UPDATE 3/20/15: We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of a performance by dancers from BalletX, Philadelphia's premier contemporary ballet company, at the opening milonga of the festival, on Thursday, May 28. For more information, please click here.
To celebrate the fifth year of the Philadelphia International Tango Festival, we are honored, humbled and extremely pleased to be able to bring Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne to Philadelphia for the first time. Gustavo & Giselle are the teachers of teachers. Almost every professional tango dancer that we have brought to the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School over the past seven years, credits Gustavo & Giselle with having had a formative and profound influence on his/her dance.
If you want to move forward with your dance, there is no better way than taking Gustavo & Giselle's 12-Hour-Seminar on "Rhythm, Phrasing and Musicality" during the festival. I am speaking honestly and from personal experience when I call it life-changing. The seminar must be completed in its entirety and requires a partner. More information here.
Since not everyone will be able to take the seminar, we are excited to be offering many additional workshops for beginner, intermediate and advanced dancers. These will be taught by a phenomenal and passionate festival staff:
** Nick Jones & Diana Cruz (Denver/Paraguay)
Almost all activities this year will take place in one large, gorgeous venue, Christ Church Neighborhood House, in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia. Neighborhood House offers space for two large workshops to take place simultaneously. The dance floor during the milongas will be approximately twice as big as last year, and we will have a huge overflow room as well!!!
I get goose bumps thinking about the line-up of DJs for four milongas, one late-night milonga, and three afternoon practicas. They include:
** Avik Basu
And as a last super-special highlight to the festival, Gustavo & Giselle will present their famous lecture, "The Unfathomable History of Tango Dancing," for the very first time on the East Coast of the US. Those of us who love tango simply can't miss the chance to learn about its origins and evolution from some of the foremost dancers/historians of all time.
All in all, there is no doubt that it is going to be our best festival yet. Please check out the links at left for complete info on all aspects of the festival.
Registration is now open, with special Early-Bird pricing offered on a number of passes and items through April 1.
I look forward to seeing everyone for a stupendous extended weekend of dancing, learning, and connecting with old and new friends.