Tango Ensemble, based in Washington, DC. It's another fun, eye-opening conversation...

More on Da Capo Tango Ensemble here:
Da Capo Tango FB page

Tango Mercurio Community Orchestra
Tango Mercurio community orchestra
Tango Mercurio FB page

Max's radio show
Bienvenido al Tango (radio show)

Episode 074: Open to giving and receiving - Adam Cornett
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My guest today started his tango journey in Portland, Oregon back in 2000. In 2014 he moved to Boston, and went on a tour that took him throughout the US, as well as China and Taiwan. In 2016, he and his then-partner Tilly Kimm won the US Tango de Pista Championships. As of 2018, he is based in Chicago and continues traveling to give workshops and to teach at various festivals.

Let's meet Adam Cornett...

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Episode 073: Tango and life's crossroads - Valorie Hart

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My guest today has spent her life immersed in art. While living in New York City, she has worked as an interior designer, writer, dancer, performance artist, and rock musician.

In 1999, she and her husband, Alberto Paz, moved to New Orleans, where she helped establish the Argentine Tango scene there. In 2002 they created the New Orleans Tango Festival. In 2009, they won the 3rd annual U.S.A. Salon Style Tango Championship. They also co-authored the book Gotta Tango, and both have been influential in the development of salon Tango in the US. Sadly, Alberto passed away in 2014, but she continues contributing to the tango community in New Orleans, hosting classes and milongas, as well as supporting other local tango events.

Let's meet Valorie Hart...

More on Valorie here:
FB page
Planet Tango website
Alberto Paz's Wikipedia page
Gotta Tango (book)

Episode 072: Something interesting for the rest of my day - Avik Basu
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My guest today is a Tango teacher and DJ with international acclaim. He started his TANGO journey back in 2002, and has studied with a number of renown teachers such as Gustavo Naveira, Susana Miller, Alex Krebs, and Robin Thomas. Based in Ann Arbor, MI, today's guest considers himself an eternal student and is always working to move his tango forward.

Let's meet Avik Basu...

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Episode 071: Huge life decisions - Damian Lobato & Sarah Chung
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My guests today are Damian Lobato and Sarah Chung. They are currently based in Philadelphia, PA where they teach a number of classes and host events every week.

Sarah is known for her expressive musicality, and is very much about having her students establish a strong foundation in basic technique.

Damian was born and raised in Argentina, and began dancing in 1991. A former dentist, he decided to pursue tango full time in 2000. Since then, he has taught and performed in multiple countries.

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Episode 070: One tango adventure after another - Meredith Klein
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My guest today is the director of the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School. She started dancing tango in 1999, and as tango inevitably took over her life, she eventually left her job and moved to Buenos Aires where she stayed for 3 years. In 2006 she began working with Andres Amarilla, and since then she has traveled the world teaching and performing.

Today's guest is also the director of the Philly Tango Fest, and hosts the radio show Tango Stories.

Let's meet Meredith Klein...

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Episode 069: Fearless - Veronika Kruta
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My guest today grew up around creative arts and performance. She frequently travels throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Buenos Aires to teach, and she has worked incredibly hard to build up tango communities in Boston and Western Massachusetts. 

She has studied with a number of world famous tango instructors, and is also a well-known DJ. She has participated in and helped organize numerous festivals and marathons, including regular tango tours in Buenos Aires. 

Let's meet Veronika Kruta...

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Episode 068: “Follow” the Follower - Marisela Rizik
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My guest today is a central figure in the Eugene, Oregon tango community. She fell in love with tango back in 1999, and in addition to organizing classes and events, hosts learning tours in Buenos Aires.

Today's guest is not only a tango instructor, but also a writer, and filmmaker.

Let's meet Marisela Rizik...

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Episode 067: Complementing each other - Tommy Smith & Christian Wheelihan

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My guests today are Tommy Smith and Christian Wheelihan, who are based in beautiful Boise, Idaho. 

