Diego Mastrángelo was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentine.
In 1994 he started his dance studies at the Municipal School of Dances “Jose Neglia” in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. He studied for a year with Aurelio and Delma, teachers that danced through the golden period of tango in Buenos Aires, breathing and making you breathe the authentic essence of tango in each of their lessons.
After a year he started taking Osvaldo Coelho’s lessons. Osvaldo was renowned for his unique and aesthetic way of moving. He kept attending his lessons for a period of three years, during which he became his assistant.
After Osvaldo’s retirement, in 1998 he started teaching a reduced group of young students, in Caballito neighborhood.
In 1999 he met Fabian Salas, Gustavo Naveira, and Mariano “Chicho” Frumboli and was taught the principles of the dance system known worldwide as “Cosmotango” (lately tango nuevo). The next year he performed tango for the first time at the University of Buenos Aires -UBA.
He was invited to work as an assistant in 1999, 2000, and 2001 International Argentine Tango Congress (CITA).
He continued his education with exceptional artist Cesar Coelho and attended several classes with many other renowned teachers. At the same time, he was hired to perform three times a week in an exclusive cabaret of Recoleta neighborhood, until his departure in April 2001, when he traveled to Greece.
Between April and July 2001 he performed all over Greece together with Romina Tumini (Athens, Bolos, Larissa, Thessaloniki, Kabala, Lamia, Peloponnese, Pilio, and Crete).
That year he was selected to perform in the opera “Carmen” at Thessaloniki Music Hall, during November and December, and March 2002.
In 2002 Diego was chosen to be the protagonist of a TV commercial for the greek company “Pablidis”, for their product “Gioconda chocolats”, dancing the tango. Watch
At the 2003 International Dance Research Congress (CID-UNESCO) held at Naxos Island he presented a research paper concerning the evolution of the tango technique in the last 15 years, showing the way tango follows ballet’s history of structured development, identifying and organizing its bases.
Diego taught for four years at Eleftheriu Kordeliu Municipality of Thessaloniki, having the chance to work with groups of people at regular lessons for 8 months a year, taking them from cero to an advanced level.
In 2006 he was selected again for a second TV add, this time for the Shoe Company “Elite”, dancing tango. Watch
During 2005 and 2006 he was regularly invited to local TV shows to talk about Argentine Tango. During this period he also wrote several articles on tango technique for the dance magazine “DANCE WITH ME” of Athens. Since 2006 Diego taught and performed in Estonia five times. 2010
Nikitas started to dance Tango in 2007 in Chania. Except for the classes with his local teachers he is traveling around Europe attending seminars with international teachers. His research in Tango led him teaching in the local community for 4 years now. The last 2 years is teaching in Εν χορώ Dance Academy where he shares his knowledge in Tango. The character of his teaching is to give emphasis to the right technique that can be applied to all dancing styles making our dance better.
Kanakis Nikolaos Ritzakis has been dealing with Tango since 2010. His main inspirers and teachers are Kostas Nikolaidis, a well known Tango dancer and teacher in Greece and the famous tango couple Sebastián Missé & Andrea Reyero, great teachers of Tango in Buenos Aires. In 2014 Kanakis founded the Elegancia del tango team, with the aim of imparting his knowledge and experiences to those who love and want to learn Tango.
About 43 years ago I tried my first dance steps and after about 20 years the Argentinean Tango crossed my way and in the meantime, I enjoyed the education as a tango teacher with Michael Domke and Gerrit Schlüter in Bremen, Germany. I have been living in Crete for about 13 years, teaching in social clubs and in my own studio. The tango became my dance because it allows me free dancing without moving in strict predetermined, standardized ways. A wise man once told me, it’s important to dance, whether it’s tango music or not. All you need to do is dancing!! I ended up for the tango.
Nikos Dalamagkas started tango in 1999. Eventually, he started teaching and DJ-ing in milongas and festivals. Among other tango travels, he had the opportunity to live 3 months in Buenos Aires where the daily occupation with tango there, consolidated his love, knowledge, and respect for tango. He participated as a dancer, choreographer, and director in 8 tango theatrical plays, and has danced in numerous events. In 2012 he founded in Heraklion Crete “TANGO SALON” where he teaches & organizes international tango events, like Sunny Tango Festival which takes place in Crete since 2010. He likes DJ-ing in milongas and events since 2009 with a sentimental point of view. He also enjoys teaching tango, something that he does continuously since 2002, and his main goal is to lead the students to find the heart of tango.
