UK TANGO FESTIVAL / Celebration & CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

26-27-28 April, London

MILONGAS IN PORCHESTER HALL

7 milongas and 33 hours of dancing! 5 Milongas in the stunning Porchester Hall, with wooden sprung dance floor, in an all encompassing venue hosting both the festival and the championship. Plus 2 after milonga parties (3am to 6 or 7am) in amazing venues: on Friday at an iconic train station and on Saturday on a boat sailing the Thames.In total - 33 hours of pure social dancing with people from all over the world!

COMPETITORS' COACHES

We are delighted to announce coaching and feedback for the competitors with the Maestros Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina. They will be running 2 seminars dedicated to coaching the contestants.

WORKSHOPS WITH MAESTROS

8 Maestros will be teaching a range of workshops throughout the festival and will also perform over the three nights.

Judges, Performers and Coaches

Miguel Angel Zotto & Daiana Guspero

Miguel Angel Zotto & Daiana Guspero

Judges & Performers

Miguel Angel Zotto was born 1958 in Buenos Aires and he grew up listening tango with his grandfather and his father (actor and dancer ). He’s dancing tango from over 40 years and he is recognized as a real true icon among tangueros. Nowadays he’s the major Argentinian tango representative in the world. He learned Tango from the major tango masters (Rodolfo Dinzel, Antonio Todaro – for Zotto his style is the real tango – Pepito Avellaneda, Juan Carlos Copes e Maria Nieves, Finito Ramon Rivera, Petroleo Virulazo) and he has the merit of having spread it and teached almost in all the continents. In 1991 He won the “Maria Ruanova Award”, the Argentinian Dance most important prize, yearly granted by “Consejo Argentino de la Danza” (that was the first time this award was granted to the tango). Miguel Angel Zotto, undisputed star, considered by the experts of the subject "one of the top three tango dancers of the century" together with Copes and Virulazo. He is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and artistic director of the TangoX2 Company; for thirty years on the international scene, he animates the different nuances of this sensual and poetic dance, with shows, performances and tours all over the world, winning the record for best tango. In 1999 Zotto won the Positano Award, one of the most important dance awards in Italy, and in 2000 he was chosen among the three greatest tango dancers of the century , the only one still on stage and in 2002 he was nominated “Academic “ by the Buenos Aires National Tango Academy. In 1998 Zotto started his own dance company TANGO X 2, the only one tango company worldwide recognized and undisputed brand of guaranty and professionalism. For this company Miguel Angel Zotto has created and choreographed - always supported by the best music ensambles, several tango shows, presented in Canada, United States, Europe, Japan and Latin America. From several years Miguel Angel Zotto with his dancer Daiana Guspero is carrying out an intensive didactical activity in Italy and the most important European cities, both with seminars and workshops and taking part in festivals and tango shows. In October 2012, Miguel A. Zotto opened the Zotto Tango Academy in Milan with his dance partner and beautiful wife Daiana Guspero, the first European Academy dedicated to Argentine Tango. Today Zotto Tango Academy is located in Venice, Verona and Switzerland.
Daiana Guspero is one of the most important and internationally well appreciated professional tango dancer and dance teacher of Argentina. She started dancing tango since she was young, after a long Argentine folk dances training. Since 2007 she dances in couple with Miguel Angel Zotto. She has an intense activity as first dancer on the shows of Tango x 2 Company, performing at major festivals and international events and teaching tango master classes, seminars, workshops and courses. Daiana Guspero loves dancing, she is passionate about tango. She is like a poem written by the sensual and delicate flow of her body, both on the stage and on the floor of a milonga. She has a unique expressiveness thanks to her great sensitivity and grace that highlights in the feminine tango scene, made up of subtle shades that can express the nostalgic essence of tango feeling. Daiana Guspero has successfully led her elegance, sensuality and passionate expression at the major theatres of Buenos Aires and on the most prestigious stages of Europe, Asia, Chine and Japan. Since 2012 she founded along with Miguel Angel Zotto the “Zotto Tango Academy”, an European Academy of Argentine Tango based in Milan, where she teaches tango, milonga and vals in addition to Argentine folk dances. In October 2012, Daiana Guspero and his amazing husband Miguel A. Zotto opened the Zotto Tango Academy in Milan: the first European Academy dedicated to Argentine Tango. Today Zotto Tango Academy is located in Venice, Verona and Switzerland.
 
