March 8-10 2013
Workshops with Gustavo Benzecry Sabá and María Olivera
Pittsburgh Tangueros will co-sponsor workshops with the wonderful Argentine couple: Gustavo Benzecry Sabá and María Olivera. Partners in life as well as in tango, they taught classes at Salon Canning in Buenos Aires for 7 years. They now tour the world teaching an elegant, connected Salon Tango. Well-known and well-loved for their teaching style, tango communities around the States are duly impressed. Don’t miss their first visit to Pittsburgh.
Gustavo was born in Buenos Aires and raised in Palermo area. He studied literature in school, but by the end of the 1990s he came to Tango, learning from teachers who had been part of the Broadway show, “Tango Argentino.” An agile and creative dancer, Gustavo has researched and published several works, “Tango Dance Glossary – Key Tango Argentino Dance Terms,” (2004); “Embracing Tango – Techniques and Metaphors between Tango and Life,” (2006), and most recently, “Tango FAQ’s,” (2012) which answers in a very easy way 60 questions every tango dancer encounters during his journey.
Maria was born in Buenos Aires and raised in San Telmo in a family of tangueros. She first studied with Gustavo; soon after she became his assistant in class and later his partner. She studied follower’s techniques with several prestigious dancers and learned even more from milonguero Masters who taught her the emotion of the dance. Speaking English as a second language, she teaches students from all over the world, and in 2006 she translated Gustavo’s “Embracing Tango - Techniques and metaphors between tango and life,” for which she earned recognition from many English-speaking tango communities. Maria’s Instructional DVD “Techniques for followers” (2012) features 6 chapters dedicated to posture training, balance, walking, pivots and decorations.
For more information about Gustavo and María, visit their website.
“When we dance, we show our love for each other, the happiness of sharing a cozy embrace and the fantasy of a movie where the audience is an active member of the story.” ~Gustavo and Maria|
Here is a sample of their dancing:
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February 24, 2013
Technique Workshop with Carolyn Johnston
Who: all tango dancers, with focus on follower technique
What: Primary Control and "Spiraling" for Sensuous Dynamic Tango
Where: Wilkins Community Center (WSCC)
When: 6:00-7:30 pm Sunday Feb. 24
Cost: $15 at the door; no preregistration
Learn what the Primary Control is and how to cooperate with it to
access your axis. Explore how spiraling is an essential element for:
Using the Alexander Technique hands-on skill, Carolyn will help
students apply these techniques to as many follower tango
movements as possible. This information is also useful to leads who want to have
better communication with their partner.
- stability and beautiful articulate feet
- flexibility and freedom in the leg joints and spine
- a supported, supple, dynamically connected embrace
November 11, 12, 13 2011
Workshop with Tomas Howlin and Carrie Whipple
The Pittsburgh tango community is thrilled to have guest instructors Tomas Howlin (Montreal/BsAs) and Carrie Whipple (Portland) for a weekend workshop in Argentine Tango.
A professional Argentine Tango dancer, performer, and teacher with 20 years’ experience, Tomas Howlin is steeped in the traditional aesthetic that has characterized the elegance of tango for the past 60 years. A native of Buenos Aires, his career began in well-known tango clubs of Buenos Aires, when tango was resurging from a long sleep after the Golden Age of Tango. His most influential teachers were Ernesto Pupi Castello, Jose Brahemcha, Gustavo Naveira, Graciela Gonzalez, and Pepe Avellaneda.
A patient and dedicated teacher, Tomas’ unique method is grounded in his Argentine cultural roots. His students have described Tomas as an inspiring teacher who makes tango accessible in a continually renewing way. Tomas offers a portal to traditional tango to the contemporary tango community. He approaches students with gentle humor, engaging them in the process of discovering the seemingly ungraspable tango. His classes are in high demand at festivals throughout North America and Europe. Tomas is a regular guest instructor at Studio Tango Montreal, and he teaches fluently in Spanish, English, and French. More about Tomas at http://www.tomashowlin.com/
Tomas is a beautiful dancer with a broad range:
One of Carrie’s first memories (at 3) is a steep climb up a dim, sawdusty-smelling staircase to “Pre-Ballet for Pre-Schoolers,”
She began her teaching career during high school — a complete disaster in a small basement room with 12 nine-year olds wearing tap shoes.
Carrie has long since closed the gap between being a good dancer and being a good dance teacher.
After a three-year apprenticeship with Alex Krebs (Tango Barrio, Portland), Carrie began her full time professional tango career,
teaching and/or performing with several of the most talented dancers in North America,
including Tomas Howlin, Homer Ladas, Robin Thomas, J. Abling, and Jaimes Friedgen.
In addition to Portland, Carrie has taught in Seattle, New York, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, and Vancouver BC.
More about Carrie at http://www.carriechelsea.com/tango.shtml
October 29-30-31 2010
Halloween Tango Weekend with Maximiliano Gluzman
Halloween Milonga Saturday October 30, 9:30 til ?
A porteno dancer who proudly continues the traditions of the social
dance of Buenos Aires, Maxi
his first tangos as a child, bought his first tango record at 14, and
began intensive study of the dance in 1997. Maxi’s tango is a
dance of personal identity. Through intensive study with living
masters as well as research on the social tango of the old masters,
he has inherited both the inventiveness and the traditions of his
Maxi has spent endless hours dancing in the milongas of Buenos Aires, but
he also embraces teaching. One of the primary organizers of the
International Milonguero Meeting in Buenos Aires in 2007, Maxi has
been teaching continuously since 2005, in Argentina, Europe, and
More on Maxi:
DIRECTIONS TO WSCC
Wilkins School Community Center in Regent Square, 7604 Charleston Ave, 15218.
From Parkway East 376, exit Edgewood/Swissvale, then travel north
two blocks on Braddock Ave. Turn left on Sanders, left on Milton,
and left on Charleston.