Ömer Cetin – tango dancer and teacher. Started to dance tango in 2012 during his travel through South America. He was introduced to tango by a friend in Buenos Aires and this changed his further plans. He decided to stay in the city and devoted the next month’s only to tango and studied with great teachers from DNI Tango school. Back in Munich he continued to develop his skills and naturally started to share his knowledge. He keeps on studying and continues to meet maestros to get new inspiration.
Aneta Orlik – tango dancer teacher and choreographer. In 2014 she graduated from Theatre Academy in Cracow at a Dance Theatre Department. She worked in several dance projects and shows with renowned theatre directors and choreographers. She co-created the theatre collective inter:ference together with Munich based artists. During one of her projects in Munich she was introduced to tango, which shortly after started to play an important role in her artistic life. In 2018 together with her former dance partner – Gianpio Cappucci she opened the tango school Volver in Cracow. Since summer 2019 she lives in Munich and continues her path.
My name is Flavia Cristaldo, born in La Boca / Buenos Aires, Argentina. For 19 years I have dedicated myself to the Tango Argentino, was trained by Gustavo Naveira, Chicho Frimboli, Lucia Mazer, Pablo and Dana, Guillermina Quiroga, Rodolfo Dinzel and many others. In well-known theaters of the city (Buenos internationals) I danced with the orchestras Sexteto Mayor, El Arranque, Color Tango and others. both in known milongas in which I also taught, Gricel, c.c. Torcato Tasso; La Ideal, La Nacional, Salon Caning .. At the age of six, I started with a long-time ballet education followed by flamenco, modern and contemporary dance. International I taught, danced and DJ in Luxemburg Sweden, Norway, Finland, Japan, Prague, Italy, Greece and Germany where I actually teach and live. My work is based on exploring the body, allowing the capacity of natural energy to flow and move. Tango as a synonym of expression with its advanced techniques shaped my education. The emergence of creativity as well as learn, dance, hear, feel and enjoy. Also, I want to dance, especially at Tango Argentino, respect each other and still let the leadership and be led, the dancers mediate. The leader makes an offer to the guided person but does not enforce it. It should be a dance together.
Dora started dancing Tango in 2011 in Chania. Since then, she started attending numerous seminars at Tango with Greek and Argentinian maestros, together with classical and acrobatic dance. She started giving classes-Tango extra-project with Shalva at Ekfrasis dance studio in Chania in 2018.
Shalva had his first contact with latin dances and Argentine Tango in 2008. He chose to continue learning Tango through his participation in various seminars of world-known maestros. He started teaching Tango in 2011 in Ekfrasis dance studio in Chania and later he created the “Tango Extra” technique, a series of lessons that aim to a better understanding of the technique and the quality of contact and communication in this dance. Savvas and Dora started performing in 2014. They traveled to Argentina wanting to explore deeper the culture and traditions of Tango and study with recognized maestros.
Tango for them is an honest connection between two human beings. As it has become a part of the everyday lives, Shalva and Dora are constantly seeking ways to keep evolving, practicing and learning, attending workshops and private classes from top maestros over the world.
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Anna successfully finished her ballet studies at theRoyal Academy of Dance in 2008. In 2012 she moved to Crete and focused on her university studies as a sociologist. Αt the same time she started tango lessons in Rethymno, with Manolis Tsagkarakis as her teacher. She has been a tango teacher at the Universιty’s tango community since 2016 with Tasos Michaloglou. There, she has given the chance to many students to learn and love tango. In 2017 she got her Bachelor’s degree in sociology.
In the same year, she got her Βalletoning instructor’s certification and started working as a dance/ fitness instructor with more than 40 people in each class. She is a curious and active person and adores working with people. In her Balletoning classes, she likes to make people feel happy and being part of a team. She thinks that a dance lesson can build self-confidence and release our capabilities. Also, a dance lesson can make our feelings alive while keeping our minds awake.
George’s interest in music, sound and D.J.ing goes back to a very young age. For many years he has been Dj at Tangoneon Heraklion in Crete (since 2004). He started dancing Tango in 2003. So he counts with many years of experience on the dancing floors and decks. It is impossible for him to separate his two big loves but he believes that in order to be a good Tango dancer you have to first love Tango music. His favorite music period is the Golden Age. Nevertheless he also finds the new tango orchestras interesting since they bring a fresh look to the music tradition of Tango. For the past few years he has been living in Rethymno Crete where he is co-organizer of a weekly milonga every Friday and resident DJ. He also interested in Tango photography and travels abroad every year to make new tango friends at festivals.
