Charlotte Rivero (Stockholm)
Charlotte är grundare av Queer Tango i Sverige. Hon startade samkönade kurser redan år 2000 och då med roll- och partnerbyten och en pedagogik med problembaserat lärande
och feministisk teoribildning som grund. Dessa kurser kopplades senare, år 2005, ihop med queer teori och utvecklades ytterligare och kallades därefter queer tango. Sedan år 2005 är kurserna mixade avseende genus/kön och sexualitet. Den första officiella queer tango kursen i Sverige gav Charlotte tillsammans med Sabine Berge 2005. Charlotte presenterade sin queer tango pedagogik under den internationella dansforskarkonferensen NOFOD i Stockholm 2006 med både paper och workshop.
Charlotte grundade år 2006 Tangoverkstan- Roller i rörelse, baserad i Stockholm, för att kunna sprida idén om queer tango och driva ett förändringsprojekt på tangoscenen. Idag erbjuds regelbundna terminskurser på alla nivåer flera gånger i veckan. Hon arrangerar sedan år 2007 Stockholm International Queer Tango Festival, den andra queertangofestivalen i världen.
Charlotte ger dessutom tangokurser/ uppvisningar/föreläsningar i övriga Sverige och utomlands t ex Ryssland, Belgien, Argentina, USA, Tyskland, England, Norge, Danmark och Finland. Hon har undervisat på Queer Tango Festivalerna i Hamburg, San Francisco, Köpenhamn och Bueons Aires.
Hennes arbete med att utveckla genus/normkritisk pedagogik för queertango har fått erkännande av officiella institutioner i Sverige.
Hon arbetar som inbjuden gästlärare med tango och queer- och genusteori på Teaterhögskolan i Malmö/ Stockholm, Dans och Cirkushögskolan (Stockholm), Högskolan för Scen och Musik (Göteborg), Sveriges kommuner och landsting samt gymnasieskolor.
Charlotte betonar musikalitet & improvisation , rörelsekvalitet, mindfulness, kontakt & kommunikation. Lekfullhet i dansen och att utforska roller utgör en viktig del: från tydliga roller, tydliga rollbyten till mer glidande/öppna/improviserade roller.
Pedagogiken är grundad i genus/queer teori, normkritiskt tänkande, problembaserat lärande och empowerment med lek och utforskande av makt/genusstrukturer i undervisningen.
Sabine Berge (Stockholm)
Sabine, ursprungligen från Tyskland, fick sina första erfarenheter som förare mycket tidigt. Hon kan båda rollerna, älskar att dansa i tät omfamning, till musiken och med energi. När det kommer en milonga gillar hon att föra! Sabine är starkt influerad av Susanna Millers undervisning i milonguerostilen. Hon har undervisat tillsammans med Charlotte Rivero vid ett flertag tillfällen sedan år 2001. Dom har undervisat/uppträtt på Stockholm Queer Tango Festival och på Stockholm Pride. Sabine är sedan länge en uppskattad instruktör och är en välkänd tangoprofil i Stockholm och runt om i världen, på internationella tangofestivaler. Hennes fokus i undervisningen är kontakt, omfamning, rörelsekvalitet, känsla och flow.
Sergio Segura (Buenos Aires/NYC)
Sergio Segura from Buenos Aires now living in New York, is a professional
performer, choreographer and a dedicated tango teacher and dancer. He is also
a producer of large-scale Argentine Tango shows and events via Sergio Segura
Tango Productions founded 2003.
In 2007, Sergio founded his dance school Strictly Tango NYC. As a teacher he
was inspired by Antonio Todaro, Raul Bravo, Juan Carlos Copes, Gloria y Eduardo
Arquimbau, Los Dinzel, Pepito Avellaneda, Miguel Zotto, Osvaldo Zotto, Rodolfo
Cieri, El Aleman, Juan Bruno, Pupy Castello, Virulazo y Elvira, among other
milongueros. He studied intensively with the Broadway stars Nelson Avila, Claudio
Villagra and Romina Levin.
Sergio has produced Tango Teaching DVDs, which have sold all over the world. As
a performer of tango, he is widely praised for his unique interpretations of tango
music using traditional techniques. He and his partner, the NYC burlesque star
Medianoche, are one of the most exciting and captivating tango couples of New
In 2009, he founded the Rainbow Tango group, offering LGBT friendly tango
classes, parties and events including milongas at the LGBT Community Center,
Splash Bar, and at several other NYC venues.
