Encore 2015 Instructors
Lucas De Buenos Aires (Boston)
Lucas De BuenosAires was taught tango in true porteño fashion, first by family in Buenos Aires, and then in its milongas. A lifetime later, that knowledge and passion continues to be explored and shared. Lucas continues to study both in Buenos Aires and through frequent travel, seeking exposure to everything from traditional canyengue to intercambio/fusion.
Since beginning to teach in Buenos Aires, Lucas has brought tango to the people of Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Gothenburg, London, Mexico City, Milan, New York, Paris, Portland, Reykjavik, Rome, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, The Hague, and Zurich. An avid follower and leader, this versatile dancer has been a guest artist, repeat instructor and performer at International Festivals in Berlin, London, Mexico, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, at both the "Festival Internacional de Tango Queer " and "The Marathon," the Portland Alternative Tango Festival, and most recently in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Lucas De BuenosAires specializes in original and creative classes, such as "World Cup Tango (Tango Lessons from Fútbol)", "Can’t even Think Straight (Navigation for Switch Dancers)", "Boleos for Boys", "What’s up with Biagi?" and the well-known "First Steps to Tango Heaven" in Berlin.
A consummate club kid since the age of 13, Lucas has never shied away from adventure. Lucas continues to seek opportunities for creative expression and made a first appearance on the big screen in a 2014 feature film.
Sidney Grant and Claudio Marcelo Vidal (NYC/BA)
Sidney Grant's 25-year career in Ballroom, Latin & Tango has included performances and choreographies on and off Broadway, and appearances in film and television. He has taught extensively across the U.S. as well as internationally in Central/South America, Europe and Asia, most notably Hong Kong.
Sid is Founder/Artistic Director of the acclaimed, non-competitive arts-in-education program BALLROOM BASIX™ (ballroombasix.org), for which he was named New Yorker of the Week on NY1 news. In just 6 years, Grant and his dedicated team of Teaching Artists have taught social dances, including tango, to over 10,000 schoolchildren.
In 2011, Sid won the USA Argentine Tango Championship, the 1st time an openly gay man and North American ever held the title. He and partner Gayle Madeira donated their prize winnings to BALLROOM BASIX.
In 2012, he was Guest of Honor, together with Leo & Walter, at the 6th International Queer Tango Festival in Buenos Aires. More recently, he judged Argentine Tango at both the World Gay Games as well as April Follies, the largest same-sex dance competition in the U.S., where he performed TIN MAN TANGO ... with Claudio as Dorothy!
Claudio Marcelo Vidal was the 1st man in the history of the World Tango Championships to wear heels as a male follower. His story was featured in Clarin and Nación, Argentina’s largest newspapers. A nurse for terminally ill children in Buenos Aires by day, Claudio has become an integral part of Queer Tango ever since his first dance with partner Sid Grant 8 years ago. Since that time, the two have taught and performed in BA, New York, Boston. Portland and San Francisco.
In March of this year, Sid & Claudio were the very first male-male couple in the history of the USA Argentine Tango Championships, making it all the way to the Finals—an unprecedented accomplishment in a mainstream dance competition! Their relationship celebrates the notion that dance transcends ethnicity, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.
Nancy Lavoie (Montréal)
Trained as a musician, Nancy Lavoie was seduced from her first class by the expressive richness of Argentine Tango. She went to Argentina to study with the elders who have experienced Golden Age Tango to understand the sources, traditions and language. A passionate promoter of tango, she founded the first school dedicated to tango in Quebec in 1995: Avenue Tango. She still teaches and regularly organizes intensive courses with visiting professors from Argentina and Europe. Since 1996, she directed the troupe Tango Avenue Tango. In 2001 she created the first team Improv tango in Buenos Aires. In 2005 she became a member of the collective Tango Discovery research group movement based in Buenos Aires. In 2014 she founded the Tango Nomade group with Yannick Allen-Vuillet. She is regularly invited to give intensive workshops in Berlin, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Rome, Stockholm, Hamburg, Zurich, Oslo, Paris and Lyon.
avenuetango.com / tangonomade.com
Yannick Allen-Vuillet (Montréal)
Yannick started tango at age 17, learning both roles from the start, developing a rich and complete appreciation for the dance. He then travelled to Europe to perfect his practice. Four years later, he began teaching on a regular basis with his dance partner, Nancy Lavoie, subsequently performing at festivals in Quebec, Montréal and Berlin as well as teaching in Europe and North America. Yannick also co-artistic directed the shows TER tango, Republica Tanguera and Rose Chair. Hailing from a visual art background, his dance creations reflect his artistic sensibilities.
avenuetango.com / republicatanguera