Tommy started tango back in 2012, and soon it became an obsession. Today, he is a tango instructor, DJ, and organizer. With a background in math and engineering, Tommy is an instructor who approaches the dance with an organized, analytic method. He also teaches regular DJ workhops, and has DJ'd at Montana's Tango Uprising, the Salt Lake City Tango Festival, Tango on the Rocks, and several others. 

Christian discovered tango along with Tommy, whom she teaches with. As a professional therapist, she brings a positive, relaxed vibe. She connects easily with students, and adds an invaluable personal touch to their classes. Together, she and Tommy teach in several locations around Boise, including the student tango club at Boise State University.

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Episode 066: Balancing passion and adapting to changes - Simona Zaino
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My guest is Simona Zaino. Although she's originally from Italy, she's based in Dublin, Ireland. In 2004 she and her dance partner, Hernan Catvin, established Compadrito Tango, where they teach multiple tango classes and host a number of events.

Simona has taught and performed all over Europe, the US, and New Zealand. She's also collaborated on a huge number of events, including acting and choreographing the opera Maria De Buenos Aires, which was staged at the Cork Opera House. In addition to appearing in television and radio programs, and having performed in a multitude of dance and music festivals, she also founded the International Tango Festival in Ireland, a yearly non-profit event that draws world-class tango pros, musicians, and tango aficionados from all over the world.

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Episode 065: Focus on process, not results - Eric Jorissen
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My guest today is based in the Netherlands. He is the founder of El Corte, a world-renown tango center located in the city of Nijmegen. With a background in dance education, he studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory and started teaching tango in 1987.

El corte has grown tremendously, and sees roughly 25,000 tango students a year. 

Today’s guest is also an internationally famous tango instructor and teacher, and as you can imagine, he has a packed travel schedule. He spends several weekends every month - nearly half the year - flying around the globe teaching tango.
Let’s meet Eric Jorissen

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Episode 064: There's Development time and Fun time - Robert McKenney
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My guest today is Robert McKenney. He's the general manager of Convergence Dance and Body Center in St. Louis, MO, and also an instructor there. And if the name of that studio sounds familiar, it's because several months ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Robert's mom, Roxanne Maier. 

Robert grew up around dancing, and started studying it at age 16. He has also studied with a number of tango masters, including Gustavo Naveira, Pablo Inza, Mariana Montes, Daniel Trenner, and many others. He has taught and performed all over the US and Argentina, and is also a very popular Tango DJ.

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Episode 063: Nico Tapia and Stephie Berg
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My guests today are Nico Tapia and Stephie Berg, based in Phoenix, AZ. They met in 2013, and have been working together ever since. Well versed in a variety of tango dance styles, they have taught and performed all over the world. In 2014, they won the US Tango Championship. They are still active in competition, and have also gone on to train other US Tango Championship finalists.

More on Nico and Stephie here: 

Website: https://www.nicoandstephie.com/
Website: https://nicoandstephie.wordpress.com/

Episode 062: Take it as far as you can - Jennifer Olson
Guest: Jennifer Olson
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My guest today began her tango career in Portland, Oregon. She has danced and taught all over the world, and spent a total of two years living and breathing tango in Buenos Aires. 

Now based in San Francisco, she continues to teach and organize events. A highly versatile follower and leader, today's guest is known for instructing her students how to connect with the music and adapt to a variety of social tango styles. 

Let's meet Jennifer Olson...

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Episode 061: You'll never have a perfect dance
Guest: Damian Thompson
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My guest today has been dancing tango for well over two decades and he's taught and performed all over the world. Having studied with a variety of different maestros and being familiar with many different styles of tango, today's guest is known for focusing much of his teaching around perfecting one's axis. He's originally from Australia, but is currently based in Poland. 

Let's meet Damian Thompson...

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Episode 060: Tango is not a "discipline"
Guest: Hernan Prieto
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My guest today is originally from Buenos Aires, but is now based in Chicago, Illinois. He's been teaching and performing for over a decade, having studied with a variety of tango maestros. He and his partner have been invited to teach at a number of major festivals in North America, and was once part of the exclusive staff of La Viruta (the most famous milonga in Buenos Aires). And I should add that he's also a phenomenal DJ.