In 2010, he organized the 1st NYC International Queer Tango Festival. It was
a major event in the city featured in the New York Times and Revista VIVA of
Sergio has also collaborated with The Argentine Tango Society in several projects
for example tango shows and he leads "The Tango Preservation Project", one of
the largest video collections of tango dance videos in the world.
Rainbow Tango NYC
Ute Walter (Hamburg)
Ute Walter belongs to the first generation of European Tango teachers by gaining experiences for more than 25 years of dancing and teaching. Ute runs her own School „nuevas milongueras“ in Hamburg and works as instructor also nationwide/internationally (workshops in Switzerland, Sweden, Danmark, the Netherlands, Argentina, USA). The emphasis of her teaching is as well as her scientifical work in the relation of Tango to mindfulness, dialog and gender. She has got education and experience in several methods of mindfulness training for many years. Her passion for music and structure, her sharp analytical view are determent for her non curlicue and empathetic teaching style as well as her special didactic ability to prepare the most difficult themes.
She works furtheron with Tango and mindfulness in leadershipseminars and communicationtrainings. Ute is regulary invited with her concept by institutions of Germany like the Excellence Forum of the renowned German School Award and various important Congresses for Psychotherapy. Just started inclusive Tangoprojects for people with and without visual impairments and for people with disorders from the Autism spectrum. She created the term „queer tango“ and is one of the initiators of the queer tango movement together with Marga Nagel and Felix Feyerabend and worked for many years on building the worldwide queer tango community.
Marc Vanzwoll (Boston)
Marc Vanzwoll (Marc SFQueerTanguero) is recognized as a queer tango
resource, organizer and activist. One of his focus areas is integrating queer
and mainstream tango communities. He is passionate about Argentine
Tango, and encourages everyone to participate.
To this end, he has performed queer tango to both LGBT and mainstream
audiences, has won several queer tango dance competitions within the SF
Recently based in Boston, Marc occasionally consults and teaches at Queer
From the various tango styles that he's encountered while training, Marc values
most the tango connection, quality of movement and simplicity, follower's
technique, musicality, and floor craft. The objective when he teaches is to share
these same values with his students.
Within the last years he created the Gay Men’s Argentine Tango Classes and
Sweet Inspiration Tango in the Castro.
Marc has been hands on in developing and organizing queer tango
community projects both autonomously and involving organizations that
include Queer Tango Boston, the NYC Queer Tango Festival 2010, Queer
Tango San Francisco, and the Bay Area Argentine Tango Association.
In 2011 he served as a panelist addressing “The Relationship between
Queer Being and Queer Consciousness” at the International Queer Tango
Tobias Svenningsen (Ottawa)
Thierry Guénin, who recently settled in Ottawa. He met Tobias Svenningsen in Buenos Aires during the first Queer Tango Festival in 2007. Since, they have been dancing and teaching tango together. They were among the initiators of Oslo Tango Queer (Norway). They were also part of the first Queer tango festival in Mexico this summer. They like to focus on communication, musicality and last but not least, relaxing and having fun while dancing. In 2010, Thierry took the initiative to organise Friends, fjord and tango, the first international Queer Tango Festival in Norway.
Nancy Lavoie (Québec)
Nancy Lavoie discovered Argentine tango while teaching piano. Inspired, she pursued tango training in Montréal and went on to sharpen her skills in Québec and abroad in Buenos Aires with well-known masters, including classic tango master Pepito Avellaneda, Pupy Castillo, Carlos Gavito, Tété and Sylvia and Ramiro Gigliotti.
She also trained with nuevo tango dancers Pablo Inza, Pablo Veron and Mauricio Castro. In 2002, she became a certified Master Teacher at Tango Discovery.
In 1995, she founded L’Avenue Tango, the first school of argentine tango in Québec City.
The following year, she brought together a troop of dancers and gave her two first performances, marking the beginnings of a long series of performances. Since then, she has danced on stages worldwide with local and argentine singers and groups.
In Buenos Aires, she and Alberto Goldberg created the first group of “Tango Improv” at the origin of the Cambalache festival of Buenos Aires. She was invited to participate in the same festival in 2011, where she taught and danced Tango Ecstasy accompanied by her partner Karen Goudreault.
Nancy Lavoie also founded the first group of power tango in 2001.
