Baltimore Tango Festival 2009


Sebastian Arce & Mariana Montes

Sebastian Arce began his tango dancing career at the age of eight, fervently infusing himself with the unique technique of this beautiful dance. By adolescence, he was part of the most important tango ballet in Buenos Aires and performing in the greatest theaters of Argentina. In addition, from 1995 - 1998, Sebastian assisted all of Juan Carlos Copes' choreographies on stage as well as, in films such as 'Entre Borges y Piazzolla' and 'Tango by Carlos Saura'.

As an instructor, Sebastian has an exceptional gift of sharing his life experiences. This quality provides a strong base of Tango ideology, technique and general culture in his classes. In Paris, he co-founded Mephisto Tango!, one of the most important and active tango associations in Europe. Sebastian has also participated in the movies Alan Parker's Evita, Carlos Saura's Tango and Happy Together by Wong Kar-Wai - best director at the 50th Cannes Film Festival.

Mariana Montes started her dancing career when she fell in love with Argentine Folklore. She promptly entered the famous "Escuela Nacional de Folklore" in Buenos Aires and later joined the Salta Ballet, one of the most important ballet companies in Argentina, with which she toured through South America and the United States. Gifted with an innate ability for dance, Mariana eventually took up Argentine tango and quickly mastered flawless technique and elegance.

Sebastian and Mariana started their partnership in 1997. They have participated in well regarded tango stage shows such as Tango Seducci?n, Copes Tango Copes. They have also taught at numerous tango festivals worldwide including Sitges Tango Festival in Spain, Cosmotango in Buenos Aires, and the Basel Tango Festival in Switzerland. Today they are known as two of the best tango teachers and performers in the world.


Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli & Juana Sepulveda

Mariano Frumboli, also known as Chicho, has undoubtedly played the main role in the creative evolution of tango in the last 10 years. He is renowned worldwide as one of the founders and initiators of Tango Nuevo. He is famous for his personality, musicality and creativity. A true representative of the "New Generation," Chicho brings all his talent and freshness to the dance. He teaches with love and talent, combined with a profound understanding of the dance. His classes are a must for those just approaching the Nuevo Tango style, as well as for experienced dancers. Chicho's work has been one of the biggest gifts that an artist could have given to any art form: the continuous questioning, the research, the quest for originality, and full-hearted creativity.

Chicho began playing drums at 14 years old, and studied theater for 8 years before discovering the tango. He has studied and worked closely with Gustavo Naviera and Fabian Salas. His dancing is characterized above all by musicality and improvisation. In a unique way, he expresses the essence of the music in his dancing. In his teaching, he emphasizes being conscious of the body's movement. Chicho's theatrical background influenced tango dance by adding aesthetics and forms never used before in tango, which at that time went directly against the established rules of social tango but that today are used among professionals and amateurs all around the world.

Juana Sepulveda, is one of the youngest-born stars in the tango sky, she spans the entire range of expression from an innovative subtlety to a stunning manifestation of power in every movement, always matched by her unswerving musicality and pure sensuality.


Yannick Wyler & Sigrid van Tilbeurgh

Sigrid van Tilbeurgh has been dancing most of her life. She has studied Argentine tango in France and Buenos Aires, and now teaches from Berlin and around the world, having appeared at such renowned festivals as Brussels, Tangocamp, Copenhagen and Malmo. She is especially known for her classes on women's technique. She is a regular partner of Yanick Wyler.

Mr. Wyler is a staff teacher at the famous Argentine tango school Tango Brujo in Buenos Aires. He has also taught at other well-known milongas in Buenos Aires. His teaching is based on his profound knowledge of technique, the structure of the dance, and the connection and communication of the couple. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe teaching at workshops and festivals, including Zurich, Bologna, Copenhagen, Malmo, and Hamburg. Some of his main influences in tango were Eugenia Parilla, Guastavo Naveira and Chicho Frumboli.


Tomas Howlin & Shorey Myers*

Tomas Howlin is a professional Argentine Tango dancer, performer and teacher. Each of his movements is deeply inspired by the traditional aesthetics that have characterized the style and elegance of this dance for the past sixty years. Tomas is a patient and devoted teacher with a unique method and approach and has a loyal following of dedicated students.

Tomas was born and grew up in Buenos Aires where he studied with some of the most renowned master teachers of all generations, such as Graciela Gonzalez, Gustavo Naveira, Jose Brahemcha, Puppy Castello, Pepe Avellaneda and Vanina Bilous. His learning and teaching experience is complete and exceptional. Tomas is among the few teachers traveling worldwide who taught regularly in the most well known Academies of Buenos Aires. Furthermore, he is a regular participant at international Festivals in Europe and the US. He worked for the "National University of Buenos Aires", and for the "Secretary of Culture of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires". Tomas was instrumental in the filming of the tango film "Macadam Tango" and performed at multiple high profile events, such as the "Summit of the Americas" in Quebec City, with presence of the heads of state of 34 countries, including President George W. Bush and Dr. Fernando de la Rua, President of Argentina.

Shorey Myers is an accomplished teacher whose primary goal is to give her students those tools necessary to make their dancing as enjoyable as possible in the shortest amount of time. Coming from a background in martial arts and classical music, she is driven by the desire to make her own movement as clean, fluid, and musical as possible. As great as her love of the dance is her love of the music, a passion which is evident whenever she steps behind the DJ booth. She travels all over the country to teach and DJ at festivals and local milongas and has partnered with many pre-eminent tango instructors in the nation. She counts among her strongest influences Jaimes Friedgen, Cecilia Gonzalez, and Alex Krebs.

* Artists's photo by Allisun Novak


Bulent Karabagli & Tara Fortier

Bulent Karabagli is a new generation tango dancer and teacher whose style strongly reflects the traditional roots of tango. His passion for the dance has also taken him to Argentina and Europe to study with many inspiring teachers. Bulent has become well-known for his creative, improvisational approach to tango as well as for his fine sense of musicality and elegance. For years he has been focusing for on investigating the structural foundations of tango. Rejecting rigid sequences, his teaching aims to build students' improvisational skills, so that students make real progress and express themselves more freely, moving smoothly between open and close embrace. Bulent likes to encourage in his students the sensitivity and confidence needed to experiment with tango. The dance becomes creative communication.

Tara Fortier is a very beautiful, elegant and yet an extremely powerful dancer. Known as an excellent leader and follower, she has been teaching tango internationally since 2003 and is one of the few North Americans who has taught at a major festival in Buenos Aires. With a clear and precise perspective on the dance, Tara emphasizes natural movement and clear body mechanics in her teaching and her dancing.


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