Botond - Hungary
Botond Szabo as key members of the Hungarian tango community and representatives of Club Tango Infusion have been dancing tango for 14 years together. He started dancing in the Hungarian Argentine Tango Dance Theater and participated in several dance shows such as Tango Express, Soul Strings, Seasons in Buenos Aires, Tango Like!, Flavors and Colors, Donna Lucretia’s House, Contangos, Tango No Tango.
Continuity, flow, constant perception of the movement, awareness, saving style and crossing borders of traditions: these are the main features of Botond’s dance. His charming improvisation is highly innovative, tender and harmonic. He uses electronic, and sometimes hard rock/heavy metal songs for their shows, which are sometimes considered difficult to dance to by others.
Tali Gon - Israel&Italy
Since her very young age Tali Gon has been dancing many different dance styles such as classical dance, modern jazz and hip-hop. She trained at the CIMD of Milan to teach contemporary dance.
In 2003 she got in touch with tango in Milan where the important role had the maestro Alejandro Angelica who transmitted his methods and technique to her.
In 2006 they created "TangoPuro", an Argentine tango Academy in Milan.
She also gave her contribution in the publication of the tango manual (book + dvd) called 'TANGO PURO', published by Hoepli.
Since 2012 she teaches tango at the place of 'Yomoda' in Milan, collaborates with different dancers, organizes tango practica called 'el Subte' and many workshops with guest teachers.
She likes to spread tango culture in her neighborhood and city because tango for her means to be open, curious, having the opportunity for infinite study, practice to accept yourself and others and moves from familiar and known towards unknown despite everything. She loves tango especially because it is the language that unites and acts as a bridge between so many diversities.
Janette & Eduardo - United Kingdom & Argentina
Janette Williams comes from Wales, UK, and has been dancing since a child, with her first training in ballet to a professional / teaching level. With extensive training in other genres she travelled the world working as a dancer and showgirl in both TV and theatre. She owns an international company employing dancers and placing production shows all over the globe. Currently she teaches tango in the UK. We are delighted to have her at our festival to share her innovative, elegant and intriguing moves with us.
A true 'Porteño from the barrios of Buenos Aires, Eduardo comes from a family with a long tradition of tango. He has been teaching Tango Argentino for more than 20 years. To Eduardo, tango is a form of expression that transcends dance and music. He believes passionately in tango’s intrinsic freedom of emotion and expression, respecting its cherished tradition while playing with the sensuality and creativity only tango can offer. In the UK, he debuted in 2002 at the London Opera House and Royal Albert Hall and went on to perform around the country. As a student, Eduardo was the first 'tanguero' to develop Tango Therapy, running a programme in Argentina’s most forward-thinking psychiatric hospital. Eduardo is a seasoned theatre actor, dancer and choreographer. In Buenos Aires he performed in mainstream productions such as "Gardel, El Mesias" and here in the UK he has choreographed productions at the Riverside Studios, London and Arnolfini, Bristol. Eduardo has taught and performed around Europe, Latin America and Asia and has been teaching in Bristol and the South West for more than 15 years (www.tangoalchemy.co.uk).
Rebeka & Hrvoje - Croatia
Rebeka Kukolja-Cicmanović has been dancing for as far as she can remember.
Her formal dance education started when she was 8, at a social dance school. Very soon she started competing and winning awards with her partner at various dance competitions. Her new dance adventure started when she enrolled at the Contemporary Dance School Ana Maletić in Zagreb.
In the next 5 years, she was growing as a dancer and dance pedagogue through various workshops of contemporary dance techniques, ballet, dance methods...
After finishing her secondary school of contemporary dance she studied psychology, and led dance and rhythmic classes for children, danced for the Youth Ensemble of the Contemporary Dance Studio, danced Khatak (traditional Indian dance), Riverdance and salsa.
Somewhere in that period, she started flirting with the Argentine tango, which grew into a true love affair 5 years ago, in the Zagreb Libertango dance club. Being an experienced contemporary dancer, she was immediately attracted to neo/contemporary tango. Today she is running tango classes at the Tango Experiential Club, organizing neolongas and Tango Experiential Festival. Her desire is to connect her two great loves - dance and psychology.
Hrvoje Gebavi was introduced to the world of dance in 2004. Several years of competitive ballroom dances gave him body awareness and technical background which will turn out to be one of the major keys for his future dance. After the ballroom dances, he had short journeys to the worlds of salsa, jazz dance, ballet... and tango.
In 2009 he started dancing traditional Argentinian tango in Italy. However, his neo-tango dancing style was mostly developed in Great Britain where he was influenced by several domestic and international tango teachers. After all, it turned out that the taste of all the dances he came in touch with, together with the gained knowledge from a very few tango teachers became integrated into his particular neo-tango style of dancing.
Together with his friends, he started Tango Experiential club in Croatia in 2014. Interestingly, the name Tango Experiential was created in Swansea by one of his dear friends, describing the idea in which the experiences from all other dances are unified in one, personal, neo-tango style.
At the moment, he runs regular tango courses, organizing neolongas and also plays neo-tango music in Zagreb. The very peak of the tango season for him is the alternative Tango Experiential Festival in Croatia where one can taste a novel vision of tango which was growing during all these years.
Urša dances tango for ten years and founds it as a great form of dancing, yet also as a base for a further experiment, especially combined with Contact impro. She has a rich dance background as a contemporary dancer and long term experience in aerial silk performing and teaching. Over 20Y she develops her own unique design trademark Dilight (also tango clothes). This year she organized first Contact tango event with Argentinian CT teacher Lucho in Ljubljana.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2217903521669435/. In the near future, she would like to organize a contact-tango meeting in Slovenia and Croatia also.