UK TANGO FESTIVAL / Celebration & CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
26-27-28 April, London
MILONGAS IN PORCHESTER HALL7 milongas and 34 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 - 34 hours of pure social dancing with people from all over the world!
COMPETITORS' COACHESWe 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 MAESTROS8 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 GusperoJudges & Performers
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.
Christian Marquez & Virginia GomezJudges & Performers
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.
Aldana Silveyra & Diego OrtegaJudges & Performers
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.
LOCATION: Porchester Hall