Tango festival in San Diego this weekend

Want to experience the sensual nature of Argentine tango by spending an intensive weekend learning from some of the world’s best dancers? Head on over to San Diego for a short day trip or a one-nighter. Tangoearth is a two-day festival, Saturday through Sunday (August 18-19) of Argentine tango related activity.
Featured are not only professional dancers who have graced the stages of Broadway-style shows, but also two dancers who have performed on “So You Think You Dance Dance” and choreographed for both the Los Angeles and the London productions, Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo.
Besides Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo, the instructors include Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayte Valdes, Walter Perez and Leonardo Sardella, Claudio Otero and Elizabeth Roccella, Jerry Perez and Christine Urgell and guest teachers Angel Echeverria and Julie Friedgen.

Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo are both from Argentina. They trained in ballet, jazz, stage and social tango. Miriam is famous as the iconic image of the Broadway-London hit “Forever Tango.”

Leonardo was part of the cast of a touring production of “ Forever Tango” and danced at the most famous tango shows in Buenos Aires.

They are produce Los Angeles de Tango Festival in Culver City.  In January 2009 they achieved the Gold Medal representing Argentina on the international dance competition. They get first place as the tango duo on NBC’s new series “Superstars of Dance” in 2009.

Leonardo’s brother, Carlos Barrionuevo began to dance tango when he was 12 years old and developed his technique by studying the great masters of tango. He was invited  to perform with  Ricardo “Chiqui” Pereyra, Enrique Dumas, Raul Lavie, Maria Grana, Guillermo Fernandez and Mariano Mores. In April of 2005, he  won  the championship of the Patagonia Tango Festival in San Carlos Bariloche.  Carlos has  performed in many  different tango shows such as “Tango Emotion,” “Tango Historias Breves,” “Sabor a Tango,” “Tango Odisea,” and ” Tangorama.”

In Buenos Aires January 2007 Carlos began performing with Mayte Valdes together in prestigious tango houses such as “El Viejo Almacen,” ” El cafe Tortonni” and ” Chiquin Tango.” Recently, Mayte Valdes and Carlos Barrionuevo starred as the lead characters in “Niña Del Tango,” a short film directed by Jason Eberly. The film is currently making its rounds in the international film festival circuit.

Jerry and Christine have been cast as principal dancers in theatre: “Tango Connection” with The Mariela Franganillo Company NYC; “Gypsy Tango,” “Amor De Tango,” “Eras Del Tango.” Their most current project is the comedy feature film “Tony Tango,” working as featured dancers, actors and choreographers.

Leonardo Sardella  has trained with renowned tango instructors such as Juan Carlos Copes, Rodolfo Dinzel, Osvaldo Sotto and Lorena Hermosida, Javier Rodriguez, Angel Coria, Jorge Firpo and Aurora Lubiz, Maria and Carlos Rivarola. In 2010,he moved to New York where he teaches and performs at milongas. He also participed with Malevaje at Queer Tango Festival San Francisco, Queer Tango Festival Mexico, Boston Queer Community, Arthur Murray studios in Hamdem and for Hispanic Federation.

Presently he is the director and choreographer with Walter Perez of “Malevaje.”

Walter Perez  has performed in Argentina with several dance companies ( Neotango, Los Tangueros, De rifilon), participated on Television variety shows (Susana Gimenez,Video Match,Las tres Marias). During 1999 and 2000 he was touring in Argentina and Uruguay with the show Tangou (artistic director:Anibal Pachano). In 2000,he moved to NY ,where he teaches and performs.

Parking:
There is lots of parking availability at the park and is free, but but to early as weekends tend to be crowded.
Gala night:
Admission is $25 and is open to the public in general.
No outside beverages are allowed. There is going is a no-host full bar.
Yoga class:
If you are planning to take the free yoga class, please bring your own mat. Class starts 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Registration:
Online registration is now closed;  you must sign up at the door only. Saturday registration opens 9:30 a.m., Sunday at 10 a.m. Remember to arrive early to enjoy a complimentary breakfast with registration.

Hall of Champions in Balboa Park
2131 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

You can find all the information about the festival at: www.tangoearthimmersion.com

About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on August 17, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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