Teachers


Index – alphabetical by first name

Angel Figueroa

Austin City Dance Club
Facebook

bandoneon - go to index

Daniel Dávila

Daniel Davila

Daniel has been a consummate dancer of many classical styles, and a professional Classical and Jazz musician who excels in musicality.

bandoneon - go to index

David Phillips

David Phillips
I specialize in working with fresh leaders, followers who want to learn leading, and advanced dancers who want to experiment.

I feel happy and grateful that I “grew up” as a tanguero in the Austin tango community. The wonderfully warm and diverse center of South American culture at Esquina Tango. The amazing Daniela Arcuri, our master teacher with knowledge as broad and deep as the Río Paraná. Stephen Shortnacy’s support and collaboration.

The fellow students, the old guard tangeros y tangueras, the delightful partners with a nice little compliment just when it was needed. Thank you, Austin. Thank you, Tango.

I enjoy the great benefit of studying with Austin’s top teachers, our wonderful visiting teachers, and in workshops around the United States, and in Colombia and Buenos Aires, seeking to learn tango and best practices for teaching and practicing.

What I may be able to give back to the tango community is a feeling for tango teaching – and learning – as a process that we can explore and improve, much as we seek to explore and improve what is tango for us.

I share in different web places my ideas about tango and teaching, learning, and practicing:
Tango Tribe – the teaching place
Tango Tribe on Facebook
Austin Tango Lab – Facebook thoughts on learning

bandoneon - go to index

Go Dance Studio

Go Dance Studio

bandoneon - go to index

Gustavo Simplis

EsquinaTango
Private instruction
Facebook

bandoneon - go to index

Juan Carlos y Alicia Suarez

​Juan Carlos & Alicia Suarez​

bandoneon - go to index

Juan Marcos

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.

bandoneon - go to index

Mardi Brown

bandoneon - go to index

Mari Johnson

Mari Johnson

bandoneon - go to index

Mauro Peralta

Mauro Peralta
Facebook

Mauro Peralta
Mauro Peralta
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.

bandoneon - go to index

Monica Caivano

EsquinaTango
Private instruction
Facebook

bandoneon - go to index

Ricardo

Campbell and Ricardo
Campbell and Ricardo
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)
Facebook

bandoneon - go to index

Stephen Shortnacy

Instructor Stephen ShortnacyArgentine 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.

bandoneon - go to index

Stewart Yaros

Stewart YarosStewart Yaros started his dance training in Miami, Florida as a ballet dancer at the Martha Mahr School of Ballet. He went on to study at New York City Ballet School (SAB) and at the American Ballet Theatre School (ABT) on scholarship. He then became a member of the Basel Ballet in Switzerland and afterwards, he became a member of the Boston Ballet.

Stewart then became a professional ten dancer, which means that he competed in both International Standard Ballroom and International Latin. He has teaching credentials from the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) in International Standard (Licentiate) and International Latin (Associate) where he received Highly Commended.

Stewart received first place for his choreography in one of the largest Ballroom competitions in the United States and he continues to do choreography today. Stewart is also certified in pilates, has a black sash in tai chi, and regularly studies and practices yoga and meditation.

Stewart started Dance International in 1991, with the original intent of creating excellence in Ballroom and Latin dance with high levels of integrity in the way that the company is operated.

Stewart has spent many years studying and teaching Argentine Tango and has featured acclaimed Tangueros, Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo at the 2014 Austin Ballroom Festival who performed and taught alongside Yaros.

Dance International holds instructional and performance team classes in Argentine tango.

Stewart Yaros want everyone to feel at home and be a part of their dance family. Learn about class offerings at Dance International.

bandoneon - go to index

Vania Rey

Vania Rey
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.

bandoneon - go to index

Your source for all things Argentine Tango in and around Austin, Texas