Adam & Tilly (Boston) [video] met in 2014 when Adam was hosting the Portland Tango Marathon. Adam decided to move to Boston where Tilly was finishing her PhD at Harvard. In January 2015, they started working together and competed in the 2015 U.S. Championships in March. After placing 4th in 2015, in 2016 they became the U.S. Tango Champions. In their short time working together, Adam and Tilly have taught and performed across the US and internationally, including in Taiwan, China, Portland OR, New York City, Austin, Boston, Portland ME, Providence, Burning Tango 2015, Albuquerque Tango Festival 2015. They will be headlining or featured at Albuquerque Tango Festival 2016, USF Festathon 2016, Moonlight in Vermont 2016, Tucson Tango Festival 2017, and Burning Tango 2017, and others. They recently took over Providence Tango, an established tango school in Providence, RI. Now residing in Providence, they teach full time to local and traveling students. Together, Adam and Tilly have 25+ years of tango knowledge. To learn more, visit them at their website adamandtilly.com or at facebook.com/adamandtilly
Caroline Peattie & Christopher Nassopoulos (Bay Area) [video] are Argentine tango teachers known for building and supporting close-knit social tango communities. They emphasize comfortable embraces and sensible, rhythmic social-dance vocabularies. While they are known for their close-embrace dancing, classes with Caroline and Christopher are not style- or embrace-specific, as the quality of one’s dance is not defined by the orientation of one’s embrace, but instead by smoothness, alignment, connection, and vocabulary that is appropriate for the social dance floor.
From the SF Bay Area, Christopher and Caroline have been dancing and teaching social tango for over forty years combined. They bring keen insight and specific teaching tools to help students find their own unique and authentic walking stride and “cadencia”, essential keys to social tango.
Kenny and Daseul (Bay Area) work together to deepen and mature their dancing prowess as well as their knowledge of both the Argentine tango music and culture. Their teaching reflects their core philosophy of the dance: Focus on dancing from the inside-out; first, connect with your partner, the music, and the floor around you, then allow the beauty of the dance to radiate outward from within.
Nicholas Tapia & Stephanie Berg (Phoenix) [Video] became a dance couple and a “couple-couple” in 2012. Both with professional backgrounds in other dances, they were a natural match, and you can occasionally catch them dancing salsa, swing, or NC 2 step to some of the longer cortinas! Through hard work and many-many hours of training they achieved the honor of becoming the USA National Salon Champions in 2014. After winning they enjoyed the opportunity to continue expanding their physical studies and dabbled in aerials, acro yoga, aerial yoga, and parkour. In late 2015 they made the hard decision to say good bye to the SF Bay Area and moved to Phoenix. In early 2016 they signed the paperwork and became the official owners of the Z Room Dance and Fitness Studio. It is rare to find a couple with such a passion for both teaching and dancing. Not only are they always working on improving their dancing, but how to better facilitate the learning process of tango. Some students seek to dance with confidence and ease, others to compete, and some just want to be able to follow a dang gancho at their local practica. They take great pride in seeing their students succeed, no matter their goals. Nico and Stephie count their blessings every day that they get to work as full time tango instructors.