Stavros started learning tango at 2009 in Crete. After he returned from Argentina he started TDJing and teaching in his local tango community where he founded his own dance school. Since then either locally or abroad he never stopped searching for better ways to evolve his style, in order to make happy dancers His main goals as a teacher is to help the student understand his/her body and be aware of it and have deep knowledge in the movement they choose to express. As a TDj he always likes to see happy faces, empty seats, a full dance floor, feet moving and energy rising to the top!
Manolis is a Tango and Salsa teacher from Heraklion. He has been teaching Tango in many cities of Crete since 2004. He built up the Tango communities in Crete and had a decisive impact on their development having initiated Tango in many different places in Crete. He organized weekly milongas at “La Brasserie” in Heraklion and at the “Centre for Byzantine Art” in Rethymno. Together with Nikos Dalamagkas, he organizes the Cretango Festival in Heraklion in March and the Crete tango trip in Sitia in May.
Manolis founded the “Tangolatino”, “Tango Salsa Heraklion” in Heraklion and the “Tango in Rethymno” in Rethymno city and he started and keeps organizing, in cooperation with all tango groups in crete, the famous Ctangomeeting every first Saturday of August in Bali north of Crete.
Since he moved to Munich 2017 he has been working as a physics teacher at the Greek School Munich and also as a Tango and Salsa teacher at different locations.
In his dance classes, he focusses on musicality and movement and deconstructs figure elements to make them accessible to his students. He is the teacher who loves to teach his students the knowledge he has acquired through years of hard work, patience and effort. He tries to explain complex themes and difficult dance figures so easily that everyone can understand them.
Manolis developed the idea of an ongoing cultural and dance exchange between the Tango communities in Munich and Crete and elsewhere, and the result is “Tango MUC-HER” with many different teachers from Germany and Greece.
Tango DJ Nikos, started dancing Latin rhythms in 2004 until he switched to Argentine Tango in 2007 and never stopped since. He constantly endeavors to expand his understanding of Tango by studying, interpreting, and dancing to the Tango music, he so loves. He started his exploration of Golden Age of Tango music very early on, so that he has created a vast collection of original recordings to this day. He has been passing music in Milongas and Practicas since 2013. He is the key DJ and co-organizer of the weekly Friday Milonga in the city of Rethymno. He has been DJ-ing at the International Tango Festival A-Los-Amigos, Vol 5, Vol 6 & Vol 7, Heraklion Tango Marathon 2019. His music is characterized by diversity of rhythms and melodies of the Golden Age combined with modern interpretations by today’s orchestras.
Dancer, choreographer & Tango teacher for over 20 years!
She has studied with various Maestros of different styles and she travels regularly to Buenos Aires in order to perfect her technique and be inspired. Since 2013 she has been working together with Ciccio Aiello from Italy and travels the world teaching and performing. She has worked in various festivals around the globe (e.c CITA in Bs. As., the Sao Paolo Tango Festival in Brazil, the International Tango Summit in Los Angeles/USA, etc) and she has performed in many milongas in Europe, USA, Buenos Aires & Turkey.
She lived in Heidelberg for many years where she also taught tango. Since 2008 she moved to her homeland, Crete, where she helped build the local scene. She has been teaching tango for 20 years now, in her Association “TangoCultural” in Rethymno & Heraklion, she holds regularly Workshops & Milongas with invited guest maestros, offers tango trips to Crete and organizes intensive Seminars (with Mariano Chicho Frumboli & Javier Rodriguez-Moira Castellano) for advanced dancers & professionals.
Her biggest pride, though, is the International Tango Festival of Crete “A LOS AMIGOS”, that she has been organizing with a big success over the last 7 years (www.a-los-amigos.com).
The solid Technique, the functionality of the dance for both roles and the great musical interpretation are the central points in her teaching. Her most important teachers are always her students!
Dr. med. Eleni Doulianaki, Pediatrician and teacher in the area of the inclusion tango and the Tango therapy for people with neurological problems, limited capability and People with Parkinson’s. In 2018 she completed the tango teacher training with Melina Sedo and Detlef Engel at “Tangokombinat” in Saarbrücken – Germany. In 2018 and 2019 she taught “Tango inclusive” in the open disability work in the Evang.-Luth. Deanery District Munich (OBA). In the period of 2019 – 2020 she has completed the training as a qualified dance teacher for people with Parkinson’s disease (Toronto), as well as a qualified tango teacher for people with Morbus Parkinson (Buenos Aires – Tango en la Salud).
