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Non-Local Artists, Djs, Musicians and Teachers

Dan Boccia
Mariana Galassi
Evan Griffiths
Sridhar Hannenhalli
Marika Landry

Felipe Martinez & Rosa Corisco
Jennifer Olson
Bhagwan Rajput
Robin Thomas
Yesim Sezer





Dan Boccia

Dan believes knowing that the music is the avenue to ecstacy, his goal as a DJ is to provide inspiring music for any and all tango occasions. He strives in particular to avoid routine predictability while still maintaining the confidence of the dancers. Through listening, researching and sonically enhancing the music, Dan has developed a keen knowledge and sensitivity for the moods of tango music and when to apply them. In addition to satisfying the ever-hungry dance crowds, he is most proud to have inspired a new generation of DJs who are now providing excellent music at events wherever they travel. Dan djs weekly in Anchorage, and have dj'd everything from short practicas to 9-hour all-night milongas at major festivals/congresses and various local milongas in Portland, Denver, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Eugene, Montreal, New York City, Seattle, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Minneapolis.

Dan can be reached at redfox@alaska.net and his website is www.tangotrance.com.



Mariana Galassi

Mariana Galassi was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she started dancing tango more than eight years ago. She trained intensively with Chicho Frumboli and Lucia Mazer, Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa, and Gustavo Naveira. Her background also includes modern dance, ballet, and contact improvisation. As a member of the "Ana Kamien Dance Company," she performed in Buenos Aires' most notable theatres. In 2000 she moved to NYC where she currently teaches at Sandra Cameron Dance Center. Mariana participated as a dancer and teacher in festivals including CITA 2004. Currently, she is a member of the New Generation Dance Company which blends modern dance with tango. The strong connection Galassi establishes with her partner together with her own fluidity of movement and profound musicality serve to create her unique style. While she remains true to the spirit of traditional tango, her personal intrepretation of the dance makes her one of the most distinctive and exciting dancers of her generation.

Mariana can be reached at mgalassitango@yahoo.com and her website is www.marianagalassi.com.





Evan Griffiths

Evan has been dancing Tango over seven years. Some of his teachers are: Elizabeth Wartluft, Greg Estes (both in Eugene), Daniel Trenner, Christopher Nassopoulos and from Buenos Aires: Luciana Valle, Mariano 'Chico' Frumboli, Fabian Salas, Guillermo and Fernanda, Susana Miller, Florencia Taccetti, Hugo and Miriam, Carlos and Maria Rivrola, Rodolfo 'El Chino'' Aguerrodi, Norberto 'El Pupo' Esbres and Luiza Paes. He has assisted Susana Miller in classes, and assisted and performed with Luciana Valle, Alex Krebs, and Florencia Teccetti. Over the years he has traveled many places in the States for Tango, and also to Berlin, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. He has taught in the Northwest: Eugene, Ashland, Portland, Seattle, and also in Denver, Colorado. He has also taught in Berlin, Germany. He studied classical piano for 12 years growing up, and studied music in college. He has been playing Tango Piano for the last 3 and a half years and it's become another major part of his life.

Evan can be reached at griffithse@gmail.com






Sridhar Hannenhalli

Sridhar lives and teaches in Philadelphia. The main influences in his tango education are Susana Miller, Carlos Gavito, Brigitta Winkler, Julio Balmaceda and countless partners around the world. Tango remains the master in his instructions and the techniques are improvised to achieve a gentle embrace and stillness in motion where the music can be experienced and expressed with least intrusion to attain a meditative state of mind.

Sridhar can be reached at sridhartango@yahoo.com and his website is www.tangohug.com.





Marika Landry

Recognized for her precision, fluidity and interpretive range, Marika is often sought to teach technique for women. In class she shares techniques to help one achieve relaxed postural balance and to develop controlled articulation and correct placement of the body and feet for directional accuracy as well as attractive lines, poetic ornamentation and ease in complexity and rhythm. She is also concerned with heightening ones sensitivity to connection and the subtle transference of cues between partners. With a strong belief that through tango a woman can express her femininity, Marika inspires sensuality and elegance.