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Christian Marquez & Virginia Gomez

Christian Marquez & Virginia Gomez

Judges & Performers

Christian and Virginia are a couple united by their passion for tango. They stand out for their strength, maturity, and distinct style of tango.
Their partnership began in 1996. They started training with renowned maestros and gained their first professional experience in 1997. Since then they have participated in many major national and international shows such as “Los tangos de la Cábala,” “Piazzolla Tango, “Copes Tango Copes,” and “O’Tango.” In 2002 they started touring Europe and Asia for festivals and workshops.
They were the main couple featured in the music video “Diferente” by Gotan Project (2006). For two years in a row they participated in one of the most important tango festivals of Buenos Aires, CITA. They are currently dancers of the company “O’Tango” and “Corporacion Tango”.
They give regular classes in Buenos Aires to transmit their knowledge to a new generation of tango dancers. Their dance is characterized by accuracy and quality of movement, with the goal of preserving the elegance and essence of pure tango.
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Aldana Silveyra & Diego Ortega

Aldana Silveyra & Diego Ortega

Judges & Performers

Aldana and Diego are part of the main dancers of the famous Tango Company ‘’Forever’’ directed by Luis Bravo with whom they have toured in the most prestigious theatres in the world.Diego was born in Colón and Aldana in Monte Grande, both towns in Buenos Aires and started their careers at a very young age (11 and 9 years old). They were champions with their former partners in the under 18 years old category in Buenos Aires.Diego started teaching at the age of 18 in Japan at one of the very first tango schools and after 4 years he went back to Buenos Aires where he won in 2010 the World Tango Championship (Stage Category).Aldana started her dancing career at the town hall of her natal city and participated in several TV programmes and tango contests. In 2005 she won the gold medal for the young category on the famous TV contest directed by Marcelo Tinelli. When she was 18 years old she qualified in the finals of both Tango Pista & Stage at the World Tango Championship.In 2011 Diego and Aldana started dancing together and in 2012 they reached the 3rd position at the Salon Category of the World Tango Championship.They have performed in the famous milongas of Buenos Aires, like Salón Caning, Sunderland, Sin Rumbo, La Baldosa, Villa Malcom y Porteño y bailarín.They were judges on the international preliminaries of Venezuela and Colombia and they have toured the world teaching and performing on International Festivals and Milonga. More info
Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina

Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina

Competitors Coaches

Stefania Colina started her career as a ballet and contemporary dancer in the “Orlama” School at the age of 4. She graduated at 17, after 13 years of intense training, and became a teacher of the school. During that time she had the opportunity to experience many dance styles that were taught as a complement to ballet and that is how she met with tango and Juan Martin.

Juan Martín Carrara started dancing when he was 13 years old as a ballet and contemporary dancer and an actor of musical comedy. At the age of 16 he entered in the Nacional Academy of Dance of Uruguay and was selected for the “Young Ballet”, touring all the theatres of the region as a performer of modern and classical ballet. After a few years he met with tango and at the same time with Stefania and from that day, a passionate life-changing story started for both of them.

Together they left all they had in Uruguay and moved almost immediately to Buenos Aires with nothing more than their intense desire to dance and teach tango. After a few years of working hard at improving their level and knowledge, they won the “Intercontinental Championship” in 2009 and the Uruguayan Tango salon Championship in 2012. Since then, Stefania and Juan Martín have been teaching and dancing around the world.

They perform regularly in the milongas of Buenos Aires with prestigious orchestras such as “Color Tango”, “Los Reyes del Tango”, “Orquestra Sans Souci”, “Orquestra Mariano Mores”. In the last years they have been in some of the most important festivals and events in Europe, America, and Asia. Their fame and uniqueness comes from their elegance, sensuality and musicality. They dance with an immense respect for the tradition and the music, and yet keep working on new forms of expression and their own development. They are also known for their successful and engaging teaching method which allows to hear and feel what is most intangible in tango.

