August 11-14, 2011
Baltimore Tango Festival 2011


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 Seduccion, 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.


Aoniken Quiroga & Alejandra Mantiñan

Alejandra Mantiñan brings to the table 25 years of dancing Tango. Dedicated to her work, she is now one of the Ladies of Tango that made a statement not only in the way she dances, but also in the way she teaches, investigative and convincing and has been named the most renown dancer by El Tangauta readers.

Alejandra manages FabricaTanguera dance school in Rome, Italy and in Tutzing, Germany, as well as organizes and manages the Fabricando Tango festival in Rome.

Since 2003 she has worked for 6 years with Gabriel Misse, then, since 2008, has been working with such prominent artists as Horacio Godoy, Diego Riemer «El Pajaro», and made a special presentation with ChichoFrumboli in Vienna. Her other partners include Martin Ojeda and AonikenQuiroga, with whom she has been invited to work at the Tango Element festival in the US for the first time.

Aoniken Quiroga began dancing tango in 1994. Always searching to develop within the «tango salon» discipline, he studied with the most sought after teachers such as Carlos Gavito, «El Pibe Avellaneda», Horacio Godoy, Martin Ojeda and Joana Copes, Gabriel Misse, Fabian Peralta, Carlos and Rosa Perez, and Carlos Copello. In 2006 he won the second place in the «tango salon» category of the annual Tango World Championship.

In 2009 he began traveling and teaching in Europe, directing «La Mariposa» tango school in Maidland, Italy. Up to now he has worked in the largest tango festivals in Europe, such as Ostertango festival in Basel, Swizerland, Fabricandotango festival in Rome, Italy, Barleta International tangofest in Barleta, Italy, Warsaw tango festival in Warsaw,Poland, Antwerp tango festival in Antwerp, Belgium, Festival Tango-Tango in Maidland, Italy, London River Tango Festival in London, England, and many more. Later this year Aoniken will be inaugurating his own tango school in Naples, Italy.


Martin Maldonado & Maurizio Ghella

Martin Maldonado and 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. Martin and Maurizio posess an amazing capability to encourage and motivate their students and this year Tango Element is happy to welcome this terrific couple back to Baltimore by popular demand.


Lucas Molina Gazcon & Cecilia Piccinni

Lucas Molina Gazcon has been dancing Tango since the age of 12. He is a 4-time champion of the Torneos Juveniles Bonaerenses (the first time he won the first prize he was only 13). Lucas has taught and performed in variousmilongas of Buenos Aires as well as in festivals around the world such as C.I.T.A, Venecia Tango Festival, Riga Tango Festival, Pulpo’s Tangoweek, and ExpoShanghai, just to name a few, and had visited many cities worldwide teaching workshops. Currently Lucas organizes El Yeite Tango Club practica that has quickly become one of the best practicas of Tango Argentino in Buenos Aires.Lucas is thankful to many teachers for his passion of tango as well as for the knowledge they have passed onto him — Juan Carlos Copes, Mingo & Esther Pugliese, Amelio, Gustavo Naveira and Olga Bessio; Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne and Mariano ChichoFrumbolli.

Lucas had performed in some of the most renown tango movies, such as Evita by Allan Parker with Madonna and Antonio Banderas, The Tango Lesson by Sally Potter with Pablo Veron, Gustavo Naveira, and Fabian Salas, Tango by Carlos Saura with Juan Carlos Copes, Carlos Rivarola and Julio Bocca. Besides performing on stage, Lucas is a milonguero in the true meaning of this word — you can see him in all Buenos Aires milongas dancing the nights away. He has been a key figure in such famous places as Cochabamba 444, Salon Canning, La Viruta, and Porteño y Bailari’n, among others.

Cecilia Piccinni started to dance ballet when she was seven years old, being fortunate to perform in the beautiful Roma theatre of Buenos Aires. During her teenage years she has discovered tango and for several years she was training and performing in Buenos Aires. In the meantime, she completed her university degree in Foreign Trade and took a position in a large multinational corporation. This, to her great distress, has significantly reduced the time she could dedicate to dancing.

In 2003, she decided to make a change in her life, working hard to obtain what she was looking for in tango. She returned to taking as many lessons as she could and going out to milongas every night, becoming a milonguera. Between 2006 and 2010 she had been on staff of a renown Buenos Aires school Tango Brujo that hosted most prominent tango instructors, teaching group classes there on a regular basis.Cecilia had taught and performed all over Buenos Aires — at Cochabamba 444, Confiteria Ideal, Salon Canning, Villa Malcolm, Practica X, El Yeite, etc. as well as in other parts of Argentina. She has also worked in many cities around the world — Vienna, Lisbon, Bucharest, Krakow, Paris, Antalya, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Berlin, all over Italy, Beirut, Bilbao, etc.Besides tango, Cecilia brings profound knowledge of contemporary dance, contact improvisation, folk dance, and jazz. She is constantly experimenting, exploring, learning, discovering and rediscovering.

Both, Lucas and Cecilia work with a number of partners and are now beginning to build their artistic partnership together. They share a lot of common background in tango, similar ideas and vision of the dance and the teaching methodology. They studied with the same maestros and have been dancing together socially since childhood, which makes it even more interesting to see them join their individual dance trajectories with instantaneous understanding.

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