2012 Seoul Tango Festival - Maestros

Miguel Angel Zotto y Florencia Roldan

Miguel Angel Zotto is a living legend of tango. His dance career spans three decades. He was in the original cast of "Tango Argentino", the hugely-popular international tango show which led the worldwide revival of tango. His partnership with Milena Plebs is one of the most celebrated in tango history. In 1988 they founded the tango company "Tango x 2", which is still one of the premiere tango dance companies in the world today. He has choreographed many classic tango shows over the years, including "Tango x 2," "Perfumes de Tango," and "Una Noche de Tango," and has brought these shows to every corner of the world.

Miguel's accomplishments and accolades are simply too long to be listed here, for a more detailed biography please refer to his website: ZottoTango.com.

** Daiana, Miguel's current partner, will not be able to come to Seoul because she just gave birth to twin daughters. We regret that she will not be able to join us in May, but we are very happy for Miguel and Daiana's family. **

Website: ZottoTango.com, Tangox2.com

< Gallo Ciego by Miguel Angel Zotto y Daiana Guspero, 2009 >

Javier Rodriguez y Virginia Pandolfi

Javier Rodriguez has been touring extensively in Europe and Asia since 1988 and he is one of the most sought after dancers and teachers in international festivals and workshops. He is known not only for his elegance, precision and musicality, but also for his pedagogy, which came as a result of his passion and respect to the traditions of Argentine tango.

In an interview in "La Milonga", Javier was referred to as a "young" old milonguero - a dancer with the heart of an old milonguero in a young person's body. Although the tango has evolved through the years, Javier remains dedicated to the tango that he has known and come to love - the tango that emphasizes embrace, walking, music, feeling, and the traditional codigas of the milongas.

Website: Javier's Facebook page

Virginia Pandolfi, recognized in the world of tango, not only for her talent as a dancer, but also for her abilities as a teacher, is also an authentic “milonguera” and shown to have a dance smart, sensual, authentic, and highly skilled musical.

Born in the city of Cordoba, began her first steps in tango with local teachers, and soon after she settled in Buenos Aires where she was quickly inserted in the work circuit of the artistic environment.

Her beginnings were influenced by a training linked to stage tango, but over time the course of her career was strongly going towards an improvisation dance, salon and milonguero style. Her dance today is the result of a road made up of two basic ingredients; love to dance and the desire to work. In her role as teacher, her classes are the space to understand tango with these two axes as the basic principles for the learning path.

Website: VirginiaPandolfi.com

< Javier Rodriguez & Virginia Pandolfi in Istanbul, 2012 >

Christian Marquez y Virginia Gomez "Los Totis"

Christian and Virginia are a couple united by their passion for tango. They stand out for their strength, maturity, and distinct style of tango.

Their partnership began in 1996. They started training with renowned maestros and gained their first professional experience in 1997. Since then they have participated in many major national and international shows such as "Los tangos de la Cábala," "Piazzolla Tango, "Copes Tango Copes," and "O'Tango." In 2002 they started touring Europe and Asia for festivals and workshops.

They were the main couple featured in the music video "Diferente" by Gotan Project (2006). For two years in a row they participated in one of the most important tango festivals of Buenos Aires, CITA. They are currently dancers of the company "O'Tango" and "Corporacion Tango".

They give regular classes in Buenos Aires to transmit their knowledge to a new generation of tango dancers. Their dance is characterized by accuracy and quality of movement, with the goal of preserving the elegance and essence of pure tango.

Website: Christian's Facebook page

< Christian Marquez y Virginia Gomez, 2011 >

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< 2011 Seoul Tango Festival - Grand Milonga >