Come with friends and be transported to the 1950's.Learn how to dance with the friendly Astoria Tango School team leaded by Dancer/ Instructor Mariana Fresno.
Enjoy great Spanish dishes and wines from Centro Español's Restaurant (check menu here) in a relaxed and fun atmosphere while dancing to the rhythm of the most sensual dance in the world: TANGO
Amy Wilson has been a Tango dancer for the past 6 years.
She started leraning in New York with Walter Perez, María José Sosa, Alfredo Melendez and Sarah La Roca.
As part of her passion with Tango, Amy started DJ'ing one year and a half ago. Her style is primerily traditional from 1930'2 to 1950's
Jorge Torres is world renowned for his unparalleled tango performances. A true Tango Master, elegant, refined, passionate and intense.
His refined talents and style place him among the outstanding choreographers and dancers of Argentine Tango. Before graduating as a teacher of dancers, Jorge began his career in the Teatro Colón. He has studied with famous dancers and teachers of Argentine Tango such as Norberto Guichanduc, Rodolfo Dinzel, Pepito Avellaneda and Antonio Todaro. He has danced in the most noted tango houses and theaters of Argentina and with renowned orchestras of Tango. He has participated in such shows as “Imagenes”, “Tango y Añoranzas”, “La Pesada del Tango”, “Tangokinesis “, “Tanguisimo 91″, “Tango Tango”, “Viva Tango”, “Tango Passion”, “Buenos Aires Tango Show”, “Tango Seduccion”.
In 1998 Jorge was nominated for the Tony awards for best choreography. Jorge was also nominated by the Outer Critics Circle and for four Awards including that of best choreography from the Drama Desk. He has recorded with Karen Kain “A Evaristo Carriego” for CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Company, directed by Luis Bravo. He has coordinated show such as “World Tango Week 2002″ in Tokyo and “Tango Legend” summoning the best figures every year. He has participated as invited dancer next to the Sexteto Mayor in Santiago, Chile’s Municipal Theater. He was chosen to integrate the jury of the First World Championship of Argentinean Tango, carried out in the year 2003 in the city of Buenos Aires.
Jorge Torres joined “Forever Tango” in 1995, where he held the position of Troupe Dance Captain & Principal Dancer for ten years. He is currently the Artistic Director for the American Tango Institute, in Chicago, Illinois, and Dace Captain and principal dancer at “Tango House” in NYC.
His time is divided between teaching in New York and participating in Tango Festivals worldwide.
DJ Yesim “La Turca” is a dynamic DJ who plays the best of traditional tango while seeking out unusual and beautiful alternative songs. Her vast library gives her an almost unlimited tango vocabulary, and she seeks, above all, to inspire dancers.
Since she began DJing, her dedication and skill have been recognized not only by New York, (she played all major venues in NYC), but by the portenos of Buenos Aires. Her Buenos Aires gigs include Confiteria Ideal, Porteno Y Bailarin, Salon Canning, and the Plaza Dorrego outdoor milonga in San Telmo. Furthermore, she has dj’d several events in DC, Cleveland, Providence and she is the resident dj at Toronto’s New Year’s Eve Milonga.
ARTEM “TIOMA” MALORATSKY started his studies of tango in Miami, Florida, in 1994, where he later performed in the show “Tango Fever”. In 1996 he moved to New York and began frequent visits to Argentina, studying with such masters as Pupi Castello, Nito and Elba, Raul Bravo, Omar Vega, Guillermina Quiroga , Graciela Gonzales, Jorge Nel, Mariano Frumboli. His dancing is inspired in large part by the classic salon style of the 1940’s, which he has seeks out and studies during his prolonged stays in Buenos Aires.
As a teacher, Tioma is known for making the authentic salon style of tango accessible to his students. He concentrates on musicality, balance, connection between the partners, and improvisational techniques for social dancing. To enhance and refine his dancing, as well as to deepen his approach to teaching, Tioma has studied the Alexander Technique, Tai Chi, Nei Kung, Yoga, and Mindfulness meditation. He has been successfully applying his understanding of body dynamics to helping students improve their general movement coordination while learning how to dance. Tioma has authored the internationally acclaimed website tangoprinciples.org, which is used by tango teachers and enthusiasts around the world.
Tioma currently resides in New York City, teaches and performs at various tango venues, produces and DJs at the weekly tango event Ensueño, and also DJs at milonga La Nacional and various other tango events in New York City. He has taught at The International Ballet Dance Center at Carnegie Hall, Stepping Out Ballroom and Latin Studios, Champions Dance Studio, New York Health and Racquet Club, and at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing. Tioma has given tango workshops in Washington, DC, Cleveland, OH and Boston, MA. He has performed in The Tango Lesson program with the Symphony Orchestra of Eugene, Oregon, starred in “Tango Fusion” Show at the American Theater of Actors, in “Tango Fest” at the New York City Town Hall, club Sunderland in Buenos Aires and in the World Tango Congress in Rosario, Argentina.
In addition to being the founder and director of Woodstock Tango, Ilene has established a reputation as a popular Tango DJ, who plays regularly at milongas & festivals in NYC and surrounding areas (i.e. La Nacional, All-Night Milonga, Esmeralda's, NYC Summer Tango Festival), with recent DJ jaunts to Boston, Chicago, Toronto, & Miami. She is one of the relatively few non-Argentines to DJ in Buenos Aires, including several full nights at Salon Canning, Porteño y Bailerin, and at the first Parque Patricios Festival.
She is a "traditional" musicalizadora (tango DJ) using cortinas, tandas and the most beautiful classic tango ever recorded. She is also adept at offering some lovely danceable surprises from the modern nuevo and alternative tango worlds, and has a heck of a good time djing tango, salsa and swing events! She conducts MEET THE MUSIC sessions to better acquaint dancers with the key orquesta's of the Golden Age, and composes tango sampler cd's for educational purposes.
Mark Sakowski is from Baltimore, Maryland. He started swing dancing 21 years ago and DJ’ing for swing 18 years ago. He’s been hired to DJ many of the major swing and hustle comps in the country, over 50 Stardust Dance weekends in the Catskills, 8 cruises and numerous other dance events.
Mark got involved with Argentine tango music more than a decade ago, got passionate and studied the different orchestras and periods. He has DJ’ed tango music for the last 10 years. In September of 2013 Mark won the “First Annual Tango DJ Contest” in Somerville, Massachusetts! He has a very large tango collection but is always looking for better quality recordings of golden age tango music than what are currently in his collection. He is the DJ and organizer of the Friendly Milonga in the Washington DC area. Mark lovesDJ’ing tango but seldom dances, preferring to concentrate on keeping the room energized and the dance floor full rather than being a dance host.
Centro Español de Queens
Astoria, NY 11103
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Astoria, NY 11103