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
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.
Maxi Copello (Buenos Aires) & Raquel Makow (San Fransisco) [video]. Maxi’s grandparents were Argentine folkloric musicians and his father, Carlos Copello, is one of the most well-know and prominent tango dancers who participated in a number of notorious tango shows and movies. Maxi has been the director of a tango movie, producer of tango stage shows and dancer in international tango shows. Raquel began dancing Jazz, Ballet, and Ballroom at age 10 and tango at 15. Her father is Argentine and on family trips to Buenos Aires she would study tango and dance in the milongas. In the past few years she has been working in Buenos Aires teaching tango and traveling around Europe (Italy, Portugal, and France) teaching tango seminars and performing in milongas.
Since beginning dancing together, Maxi and Raquel performed in the stage production “Tango Nuevo Cabaret” in August 2015 in the famous Teatro Avenida in Buenos Aires. Since then they have performed exhibitions and taught in various milongas in Buenos Aires. Most recently they participated as maestros in the Misterio Tango Festival along with the family Copello, know as the “Clan Copello”. Together, Maxi and Raquel strive to continue discovering more about tango and share their dancing with others.
Natalia & Agustin (Buenos Aires) [video] Together they have based their teaching methodology on the analysis of movement, creating a study of tango that starts from the deepest essence of movement and grows into the complexity and subjectivity of music interpretation. Building upon each student’s knowledge of body awareness and connection and using simple and rational explanations and exercises, they have taught and guided hundreds of people to expand their body awareness and knowledge about dance, achieving fluid, authentic, harmonic, comfortable, and natural movements.
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.