Adam Cornett & Marina Godinez. Adam is a dancer of 19+ and teacher for 17 of those. He has taught and toured with two world champions and is the 2016 US Tango Champion himself. He has performed with Graciela Gonzalez, Tilly Kimm, Maria Ines Bogado, and Jesica Arfenoni, his current partner. Adam has performed in Salon Canning in Buenos Aires. He continues to study tango after all these years seeking out as much knowledge as he can. Adam has taught at most every major festival in the US and travels two or three weekends per month sharing his knowledge around the US. He has gone on four teaching tours in Asia. He is an active blogger, writer, vlogger, and online educator of Tango. Adam has created a website with much of his knowledge for people to enjoy and learn from. You can find more info at TangoWith.com
Marina started dancing in Portland Oregon and her passion for dancing has brought her to Boston and Chicago. She currently teaches tango at Northwestern University with Adam Cornett and deeply enjoys sharing her love for tango.
Christy Coté (San Francisco) & Debbie Goodwin from Tango Con*Fusion [video] It used to “take two to tango,” but the women of Tango Con*Fusión bend the gender-related customs of this century-old dance. As artists they explore the idiom of Argentine Tango beyond its traditional boundaries. As professional performers and teachers of Argentine Tango, with varied backgrounds in jazz, contemporary and classical dance, they create a fusion of genres within their choreography. A couple’s dance morphs to a solo or collective interaction, leaders and followers exchange roles, and free movement is added.
As women trained and versed in traditional Argentine Tango, they deeply respect traditional tango, yet love to lead, follow or exchange roles, regardless of gender. Their repertoire spans the spectrum from slick-haired classic to feather-ruffling experimental, with Argentine Tango as the imperative backbone of the work.
Co-Directors Christy Cote & Debbie Goodwin have devoted themselves to growing the tango and dance community in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for over 20 years and since 2004 they formed Tango Con*Fusión Dance Company. The artists of Tango Con*Fusión who will be joining Christy & Debbie at Burning Tango will be: Pier Voulkos, Jasmine Worrell & Mira Barakat, TangoConFusion.com
Marcos Questa & Ruta Maria (Buenos Aires/Los Angeles) [video] Marcos was born and raised in Buenos Aires and having danced since the young age of 6, learned his first tango steps from his grandfather – a true milonguero himself. Now a third generation dancer of tango, he has had an astounding career performing on the stage of famed tango houses El Viejo Almacen, Argentina Tango & Pampa, the national tango TV show Grandes Valores del Tango and was on full staff of Argentina’s Presidential Committee of Entertainment performing for official presidential events and dignitaries visiting Buenos Aires. Additionally, he has also performed on stage with opera singer Julia Mignes and has producied the Las Vegas Tango Festival from 2000-2005, Tango Project I and II, LA TangoProject.
Ruta Maria, a distinguished dancer in the dance world, “fell” into classical ballet after she stumbled as a child running to the arms of her mother. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy, she is more graceful on the stage these days, having danced and choreographed for many renowned companies as a principle dancer including: Nevada Ballet Theater, Bolshoi’s first International Exchange, Jacksonville Ballet, Ballet West and Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere. Tango entered her life unexpectedly and has been her only focus since. Developing into a tango artist, and an instructor, has been an unimaginable reward and she continues to teach and spread this art with technical percision and delight. She has performed and instructed at the TangoMundo Festival, The Boulder Tango Festival, Las Vegas Tango Experience and Argentine Tango USA Championship and co-produces events for dancers to enjoy.
Sergio Martin Almiron (Argentina) [video] and Chooi Goh (Sacramento). Martin was educated at the National University of Arts and University of San Martin. World Tango Dance Championship finalist in both categories (Salon Tango and Stage Tango), reaching sixth place in Stage Tango category. Metropolitan Tango Dance Championship finalist in all categories (Salon Tango, Milonga and Walts), reaching sixth place in Salon Tango and Milonga.
He was part of the Folkloric Ballet and Tango Company of the National University of Arts. He also belonged to the cast of dancers at the University of Buenos Aires. He has danced in the best national and foreign theaters such as Théâtre du Châtelet of Paris, Presidente Alvear Theater, Cervantes National Theater in Buenos Aires, National Theatre of Panama, Ruben Dario National Theatre of Nicaragua, among others; and worked with renowned choreographers, building a great career with his performances in the prestigious plays like “Chantecler”, “Azares del Quijote y Gardel”, “Evitango” and “Evita Vive”. In 2014 he produced and directed his first play “Argentino, El Espectáculo”, which was premiered in Corrientes Street.
Chooi came upon tango classes about 20 years ago but had only started taking it seriously about 12 years ago and she has never stopped learning ever since. She runs the studio Tango on Broadway and has been teaching there for the past several years while also teaching at several places regionally. She has taught at Burning Tango twice and also in Mexico in Todos Santos two times and La Paz and San Miguel. She has also assisted Clay Nelson at TangoMaya in Cancun twice.
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.
Michelle Erdemsel (Lamb) & Brian Nguyen [video] Michelle took her first steps in dance at the age of 6 at the world renowned San Francisco School of Ballet and continued with such greats as David Howard in NYC. Her dance experience can only be described as eclectic, ranging from modern, jazz, flamenco, hula and theater dance. Michelle spent many years touring with famous Musical Artists such as Liza Minelli in prestigious venues like Prince Albert Royal Hall in London, Off Broadway theaters in NYC, Stadiums and Arenas in Europe, South America and the US. Her interest in partner dancing led her to competitive ballroom dancing and the more acrobatic style of theatrical dancing in which she garnered many awards including a North American Championship. Michelle has also been reviewed well by the NY Times as a choreographer for off-broadway productions and has assisted with choreography for the Live Televised shows Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. Michelle has appeared on major network TV as well as movies, commercials, magazine fashion spreads, night club shows and theatrical productions nationally and internationally. Michelle discovered tango and traveled to learn and dance all over the US and in Argentina. Now Michelle has dedicated her life to teaching and dancing tango with her partner Murat.
For many years Brian Nguyen has been an aspiring tango teacher and leader in the Los Angeles community. With a background in various dance forms, and a formal education in bioscience and anatomy, he stands out as a dance movement analyst and technician when it comes to teaching the nuances of tango technique.
Brian and his former partner Yuliana are the only couple to win two Tango Salon US Championships (2010 & 2011) and to make the finals at the Mundial World Championship in Buenos Aires 4 years in a row! They are also the only US couple to ever place at the Salon World Championship by taking home the bronze medal in 2011.