26 FEB & 30 APR
Giraldo is one of the UK's top Argentine Tango Dancers, who together with his partner Mina, runs the popular Corrientes Social Club in Chalk Farm. Since establishing themselves in London in the late 90s, they have worked extensively as dancers and teachers, while also touring and performing in some of the best theatres across the country and internationally.
Performances include BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, the English National Opera’s production of Carmen, directed by The Tango Lesson’s Sally Potter, and Midnight Tango with Strictly stars Vincent and Flavia.
Giraldo believes that dance has the power to change lives. Sharing his knowledge is not only about passing on Tango legacies and traditions, but is also about witnessing people transforming from shy dance aficionados to confident, proud Tangueros, making every effort that he and Mina put into their Tango classes worthwhile.
12 & 26 MAR
Los Ocampo are Mónica Romero and Omar Ocampo, a partnership of over 39 years made up of performing, teaching and sharing Argentine Tango and Folklore around the world.
They began dancing at an early age, meeting when they were dancers in the Carlos Copes Tango Company in Buenos Aires and later becoming a stage couple and marrying in 1984. Their performances include shows with the famous Mariano Mores orchestra, Tango Pasión with the renowned Sexteto Mayor, and Tango Bravo.
Mónica and Omar are much sought after as coaches and have trained and choreographed for celebrities and professionals of Tango, as well as Latin & Ballroom and Folkloric. Their motto is “dancing around the world”, which they do with great verve and generosity, good humour and their approachable nature.
Ivan is one of London's best known tango teachers, and is the organizer of Negracha Tango Club. This popular milonga, which has been a mainstay of the London Tango scene for many years, is held on Friday nights at The Dilly Hotel in central London. Ivan also holds a Wednesday night milonga at the Kingston Workmen’s Club in Kingston upon Thames.
Ivan comes from a tradition of Argentine milongueros and is passionate about sharing his extensive knowledge and love for tango. His focus is on authentic improvised tango that can be danced socially, anywhere in the world.
Diego is a Tango teacher, actor and theatre director with an experience of more than 25 years, within Argentina and internationally.
Along with his partner Zoraida Fontclara, he created El Abrazo Tango Club, the first matinee (afternoon) milonga in Buenos Aires, initially at the famous Confitería La Ideal and currently at El Beso.
As a teacher, Diego believes in helping dancers to understand the structure of the movement in order to support their improvisation and personal creation, allowing each dancer to think and feel with the other, making their two bodies as one within the music.
Pablo Nievas & Florencia Fraschina
From an early age, Pablo learned to dance Tango, Waltz and Milonga with his family in Argentina. As was traditional, he first learned the follower’s role, which, as his grandfather explained, was essential in order to be able to guide a woman.
As he grew up, tango became more and more important in his life and he took classes with different Golden Age milongueros, including Rodolfo and Maria Cieri, and Pepito Avellaneda, “The King of the Milonga”, whom he assisted in class. Over his 35 years of Tango experience, Pablo has taught classes all over the world and is recognised worldwide for his own teaching methods and practices.
We would also like to welcome to Pavadita Pablo’s partner, Florencia Fraschina. Like Pablo, Florencia’s first experience of Tango was from an early age, watching her grandparents dance. She went on to learn Tango in Buenos Aires, with renowned teachers Raúl Bravo and Rodolfo ‘Cacho’ Dinzel. She performed at many of the Tango shows in Buenos Aires with well known orchestras and singers. After establishing herself in Tango, Florencia developed her artistic skills, with her work being exhibited in Argentina and abroad.
© Andreea Vaidean | Photography
Amanda (Tango DJ)
We are delighted to welcome Amanda to Pavadita to DJ for us for the first time.
Amanda has been a Tango DJ (TDJ) for 8 years, mostly in South London at Tango South London (TSL) and Tango 178. She has also DJ'd at Leigh Tango in Essex, Tango Heat and Milonga Los Amigos in Tooting.
Amanda plays mostly Golden Age Tangos (roughly from the mid1930s to mid-1950s) but also traditional Tangos from the Guardia Vieja, the Old Guard of the first generation of tango musicians.