Austin Tango Teachers
Index – alphabetical by first name
- Daniel Dávila
- David Phillips
- Gustavo Simplis
- Jason Laughlin
- Juan Carlos y Alicia Suarez
- Juan Marcos
- Marta Ascherio
- Mauro Peralta
- Monica Caivano
- Stephen Shortnacy
- Vania Rey
Daniel has been a consummate dancer of many classical styles, and a professional Classical and Jazz musician who excels in musicality.
At the Tango Tribe studio in Oak Hill (southwest Austin) David teaches Experienced Dancers, a Tango Technique Workout class, and a Novice to Natural two-month course to take never-ever dancers to feeling comfortable and creative at the milonga (the Argentine tango social dance party) whether leading or following, or both!
David studies not only the dance itself, but also mind-body systems (Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, NLP), and best practices for teaching, learning, and coaching. His studies of Argentine tango, both nationally and internationally, have included these specific teacher training courses:
o Tomás Howlin, Tango-Learning 1 and 2, 2014, 2015
o Minnesota Tango Teacher Camp, 2014, 2016
o DanceAbility International Teacher Certification 2015
o Caminar Abrazados International Tango Teacher Training in Saarbrücken, Germany 2016-2017
o ProDVIDA Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum with High Honors 2016-2017
Juan Carlos y Alicia Suarez
Juan Marcos has been dancing tango since the 1990s, then began teaching and DJing in 2008 (in Iowa, Oklahoma, Idaho, Texas, and Santa Fe, Argentina). He teaches milonguero style tango with special emphasis on tango embrace and musicality.
Mauro Peralta was born in Buenos Aires – a city which expresses its passion through tango. Mauro acknowledges that he first discovered tango and came to love the dance as a teenager. But watching him dance makes people wonder if the tango discovered him!
Soon after starting his rigorous tango training, he became a sought after performer and instructor. Dancers and teachers quickly recognized his natural ability to dance tango and to help students learn the intricacies of this wonderful art. Mauro has been trained by very well known teachers, including Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa, Gustavo Naveira, Chicho Fumboli, Ezequiel Paludi and Sabrina Masso, and Claudio Gonzalez and Melina Brufman.
Mauro has performed extensively throughout Buenos Aires while also teaching all levels of students the steps to become “tangueros.” He has taught at the Centro Cultural Lola Mora, the Escuela Carlos Copello, and the internationally renowned milonga La Viruta, among many others. His teaching method combines elements of classic tango with the traditional embrace. Mauro incorporates techniques from gyrotonics, pilates, and yoga, to help students develop a better sense of connection with self and partner, and to achieve the best communication through body language.
Ricardo embodies a fresh yet experienced approach to Argentine tango. His teaching emphasizes connection, creativity, improvisation, fun, friendliness, kindness, and care for ourselves and our partners. Combining influences from the dance floors of Buenos Aires and San Francisco, Ricardo’s dance is exciting yet elegant, and it is dynamic yet delightful.
Ricardo is available for private lessons, performances, and group classes (upon request). 512-739-8911 (text only)
Argentine Tango is a heart centered dance, danced heart to heart; Stephen Shortnacy teaches from the heart. Known for the musicality, dynamics, and smoothness (which earned him the “El Suave” nickname) that he brings to tango, Stephen strives to impart the techniques and elements that allow his students to find the coveted moments of tango bliss on a regular basis.
In 1998 Stephen began his studies of partner dancing, starting with social ballroom which included East & West Coast Swing, Latin and smooth. Eventually he discovered Argentine tango which quickly became his primary dance focus. As a student who transitioned from one dance form to tango, he understands the difficulties and challenges that students of other dances may face when learning tango. Stephen began teaching tango in 2007 where he specialized in teaching floor craft and training students to dance in small spaces. Over time his dancing and teaching evolved to include a more dynamic dance style and embrace which allows for more variety and improvisation. More recently Stephen has begun to perform professionally and has had the honor to share the stage with professionals from Dancing with the Stars, world renowned salsa champions, and world renowned tango performers. More information about Stephen can be found at Corazon Tanguero.
Vania is an internationally recognized teacher, performer, and DJ. Her work spans over 40 cities and counting, spread over three continents (North America, South America, Europe). In her travels she gives lessons in four languages – English, German, Spanish, and Bulgarian. Vania has repeatedly taught and DJ-ed at some of the biggest tango festivals in the US, such as Valentango and SDTF. Students describe her teaching style as analytical, with a strong emphasis on technique. A versatile instructor who is well-versed in both lead and follow roles, Vania makes sure that both leaders and followers get their fair share of instruction in class, and that people on all levels get something valuable out of every lesson. Her classes are custom tailored to the group receiving them. For her a class topic is just a direction in which to develop class, while the specific exercises and steps depend on the needs of the students in that particular class. Vania often teaches alone, and performs with either male or female partners.
Vania began dancing in Bulgaria at 9 years old, starting first with folk dances, then later adding competition ballroom and latin. While earning a bachelor degree in finance from Humboldt University in Germany, in 2000 she discovered and immersed herself in Argentine tango. Within a year, she was also taking classes as a leader. With her extensive dance background, natural talent, and quickly developed skill, she started teaching in 2002. Over the years, Vania has continued to hone her skills in the various tango styles – salon, stage, milonguero and nuevo – because she sees the beauty in each of them and believes that each style may suit different dancers. Vania returns to Buenos Aires one or more times a year for continued education – to take group and private classes with the masters, to network, and to feel the pulse of the newest trends in regards to teaching and dancing.
In her teaching Vania concentrates on the technique necessary for making tango steps easy to execute and pleasing to the partner. She pays special attention to three key areas: precision of movement, creating a comfortable embrace for leads and followers, and musicality.
Through the use of imagery and references to physics, body mechanics, and geometry, Vania accommodates different types of learners, sharing with everyone the basis for building a great connection in tango. Vania’s students value her keen eye, detailed and clear instruction, as well as her patience and kindness.
As a dancer and performer, Vania is known for her sensual elegance, exquisite musicality, amazing embrace, creativity and playfulness, all of which have made her a sought after performance partner for many teachers with various dancing styles.
After working for 10 years in New York City, Vania is currently based in Austin, Texas.
Learn more about Vania at Vania Tango.