The University of Maryland, College Park, April 14-16, 2017

Daniela+Luis

Daniela Pucci & Luis Bianchi

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Since the beginning of their professional partnership in 2006, Daniela and Luis have established themselves as popular dancers and instructors, as evidenced by their curriculum spanning festivals, workshops and performances in more than 80 cities distributed across four continents.

Besides their participation in numerous tango events around the world, other accomplishments they are most proud of are: assisting Meryl Davis and Charlie White in their Argentine tango-based routine, which won the 2011 World Figure Skating Championship; the creation in 2008 of The Tango Zone Dance Company with fellow dancers Ana Padrón and Diego Blanco, and production of Man vs Time and Dreamonia, a double-feature, 90-minute multimedia show combining tango, theatre, comedy and film.

In addition, they developed a tango Foundations Immersion Seminar, a 21-hour training program with zero (0!) complex sequences, focusing on technique, body awareness, connection, musicality and floorcraft, offered in Buenos Aires every year since 2011.

Philosophy

As performers, Daniela and Luis found their home in the spontaneity and profound focus of improvisation. Their goal is to feel and to make feel; to lose themselves in a four-way communication with each other, the music and the audience.

To that end, they greedily avail themselves of techniques and tools across all tango styles, never losing sight that these are only a means and never an end.

The result is a charismatic dance that is infused with joy, sincerity and heartfulness, with occasional touches of comedy.

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Classes @TerrapinTangoFestival

Rhythmic Games | Extreme Dissociation I-II | Colgadas Varias | Essential Volcada | Mastering Milonga I-II

Marcos+Florencia

Marcos Pereira & Florencia Borgnia

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Marcos and Florencia began together in 2013 and worked in the tango show of historic Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires. They integrated the staff of Añoranzas Tango Show, and performed in milongas across the city, such as Salón Canning, Sunderland Club, Sin Rumbo, Club Villa Malcolm, Floreal Milonga and La Baldosa, among others.

In 2014 they joined Corporación Tangos Alumnos, and they have taught since at the capital’s Escuela Argentina de Tango.

In 2015 they were called to incorporate to the Espacio Nacional de Tango Argentino, an unprecedented educational and cultural program by the Argentine government for advanced tango dancers. On the same year they attained second place at the City of Buenos Aires Tango Championship.

They are permanent teachers at Strictly Tango NYC.

Philosophy

Marcos and Florencia are true representatives of a young artists’ generation that make Tango not just a bonding passion, but also a full-time profession. Ever since partnering in tango, they strive to accomplish the most accurate transmission of its roots, and of love for a dance that changed their lives and amazes the world.

With a refined and elegant dance style, they preserve the tango de salón background inherited from their mentors, while introducing new tools incorporated after study of stage tango. They do so maintaining the essence of tango de pista, under both intimate embrace and a couple’s connection as joint fundamental premises.

As teachers, they are characterized by their methodical and punctilious technique, to make a comfortable, elegant and constant association to the couple – pointing at the importance of their dual roles.

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Classes @TerrapinTangoFestival

The Embrace | One Body, Four Legs | Waltz | Spiral Movements | Shared Axis | Breaking the Structures

Ana+Diego

Ana Padrón & Diego Blanco

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Known for their innovative, captivating, and joyful style, Diego and Ana first met at the top-ranked New World School of Arts. They became world-class performers, winning accolades such as a 2008 prize awarded by the Soka Gakkai Malaysia in recognition of “their dedication to Argentine Tango as a form of expression”.

They tour and teach at tango festivals in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and have performed with the Mariela Fraganillo and New Generation Dance Companies, Broadway’s Tango Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, and Dance St. Louis.

In 2017 they presented their first evening-length project titled BLIND: Strength In Vulnerability, at the BAM-Fisher. Through their instructional online howcasts they demystify, with clarity, the intriguing Argentine tango.

Philosophy

To see Ana and Diego dance with their energetic elegance, superb technique, and keen sense of musicality, is to see a choreography that functions like a language. It constructs narratives that transform the traditional social dance into a full-fledged performing art. They challenge the classic separation of, on the one hand, individual independence of movement, and on the other, the key connection between dancers.

Theirs is a constant work of fruitful negotiation between these seemingly incompatible aims. Through communication between partners and execution of tango’s time-honored steps, a world of self-discovery and profound joy awaits. Their expert teaching style is welcoming, inventive, accessible, and a whole lot of fun.

Their non-profit Tango For All has a mission to expand upon the dream of making tango accessible to all via education and performance outreach programs to youth, seniors, persons with Parkinson’s, visually impaired and other ailments –for them to feel the healing, empowerment, and creativity that tango has to offer.

