Tango Resume

First contact

I fell under the spell of the tango Sirens at age 5, when I first heard my piano teacher play La Cumparsita.  I did not succumb to the call of the dance until years later, when I attended my first tango class with Kelly Ray and Leslie Mitchell of Dance Philadelphia.  Prior to that class I had NO dance experience whatsoever.

The first tumultuous years of finding my feet

Like many new AT learners, I spent the first few years trying to understand this weird dance.  I took group and private classes with local and visiting teachers and I took a few trips to Buenos Aires.  

Some of my early teachers were:

  • Kelly Ray and Leslie Mitchell – Dance Philadelphia
  • Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa
  • Mariela Franganillo
  • Ernesto Balmaceda & Stella Báez
  • Maxi Gluzman
  • Robin Thomas

In 2006 I took my first stab at teaching by forming the second iteration of the PennTango club.  In my capacity as the PennTango organizer and teacher I also coached the team representing Argentina at the Wharton International Cultural Show (WICS) in 2006 and 2007. 

The hybernation period

Due to extensive travel as well as caregiving duties my tango development was put on hold.  During this time I danced socially in Philadelphia and Buenos Aires but did not put a lot of work on developing my tango skills. 


The apilado phase

As I came out of hybernation, it started becoming clear that the close embrace had won my heart. 

I visited my first Encuentro in Italy in 2013.  Soon after, the Encuentro world had totally engulfed me.  I became a binge dancer, saving all my money and vacation time for my next Encuentro fix.

During this time I took very few tango classes and focused more on other types of workout to stay in shape for tango: ballet, yoga, hooping, and acroyoga.

The Renaissance: back to learning

In 2016 I started studying with Marcelo El Chino Gutierrez.  My study with Marcelo marked the end of my apilado phase. 

Around the same time I started my Tango Teacher Training with Melina Sedo and Detlef Engel.

Marcelo and Melina and Detlef are the latest and strongest influences in my dancing and teaching at present.  Looking forward to the next stage of my dancing development, whatever that might be!