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 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.
Noelia Hurtado and Pablo Rodriguez met in 2003 at the prestigious milonga at Club Sunderland, and since then have been sharing their artistic career.
During their times at Club Sundrland, which was the epicenter of the famous Villa Urquiza style and a regular hangout of many grand maestros milongueros, they studied with professors Carlos Perez and Rosa Forte, approaching this way a style known as Tango Salon.
Noelia and Pablo made some intensive investigations with famous milongueros and modern dance professors, researching the style and forms of tango as a popular dance, as well as the elements of the new trends. They have been looking to understand and merge the essence of the traditional and popular aspects of tango with the richness of its evolving technique and structure, which brought it to its modern form.
This couple combines the attributes of Villa Urquiza tango and milonga with the new elements and techniques of contemporary tango and builds an elegant style on the strength of traditional tango, incredible musicality and movement dynamic.
In 2006, together, they won the Metropolitan Champions of Tango Salon of Buenos Aires and took second place in the Metropolitan Milonga Championship, which opened up a new page in their professional development. During this period they performed at the most prestigious milongas of Buenos Aires, taught multiple workshops and special seminars in Buenos Aires, as well as began touring internationally.
By now Noelia and Pablo have danced, taught and performed with great success in many countries, such as the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Holland, Belgium, Russia, Poland, Greece, Spain, France, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Hong Kong, Portugal, etc., and worked at the most prestigious tango festivals around the world. They are very much looking forward to their first US appearance in Baltimore this summer and Tango Element is extremely delighted to welcome them in the US.
Martin Maldonado y Maurizio Ghella, are two young teachers and artists who through the technique are looking for the expressive interpretation, for being the dance, and, as a consequence, for the "excuse" to dance their feelings.
One of the main focuses of their work has always been the connection within the couple. The goal is not to learn only new steps, but to emphasize the technique through feeling each other, by being connected and by paying close attention to the embrace. "When you're dancing like this, it will be easier to improvise, and also to approach your Tango in a much more relaxed way", say Martin and Maurizio. In their work they believe in a proposal that allows them to develop not only the technical skills of the dancers, but also to give free space to expression and interpretation.
In the recent years they've been traveling around the world, presenting tango and Argentine folklore, grasping the fusion between the two. They've worked at many well-respected festivals, such as Berlin Tang festival in Germany, Vienna Tango Week in Austria, Tango Postale in France, Misterio Tango Festival in Argentina, just to mention a few. Now, Tango Element is proudly presenting their US debut in Baltimore this August.
Silvina Valz and Oliver Kolker are among the young great Argentine Tango dancers of their generation. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, they were inspired by the amateur tango lovers within their families as well as by authentic Aregntine tango maestros and felt the tango as something embodying romance, contact and dialogue.
Silvina's dance incorporates elements from all styles of tango, such as Canyengue, Salon, Orillero, Milonguero and Escenico. She has studied and was formed in Buenos Aires by famous and world known tango masters such as Pepito Avellaneda , Gustavo Naveira, Carlos Gavito and Graciela Gonzalez, developing a sharp and deep knowledge of tango not only as a dancer and performer but also a world wide known tango master/instructor. Oliver, in his turn, has spent a lot of time in Club Sunderland in Villa Urquiza neighborhood, where the most elegant tango instructors taught weekly classes. Oliver was lucky to learn with such maestros as Horacio Godoy, Luis Solanas, Osvaldo Zotto, Roberto Herrera, Graciela Gonzalez, Carlos Copello and Carlitos Perez.
Oliver, also a film actor and a producer, began teaching tango at La Viruta, also known as La Estrella, in 1999. His success there paved the way for him to teach and perform in different schools around Buenos Aires.
One of Silvina's long-term partnerships was with Dany Garcia (the legendary El Flaco Dany) a professional tango dancer with over 60 years of experience, performing and teaching the most historical forms of tango, named Milonga Traspie.
Among a long list of professional accomplishments, Silvina's most personally revered have been her years teaching visually impaired and blind children to dance Argentine Tango at the National School of the Blind in Paris, France. As a Creative Director, her unique and invaluable contribution to the development of the teaching methodology for this innovative program has resulted in the program being accepted as an official Program Partner of VSA arts of Florida.
For the past several years Silvina and Oliver have been working together, performing and teaching all over the United States and the world, appearing in the most prestigious Tango Festivals.
Oliver and Silvina have a unique and beautiful dance style, filled with humor and passion. Their teaching is clear and well structured. Their work is grounded in the classic styles of tango, and is also a bridge to the more modern styles.