Gallery: 2017 Instructors
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.
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Brigitta Winkler (Berlin/NYC)
Brigitta is one of the world's most renowned teachers and innovative dancers of tango, inspiring legions of dancers worldwide with her creative approach and musical esthetics. She founded and/or co-founded the internationally acclaimed Tanzart and PHYNIXtanzt schools in Berlin, TangoMujer, and the Tango Teacher Training Network in North America. Brigitta discovered tango in 1980. In Buenos Aires, she studied with legendary dancers, including Juan Carlos Copes, Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Gustavo Naveira and Eduardo Arquimbau. She was among the first to teach tango in both Europe and the United States during tango's current revival. Brigitta co-founded the highly respected Tanzart studio in Berlin in 1987, the internationally acclaimed performance company Tango Mujer in 1996, and co-created the Teacher Training Network with Tomás Howlin in 2008. In between world travels, Brigitta teaches regularly in NYC and PHYNIXtanzt in Berlin.
Brigitta combines over 30 years of international experience in tango dance, instruction and performance with techniques of Body Mind Centering. She is an equally gifted resource for both close embrace and open style tango. Her workshops are insightful, creative, and incredibly fun!
"I do know that tango wouldn't be what it is in the United States and Europe without her. I do know that she is relevant to women like me right now. She advocates for women to dance on their own terms. We must lead and follow, and we must build a sisterhood in tango. She has participated in and created tango retreats just for women like Tango Donna."
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Krista Baker (Worcester)
Krista hails from Massachusetts's heartland, the city of Worcester. Krista was an athlete growing up, running around like a wild child, and had no time for non-tomboy things such as dancing. While in college, on a whim, she jumped in a car with other students to attend a tango lesson. She never looked back. Now, she teaches at her local tango scene in Worcester as well as attending and teaching at Queer Tango Boston. Her teaching interests range far and wide but focus heavily on generating new movements with simple elements always returning to the idea of "What can I do to make this dance, with this partner, in this moment work?"
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Christy Cote (San Francisco)
It used to "take two to tango," but the women of Tango Con*Fusión bend the gender-related customs of this century-old dance. As artists, they explore the idiom of Argentine Tango beyond its traditional boundaries. As professional performers and teachers of Argentine Tango, with varied backgrounds in contemporary and classical dance, they create a fusion of genres within their choreography.
A couple's dance morphs to a solo or collective interaction, leaders and followers exchange roles, and free movement is added.
As women trained and versed in traditional Argentine Tango, they deeply respect traditional tango, cherish the experience of dancing with men, and love to lead. Their repertoire spans the spectrum from slick-haired classic to feather-ruffling experimental, with Argentine Tango as the imperative backbone of the work.
Co-Directors Debbie Goodwin & Christy Cote have devoted themselves to growing the tango and dance community in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for over 20 years and since 2004 they formed Tango Con*Fusión Dance Company.
In 2014, the members of Tango Con*Fusión chose to concentrate on the further exploration and analysis of lead-follow and documenting their lead-follow exchange vocabulary through their "Trading Places" DVD/Teaching program with workshops and performances at Tango & other dance-related festivals.
The artists of Tango Con*Fusión include Carolina Rozensztroch, Pier Voulkos (left), Debbie Goodwin, Christy Cote (center) and Rose Vierling. Joining TCF in 2016 are our newest members: Mira Barakat (right), Michele Richards, Mila Salazar and Jasmine Worrell. The company of 9 women look forward to growing artistically and expanding its presence in San Francisco and internationally.
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.
Alejandro Villalobos (Montreal)
A professor born in Mexico, Alejandro is a professional dancer with training in contemporary dance, classical and Mexican folklore, who graduated from the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He discovered the tango in 2007 while in Buenos Aires, and continues his learning with different teachers. In 2013 he received an invitation from Augusto Balizano and Mariana Docampo to participate in the Festival Internacional de Tango Queer in Buenos Aires as a dancer and teacher. He has taught in Mexico, Buenos Aires and Canada. Today he contributes to the queer tango community of Montreal by giving regular courses and organizing milongas.
Lucas De BuenosAires (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.
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