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TEACHERS

Maximiliano Alvarado and Paloma Berríos

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Paloma & Maximiliano, native from Santiago – Chile, has been dancing together for 25 years. Since they were young, they share the passion for Argentine Tango as a heritage from their parents. They were formed in Chile and in Buenos Aires, with many argentine masters, getting the knowledge and the culture of argentine Tango from them. Nowadays based in Miami - Florida, USA, they have been touring through South and North America and part of Europe, teaching and performing in uncountable Casinos, Convention Centers, Hotels and TV shows. Invited to teach and perform in the biggest and the most important Tango Festivals across US. They won the 2nd place in 2007 in the Worldwide Tango Championship in Buenos Aires and the 1st place in 2008 in the Trex Games TAFISA worldwide competition in South Korea. They define their style as a salon tango, prioritizing the close embrace but always being open to the elasticity and comfort at the moment to dance. Their teaching, it’s characterized as energetic, didactic and detailed. They are focused on promote the argentine Tango and their culture around the world from the connection and the joy through the dance one of the most passionate dances in the world.

Rod Relucio and Jenny Teters

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Rod has been dancing all his life. He and Jenny have performed in various venues around the world. Although his background has been mostly in hip hop and street dancing, he has fully committed himself to Argentine Tango. One can still see the lasting influence of his street dancing in his innovative and original tango style. 

It is also easy to see the coexistence of traditional tango movements and philosophy working in symmetry with a newer nontraditional influence, the end result of which is an eye-catching and entertaining performance.  Rod has spent some time studying with the masters in Buenos Aires and spends much of his time teaching in his native Chicago. His popular group classes are taught with an eye on encouraging and nurturing individual artistic styles while at the same time stressing the core movements and strong values of traditional tango. His infectious energy and love of the dance have created a large following of students in Chicago and the surrounding area.

As an artist, musician, and Latin dance instructor for many years, Jenny found her true calling in dancing and sharing her understanding of tango. With athleticism and grace, she flows effortlessly through complex movements, always with a strong connection to the music and her partner. Her athletic background and focus on tango’s core movements combine to create a visually poetic expression of the music and her partner’s lead. Her years as a salsa dancer also contribute a distinctive flavor that is both engaging and entertaining. Jenny has worked with many of the traditional masters of tango in an effort to refine and develop her tango style.

By fusing their other background dance styles in their tango, it makes their dance quite unique.  They believe that the connection, musicality, and technique are the keys to fully appreciate the beauty of tango.  In their classes they want to concentrate on how to be comfortable inside the embrace, based on the logic and naturalness of the movement.

Eleonora Kalganova

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Eleonora Kalganova is one of the most graceful and innovative dancers working in Tango today. Her effortless movement and beautiful style have won her acclaim throughout the world, and she has taught at dozens of festivals throughout Europe and North America. This will be her third time at Tango on the Rocks, and Denver is thrilled to have her back! 

John Miller and Jesica Cutler

Jesica is a master of anatomy, John is a whiz at structure, and together their classes present a clear and integrated understanding of Tango, both in movement and in composition. They have been teaching together for eight years, and work extensively with college students to bring Tango to the younger generation. They have also taught at numerous festivals in the US and abroad, including the Boulder Tango Festival, Tree City Tango, Wasatch Tango Festival, the Mountain Milonga Retreat, the La Paz Eco-Tango festival in Mexico, and of course, at Tango on the Rocks. Not to mention, they are the organziers of the festival, so if you need anything, don't hesitate to ask! 

Adam Hoopengardner and Ciko Tanik

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Adam and Ciko are some of the most beloved and influential teachers in the United States. They have worked tirelessly to grow the Tango scene in New York City, and have hosted some of the most legendary milongas the city has ever seen. In their teaching, they are playful, clear, and comprehensive.

Aldo Romero

Aldo Romero has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina since 1989. He moved to Buenos Aires from Tucumán, a province in the Norwest of Argentina, where he was born.

He studied with some big masters of tango, such as Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne, Esther Amelio &  Mingo Pugliese, Natalia Games & Gabriel Angió, Carolina Bonaventura & Demián Garcia and others.

He won the Metropolitano Champonship in 2011, Senior Category, with his partner Ana Lía Carrizo.

Aldo and Ana Lía reached the final of the of the World Tango Championship in 2004, 2010 and 2011.

They also reached the final of the Metropolitano Championship of tango de Salón, 2007.

Aldo was part of the jury of the Preliminary Campeonato Mundial de Tango 2018 subsede Tucumán, the Campeonato Internacional de Tango de Tucumán 2016 & 2017, and the Campeonato de Tango del Festival de Venado Tuerto 2017.