Nito Garcia learned tango the old-fashioned way, watching his uncle and aunt dance on a packed-earth patio in the province of Buenos Aires more than half a century ago. As a young man, he polished his skills in the dance halls of Buenos Aires in the 1950s, was a principal dancer with the orchestra of Osvaldo Pugliese, and later moved to Mar Del Plata, on the coast of Argentina, where he continued to perform and teach.
Nito met Sottile in 1973 and soon married and began dancing together. Over the past 40 years, they have become one of the most highly respected and beloved tango couples worldwide, starring in events throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Elegant and graceful, Nito & Elba continue to perform at the Esquina Carlos Gardel, one of the most highly famed tango shows in Buenos Aires, when they are not traveling.
Nito and Elba won the prestigious Lobo del Mar award in 1996 for their outstanding contribution to the arts and were presented with the "Person of the City" award in Mar del Plata, Argentina for 1997. Nito & Elba have been invited to teach at the CITA Festival in Buenos Aires every year and are highly in demand as private coaches for professional couples in Buenos Aires.
During Nito & Elba's two visits to Philadelphia in August 2014 and August 2015, respectively, pretty much every single person who met them fell in love with them.
On the Saturday night of our festival, we will honor Nito & Elba with an homenaje, a homage, in recognition of their decades of excellence as tango performers and teachers.
Dancers, choreographers, and masters of Argentine Tango, Adrian and Alejandra have been a professional couple since 1998. They rapidly became one of the most recognized tango couples of our time. Their impressive performances with unparalleled expressiveness are received with enthusiasm in theaters and on stages worldwide. They have headlined many of the most acclaimed tango festivals worldwide over the past 15 years, in cities including Berlin, Rome, London, Paris, Lisbon, Athens, Istanbul, Dubai, Montreal, New York, Dallas, Boulder, Miami, Catania, and Nice, among others. Since 2002, they have also been the principal teachers at C.I.T.A. (the International Argentine Tango Congress in Buenos Aires), and in the World Dance Championships, organized by the World Dance Council.
Adrian and Alejandra teach regularly in the United States at the Fred Astaire Studios, as well as at several ballroom dance schools. Between 2003 and 2010, they were the choreographers and principal dancers in Otango, Cincotango, and Tanguisimo, tango shows that were highly successful in the United States and Europe. They have also performed with some of the most famous tango orchestras of our day, including Sexteto Mayor, Color Tango, El Arranque, Los Reyes del Tango, and Sexteto Canyengue.
As teachers, Adrian and Alejandra are known for their immense professionalism, richness of technical detail, and impeccable methodology. Based in Buenos Aires, they are super representatives of the new generation of tango dancers. Since 2012, they have served as judges at the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires.
Octavio Fernandez's passion for Tango started when he was a teenager, inside a family atmosphere where Tango, Folklore and Rock 'n Roll were an everyday occurrence. Rodolfo Dinzel and Mauricio Seifert guided his first years of Tango.
In 2007, with his partner Carla Espinoza, gets the 3rd place at the "World Tango Salon Championship". That same year starts working, as a professional dancer, at "Sensaciones de Tango", the Tango Show of the famous Cafe Tortoni of Bs. As., where he is still an active member of the artists staff. In the year of 2009 he was called, together with Corina Herrera, to join "Tango X2", the renowned company of Miguel Angel Zotto, performing a Show at the International Festival "LatinoAmericando" in Milan, Italy.
As a teacher and dancer he has been asked to participate in various festivals around the world: "Tango en Punta"(Uruguay), "Santiago Maraton"(Chile), "Campeonato Mundial de Tango" as a Jury(Colombia), "Edinburgh Tango Festival"(Scotland), "Ankara Tango Carnaval"(Turkey), "Tango Malevaje"(Denmark), "Soul Tango Festival"(Korea), "Roma Tango Festival""Zucca Tango Festival"Rosso Tango Festival"Apulia Tango Festival"(Italy), among others. He has participated at the shooting of the Argentinian film, "Fermin, Glorias de Tango" and at musical video clip, of the italian rock band Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti, for his song "La faccia della Luna".
His passion and interest for Tango music, led him to be one of the most recognised Djs of the moment. For the last 6 years he co-organised "El Yeite Tango Club", one of the best and most well-attended milongas in Buenos Aires. He is also responsible, together with Lucas Molina Gazcon, Andres Molina and Martin Bel, for the "Yeite Tango Festival", where teachers, dancers and musicians are calledl for an entire weekend of tango activities for the public.
Elegant, but full of freshness, his dance was created thanks to hours and hours of dancing in the milongas porteñas. The influence of great contemporary tango masters and dancers, as well as the essence of the old "Milongueros" are embodied in every step he takes on a dance floor.
Carla Marano belongs to a generation of dancers that helped transform tango from a popular dance form with virtually no pedagogy, into a highly-sophisticated, deeply-understood art form. This was accomplished through many years of penetrating investigation into its movement technique, technical language and musical interpretation. Carla was an essential part of this investigative process, which has fueled the evolution of the dance, and its explosive popularity worldwide.
Over the years, Carla has devised her own didactic method based on her unique approach to the dance, a system which she has been able to share with colleagues from different generations and styles. She gave courses in different academic institutions, organizations and special events in Buenos Aires, such as La Viruta, CITA, and Festivals of the City Government of Buenos Aires, among others. Since 2013 she runs the popular investigation space ‘La Propuesta' with Octavio Fernandez in La Viruta and El Juvenil.
Marcelo “El Chino” Gutierrez is one of that unique and lucky generation of tango professionals/dancers that “came of age” in an era where tango came to a crossroads and renewed itself in the 2000’s.
He benefited both from being able to study with such old school masters as the Dinzels, Nito and Elba, the Rivarolas, Teresa Fernández (Todaro system) and Victor Arne; and from being part of the tango revolution that started with Gustavo Naveira and came to be known as Tango Nuevo.
What tango is today, in 2016, is a mix of these two: the old and the new; the old understood better thru the new; the new reaching back to the old for tradition; the old reaching forward to the new for inspiration; the old and the new intertwined and made stronger through these interactions and for mutual respect. The best tango professionals of today understand, dance and teach tango based on this dichotomy.
El Chino started studying tango in 1998. He studied dance and choreography at IUNA (Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte – Buenos Aires) where he received professional training in choreography, Russian and French classical dance, modern dance, jazz and yoga. For the past 10 years he has worked on developing and perfecting the teaching system he has become so well known and respected for; a system focusing on stability, groundedness, comfort, natural body movement, core leading, and organic leading and following. Just a few classes with him can drastically improve your dancing and change your entire outlook on tango.