UK TANGO FESTIVAL / Celebration & CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
26-27-28 April, London
MILONGAS IN PORCHESTER HALL5 Milongas in the stunning Porchester Hall, with wooden sprung dance floor, in an all encompassing venue hosting both the festival and the championship. 25 hours of pure social dancing with people from all over the world. Plus 1 after milonga parties from 3 am to 6 am in an amazing iconic venue.
COMPETITORS' COACHESWe are delighted to announce coaching and feedback for the competitors with the Maestros Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina (They will be doing a 2 hours seminar only for contestants before the semi-finals)
WORKSHOPS WITH MAESTROS8 Maestros will be teaching a range of workshops throughout the festival and will also perform over the three nights.
Judges, Performers and Coaches of our last festival
Fabian Peralta & Josefina BermudezJudges & Performers
Fabián Peralta started studying tango with the great master Mingo Pugliese at the age of 23. He regularly performs at the major tango houses of Buenos Aires and around the world: Casa Blanca, La Ventana, Michelangelo, El Viejo Almacén, Taconeando, Esquina Homero Manzzi, Esquina Carlos Gardel, among others. He also created and directed the prestigious tango show “Corporation Tango”; and was part of the best tango companies in the world. For the past five years, Fabián has been teaching at the prestigious school “Carlos Copello”, and in the most prestigious tango festivals around the world. He took part in renowned international festivals (Australia, Germany, Holland, Italy, Turkey, Spain) where he led workshops. His passion for tango was crowned in 2006 where he became the world champion of tango salon. Fabián Peralta and Josefina Bermudez have a long-standing experience of dancing together and present a distinctive tango style which is classical and based on techniques of tango salon.
Noelia Hurtado & Carlitos EspinozaJudges & Performers
Carlitos Espinoza is a dynamic young milonguero style dancer who has been dancing for the last eighteen years in Argentina and Chile and has instructed at over 100 festivals and workshops in Europe and South America. One of his first tango teacher was Carlos Malone and Sergio Natario, who taught him the importance of walking. In 1998 Carlitos began teaching in Argentina and Chile and in 2001, in Europe. Since 2004 he has taught in Europe almost full-time. When he is not touring, Carlitos resides in Santiago, Chile where he instructs group classes and gives private classes to advanced students. His teaching works on multiple levels, simultaneously developing technique and mechanics while challenging students’ interior landscape, and their process of conceptualizing when they lead or follow. Dancing in authentic close-embrace milonguero style tango, his personal dance style is characterized by a combination of dynamism, musicality, energy, precision, and a very grounded and elegant walk. More info
Horacio Godoy & Cecilia BerraJudges & Performers
Horacio Godoy is a renowned and established Tango dancer, teacher, producer, choreographer and Tango DJ. He started his Tango career in 1991 and worked in the most prestigious tango clubs of Buenos Aires. He is also known as the founder and director of one of the largest and most famous tango venues today in Argentina, “La Viruta”. He has been part of many famous tango companies, such as Forever Tango, Tango Argentino, Tanguera and Chantecler Tango. With Tango Argentino he has participated in their spectacular company’s closing show staged in the center of Buenos Aires in front of 20,000 people. Horacio has been travelling the world, teaching Tango, performing in over 38 countries, participating in over 100 international festivals and DJing at the best Milongas in Buenos Aires. He has produced two Tango CDs (“Ojos de Tango and “Esteban Morgado”) and is currently working on the third one. Horacio’s teaching methodology focuses on musicality and dynamics and his dance is extremely engaging, expressive and rhythmical. More info
Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania ColinaCompetitors 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.
DJs of our last festival
Andrea Dedò is the artistic director of the International L’Aquila Tango Marathon & Festival, www.laquilatangofestival.com, as well as the creator and director of the Italian Tango magazine “El Tanguero” www.eltanguero.it, From 2009 is the resident DJ of the “Milonga di Camila” (Italy).
Alberto (Beto) Ortiz is an Argentinian who has lived in London for the last eight years. After starting as the DJ at his own Tea Dance, Beto became so popular that he is now invited regularly to DJ at the best local milongas in London, including Corrientes Social Club, Tango The Light, Negracha, Carablanca, Tango Etnia … also in Mallorca Tango Festival in Spain ... Beto is a traditional DJ who selects the best tangos of the golden age of the tango and arranges them in tandas with cortinas.
LOCATION: Porchester Hall