Augusto Balizano (Buenos Aires)
Augusto is the founder and producer of La Marshall-- an established milonga for gays, lesbians and straight dancers who love to enjoy tango in a fun and liberal way without limitations of gender, sex and role preference.
He belongs to the dance group Propuesta 5 and became a tango master and performer under the direction of Claudia Bozzo. His teachers include Claudio González (tango), Carina Passaglini (dance partnering), and Soledad Pérez (contemporary dance).
He joined the theater company Caviar under the direction of Jean Francois Casanovas in the productions Viva Caviar and Hot Vudú. He was co-director with Pacha Brandolino of the company La Terna, directing his first work of dance theater, "Quien es Medea?" with tango music. The company toured Germany, where it won first place in the Carnival of Culture in Berlin, and England, where the group appeared in the Pegasus Theatre at Oxford.
He formed the first professional gay tango couple with Miguel Moyano, touring Germany, England, Denmark and Italy. He was also invited to the International Queer Tango Festivals of Hamburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin. With Elizabeth Guerrero he performed in Punta del Este, Uruguay and teaches tango classes with her at the School of Social Dance.
Along with Mariana Docampo and Roxana Gargano, he is one of the organizers of the first International Queer Tango Festival (2007)-- a repected festival in the cultural life of Buenos Aires, which attracts many dancers from all over the world.
Astrid Weiske (Berlin)
For more than 20 years Astrid has been dancing Tango Argentino and is well known and respected in the tango communities worldwide as an excellent leading woman. She has developed strong sensitivity in leading, great creativity in improvising and playful musicality which stand out as key elements in her dance. But Astrid is recognized also for her skills as a follower which expand her knowledge of the dance much more.
Since 2005 she has been teaching in Berlin at "PHYNIXtanzt" Studio, traveling as a guest teacher in Germany, UK, Paris, Argentina, the U.S. and Canada. She’s been invited to teach and perform at the Queertangofestival Copenhagen, Phantastango Festival (Germany) and Queertango Festival Buenos Aires. In 2011 she founded the first international Queertangofestival in Berlin with a great success and international renown.
Her teaching is based on awareness and analysis of natural movement in combination with her profound knowledge of technique, structure of the dance and awareness of connection in the couple. She creates a constant dialogue between leaders and followers who share the responsibility of listening and reacting to each other, based on a strong connection to the music.
Her exploration of the many techniques of tango, from the very classical to the very experimental, leading and following, and including other dance forms like contact improvisation or modern dance leads her to believe that there is no "one" Tango. She believes in a creative, liberating variety and connection of ideas, movements and technique by respecting the roots of Argentine Tango. She promotes that fusion to reduce borders and let find people their own expression in the dance.
queertango-berlin.de / tango-astrid.de
Rebecca Shulman (NYC)
Rebecca has been dancing
Beyond her supernatural tango-memory that is finely tuned to the subtleties of this dance, Rebecca has the one quality that every tango dancer wants more than anything: a lot of people love dancing with her.
She had the privilege of dancing with a lot of wonderful old Argentine men in the 1990's and toured briefly with the great Omar Vega. In the last ten
Born in New York, she studied classical ballet in childhood, and later, contact improvisation and yoga. She began studying tango in NYC (1991) with Daniel Trenner, with whom she went on to perform in Buenos Aires. Daniel emphasized improvisation and lead-and-follow skills that are the foundation of social tango. Her teachers in Buenos Aires (1992-96) included Juan Bruno, Mingo and Esther Pugliese, Gustavo Naveira and Olga Besio, Tete Rusconi and Maria Villalobos, Antonio Todaro,
She helped develop Dance Manhattan's extensive tango curricula while teaching every level of tango class from
She's also a co-founder and artistic director of TangoMujer, an all-woman dance company. TangoMujer performed a host of different choreographies telling various stories inspired in tango (1996-2006), performed at New York’s Symphony Space and Town Hall and Berlin’s Podewil Theatre (1998), received a National Dance Production grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts (1999) to tour to seven cities (2000-2001), and performed at Jacob's Pillow, Denver Tango Festival, Queens Theater in the Park, and University of Maryland in 2003. In May 2005 they took their show to the Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf, and in 2006 were part of the Leading Ladies of Tango.
tangomujer.org / rebeccatango.com
Andrea Ghidone Segundo
Andrea is a Uruguayan vedette, fashion model, professional dancer and actress of theater and television known for her work in Argentina.
Known for her work with the veteran stand-up comedian and actress, Carmen Barbieri, she has worked for Barbieri's theater company and been in all of her musicals since late-2008: Vedettísima in 2009; Fantástica in 2010; Bravísima in 2011; Barbierísima in 2012; Escándalosas in 2013. She has also modeled for Maxim's June 2010 cover in Argentina.
Ghidone participated in the sixth season of Bailando por un Sueño in 2010 (Bailando is the Argentine version of Dancing With The Stars).
2012 marked her small screen debut in the Argentine telenovela, "Sweet Love". That same year she made a special appearance in the miniseries, "Boyando".
After finishing her contract with the theatre company, Javier Productions, the Uruguayan actress went on to become a star performer in a small tango show named "Tango Encantado" in 2013.
Ghidone was later a supporting actress in the stage comedy, “Sé Infiel y No Mires con Quién” in Mar del Plata. The comedy is an adaptation of a play originated in London and created by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. Javier Faroni is the producer and the comedy is led by Fabián Gianola, Nicolás Scarpino and Carolina Papaleo. Other stars in the show are Matías Alé, Celina Rucci, Alejandro Muller, Dallys Ferreira and Betty Villar. The comedy started on December 21, 2013. On June 2014 Ghidone decided to quit the comedy while it was touring around Latin America and join Señor Tango as one of its star dancers.
Her growing passion for tango guided her to produce the show "Secreto Tango" where she is a principal dancer.