Judges

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» CHRISTIAN & VIRGINIA
» JOHN & CLARISSA

Javier Rodriguez 

Javier Rodriguez, tango dancer and teacher, is one of the most recognised figures of the Argentine tango and an indisputable expert in Tango Salon style. For the past 20 years Javier has been a part of the most famous tango festivals in Argentina, Europe and Asia, where he never stopped dazzling the participants with his art of dance and pedagogy.

Javier Rodriguez has begun dancing tango when he was 18. Together with his first professional partner, Geraldine Rojas, they have quickly become one of the most sought after tango couples in the world. They have toured the globe, performing in the best theaters and working in most prestigious tango festivals.

The next stage of Javier’s professional tango career was his partnership with another prominent dancer, Andrea Misse, with whom Javier worked for 9 years until Andrea’s tragic death in 2012. Together with Andrea Javier toured throughout Europe, Asia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Chile and they continued being one of the most popular couples worldwide.

Javier’s teaching focuses on technique, posture, and elegance, emphasizing those many little important details that can polish and
perfect your dance.

 

Luna Palacios

Born in Buenos Aires, Luna Palacios is an authentic “milonguera”, tango dancer, that learnt from the best figures of the milongas of the port of Buenos Aires. She had many tango masters but from one she received all the skills and inspirations of the dance and the way of approaching tango, and that person was his friend and master, Carlos Gavito, who turned to be his mentor.
She had tango couple with many brilliant dancers and tango masters like Lucas Galera, Oliver Kolker, “El
Flaco” Dany Garcia, Horacio Britos (Pibe Avellaneda), Carlos Copello, Paulo Bidart, Jorge Pahl among others) whom she shared many performances and classes all over the world.

Luna Palacios is a sheer traveler showing and teaching, performing in and out of his country, dancing in the best milonga dance halls of Buenos Aires and in the most prestigious festivals of the tango scene.

She owns a profound passion for music and dancing. Luna Palacios is a communicative and original dancer, dedicated and is a real teacher.
Nowadays, Luna travels from Catania, Sicily. She performs in many places around the world, displaying his talent and teaching. Her intuitive style triggers emotions of the people interested in this popular dance art.

Christian Marquez & Virginia Gomez

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.

John Erban & Clarissa Sanchez Garcia

Clarissa started her ballet studies when she was 8, she graduated in the National Dance and danced classic in many of the best schools and events. Several years ago she started her preparation in Tango with Argentinean Maestros and has been travelling around the world teaching and performing since 2008.

John has an artistic career of more than 15 years of experience and have danced, other than Tango, Venezuelan Folklore and Salsa. He was taught by the most well-known Argentinean Teachers in Buenos Aires and his background in the Tango started in 2005.

Clarissa and John as a Tango Couple have participated in several festivals and Championships around the world, among their latest success in 2011 they obtained the 2nd place in the World Tango Championship in Salon Tango and 5th place in the Stage Tango category in Buenos Aires, Argentina; they achieved also the award of Best Foreign Couple of 2011.

They have danced together with the following tango companies: “Tango Caracas” in Venezuela, “Tango Libertad” in Japan and “A Puro Tango” in Colombia and in the most renowned Tango Shows in Buenos Aires as: Tango Porteno, Esquina Carlos Gardel, Madero tango and Rojo Tango in the Faena Hotel.

They have been invited to teach and perform in festivals all over the world.