With a very clear and personable teaching style, he's very well-known for his method of easily communicating important tango fundamentals.

Let's meet Hernan Prieto...

More on Hernan and his partner Daniela here:
Website: https://www.danielayhernan.net/

Episode 059: Finding opportunities
Guests: Pablo Rodriguez & Eva Garlez
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My guests today are internationally recognized instructors. Originally from Buenos Aires, they are now based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have taught at various workshops and festivals in multiple cities, and are known for their clear teaching style and explanation of body mechanics. They have a desire to build confidence in their students, and seek to expand tango wherever they travel.

Let's meet Pablo Rodriguez and Eva Garlez...

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Website: www.bienmilonguero.com
Website: www.evaypablo.com

Episode 058: A love story of three minutes
Guest: Harby Gonzalez
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My guest today is an internationally renowned dancer and teacher who started dancing tango at the age of 12. Born and raised in South America - in Colombia to be exact - he's now based in Columbia, South Carolina. 

He graduated from the National School of Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires, and has been a tango professional since he was 18. He has performed with Mariano Mores, one of the most famous tango orchestras in the world, and has also toured with the Washington DC-based orchestra Quintango. Today's guest has been teaching and performing in the US since 1995, and helped establish Argentine Tango in much of the southeast.

Let's meet Harby Gonzalez...

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Episode 057: There's no substitute for time on the floor
Guest: Michelle Badion
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My guest today is one of Seattle's most experienced dance instructors. She's been teaching full time there for over 20 years, and was one of the first Tango teachers to be established in the area. In addition to Argentine Tango, she also specializes in Salsa and West Coast Swing. She's well versed not only with social dancing, but also with performance and choreography.

Let's meet Michelle Badion...

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Episode 056: Motivation is more important than skill
Guest: Pablito Greco
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My guest today is an internationally acclaimed tango instructor and performer. He's also a writer, and author of the ebook Tango FAQs and Facts Book. Although he was born in Greece, he is now based out of Toronto, Canada. He has an extensive academic background in ergophysiology and biochemistry, and much of his research is dance related.

In 2003, he was nominated with the "unique research and best poster presentation award" during the International Congress of Physical Education and Sport (ICPES). But long before his days in academia, today's guest has been dancing since he was a teenager, and also has a solid background in Latin and Ballroom dance.

It wouldn't be long before he'd fell in love with tango, and he started his professional career in 2006.

Let's meet Pablito Greco...

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Episode 055: Not one, but four partners
Guest: Antonio Riva
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My guest has a musical background as a guitarist - And he's also a major presence in the London tango scene as an instructor and organizer. On Wednesday evenings, he's known for hosting the popular Tango Bridge milonga, which - as you can guess from the title - is right next to the famous London Bridge. Among his many projects, he's busy exploring and teaching Canyengue, which is widely known as a predecessor to the modern tango which we dance today.  

Let's meet Antonio Riva...

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Facebook page

Episode 054: Let's do this!
Guest: Koa Hons
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My guest today is based out of Seattle, WA and has been teaching tango at the Belltown Studio there since 2012. After falling in love with tango, he pursued this passion and trained with a number of well-known professionals. He has taught and performed internationally at many cultural events and milongas. 

Let's meet Koa Hons...

More on Koa here:
Facebook page
Instagram page

Episode 053: Feeling vs Aesthetics
Guest: Veronica Toumanova
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Although she was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, my guest today is based out of Paris, France. She is one of the founding members of the group Tango Mon Amour, where she assumes the role of instructor as well as art director. 

She has a background in classical ballet and modern dance, as well as yoga, pilates, and gyrotronics. And as you can imagine, her teaching method is grounded heavily in understanding body mechanics. She has taught and performed in over a dozen countries, is fluent in 7 languages, and is also a very well-known blogger. Many of you listening have come across her book, entitled Why Tango, which is a collection of her many essays.

More on Veronica here:
Tango Mon Amour
Her book Why Tango

Episode 052: Christy Coté
Guest: Christy Coté
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My guest today is Christy Coté, a highly respected teacher in the US and Argentina. In addition to teaching, she's also a well-known performer and choreographer. Christy has been featured at CITA, the annual tango congress in Buenos Aires, and in 2012 she was the first ever American judge for the Official USA Argentine Tango Championships. 

