Los Veliz ~ Sabrina & Ruben Veliz
Los Veliz are a recognized couple worldwide as true masters of tango for their experience and unparalleled style.
For 13 years, Sabrina and Ruben have participated in the most prestigious tango festivals around the world as teachers and performers. During 2008, they toured China with their show Radio Latina, covering six cities including Shanghai. The same year they toured Japan with the Momoco Aida orchestra and debuted their show “Abrazame” at the Menton Tango Festival in France and toured Holland with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta presenting their choreography “Last Round.”
In 2014, Ruben wrote his book “Secretos del abrazo,” detailing the techniques they developed teaching tango. The book is available in Spanish, English, Russian and Italian.
In 2015 and 2018, Ruben was tango stage ́s adjudicator in the final round of the Argentinian Tango World Championship.
As choreographers, they created “Recuperado” in 2015, “A nuestro hijo” in 2014, “Al Sur del Sur” for River North Chicago Dance Company in 2011, "Dramatic Tango” in 2010, on tour in Japan, "Tangos Corazonicos” during 2009 in Buenos Aires, and also they created and directed “Tango on stage” on tour in USA, and their last show "Descarnados" in 2018.
Carina Lucca & Leo Mosqueda
Carina and Leonardo have been dancing and teaching tango and folklore professionally for 20 years. They have an extensive background in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance.
As previous members of some of the most important Argentine companies, they have shared the stage with renowned musicians such as Mariano Mores, Rodolfo Mederos and his Orquesta Tipica, Raul Carnota, Franco Luciani and Facundo Guevara, among others.
Carina and Leo have been living in Frankfurt where they founded “Tango Rojo” tango school. They have also participated in international Tango festivals in Mallorca, Nice, Alicante, San Sebastian, Seville, Sada, Porto, and Lugo.
Giselle Gatica-Lujàn & Roque Castellano
Giselle and Roque are a young and talented couple of dancers, with an intense artistic trajectory. Both of Argentinian origin, they took their first steps in dance at a very early age, completing their training and beginning their professional activity in Buenos Aires.
They developed a personal style that preserves the typical forms of the milongas tango while, at the same time, adds elements of the new tango. Their style is pure elegance, dynamic and slow-paced. It reflects a heartfelt hug that translates the movement into the attentiveness of their feet.
In 2006 they moved to Spain, where they currently live. Between 2010 and 2012 they lived in Germany, where worked for a tango dance academy giving classes in different cities of the country.
Thanks to their sense of art and skills in teaching they have been present in several theatres, milongas and festivals in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Swizerland, Austria, Finland and Portugal.
Their educational methodology transmits the importance of being sensitive to music, the hug, the partner, the step and the space. Their teaching method focuses mainly on improvisation, projection and musicality, which become characteristic elements by means of which their students can elaborate a personal and passionate dance style.
Selva Mastroti & Marcelo Ramer
Selva and Marcelo started their artistic training with Argentine folk dance and classical dance. They discovered Argentine Tango during adolescence in Buenos Aires and learned with many masters who have taught them, above all, the love and respect for this dance.
Being a couple for 14 years, they have worked for companies and festivals and have never stopped studying to perfect their style. Selva and Marcelo have been living in Turin since 2012 where they founded the renowned school of Argentine tango “Proyecto Gricel ASD”.
As dancers, their improvisation style combines freshness, spontaneity and simplicity. As teachers, their generous and well-structured teaching style makes the learning journey for the student easier, funnier and richer in content. Starting from the deepest roots of Tango, they go through all its facets of basic techniques to both simple and complex movements without neglecting the musicality in the dance and harmony in the couple.
Javier Cura is an Argentine-American multidisciplinary artist based in Berlin. After completing a Master in Modern Literature at Buenos Aires University he dedicated himself to the Fine Arts realizing several art exhibitions of objects and sculptures. He went on to form his own shadow theatre company and has since performed, directed and created dance and theatre shows around the world. He has dedicated himself to research in anthropological and sociological areas to develop projects in social theatre in Italy, Morocco and Germany. He has taught physical theatre, contactango, and contact improv internationally including Phantastango Tango Festival (Germany), ZIP Contact Impro Festival (Italy), Alchemie Tango Festival (Prague), and at the West Coast Contact Impro Festival in San Francisco (USA). His last piece that merges tango and contact in a physical-theatre context was presented in Prague’s Dance Theatre “Farma Festival”. He has worked as a movement advisor for Sickle Cell patients in London Royal Hospital. In Berlin he has collaborated on research about expression in Contact Improvisation at the Berlin Free University. He is currently conducting the “Ecological Body” with UN Ecology researchers focused on how physical movement can become a tool for social, political and ecological transformations.
"In my workshops I search to encourage a revelation of both the individual nature of each participant (i.e. the relation to the self), and the nature of interpersonal dialogues (i.e. the relation to others). This is only possible as a reciprocated process to develop awareness of each other and our selves."
Nowadays Javier is recognized as one of the most talented teacher of contact improvisation in the world.