Ryszard Musial and Monika Wydrowska
Dancers and Dance Teachers
In 1992, after graduating with a Masters Degree in Engineering, from the Technical University of Szczecin (Poland), Ryszard, together with his dance partner Monika, already one of the top dancers in the Polish competitive Ballroom Dance scene, moved to London.
Soon they become a successful part of the very lively and competitive field of Latin American style dance in the UK. In 1995 they came across Argentine Tango for the first time through a workshop with Hector Mayoral and Elsa Maria – leading dancers of ‘Forever Tango’ – a very famous Argentine Tango show at that time being staged at the Strand Theatre in London. This meeting changed the way Ryszard and Monika looked at dance for good.
Inspired and fascinated by the improvisational approach of Argentine Tango dancers, they started studying and exploring different dance styles:
- Contemporary Dance at the London Contemporary Dance School - ‘The Place’, Laban School of Movement
- Flamenco (Zandra Escudero)
- Street Dancing, Jazz (Pineapple Studios)
All the time, they were searching for and exploring the core element of improvisation in these different styles. This journey led to the creation of their first dance drama – ‘Fascination’ for the ‘Festival of Cutting Edge Dance Theatre 1999’ organised by Sadler’s Wells in London.
In the years following, they continued their experiments, taking lessons from Argentine Tango masters like: Ana Maria Schapira, Horacio Godoy, Julio Balmaceda, Dana Frigoli, Pablo Veron, Maria Plazaola and the legendary Geraldine Rojas to mention just a few...
At the same time they were working on many dance-based projects, videos and short film productions, combining improvised music with different improvised dance forms. Six of their short films were televised by Polish TV and shown in festivals around the world, winning many Prizes and Awards.
Expressing their creativity in these different media was rewarding, and satisfying, but Ryszard and Monika also developed a hunger to teach Argentine Tango and took part as leading teachers in a series of workshops dedicated to Argentine Tango organised in Poland under the title: ‘Tango Argentino – the Art of Improvisation’ (2008-2010).
In the beginning of year 2011 they were invited to take part in theatre production – ‘Midnight Tango’. During their record-breaking, four months long UK tour, they performed Argentine Tango in 120 spectacles and sold more than 200,000 tickets (today this figure reached 1 million). Huge success of this show led to subsequent live cinema screening and DVD release in UK.
In October 2011 Ryszard and Monika performed Argentine Tango show in Gran Hotel in Tenerife together with tango legend – Milena Plebs.
In February 2012 and again in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018 they were invited to perform tango exhibition in the popular and respected milonga – ‘La Baldosa’ in Buenos Aires. Additionally in 2018 they performed at Milonga Parakultural in Salon Canning and in the Milonga de Los Domingos at El Beso. This way Ryszard and Monika became one of the very first Polish tango couples to have the honour of dancing an Argentine Tango exhibitions in the most famous Tango places of Buenos Aires.