Christy has a huge list of accomplishments, including international performance tours, appearances in various magazine articles and television programs, and since 2007 her popular Tango Boot Camps have attracted literally thousands of students.

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Episode 051: It never has to be something you "used" to do
Guest: Pablo Repun
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My guest today is an instructor and organizer based out of Naples, Florida, but was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has trained with a number of masters, including Carlos Hidalgo, Celia Blanco, Gustavo Naveira, Fabian Salas, and many others. In addition to tango, he has also trained in Graham Contemporary Dance and Parallelism Dance Technique at The National School of Dance in Buenos Aires. 

Like several other interviewees on this program, today's guest taught at the renowned CITA (Congreso International Del Tango Argentino) in 2015. Also in 2015, our guest performed and also choreographed dance sequences for the Opera Tango Show "Maria de Buenos Aires" and "Opera Tango," which took place at the Wang Opera Center in Naples. Let's meet Pablo Repun...

More on Pablo here:
His short film: 9 Tango

Episode 050: Wanting a good partner vs Being a good partner
Guest: Jake Spatz

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My guest today is Jake Spatz. He began dancing tango in 2001 in Brooklyn, NY, and has been teaching regularly in Washington, DC, since 2005. He currently runs the popular Eastern Market milonga on Thursdays, where he has been the house teacher and a regular DJ for twelve years. Since 2010, he has taught for the student tango club at the University of Maryland.

Jake's work in tango has led to performances for the Washington Performing Arts Society, where he led a small troupe that opened for Broadway legend Chita Rivera; and he has been featured as a dancer at Disney World,  two television commercials, and a full-length stage play. As a dancer and DJ, Jake has been featured at the Philadelphia Tango Festival, Tango De Los Muertos, the New Year's Marathon in Providence, and numerous "big weekend" events around the East Coast, including a milonga thrown by actor Robert Duvall.

In addition to dancing, teaching, and DJing, Jake's tango interests have included translation and literary research. He edited the book In Strangers' Arms by Beatriz Dujovne (McFarland, 2011), and has translated the lyrics of more than 80 tango songs. 

More on Jake here:
Download the book In Strangers' Arms

Episode 049: Advanced dancers want to be "beginners" again
Guest: Atakan Ekiz
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My guest today is Atakan Ekiz, who's based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is part of DF Dance Studio, which his wife Maria Ivanova founded in 2008. The studio specializes in a huge variety of dances, employs many dancers, and since its inception, it has become one of the largest and most dynamic dance schools in Salt Lake City. Atakan began his tango training in Turkey, and joined a dance group that he traveled with for several years.

On top of that, he is a graduate research assistant at the Huntsman Cancer Research Institute. Today, he is known as one of the top dancers and instructors in the state.

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Episode 048: The podcast creator
Guest: Joe Yang

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If you're curious to hear about Joe Yang, the creator of this podcast, this episode's for you...

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Joe's web cartoon projects:

Episode 047: Learn to teach yourself
Guest: David Phillips
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My guest today is based near Austin, Texas, and started out as a ballroom dancer. He had been involved with ballroom for well over 20 years before discovering Argentine Tango. Once he got a taste of tango, he was hooked. His pursuit of tango learning has taken him to several countries, and he eventually started a tango school known as Tango Tribe. 

Let's meet David Phillips...

More on David here:
Website: http://www.tangotribe.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tangotribe
Personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/david.phillips.austin


Episode 046: Something that has to be experienced
Guest: Maxfield Wollam-Fisher

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My guest today is a professional cellist based out of Washington, DC. He performs with the group Da Capo Tango, which brings a lot of great energy to the DC tango scene. He also arranges the group's music. He studied at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and went on to get his masters at the University of Wisconsin School of Music.

In 2014, he organized the Mad City Live Tango Festival, which integrated tango instruction by Homer and Cristina Ladas with the live music group Cuarteto Tanguero. He has performed with tango music legends such as Julian Peralto, Pablo Ziegler, Pablo Aslan, and many others. 

