Episode 85 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
My guest today was born in Iran, but grew up in Africa and Russia. For quite a while, she was based in Portland, Oregon where she taught regular tango classes and workshops. Today, she is based in Los Angeles. In addition to being a tango instructor, she’s also an accomplished visual artist. We’re going to hear about how she combines movement and art, as well as her other exciting new tango projects.
Let’s meet Yelizaveta Nersesova….
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Episode 84 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
My guest today is the founder of the Rose City Tango Academy in Portland, OR. She’s been dancing all her life, having started her training at the age of 3. She studied ballet,
modern, and many other styles. Eventually, she happened upon Argentine Tango.
In 2011 she began teaching tango in Seattle. Then she spent 3 years pretty much living on the road, traveling to teach, perform, and DJ in the US, Europe, and Argentina. After relocating to Portland, she established the Rose City Tango Academy where she is committed to creating a supportive, challenging, and nurturing atmosphere for tango enthusiasts.
But isn’t tango a place where we can leave our worries behind? Isn’t our tango time an opportunity to de-stress from the events of the day?
Yes, but once we’re at a milonga, our worries tend to shift to our current tango skills. We wonder if we’re being a good leader or follower. And oftentimes we feel insecure about whether we’re relaxing enough, paying attention to our frame enough, etc.
Before long we find that we haven’t stopped worrying. We feel bad about that, which only creates more negativity in our heads…which affects our dancing.
Instead of trying to suppress or avoid all worries, let’s use them as a motivator to improve. And that can be through doing individual drills, or making an effort to work on certain figures at a práctica. As long as we don’t let it get out of hand, worry can be a fuel that drives our dancing forward. Worry isn’t something to fight against; it’s just another partner we learn to dance with.
Written by: Joe Yang
Episode 83 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
My guests are Carlos and Maureen Urrego; they are the 2018 USA Argentine Tango Champions, and they have a number of other championships and awards to their name.
They have taught and performed all over the US, in Colombia, and in Buenos Aires. And they’ve also produced several shows, such as Seasons of Tango and Midsummer Night Tango Cabaret.
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Episode 82 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
My guest today is Jim Chow; he is the owner of Belltown Dance Studio in Seattle, WA.
Jim established the studio back in 2005, but he’s been a passionate dancer all his life. He’s familiar with a variety of dances, but salsa is his specialty so it should come as no surprise that he’s Belltown’s head salsa instructor. Belltown Studio is home to a number of other dance genres, including Argentine Tango.
So why interview a studio owner? Well, studio owners provide venue space for tango classes and milongas – In many cases, we tango folks wouldn’t be able to do what we do without people like Jim. But I also thought it’d be fun to hear about the challenges, the behind-the-scenes action, and the highs and lows of running a dance studio…
Episode 81 of Joe’s Tango Podcast is now online!
My guests today are Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda based in San Francisco, CA. They have taught all over the world, and are known for their clear and enthusiastic teaching style. They teach regularly at several venues in the Bay Area, such as Milonga Genesis, the Great Northern, The Beat over in Berkeley, and the Stanford Tango Club.
They are also organizers of the renown San Francisco Tango Marathon. Felipe has also DJ’d at a number of big-name events, including festivals and milongas in Portland, Denver, Washington DC, Fort Bragg, New York, Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, and many others.
My guests have brought up a lot of interesting insights over the year; here are some reflections I’d like to share…