Adam Cornett (Chicago) & Naomi Harris (Los Angeles) [video] Adam Cornett started dancing Tango in 2000 in Portland Oregon. He studied with Rachel Lidskog and Alex Krebs. Adam quickly became the assistant teacher to Rachel Lidskog in his second year of tango and the assistant teacher to Alex Krebs in his third year of Tango. Adam started teaching on his own at the age of 20. Having taken way to long to get to Buenos Aires he vowed that after his first trip in 2013 that he would go every year to continue his studies, which he does. He learns from many teachers in Buenos Aires but his two main teachers are Gabriel Angio and Natalia Games. As a student of tango history he studies with them to learn the historical information and figures of the old milongueros. In 2014 he moved to Boston to partner with Tilly Kimm. The two did tours throughout the US as well as China and Taiwan. Adam and Tilly won the US Tango de Pista (Salon) championships in 2016 and represented the United States in the Mundial de Tango in 2016. In 2018 Adam went on a short US tour with 2010 world champion Maria Ines Bogado and is now practicing and beginning to partner with Jesica Arfenoni the 2013 world champion.
Christy Coté (San Francisco) & George Garcia (Hawaii) [video] Christy has been teaching, performing and choreographing Argentine Tango since 1996 and is one of the most respected teachers of Argentine Tango in the U.S. Her teaching method has been published in the Argentine Tango manuals by Dance Vision which are complimented by a series of 21 instructional videos with partner, George Garcia. Christy’s popular Tango Boot Camps have attracted thousands of students since 2007. She is also one of the featured teachers and performers for CITA, the annual International Tango Congress in Buenos Aires. Christy has been featured on San Francisco’s KTVU Segment 2 Report, KPIX/Channel 5 Evening Magazine, nationally in Dance Spirit Magazine as well as numerous San Francisco/ Bay Area publications.
George has been teaching and performing Argentine Tango since 1998. He has studied with the world’s finest master tango teachers and is featured with Christy Coté in Dance Vision USA’s 24-volume Ultimate Argentine Tango Instructional DVD Series. He teaches and performs in the USA and abroad. As the founder of Hawaii’s Argentine Tango community he presents Tango Boot Camps, runs weekly classes and milongas at the Honolulu Club, offers private lessons and organizes the Hawaii Tango Marathon. www.islatango.com
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.