FESTIVALITO " Crown Jewel of Tango sponsored by “Crown Jewel of Dancesport2019

 Spesial Guests

Los Villagra

Helena Fernandez

Classical dancer since she was 3 years old, graduated for the Royal Academy of Dance in Londres, although has experience in many styles of dance (classic ballet, jazz, ballroom dance, samba, flamenco), Helena Fernandez becomes a international dancer and choreographer of Tango many years ago after lived in Buenos Aires for a long time and had a strong preparation and experience with important international maestros (like Turco José, Carlos Gavito, Julio Balmaceda, Roberto Herrera, Jorge Dispari, Facundo Posadas, Gustavo Naveira, Jorge Torres, Jorge Firpo from other) and dancers around the world.

She participated in many tourneys around Europe and America doing show and giving many classes around this countries. Graduated in Physiotherapy specialized in neurological patients, have many courses in this area, and she use these concepts in your classes of technique for women and Tango.

Held many works with important dancers in Brazil, Buenos Aires, Europe and Asia and now is partner of the international known tango dancer Claudio Villagra.

Participated of many televisions programs in Rede Globo, choreographing for renowned actors and actresses in Brazil television. Lived and taught lessons in Argentina.

She had acted in Europe on board of MSC Música been main dancer of Tango season. In Brazil made special participations in many important shows around the country. In her international career she danced in important theaters (Leicester Square Theatre, Lotte World Theater...), performed in many milongas in Buenos Aires (Canning, Sunderland, Confeitaria Ideal, La Marshal, Gricel etc), and participated in competions in Europe, Asia, USA and Brazil, aqmong other activities. Currently performs toures, shows, and teaches workshops and classes of Tango around the world.

Masters

Marcos Questas and Ruta Maria

Marcos Questas, born and raised in Buenos Aires, and Ruta Maria, of Lithuanian / American heritage, have dedicated their life and passion to the art, education and preservation of Argentine Tango. 

Marcos, having danced since the young age of 6, learned his first tango steps from his grandfather - a true milonguero himself. Now a third generation dancer of tango, he has had an astounding career performing on the stage of famed tango houses El Viejo Almacen, Argentina Tango & Pampa, the national tango TV show Grandes Valores del Tango and was on full staff of Argentina's Presidential Committee of Entertainment performing for official presidential events and dignitaries visiting Buenos Aires. Additionally, he has also performed on stage with opera singer Julia Mignes and has produced the Las Vegas Tango Festival from 2000-2005, Tango Project I and II, LA TangoProject and choreographed for the Latin Grammys. Now expanding his passion into directing other concepts, films and mediums Marcos can be found creating and leading companies and productions onto a new artistic path. 

Ruta Maria, a distinguished dancer in the dance world, “literally fell" into classical ballet, graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, she is more graceful on the floor these days, having danced and choreographed for many renowned companies as a principle dancer including: Nevada Ballet Theater, Bolshoi's 1st International Exchange, Jacksonville Ballet, Ballet West and Cirque du Soleil's Mystere. Tango entered her life and has been her only focus since. Developing into a tango artist, and an instructor, has been an rewarding and she continues to teach and spread this art with technical precision and delight. She has performed and instructed at the TangoMundo Festival, The Boulder Tango Festival, Las Vegas Tango Experience, Argentine Tango USA Championship, CITA Festival in Buenos Aires and co-produces events for dancers to enjoy. 

Together, Marcos and Ruta share a passion, drive and humor all to their own. They enjoy seeing their students dance and together continue looking for innovative ways to share, express, teach and touch people through this form. Creating the Q Method of learning Tango, is the culmination of years of refining how to teach the rich Argentine Tango via natural movement, while honoring the deeply-rooted origins and soft essence of Tango. Maestro Marcos Questas and Ruta Maria respect Tango's rich history while implementing the ever-evolving dance's new techniques. Blending their knowledge of over 30 years of Tango, its music and culture, their method unifies and guides a dancer's journey in this soulful dance.

Eleonora Kalganova

 

Eleonora Kalganova is a dance artist and teacher who focuses on exploring improvisation, flow, and communication as process and performance in Argentine tango.