Eleni’s vision is to boost the topic of inclusion in the tango scene and to involve among the tango students also people with disabilities in a classes where everybody accepts and respects everybody. Languages: German, English, Spanish, Greek
Manos and Angeliki first came in Heraklion in 2004 as students in Informatics Technology. They first met tango in 2010 when they began to participate in every class and seminar held back then in Heraklion by the tango community. Until now they are members of the tango group of University of Crete, where classes, practicas and milongas are weekly hosted. Since 2017 they have taking over as teacher the Sunday classes organized by the group.
More info about Tassos and Anna is coming soon.
Tango found Daniel Kubas on a long distance flight half way between Berlin and Melbourne in 1998, while watching a documentary on the origins of tango. As soon as his feet touched solid ground he began collecting tango music and soon after took his first tango class upon his return to Berlin. After leaving again and many visits to Buenos Aires later, he gave his DJ debut in 2009 in Paris, followed by events across Europe and since 2011 is based in Munich. He describes himself as a progressive traditional DJ seeking a balance between rhythmic and melodic tangos from all epochs.
Manuel started dancing Tango in 2014 and DJing just two years later. First he DJed in regular milongas in Munich and soon got invitations to DJ in international milongas and events like Tango Remolino DJ Festival (Lviv, Ukraine), Flores de Invierno Tango Weekend (Moscow), St. Petersburg Tango Marathon and GRAZy Tango Festival. His focus is on the big orchestras of the Epoca de Oro that provide all the emotions that we are looking for in Tango. He’ll guide you on this journey with a well-balanced selection of emotional, dramatic and rhythmic tandas.
Dimitris is from Crete, Greece. A year ago he moved to Poland and lives in Opole. Two years after his first tango lesson, being inspired by the magical world of tango music, especially the orchestras of the golden age, he starts Djing. For him, every tanda is a journey full of sensations, and milonga an adventure. And that’s how it plays. Tandas with passion and power, harmony and rhythm … As Dimitris likes to say … “I like to give dancers brushes and colors so that they can paint the floor with their heart and soul” He loves the orchestras of Anibal Troilo, Juan D ‘Arienzo, Carlos Di Sarli, Ricardo Tanturi, Pedro Laurenz, Miguel Calo and Osvaldo Pugliese. He djied at milongas all over Crete, in Athens, Wrocław, Brzeg, Toruń, Łódź, Zabrze, Katowice, Pszów, regularly in Opole and at international events Lesbos Tango Marathon, Alegria Festival in Brzeg and Royal Tango Marathon in Moszna.
Tonia Papadaki is a doctor and lives in Chánia but her heart belongs to tango. She started dancing on 2007 but she wanted more… So on 2010 she started TJing and learning more and more about tango music. Since then she has been invited to play in many milongas and festivals in Crete and in Athens too.
Lena Kanellou was initially drawn to tango because of the dance, but soon, fell profoundly in love with the soulful music and poignant lyrics. In her tango journey, she was fortunate to fulfil her long-held dream of creating the musical mood of the dancefloor herself, as she started playing music in milongas of her hometown Heraklion. She finds Golden Era music to be very conducive to a beautiful dancefloor experience and she loves coming up with tandas that, apart from a musical, also follow a conceptual theme in their poetry. Over the course of an evening, she goes for a balanced mix of lyricism and rhythmicality and she enjoys adapting attentively to the reaction of the dancers and having the feeling of dancing with everyone on the floor.
Dancing has always been part of her life -since her school years when she took up traditional dances-till today. In 2000 she attended a tango lesson at the town of Rethimno, Crete, and since then she has dedicated herself to tango argentine. Since 2015 she has been organizing regular milongas in Chania in collaboration with the Dance School “Ekfrasis”. Since 2015 she has been playing music in her milongas. she has,also, been invited as quest D.J. to various other milongas.
More info about Mihalis is coming soon.
He has been dancing for years and right from the very start of his tango journey, he was interested in the history of tango, the lyrics, the music and the tango-orchestras. He has translated more than 150 tango lyrics and has been given several talks on tango music and history of tango orchestras. Manolis has been DJing around Creta for a couple of years in local and international events and milongas. He loves tangos from “Golden era” but also appreciates the modern qualitative orchestras with new expression for our time. His target is to see people furious to dance and to catch the smiles and satisfactions in the dancers’ faces after each tanda.