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STS Festival
2013 Maestros
"You must first connect with your partner. Then together as one, connect to the music."
Javier Rodriguez

Nito and Elba Garcia

Elegant and graceful, Nito and Elba Garcia are two of the most beloved and respected tango dancers, well into their sixth decade of dancing, who have toured the world as ambassadors of tango. Elba was born in Junin, Buenos Aires and Nito in Buenos Aires Province.

Nito started his professional career by winning fifteen consecutive dancing contests from 1955 to1965. In 1966 he performed with Osvaldo Pugliese in Cielo de Barrilete at the Marconi Theatre. Since the early 1990s Nito and his partner Elba have been guest performers and teachers in established tango festivals throughout the United States - from San Francisco, Los Angeles & New York, to Texas, Las Vegas and Hawaii. Plus Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Jamaica.

When in Buenos Aires, they perform regularly in the tango show at the Esquina Carlos Gardel, have been invited to teach at CITA every year and are highly in demand as private coaches for professional couples in Buenos Aires.

Nito and Elba Garcia

Nito & Elba tour to international festivals to teach the true essence of Argentine Tango and have toured extensively in the Western hemisphere, starring during events in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, England and Spain as well as in Japan, Russia and Israel. They are making their first visit to Australia with the Sydney Tango Salon Festival in 2013.

"Pancho" Martinez Pey and Lorena Ermocida

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina "Pancho" studied from the age of 13 years in Folk Dance, Malambo, Bombo and Boleadoras, Classical Ballet and Jazz. His tango masters were Héctor Falcón Tango and Susana Rojo, Juan Carlos Copes, Celia Blanco, Raul Bravo, Mingo Pugliese, Osvaldo Zotto, Rodolfo and Maria Cieri, Rodolfo Dinzel, Flask. Pancho has made numerous presentations in tango shows such as Red Ink, Café Tortoni and La Cumparsita, Supertango 97 & 99, Taste of Tango, Friends of Tango, Bizarre Tango Company, as choreographic assistant under the direction of Rodrigo "Joe" Tie, with Mora Godoy and at La Esquina Homero Manzi. In 2002 he participated in the musical directed by Omar Pacheco Tango choreographed by Mora Godoy, at the Teatro Nacional. The play won 5 awards ACE. He also participated in the film Fatal Tango directed by Carlos Copello, as a singer, actor and dancer. From 2005 to 2009, Pancho choreagraphed and toured with the dance musical Tango. In 2011 he joined the cast of the musical life Tita ... Tango Time, starring Nacha Guevara.
Since 1996 Pancho teaches Tango in Argentina and countries around the world. He has danced with many of the most famous tangueras, such as Maria Nieves and Milena Plebs. For the past two years, he has partnered with Lorena Ermocida and they are creating their own tango magic.

Pancho and Lorena

Lorena Ermocida graduated from the Academy of Classical and Contemporary Dance, and devoted herself to the study of the Argentine Tango with teachers like Gloria and Eduardo Arquimbau, Gustavo Naveira and Olga Besio, Mingo and Esther Pugliese, Antonio Todaro, among others. She has worked as a dancer and teacher in the Gallery of Tango Argentino, has participated in several documentaries and films like Evita. She has worked as a choreographer and dancer in various programmes, such as the Gotan project with Juan Carlos Copes; and Tango x 2 in 1995 and 1996. With her partner Osvaldo Zotto, she worked with the famous singer Julio Iglesias from 1999 to 2008 and has performed in festivals and major theaters around the world including the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Luna Park, Bs, l 'Opéra de Paris, among others.
She has worked in Europe, the U.S., Canada and Switzerland and participated as guest of honor at the 2010 Festival of Florianópolis. Lorena won the Massine Positano Prize for her contributions to tango and has for several years participated as a judge at the World Tango Championships of Buenos Aires.

Sebastián Missé and Andrea Reyero

Sebastián and Andrea have danced together for the past sixteen years and express with passion, tradition and innovation an elegant and precise style of dance, characterised by great virtuosity, being acclaimed as true tango dancers both by the “Milongueros” as well as the general public. They have danced in many milongas of Buenos Aires and in many theatres and international festivals around the world and for the past 10 years have managed and produced the SMARTANGO company in Paris, one of the most important and recognised Tango Argentine schools in Europe

Andrea has danced from the age of six years old, when she discovered the Argentine folkloric dances, through her grandfather. She danced with the Ballet del Trebol in the province of Santa Fé- Argentine and travelled with this ballet worldwide to dance in many international festivals. (Italy, Spain, U.S., Israel, Argentina). She graduated as professor of Argentine dances from the national Ruanova school in Buenos Aires and has performed with the milongueros, especially those of the district of Villa Urquiza.

Sebastian & Andrea

Sebastián comes from a family of famous and recognized dancers of tango with a tradition which dates from more than twenty years (Andrea, Gabriel & Stella Missé are tango dancers and Mariana a bandonéon player). They discovered the tango world in the milongas of Buenos Aires at a very early age, at eight years old, where the best dancers from the golden age of tango transmitted their tango heritage to them. Their first teacher was Carlos Rivarola. Sebastián then learnt with the famous Zotto brothers (Miguel Angel & Osvaldo) and the master Antonio Todaro.

Joaquín Amenábar

Joaquín Amenábar plays Bandoneón as a soloist as well as with his tango orchestra "Orquesta Típica de la Guardia Vieja". He has danced tango since 1994 and has combined both disciplines to create an absolutely unique and practical method for teaching tango music to dancers without musical education.

His method doesn't use any technical musical language but allows the dancers to learn and incorporate into their dance all the different rhythmic units of tango music, from the simplest to the most complicated and dancers of all levels can improve their musicality while dancing tango. For advanced dancers and teachers, Joaquin has formulated courses of Tango's form and structure including syncopation, off-beat and irregular structures.

Joaquín Amenábar

Joaquín has taught and played in concerts in Europe, USA, Istanbul, Australia and New Zealand. He has also published his book and DVD "Tango: Let's dance to the music!" which combines explanations, graphics, audio exercises and videos.

See Joaquín's website here