Growing up in post-Soviet Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Eleonora has been fortunate to extensively study, from an early age, many different and unique forms of dance: folk, ballroom, character, historic, ballet and modern. This combination — the remarkable and rare educational experience — formed Eleonora as a very special and distinct dance artist, tango dancer and improvisor. 

After successfully completing 9 years of rigorous study, Eleonora graduated from the State Dance Academy in Tashkent and became a principal dancer with the prestigious Alisher Navoi Theater of Opera and Ballet. As a professional dancer, she gained a solid understanding of movement, anatomy, music, performance and dance composition. 

With time, Eleonora became increasingly fascinated and involved with the social aspects of Argentine tango. After years of study, with intelligence, passion, professional dedication, and her unique dance background, Eleonora started to develop a one-of-a-kind style of Argentine tango.

The joining of many disciplines and influences allows Eleonora to create and develop her own particular and unmistakable style of dancing and pedagogy. Breaking from rigidity of steps and memorization, Eleonora encourages students to develop improvisational skills through simple and dynamic techniques, achieve relaxed and released style, and most importantly, find new and liberating ways of relating, expressing, and communicating non-verbally with others. A generous, sensitive, and kind teacher, Eleonora finds the special “keys” in every student. 

Eleonora lives in both Russia and the United States. She travels extensively nationally and internationally, performing and conducting workshops. She continues to be a student of life and tango.

Tomas was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his primary interest was music. As a baby his grandmother used to sang tangos to him instead of lullabies, she was a friend of Juan D'arienzo, Anibal Troilo and was the godmother of Varela's Orchestra. She lived in the same apartment building of Astor Piazzola. 

She used to tell Tomas stories about them. He grew up loving tango music and it has been with him since he was a little boy.

He loves other music as well and spent a significant amount of time learning various musical instruments, singing, and composition.

He also dedicate himself to martial arts including Brazilian capoeira. After learning to dance tango, he started to investigate more spiritual disciplines like Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga as well as breathing and meditation techniques. His philosophy “is not what you do, is how you do it”.

Having taught in different schools of tango in Buenos Aires where they have different styles, he now aims to deliver an organic, healthy and effortless dance, creating more option and freedom for both roles.Tomas is now devoting himself to dancing and teaching all over the world. He is regularly invited to America, Europe, Asia and the Middle east. He is trying to transmit the message of how important it is to understand oneself in order to be able to give to others a good dancing experience.

Tomas Corbalan

Diego first discovered his love and passion for the Tango in 2002 when he was invited to a Milonga by a friend in his native Uruguay. 

He fell in love the Tango, and you could not keep himself off the dance floor. This love led him to explore different styles and possibilities of Tango dance during the last ten years. He has travelled to Tango Festivals all over the country and studied with many world renown instructors. Always working to improve his style; In a constant learning and research with teachers as "Chicho" Mariano Frumboli, Sebastian Arce, Gustavo Naveira, Hommer Ladas, Esteban Cortez, Omar Correa, Aoniken , Alejandra Martinian among others. 

His creativity, extraordinary musicality and interpretation have become one of the greatest Uruguayan Tango exponents. His style shows an indescribable mix of Traditional Tango, New Tango ; besides all this, Diego has been characerized in the floor for his ingenious interpretation of the Milonga genre.

To compleme his artistic training Diego has a background in Theatre at the school of Hugo Blandamuro .

Teacher:

In 2004 Diego decided tango was just too exciting to keep it all to himself, and began teaching. His approach embraces a wide range of styles that inspire a continuous exploration of the tango’s many facets. Diego is currently teaching Tango in South Florida with various different partners.

Shows:

Diego with multiple partners has worked for several Dance Companies and Entertainment productions: Enamorados del Tango in New York, Andrea Bocelli show on TV, Miami Contemporary Dance, Brasilian Carnival, Top 1 Entertainment, Tango in Motions, Dance South Florida etc. He has performed in theaters as Catarsis (Miami) "El Galpon" (Uruguay), XV International Tango Festival in Montevideo. It was special guest at the 2do. Tango Marathon in Miami as in Argentine.Chicago Festival. Festival West Palm Beach and the Uruguayan Festival in Lake Worth. Also performed shows at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Manuel Artime Theatre, Julius Littman Performing Arts Theatre, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Pembroke Pines, West Palm Beach and countless hotels and restaurants in Florida.