Marika can be reached at marikita_tango@hotmail.com and her website is www.tangofabrika.com.






Felipe Martinez & Rosa Corisco

Rosa and Felipe embody a very fluid style of dancing, moving seamlessly through all ranges of the embrace. Their dance is at once dynamic, smooth and extremely musical. As a teacher, their dedication, enthusiasm, and sheer knowledge of the dance always come across with great clarity. To watch them and to work with them is extremely inspiring and instills a real joy and respect for the dance. Rosa and Felipe has an extensive background in other forms of movement and have been influenced by the most respected tango teachers and dancers. They were prominent tango teachers in the San Francisco/Bay Area and now, share their passion for tango all over the US and Europe.

Rosa and Felipe can be reached at tangonnection@hotmail.com





Jennifer Olson

Jennifer's meteoric rise to one of the United States' finest tangueras in both open and close embrace has been aided by relentless study of the dance and its music. Frequently waking up at 7 am to practice both leading and following, she enthusiastically sought to improve her own technique as well as deepen her understanding of the dance. This is now transmitted in her teaching, as she approaches every class with a strong command over both the intricacies of the dance and the overall picture. To Jennifer, tango is all about the communication between two people and the music. Her main influence has been Alex Krebs, with whom she taught weekly classes in Portland and workshops in Washington D.C., Toronto, Denver, Seattle, Austin, and Ann Arbor, MI. She currently co-teaches with Robin Thomas in New York City.

Jennifer can be reached at tangojennifer@gmail.com





Bhagwan Rajput

Bhagwan Rajput has been haunting milongas around the world for over a decade. He has developed a keen sense of traditional tango music. Recently he has been persuaded to share this musical sense through his DJing and has charmed the dancers in Philadelphia, NYC and DC. He aims to develop a musical arc to build and sustain the energy through the night with inspiring, captivating and well timed tandas separated by well chosen cortinas. Do not expect anything but the best of the traditional tangos.

Bhagwan can be reached at rajputbd@gmail.com




Robin Thomas

A well-known and respected dancer and DJ, Robins enthusiasm for tango can be seen most clearly in his wholehearted dedication to teaching. He believes that it is very important for students to dance simply and musically from the very beginning. Building that strong base of connection and musicality early, Robin believes, will allow even very new beginners to feel comfortable and confident on a crowded dance floor and will also lead to a more comprehensive and fluid understanding of more complicated techniques later on. Robins teaching style reflects this philosophy, and his students appreciate the humorous and down-to-earth way he presents the material. On the rare occasion that he is neither teaching nor DJing, Robin can always be seen on the dance floor, either working to expand his own understanding of tango, or simply enjoying the connection he works so hard to share with others. He is originally from Belfast, Ireland.

Robin can be reached at niborsamoht@yahoo.com and his website is www.robinthomastango.com.





Yesim Sezer

Yesim is known as a traditionalist and "la turca" in the NY DJ tango scene. Her versatile skills are vibrantly displayed also playing at non-traditional events hosted at Triangulo and other venues in the city. Yesim focuses on the crowd, the dance floor and she chooses music accordingly to keep going and going and going. Her main influences have been Robin Thomas and Jennifer Bratt, Susanna Miller, Brigitta Winkler and Omar Vega. Personally in both style and substance she feels the closest connection to Rebecca Shulman who she considers to have influenced her the greatest. During a milonga, Yesim will walk around the dance floor continuously gathering information on the dancers to sense the mood that has been created. In her humble opinion, the crowd comes to dance and needs to be pleased -- the dj plays for the crowd and not for him/herself, personal favorites are not a priority. She wants to see everyone dancing when she djs.

Yesim can be reached at laturca.yesim@gmail.com and her website is www.yesimlaturca.com.