The DJs for our "marathon-like festival" 2019

Andrea Dedó (Italy)

Andrea Dedó (Italy)

DJ

Andrea Dedó DJ has an intense background as a musician, dancer and tango teacher along with continuous studies, thanks to which he is always able to interpret the dance-floor to the best. “You are Energy for the milonga!” is one of the best compliments Andrea received after a milonga set. He likes to think the DJ rule is to be always give new energy to the dancers, trying to propose every time the right tanda at the right moment, and kindling the magic of the milonga. For several years, he has been travelling around Europe to play at the best international festivals and marathons. His style is unequivocally traditional. Andrea is the artistic director of the International L’Aquila Tango Marathon & Festival, laquilatangofestival.com, as well as the creator and director of the Italian Tango magazine “El Tanguero” eltanguero.it. From 2009, he is the resident DJ at the “Milonga di Camila” in Italy. “Todo el mundo a bailar!”
Marcelo Rojas (Argentina)

Marcelo Rojas (Argentina)

DJ

Marcelo Rojas is a famous must-see DJ in the tango scene, one of the most renowned in Buenos Aires as well as at international level. He is currently the musical adviser for the Buenos Aires city government, programmer at the official Buenos Aires tango radio station “La 2×4”, DJ at the Confitería Ideal, organiser and DJ at the Milonga Tango Ideal. In 2009, Marcelo won the Martín Fierro prize for best music programme, “La noche con amigos” with Lionel Godoy. He has DJ’d at the best known milongas in Argentina and Europe and participated at major festivals during his travels in Europe and Asia. For many years, Marcelo has also participated at major festivals in Latin America, including the World Tango festival in Buenos Aires, the “Camicando mocca – canyengue” festival, the Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino C.I.T.A., the Campeonato Metropolitano tango show, the Cumbre Mundial de tango Bariloche.
Benjamin Lee (Seoul Korea)

Benjamin Lee (Seoul Korea)

DJ

Benjamin Lee He has regularly played music at many popular milongas in Seoul Korea since 2011. He loves the traditional Golden Age tango songs very suitable for dancing with good energy. He has been invited for various international tango events from many cities of Asia, Australia, Europe, & America. Respecting the great songs of main popular orchestras and the emotion of dancers in milonga, he always tries to play the right tanda for each certain moment. He believes that the most important mission of DJ is to help dancers to be naturally and comfortably immersed in the flow of emotion.
Semeon Kukormin (Russia)

Semeon Kukormin (Russia)

DJ

Semeon Kukormin 'For the past 5 years, Semeon has been the most demanded Russian DJ in the world. During this period, he played at more than 100 international events. He is a resident of many European festivals and marathons. - In the first 5 years of his dj activity, he played at 500 milongas. Semeon is also author of a training course for DJs, and held more than 30 seminars in Russia and abroad.He believes that a DJ should have good conversation skills: he should communicate clearly and listen carefully. А Jewish proverb says: "A person has two ears and only one mouth to listen twice more than to speak." The DJ plays the music, listening to the dance floor with one ear, while the other ear is listening to... let's call it Tango.".
Daniel Tuero (Argentina)

Daniel Tuero (Argentina)

DJ

Daniel Tuero DJ was born and grew up in Buenos Aires, and has been dancing tango for the last 20 years all around the world, from Australia to Canada and from South Africa to United Arab Emirates. Almost a decade ago, Daniel has been developing tango scene in Russia, especially in cosmopolitan Moscow, not only as a dancer and teacher but also as a TangoDj, by creating an intuitive style that allows dancers to feel the flavour of Argentinian milongas not only during the tandas, but also during the cortinas, when people connect again with each other and with the surroundings, to search for the following partner's invitation. The mood, he believes, must follow this wonderful process. Cities like Tokyo, Rome, NYC, and of course Buenos Aires, have been dancing his classics and modern orchestras in different events that has shared with artists like Juan Carlos Copes, Sebastian Arce, Javier Rodriguez, Julio Balmaceda, Chicho Frumboli y Juana Sepulveda, Sebastian Achaval y Roxana Suarez, Los Totis and many more. Local milongas (Villa Malcolm, Las Malevas, DNI), tango marathons (Abrazo Beirut, Caliente Antalya, Winter Vilnious) and Festivals (Planetango Moscow, Milongueros Night, Remolino Ukraine). He djed at the last 3 editions of the Russian Tango Championship and Festival (Preliminaries Mundial Argentina) and for the first time in London in 2019. UK get ready to rock it out!
Konrad Krynski (Poland)

Konrad Krynski (Poland)

DJ

Konrad Krynski DJ became a passionate tango dancer in 2008. Shortly after, he became a DJ. Since then he has spent a lot of time on listening and tango music research. He has played at international tango events in many countries (Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Hungary, France, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lebanon, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay).When he is a DJ, you will hear a wide representation of famous, classical tango orquestras ranging from mid-20s till late 50s. All that spiced up with some rare yet exciting and danceable pieces. His main goal is to keep the dancers on the floor by giving the right level of energy through his tandas.

