The University of Maryland, College Park, April 11-13, 2014
Diego & Ana
Award-winning Argentine Tango dancers Diego Blanco and Ana Padron are one of the top performing couples in the New York Tango scene and the world today. Their tango style is energetic, rhythmical, and innovative, and through their fluid moves they fuse nuevo tango with the close embrace look of traditional tango. They co- founded their dance company, Tango for All, to bring this electrifying tango to audiences in America and throughout the world.
Diego and Ana command a wide range of dance disciplines from which they tap inspiration for their movement. In addition to Argentine Tango, these include Classical Ballet, Jazz, African, and Jose Limon, Martha Graham, and Jennifer Muller techniques. They have honed these techniques and skills since their paths first crossed at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida, culminating in Bachelor in Fine Arts degrees from the University of Florida, from which they both graduated with Honors.
They have radiated their love of tango and brought audiences to their feet in applause over many years in many nations: they have toured throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Asia. They have brought tango to numerous off-Broadway shows, and danced and choreographed for an independent film. Outside of the tango realm, they have choreographed and danced for legendary modern dance companies that include Jennifer Muller and Martha Graham.
Diego and Ana now teach tango in NYC. Their workshops and private lessons involve a holistic understanding of movement and an increased awareness of the body as the bases for musicality and creativity.
Diego and Ana are currently members of The Mariela Franganillo Company: Tango Connection and have recently performed, among others, at Princeton Tango Festival, the Count Basie Theatre, Colony Theater, King Power Theater, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in shows with: the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Eternal Tango Orchestra, the Romulo Larrea Tango Orchestra, the Washington Pan-American Symphony Orchestra, and Latin Grammy Winner Raul Jaurena.
Nick & Diana
It is impossible to ignore the inherent magnetism of Nick & Diana's dancing and teaching. From the moment they step onto the floor until they leave, you are caught in a story that is a discovery every moment, that you do not want to end.
As enthusiastic teachers, choreographers, performers, djs and musicians Nick & Diana are invited to tango festivals and workshops around the world. To list a few of their recent endeavors: they have performed the show "Tango Times" with Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne at the St. Louis Tango Festival "Hot Winter Tango", as well as at their own "Natural Tango Festival" in 2011. They taught and performed at the "Valentango Fest" in 2011. Also, they were special guest artists & choreographers for the show "The Tango Zone" in NYC in 2010.
Diana Cruz incorporates her multi-disciplinary techniques (including: Ballet, Contemporary dance, Modern dance, Latin American folk dances, Pilates, Yoga, Singing and many Tango styles) into one cohesive dance. She uses these techniques to create powerful, musical, unique performances. Her understanding of biomechanics gives her an astute approach as a tango teacher.
Nick Jones has been dancing & studying since 1996. He was one of the first North American tango dancers to have been invited to teach in festival in Buenos Aires (Pulpo's Tango Week 2005, 2006, 2007). Leading the Natural Tango Orquestra has given him a singular look into the inner workings of tango music, and has greatly influenced his dance.
Nick & Diana share, unreservedly, their technique and structure so that each individual student can ultimately reach their own expression in the dance. They believe that the goal of a teacher is to give everything away to the student, while the goal of the performer is to hide their secrets so they can enamor and bedazzle the audience. Nick & Diana do both with fluid ease and grace.
DJ Rick Kim
Rick Kim has been DJing at milongas and festivals in and out of the USA including Candlelight Tango Festival, Seoul Tango Marathon, Tangosutra Festival, Portland ValenTango, Tango Por Que No, Terrapin Tango Festival, and May Madness Tango Festival, since 2010. He currently resides in the Washington, DC area. Polar dynamics and intoxication are the two key ingredients of his DJing, with the aim of leading people toward happiness.
DJ Marc Hussner
Marc was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. Later he lived in Sweden for three years. Restlessness and a great desire to travel brought him to quit his job, sell his belongings and embark on a world tour. He found tango in Buenos Aires three months later and decided to devote himself to learning this art form. The tour had ended...
Over the years spent in Argentina, Marc studied intensively and extensively with some of the great contemporary tango masters. Apart from tango, he studied Alexander technique, Pilates and Body Awareness Method to help support his development and understanding of movement and body mechanics.
Marc's main teaching focus is quality of movement. His exceptional technical knowledge combined with great communication skills makes learning easy and straightforward. Moving relaxed and efficiently is the goal for the social floor. Musicality comes next...
Today he studies Traditional Wing Chun Kung-Fu and practices Vipassana meditation. Marc is also a talented and well-respected DJ.
DJ Ramu Pyreddy
Ramu took his first tango lesson on April 27th, 2000 in Buenos Aires and was hooked instantly. He still has the same excitement for the dance and his love for the music and the dance continues to grow.
To share that passion with his friends and colleagues, he started Michigan Argentine Tango Club at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was actively involved in growing it into a community that is now well known for its excellent social dancing skills.
Ramu has since danced, DJ'd and taught all over the US and Canada. His teaching and dancing are characterized by a keen musical interpretation, infectious enthusiasm, and a deep love of the music and the dance that is fanatic. He teaches tango for the social dance floor with an emphasis on connection, musicality and improvisation. He is one of the most knowledgeable and sought after tango DJ's in the US and has been a featured DJ at most tango festivals in the US.
Currently, he lives in Washington DC where he is the host, DJ, and resident teacher at Milonga Zandunga, one of DC's popular milongas.
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