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Claudio Villagra

Claudio Villagra belongs to a new generation of professional dancers in Argentina, continuously exhibiting his versatility and virtuosity. He studied dance at the School of Art of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, with teachers ranging from his grandfather Hector Contrera to Aurelio Juan, Juan Carlos Copes, Virulazo, Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Gloria y Eduardo, the Dinzels, and N. Guichanduc.

Claudio has appeared on major stages of the world, including Broadway theaters, the Olympia in Paris, Luna Park, Astral and Cervantes in Buenos Aires, and the Auditorio Nacional and the Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico. He has toured throughout the U.S., Brazil, Central and South America, Switzerland, China and Japan. He also has worked with renowned orchestras like that of Osvaldo Pugliese, Mariano Mores, El Arranque, Color tango and others.

Claudio's most distinguished partners aro und the world and now is partner of the international known tango dancer Helena Fernandez.

He has been the featured dancer in such shows as Luis Bravo's Forever Tango (in 1997) and Malambo (in 2008) as well as Tango Seduccion,

Tango Argentino and Tanguera. Claudio directed and choreographed his own show, Latin Tango and now his choreography and directing his new show Tango's Heart.

Claudio representative of diverse dance institutions promoting tango throughout world. He has represented the government of Argentina in diverse events both nationally and internationally.

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.

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.

Diego Riemer 

Diego "El Pajaro" Riemer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 17, 2019. He studied marketing and communication in UBA (University of Buenos Aires) and completed a licensure in Advertising for the University of Palermo, he completed his Thesis in 1998.  His passion for tango started in 1996 learning from renowned tango Maestros as Tito Molinari, Tete Rusconi, Carlos Gavito, Jorge Firpo, Jorge Dispari, El Turco Brehmcha to mention some. He became a  multifaceted artist in dance, music, design and advertising. Afterwards gave perfection to his skills with various professional dancers.

In 2000 he leaves for Europe and settled first in Berlin and then in Lyon where as an autodidact develops his successful international career with different partners, becoming a reference and inspirer to many dancers, particularly for his creativity and musicality in tango, for his way of dancing milonga and by humor and debauchery applied to his choreography.

As a former drummer, explores the rhythms of tango, vals and milonga in a very personal style. Owner of a unique and original musical expression in his dancing and improviser for excellence, is internationally recognized and sought for his exploration of the traspié, walks and turns with enrosques and lapices, and tango with man behind the woman. Besides its elaborate technique and its pedagogy for transmitting Tango and his culture.

He has danced with Maria Plazaola, Elina Roldan, Mercedes Espinel, Victoria Vieyra, Eugenia Parrilla, Alejandra Mantinan, Sigrid Van Tibeurgh, Maria Belen Giachello, Cecilia Piccinni, Natalia Cristobal Rivé, Maria Filali, Eleonora Kalganova, Judita Zapatero and many others. 

Our philosophy is to inspire our students to enjoy the embrace and love for social tango, promoting the connection and improvisation between couples. During our more than 20 years of experience dancing and teaching Argentine Tango, we've been developing our style like a permanent laboratory, experimenting the movement of the body from the simplicity of the life. We're convinced that the Tango dance is for everybody. It Doesn't matter the age, the background or if you never danced before.
We have participated in festivals and workshops in Europe, South America, North America and Asia, obtaining differents awards (1st and 2nd places) in worldwide tango championships in Argentine and Korea.
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