Nancy is the creator of Queer Tango in Québec City 2011.
Since one year, Avenue Tango offers a Queer Tango class, where the students can learn both roles. This class is very popular and opens the doors to more gender diversity in Québec.
Cristiano Bramani (Rome)
Cristiano Bramani has a background as a classical ballet dancer.
After short period in roman ballet company he travelled to Buenos
Aires and becomes keen on Tango and latin american folk-dance.
He studies argentinian, colombian and mexican folk-dance. He
travels around Italy and Europe dancing in a colombian and
mexican folk company.
He develops his Tango travelling between Rome and Buenos Aires.
His way of dance ranges over milonguero, salon and "nuevo" and
he builds a personal and eclectic style. He started to dance as a
leader and after some time he also discovered and learned the role
of the follower.
Believing that tango offers the possibilities to express your self
freely and equally, his way of teaching focus on knowledge of both
roles. His work focus on mutual listening, sensitivity expansion and
the skill to guide and follow regardless of role, in order that each
one can express himself and his feelings in tango, in a dialogue, a
complete mutual connection.
Cristiano started teaching tango 2004. Since 2009 he is the only
one in Italy to offer regular tango queer class, in cooperation
with BALLOROMO, GLBT partner dance roman association. He is
the "Tango-queer Roma" project organizer, bringing tango queer in
most important milongas in Rome, involving promoters, teachers
and dancers of "traditional" tango channel. He is coming to the
festival with Andrea Cesarini, roman dancer and teacher, who often
join him in Tango-queer projects.
Andrea Cesarini (Rome)
From 1990 he began studying and practicing Martial Arts Tae Kwon
Do and Kung-fu. Later he attended courses in modern dance and
theater workshops. Finally he discover and arrives at the Tango
Andrea began a course of study with Ali Namazi and Eliana
Montanari and Marcelo Alvarez and Sabrina Amato. Meanwhile,
attending seminars with high-level international masters such as
Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli and
Juana Sepulveda, Javier Rodriguez and Andrea Missé, Pablo Inza
and Eugenia Parrilla, Pablo and Dana Villarraza Frigoli, Adrian and
Alejandra Hobert Veredice, Gustavo Rosas and Gisela Natoli.
The method of instruction, careful to the technical component of
class issues focused on solving problems of the individual.
Andrea is a teacher at the Center of the Argentine Tango in Rome,
working with Cristiano Bramani in the project Roma Tango Queer.
Matthew Grubler (New York)
Bronze medal USA Tango championship and Strictly Tango Co. captain.
Matt is thrilled to be a part of the School of Traditional Argentine
Tango founded by Sergio Segura. He enjoy dancing both roles and also like to perform.
The school organized NYC Queer Tango Festival 2010 where Matt performed.
Over the past few years, Matt has consistently trained in both
social and performance tango under the tutelage of Sergio Segura and
Anton Gazenbeek. He is the captain of “Strictly Tango
Dance Co”, and with the company, he accompanying famous tango starts
like Claudio Villagra, Romina Levin, Los Hermanos Macana and Nelson
Avila & Madalyn Klein. His teachers were Sergio Segura, Anton
Gazenbeek, Nelson Avila, Claudio Villagra and Romina Levin.
Currently he is continuing his devotion to the art of Tango as a
teacher at the “Strictly Tango NYC” dance school which is organizing
NYC Open Role Tangofestival 2012 in October.
NYC Open Role Tango Festival 2012
Karen Goudreault (Québec)
Karen Goudreault was initiated in power tango in 2004, and then she pursued in argentine
and nuevo tango taught by Nancy Lavoie. For some years, she improved with argentine
masters invited to Quebec and to Montreal.
To 2006 to 2009, always wanting to innovate, she launched into the circus. At the same time
and still today, she broadened artistics horizons by development of modern dance. First,
she dances for the troop of l’Avenue Tango and later she participate in several shows for
large-scale events to Quebec and Montreal such as Cirque du Soleil and Festival International
de Tango Nuevo de Montréal.
Since summer 2009, she taught alongside Nancy Lavoie and this collaboration led to the
creation of a new duo. Last december, they have been presented a choreography at the time
of Festival Cambalache of Buenos Aires.
Karen is a seasoned and passionate dancer who knows how to touch by her presence,
her creativity and her originality. She misses no opportunity to enrich her tango by
incorporating harmonious other dance styles.
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