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Classes @TerrapinTangoFestival

Salón: Exploring the Cross-System | Dancing Vals not Tango I-II | Tango Orchestras

Da Capo Tango

Da Capo Tango Orchestra ft. Stratos Achlatis

Da Capo Tango is committed to creating the best milonga experiences and plays classic tangos selected and arranged for ultimate danceability. Group members have performed and studied around the world with such musicians as Julián Peralta, Victor Lavallén, Horacio Cabarcos, Pablo Aslan, Ramiro Gallo, Julian Hasse, Héctor del Curto, Pablo Ziegler, Pedro Giraudo, Santiago Segret, Pablo Estigarribia, Per Arne Glorvigen, Kory Ireland, and Cuarteto Tanguero to name a few.

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Brett Lemley has been a professional musician since 1986 with his first performances as a trumpeter. His career has been spent searching out new experiences and modes of expression. After beginning to dance tango in 2007, he took direction of the Tango Mercurio Community Orchestra in 2010 and started to play bandoneón in 2012. His mission is to bring the elegance, artistry, and sense of play of live tango music to the D.C. area, and to encourage dancers to get to know this incredible music better, and elevate their dance.

Heyni Solera finished her BA in Music from Washington Adventist University in 2006 and has been playing piano and bandoneón with Tango Mercurio since 2012. She began playing the bandoneón in 2015, and currently studies with Santiago Segret. She will begin a graduate degree in ethnomusicology at University of Maryland this coming September. Professionally, she works as a nurse anesthetist at Georgetown University and is an accomplished social dancer.

Maxfield Wollam-Fisher holds performance degrees from Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. He began playing and dancing Argentine tango in 2010, and his experiences and approach to the music and motion of the art form have always been intertwined. His interest in the connection between sound and physicality led to the creation of Mad City Live Tango Festival in 2014 in collaboration with Homer and Cristina Ladas and Cuarteto Tanguero. Since then he has been a director of the Tanguero Workshop which brings top tango musicians together with students from around the world. He works to promote collaboration between artists across the disciplines of tango in order to raise the collective knowledge, access, and level of the genre and deepen our connections with each other and the global community.

Patricia Meyer is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Violin Performance, with a minor in voice and a Near Eastern Studies concentration. Since her musical journey began at age 4 on the violin, she has won numerous prizes at competitions in violin, piano, and voice. Currently, she is the owner of Olney Classical, a private music school. She is frequent participant in the Stowe Tango Music Festival and is slated to attend Reed College Tango Festival in 2017.

Special guest Stratos Achlatis studied vocal performance at the Institute of Vocal Arts and Research in Greece under the supervision of renowned baritone Spyros Sakkas. In 2008 he moved to Munich to study Art Song and Oratorium with bass Hartmut Elbert and since 2010 with bass-baritone Peter Ludwig. He has performed for the Contemporary Opera of Athens and in numerous concerts in Europe and the US. He was the founder of the children’s theatrical company Paigniodos and has recorded various songbooks for kids. In 2010 he moved to New York where he founded Tango Mediterraneo and lately Los Peores and has collaborated with various artists as Emilio Solla, Octavio Brunetti, Maurizio Najt, Rodolfo Zanetti, Federico Díaz, Machiko Ozawa, Costas Baltazanis, Petros Klampanis, Katerina Foteinaki and many more.

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Classes @TerrapinTangoFestival

Finding the Phrase: Da Capo Musicality Class

Saturday, April 15 at 8pm

Yoga para Tango

Yoga by Cassie

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Some think of dance as a moving meditation, a chance to connect, let go, find balance and be present in the moment. Like yoga, dancing can be a chance to find balance in our bodies.

All are welcome to join Cassandra for this 45-min class fusing the movement and music of Argentine tango with yoga. All levels welcome.

Classes will explore the balance of strength and flexibility needed in the body during and after the leaving dance floor with particular emphasis on core strength, twisting and balance. Gain more freedom in your body and your dance.

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Classes @TerrapinTangoFestival

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 at 3:30pm

DJs

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Manuel Soto

Co-founder of Las Piernas Tango in Montréal, has a long love story with tango. He discovered tango music in 1978 from his main source of inspiration: his tanguero grandfather Ángel. Manuel started to DJ in 2006, when he understood that the connection that is so magical between two people on the dance floor can be as inspiring and powerful between a DJ and the dancers. Since then, this Peruvian tango lover has played his inspired music in countless milongas, marathons and festivals around North America, but no matter where or what type of event, Manuel always brings his own personal touch and burning passion for tango to his DJing.

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Dasha Khripkova

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Dasha will DJ our Sunday milonga!

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Geoffrey Reiff

Geoffrey is a tango music aficionado and frequent DJ in the Washington, D.C. tango community. With seven years of experience, he has been invited to DJ a variety of regional festivals and events across the United States. At every milonga his aim is to select music that will keep dancers returning to the floor tanda after tanda.

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