Friends of Argentine Tango, a New York-based nonprofit organization, will sponsor a Recognition Awards event at the Consulate General of Argentina in New York in honor of tango teachers, organizers, and activists who have made important contributions to the tango community.
The opening ceremony will be a tribute to three very special individuals in the tango world:
- Augusto Balizano: Co-founder of the first professional LGBTQ tango couple and co-organizer of the first queer milonga (“La Marshall”, 2002) and international queer tango festival (2007) in Buenos Aires. He has toured Europe and Uruguay with Miguel Moyano and Elizabeth Guerrero, respectively. He is a member of the dance group Propuesta 5.
- Astrid Weiske: Respected in the global tango community for more than 20 years, Astrid has taught at Berlin’s “PHYNIXtant” Studio since 2005 and abroad (Queertangofestival Copenhagen, Phantastango Festival and Queertango Festival Buenos Aires). She founded the first international queertango festival in Berlin in 2011.
- In Memoriam ~ Rosa Collantes (September 10, 1968-June 15, 2011): A native of Perú who resided in New York City, Rosa Collantes performed, choreographed and taught locally and internationally in an unrivaled explosion of dance excellence. She worked and studied with some of the most distinguished names of the tango world including Carlos Gavito, Nito and Elba, Héctor Zaraspe and Pedro and Laura Escudero. Audiences throughout the United States, South America and Europe cheered the intensity and authenticity that were the hallmark of her work as a featured dancer, ensemble member and visionary choreographer.
Rosa's choreography success stories included a tribute to Tito Puente at Madison Square Garden and the Walnut Street Theatre's production of Camila. She danced live at Manhattan's most illustrious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Felt Form at Madison Square Garden and Town Hall and made guest appearances on Good Morning America, Regis and Kathy Lee, Best Talk, HBO, Univision, Telemundo, and Canal Sur, among others.
In addition, we are honored to proclaim Andrea Ghidone, a professional dancer, actress, and media celebrity, as our “Tango Ambassador” of 2016, in recognition of her gracious participation and support of our festival.
The program will start with a free open level class by Lucas de BuenosAires and will feature a special performance by our local artists Con Artist, Julia Juliati and George Maderski; followed by wine reception and live music performed by tango singer Mariela Marco and pianist Maurizio Najt.
After the event at the Consulate, the party will continue with a Welcome Milonga at Dardo Galletto Studios (151 West 46th Street), a well-known and beloved tango venue.