More on Max here:
Da Capo Tango FB pagehttps://www.facebook.com/DaCapoTango/
Radio show (Bienvenido al tango) https://takomaradio.org/
Tanguero workshop: http://workshop.moretango.org

Episode 045: Reed College Tango musicians workshop
Guests: Morgan Luker & Kim Gumbel
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Today we're going to be talking about the Tango for Musicians workshop over at Reed College in Portland, OR. The program is in its 6th year, and to date, it's the biggest one of its kind in North America. At this workshop, tango musicians meet up, they take workshops in composition, arranging, they trade ideas, stories, there are performances of course...and all sorts of other great things.

We'll hear from Professor Morgan Luker, who is an ethnomusicologist. The focus of his research is contemporary music in Buenos Aires. Morgan is also the author of the book The Tango Machine. He is part of the faculty of the Tango for Musicians workshop, and he'll have a lot of neat information for us.

We'll also hear from Kim Gumbel of Vespertine Works. Kim is an independent operator specializing in artist management, arts administration, and consulting. Since 2007, Kim has been working with artists, helping them come up with strategies on how to organize and execute big events.

Info on the workshop: 

Episode 044: It starts by identifying needs
Guest: Lorena Dumas-Guntner
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Today's guest is a central figure in the New Orleans Tango community. By day, she's a pediatric anesthesiologist at the New Orleans Children's Hospital. And on top of that, she is the organizer of the renowned New Orleans Tango Festival. So how does one go from a tango enthusiast to a full blown festival organizer? We'll find out! 

Let's meet Lorena Dumas-Guntner...

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Episode 043: Hard work matters more
Guests: Maximiliano Alvarado and Paloma Berríos
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My guests today are salón and stage tango dancers with over 20 years of experience. Based out of Chile, in 2007 they placed 2nd in the World Argentine Tango Championships, and in 2008 they won 1st place in the TAFISA World Tango Championships in Busan, South Korea. They have traveled all over the world to teach, and it's great to have them on the show today.

Let's meet Maximiliano Alvarado and Paloma Berríos...

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Episode 042: Constantly studying
Guest: Carla Marano
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My guest today has been dancing since the age of five! She started out studying ballet and classical Spanish dances, and later developed a strong background in contemporary dance and contact improv. She started studying tango back in 1994 with Luis Solanas and Cecilia Troncoso, founders of the renowned escuela de Tango La Viruta. She's worked with a number of influential tango dancers, including Natalia Games, Graciela Gonzalez, Chicho Frumboli, Fabian Salas, and Lucia Mazer...to name just a few. She's part of the generation of dancers that changed the teaching structure of tango, digging deep into studying movement technique and musical expression.

She teaches tango at festivals, dance schools, and in communities all around the world, and has also taught at the CITA (Congreso International de Tango Argentino), which, to date, is the largest tango festival in the world.

Let's meet Carla Marano...

More on Carla here:
Her website
On Facebook here and here

Episode 041: Which tango music legend outlived Kurt Cobain? This and other fun tango facts!
Guest: Bob Barnes
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Today's guest is a bandoneon player who's been based out of Minneapolis, MN since 1994. He started playing tango music back in 1987, and secretly nurtured this passion for a long time...Then in 2001, he created the quartet Mandragora Tango. Today, he remains active in the music world of tango, and is full of interesting tango facts. Let's meet Bob Barnes...

More on Bob here: www.mandragoratango.com



Episode 040: Write drunk, Edit sober
Guest: Iona May Italia (The Terpsichoral Tango Addict)
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My guest today is a well-known tango instructor, and writer. Although she lives in Argentina, she is quite the traveler, and is currently dancing her way through India. For many hard-core tango fans, she is known as the creator of the renown tango blog: TERPSICHORAL TANGO ADDICT. Let's meet Iona May Italia...

More on Iona here:
On Facebook
Get on the mailing list about her book: iona.italia@gmail.com
Support her tango writing endeavors on Patreon

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/

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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/

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 

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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...

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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:

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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/

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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