Episode 74 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
My guest today started his tango journey in Portland, Oregon back in 2000. In 2014 he moved to Boston, and went on a tour that took him throughout the US, as well as China and Taiwan.
In 2016, he and his then-partner Tilly Kimm won the US Tango de Pista Championships. As of 2018, he is based in Chicago and continues traveling to give workshops and to teach at various festivals.
Let’s meet Adam Cornett…
Episode 73 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
My guest today has spent her life immersed in art. While living in New York City, she has worked as an interior designer, writer, dancer, performance artist, and rock musician.
In 1999, she and her husband, Alberto Paz, moved to New Orleans, where she helped establish the Argentine Tango scene there. In 2002 they created the New Orleans Tango Festival. In 2009, they won the 3rd annual U.S.A. Salon Style Tango Championship. They also co-authored the book Gotta Tango, and both have been influential in the development of salon Tango in the US. Sadly, Alberto passed away in 2014, but she continues contributing to the tango community in New Orleans, hosting classes and milongas, as well as supporting other local tango events.
Let’s meet Valorie Hart…
Episode 72 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
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My guest today is a Tango teacher and DJ with international acclaim. He started his TANGO journey back in 2002, and has studied with a number of renown teachers such as Gustavo Naveira, Susana Miller, Alex Krebs, and Robin Thomas. Based in Ann Arbor, MI, today’s guest considers himself an eternal student and is always working to move his tango forward.
Let’s meet Avik Basu…
Hello Friends! Episode 71 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
My guests today are Damian Lobato and Sarah Chung. They are currently based in Philadelphia, PA where they teach a number of classes and host events every week.
Sarah is known for her expressive musicality, and is very much about having her students establish a strong foundation in basic technique.
Damian was born and raised in Argentina, and began dancing in 1991. A former dentist, he decided to pursue tango full time in 2000. Since then, he has taught and performed in multiple countries.
With a dance like tango, any number of figures can be initiated at a moment’s notice. And so we prepare ourselves to react quickly.
In order to react quickly, we feel we have to guess what will happen next. But viewing tango as a constant guessing game is stressful, which this leads to a lot of bad things like physical tension. Physical tension makes communication with our partners more difficult, and this guarantees bad reaction time.
To be able to move and react quickly, we must focus on the moment. Instead of worrying about what will happen next, we must concentrate on what’s happening right now. Oddly enough, to be able to react quickly we must learn to slow down our thinking.
Episode 70 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
My guest today is the director of the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School. She started dancing tango in 1999, and as tango inevitably took over her life, she eventually left her job and moved to Buenos Aires where she stayed for 3 years. In 2006 she began working with Andres Amarilla, and since then she has traveled the world teaching and performing.
Today’s guest is also the director of the Philly Tango Fest, and hosts the radio show Tango Stories.
Let’s meet Meredith Klein…
We know the type of person we want to dance with. It is a leader or follower who is respectful, fun, and patient. This is the type of person who makes our night when we’re feeling unsure of ourselves, and doesn’t react negatively to our mistakes. We’ve worked hard building up our own tango skills, and show up to milongas hoping to dance with such a person.
Stop leaving it up to chance whether or not this person will notice our skills and remember to give us a cabeceo. That’s waste of time. Instead, once we figure out the type of person we want to dance with, let’s work hard to be that person.