Ivan Terrazas & Sara Grdan
IVAN is from Mendoza, Argentina, where he started his artistic career as a soloist at 12 years of age. He was trained by his parents Eduardo Terrazas and Beatriz Herrera in competition Malambo and other forms of Argentine Folklore, as well as classical ballet and Argentine Tango. Upon his arrival in the United States, Ivan added salsa and tap to his repertoire.
Kinetic since an early age, SARA studied regional folklore dance and classical ballet technique in Zagreb, Croatia. Her obsession with Argentine Tango started in the late 1990s at the milonga, and she subsequently learned Argentine folklore. In order to better understand body mechanics and to teach movement technique.
IVAN and SARA met in New York City and have dedicated themselves with passion and intensity to Argentine Tango. Trained primarily by Diego DiFalco, Pablo Pugliese and Natalia Hills, and also drawing from many other influences, such as Jorge Torres, Roberto Herrera, Guillermina Quiroga, Gabriel Misse, Carlitos Perez and Raul Bravo, together they are among the youngest and most recognized teachers and performers in the world of Argentine Tango.
As instructors, they have developed a modern systemic approach to teaching traditional tango. Their goal as teachers is to instill strong fundamentals by emphasizing technique, analytical thinking, logic, naturalness and comfort in both the close and open embrace. Ivan and Sara encourage students to look for connection, quality of movement, creative expression and musicality to make their dance uniquely their own.
After living for 7 years in United States and Argentina, Ivan and Sara are currently based in Europe, and in addition to being members of the prestigious company ‘Tangueros del Sur’ directed by Natalia Hills, they have recently performed with ‘Tangox2’ and ‘Miguel Zotto in Concert’ directed by Miguel Angel Zotto, ‘Obsesion Tango’ directed by Tamara Bisceglia, and ‘Compania Roberto Herrera’ directed by Roberto Herrera.
In addition to their theatre credentials, Ivan and Sara are festival and workshop favorites, and have participated, among others, at the Belgrade Tango Encuentro, Sultans Tango Festival in Istanbul, Perugia Tango Festival, and Puerto Rico International Tango Festival.
Lorena González Cattáneo i Gastón Camejo
She gave her first steps with her maternal grandfather, with a passion for the tango dance; from him she inherited the love for this music. Following a dream she had since childhood, Lorena began to dance in 2006, devoting herself intensively to different disciplines, such as jazz, Belly dance, flamenco, salsa, and lately, tango.
One year later, her dedication and talent lead her to her first professional steps. She worked in many multicultural tango spaces or “Casas de tango” in Uruguay. Her strongest background is the fact that she worked in a traditional multicultural tango place, where the history and present of the tango montevideano of El Rio De La Plata mix and remains intact, Fun Fun. In such emblematic place she continued dancing while living in Montevideo. The tango had won her heart, although she continued to enjoy other dances too.
In 2010 she was selected to join the group of dancers of "Boom Company", a prestigious company that was 10 years old, unique in its genre and magazine in Uruguay, a type of show that combines music and dance with dramatic elements of burlesque, vaudeville comedy and extravaganza musical, there she played for three seasons until moving to Buenos Aires.
At the same time, she taught tango lessons, belly dance and dance for girls. For a few years she traveled to Buenos Aires assiduously to train with different teachers. In 2012 she decided to move to the nearby shore to start his career there.
In 2013 she meets Gaston and that same year he moved to Buenos Aires to share their lives. In 2014 Lorena manages to present for the first time at Tango World Championship and wins first place in “pista” category, a circumstance that boost her career internationally.
It is in 2015 that Lorena and Gaston achieve and merge their artistic careers, something they dreamed since long ago and begin together to bring the tango around the world.
From childhood his mother and the music were his biggest influence in always staying in connection with the art. At age 17 he sees for first time a young couple from the National Folkloric Ballet of Uruguay dancing tango, and he is impressed by them. This experience highly motivated him and at age 18 he joins such organization.
During the following years, he brought the art and his profession running in parallel until in 2013, driven by his love to Lorena, he decides to leave everything behind and move to Buenos Aires. In his new country, his technique grew from experimentation to his way of living between the milongas, the rehearsal rooms and the Tango studies, in such a way that he takes the decision to devote himself entirely to the profession of dancing Tango. Today, his love for Lorena who drove him to the biggest change in his life, binds his passion to merge as a Tango couple...
Elise Roulin & Toni Kastelan
In 2012, Elise meets Rodolfo Dinzel in his studio in Buenos Aires. With him she discovers the concept of Argentine Tango as pure improvisation, creating an essential dialogue within the couple. She could reach the great feelings of freedom and creativity while dancing and since then, she has been sharing her experience in this spirit, first in Buenos Aires, and then traveling in Europe. Elise approaches the joy of the body technical work as a tool to reach the freedom needed to express the uniqueness of ourselves, rather than for a technical competition. As she considers Argentine Tango as an art, she tries to guide the dancers in the research of their own inner dance, and in the quality of its sharing. She proposes a fair share of the pleasures and responsibilities between the two tango partners, so both roles are able to fully express themselves.
Toni is s studying Argentinean Tango in Buenos Aires since 2010 and teaching regularly in Europe. Before dedicating himself to tango full-time, Toni danced and taught Lindy Hop, a jazz inspired dance, for many years. Since his discovery of the Argentine Tango he wanted to explore its roots in order to achieve a deeper understanding of the dance and its cultural heritage. Toni was trained in Buenos Aires by Mario Morales, a choreographer, tango and folk dancer who had trained many of the successful dancers of the Mundial Tango championship. His movements are based on fearless instincts and dynamic motions. For Toni, Tango is a way of living, and most importantly a tool to express himself as an individual and artist. He wishes to share this experience through his teaching.
Elise & Toni about themselves:
We're in love with tango and in what it can give to people. We travel the world to dance and share our experiences. We hope to inspire our students to discover their own uniqness in the art of Argentine Tango. We truely belive that tango is more than a dance - it's a way for a deep connection with ourselves and each other and for acceptance the beauty of diversity. We wish for you to find and embrace your own dance on the wave of love that is going through our lives.