Amazing Venues

Porchester Hall

Porchester Hall

5 Milongas in the stunning Porchester Hall, with wooden sprung dance floor, in an all encompassing venue hosting both the festival and the championship.The Porchester Hall’s classic art deco design and understated elegance make it the ideal location as the main home of the UK Tango Festival & Championship.The main hall’s grandeur and versatility have seen it play host to concerts from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse and Pink Floyd; TV broadcasts such as Monty Python’s ‘The meaning of Life’ and Channel 4’s ‘ as well as countless legendary parties.Also on site is the Duchess of York Suite, as well as the original 1929 swimming pool and Turkish Spa, which are in high demand among event organisers and participants alike.Located in central London, the Porchester Hall is within walking distance of Royal Oak, Bayswater and Queensway Tube stations.
Train Station

Train Station

This year again we are doing the first after-party on Friday night into Saturday morning (3am to 6am 27th April) inside the vaults of one of the most iconic train station in London. The music is going to be selected for us by Marcelo Rojas, of the 2×4 radio from Buenos Aires. What a perfect marriage sanctioning again the relation between Argentina and UK in railway matters. In fact, it was the British government that invested in building and developing the first railway network in Argentina. That’s why some of the stations in Buenos Aires still bear English names.
Mercia Boat

Mercia Boat

Our second Afterparty will be taking place on Saturday night into Sunday morning - 3am to 7am, sailing the Thames on ''The Mercia". Dj. Konrad Krynski from Poland will delight us during 4 hours with his great selection of Tangos --- The boat will sail from Crown pier, will stop once at 5am to let people off, and will continue sailing the Thames until 7am. For festival platinum passes the entry is included. For festival golden passes and competitors there is an additional fee of £8. For people without passes the entry is £16. Since capacity is limited to 160, if you are thinking of attending this afterparty we advise you to either buy the platinum pass or reserve the ticket with the organisers before going to the boat.
  • Porchester Hall,
    45 Porchester Road, London, W25HS

  • 26-28 April, 2019

  • 450 Spaces Available
    Tickets sale open on January 2019

4:15pm to 5:35pm MAIN ENTRANCE

COMPETING COUPLES' REGISTRATION

Competing couples’ registration and ID checks

5:45 pm Porchester Hall

GENERAL PUBLIC

Doors Open to the general public

6:00pm to 8:30pm Porchester Hall

Championship

Championship Stage & Pista categories

8:30pm to 2:30am Porchester Hall

Gala Milonga

DJ: Andrea Dedó

Late evening Porchester Hall

Performance

Performance by Aldana Silveyra & Diego Ortega

3am to 6am After Party at Iconic Train Station

DJ: Marcelo Rojas

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Workshops with Maestros

Workshops will take place late morning/afternoon

2:30pm to 6:00pm Porchester Hall

Afternoon Milonga

Open for dancers. DJ: Benjamin Lee

5:45pm Porchester Hall

Doors open to the general public

6:00pm to 8pm Porchester Hall

Championship

Championship semi-final

8:00pm to 2:30am Porchester Hall

Gala Milonga

DJ: Semeon Kukormin

Late evening Porchester Hall

Performance

Performance by Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina and Christian Marquez & Virginia Gomez

3am to 7am After party on Sailing Boat

Dj. Konrad Krynski

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Workshops with Maestros

Workshops will take place late morning/afternoon

2:30pm to 6:00pm Porchester Hall

AFTERNOON MILONGA

DJ: Marcelo Rojas

5:45pm Porchester Hall

Doors open to the general public

6:00pm to 8:00pm Porchester Hall

Championship final

8:00pm to 1:30am Porchester Hall

Gala Milonga

DJ: Daniel Tuero

Late evening Porchester Hall

Performance

Performance by Miguel Angel Zotto & Daiana Guspero

Porchester Road, London W2 5HS

LOCATION: Porchester Hall

Located in Bayswater, Paddington; Porchester Hall is within walking distance of Royal Oak, Bayswater and Queensway Tube stations which are on both the Hammersmith & City and Central Lines.

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Thanks to these amazing institutions for supporting us to host this festival & championship!

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