Analia Centurion


Analia Centurion is an internationally renowned Tango dancer and instructor.  From the tender age of 6, her formation included piano and classical ballet. She began to dance Argentine Tango in 1995.  Two years later she became stage tango champion in the most prestigious youth competitions in the province of Buenos Aires.

Her trajectory include dancing with the companies of Juan Carlos Copes, Mora Godoy and the great Mariano Mores, as well as some of the most famous Tango Dinner/Shows of Buenos Aires:  Piazzolla Tango, Madero Tango, La Ventana Tango and many more.

In the halls of Buenos Aires, she learned with great milongueros such as Mingo Pugliese, Puppy Castello and Gerardo Portalea. Performing in the most famous milongas: La Baldosa, El Parakultural, Sunderland Club, etc.  She also studied and graduated from the academy “Estilos de Tango Argentino”.

Most recently she has represented her Argentine Culture in the Vail International Dance Festival, along great stars of the American Ballet Theatre and Martha Graham Dance Company, amongst others.  Her artistry gained her recognition in magazines like The New Yorker and made headlines nine times in the the New York Times.

As a teacher, she has participated in numerous international Tango Festivals:  London (2009), Seúl (2010), Beijing (2009), Hong Kong (2012), Paradise Bali (2015), Sydney (2012 & 2014), Red Carpet Tango Festival (Las Vegas, 2012-14), Argentina’s Dancing with the Stars, Yakarta (2013), Japan (2009-2010), Toronto (2011), Istanbul (2015), Caserta (Italy, 2016), Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Greece, Baltic Nations, Stockholm and many more.

Recently, most of her engagements have gravitated towards the United States, teaching seminars, workshops and performing in New York NY, San Francisco CA, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Salinas CA, Albuquerque NM, Miami FL, El Paso TX, Los Angeles CA, San Diego CA, Honolulu and Kailua HI.

In Argentina, Analia is the founder of Centurion Tango Academy in Chacabuco, Buenos Aires, where she has taught and directed the school for more than four years. For all things Analia Centurion, please visit:
www.analiatango.blogspot.com
www.centuriontangoacademia.blogspot.com

​Analia Centurion and Jeremias Fors

​Analia Centurion and Jeremias Fors

Jeremias Fors

 
Argentine native Jeremias Fors was trained musically by his father since he was seven years old, and attended the music programs of New World School of the Arts and Florida International University on full scholarships as a Music Performance Mayor. This training and discipline then carried over into the tango:  As a dancer, teacher and choreographer.
 
In 2010 he co-founded the company Tango Axis LLC. and created the shows “Eras del Tango” (2010) and “Amor Porteño” a.k.a Tango Suites (2016). Jeremias has also performed and choreographed with the following shows and groups: Maria de Buenos Aires (Atlanta Opera 2017, New Orleans Opera 2017, Nashville Opera 2017, Florida Grand Opera 2013), Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango (2016), the U.S. tours of This Is Tango Now-Identidad (2013, 2012), Masters of Tango by Tango Fantasy (2011), La Magia del Tango (2016, 2015), A Puro Tango II (2014), Amor de Tango (2011), Tango Lovers (2009), Lancaster Symphony, South Florida Chamber Orquesta, Sexteto Milonguero, Anibal Berraute Quartet, Quintango, Guillermo Petri’s Grand Orquesta, Alvaro Hagopian Trio, Artango Dance Company, Tango Fantasy and Dance South Florida Entertainment, among many others. His dancing in the FGO’s interpretation of Piazzolla’s Operetta; “Maria de Buenos Aires” and Robert Rodriguez’s musical piece “Tango”, both directed by Jose Maria Condemi, were chosen “Top 10 Performances of 2013″ by South Florida Classical Review.
 
As a teacher, Jeremias has developed a highly technical teaching style that embarks the full vocabulary of the tango dance today. He is fluent in both english and spanish and has taught and performed in the following festivals: Yunta Brava Florida (2016), Florida Tango Encounter (2016 & 2017), 15th Miami Tango Fantasy Festival (2011), 9th Annual Boston Tango Festival (2012), Boulder Tango Festival (2014 & 2016)



Oscar Casas


Oscar Casas grew up in Buenos Aires, breathing tango. His father was a Milonguero who organized Milongas in Parque Patricios, a tango barrio in Buenos Aires. Oscar is a well-known figure in the Milongas of Buenos Aires.

Oscar has a distinct style both in his dance and his teaching. He is very Milonguera, and is highly respected by the old guard in the Milongas of BA. He also is extremely popular with his students, who are impressed by his teaching style. He teaches with energy and humor, emphasizing concepts, specializing in improvisation always interpreting the music and respecting the character of the different orchestras. He is especially interested in the dynamics and cadencia of the dance. Everything he teaches is applicable to crowded Milonga

​Jesica Arfenoni and Oscar Casas

Jesica Arfenoni


Forged a great tango dancer track... As Milonguera Delight!  She has made tours throughout Europe and Latin America since the year 2010, offering seminars, shows and exhibitions...

She has been part of many professional companies such as "Tango trip to Sentiment" and "Tango MAS Tango".  She is also a member of the "Nehuen Auquen folkloric Ballet" for 3 consecutive years, she also participated in the Metropolitan and World championships... And she got 3rd. Placed in Tango and 4th place in Milonga in the Metropolitan Tango Championship 2010, she also won 6th in the World Tango Championship of the year 2009.

She Danced with Maximiliano Cristiani since February 2013.  They form a couple where elegance stands out, combining simplicity and complexity, and emphasizing the original essence of Tango!!!

Together they have toured around the world since April 2013, visiting festivals and academies from different countries... Together they are world track TANGO champions 2013!!!!

Jesica performed her work as a juror at the Tango Championships in Valparaiso-Chile (2013), Moscow-Russia (2013 Gala Dance) and in Mar del Plata-Argentina (2014), Cultural Championships in Buenos Aires (2015).  She has a very special technique that sets her dancing apart from others.


Boston Tango Orchestra -  Friday Night Opening Milonga  

Leo Karmiy – Band Leader, Upright Bass. Leo studied Piano, Violin and Upright Bass in Ukraine. Today Leo plays Upright Bass in tango and jazz styles.

The Boston Tango Orchestra (BTO) focuses on the Golden Age Argentine tango music played at milongas (Argentine tango social dancing).Ben Bushoy – Accordion. Ben studied music in Moldova and plays in a range of styles including Tango, Gypsy Jazz, and French Vals to name a few. Ben’s Accordion adds a bandoneon fill to the Orchestra. Natasha Dukach – Violin. Natasha studied Violin since the early childhood. During her years at a conservatory, she started touring around the world performing Classical, Jazz, Gypsy/Balkan, Middle Eastern and Traditional Folk music. Natasha performed tango music with various musicians and bands when she first came to the US in 2009.
Gray Gafarov – Violin, Guitar, Bass. Gray studied Violin in the Cologne conservatory Germany and bass at the NEC. He is a young aspiring local musician and plays in a number of musical styles including really cool Gipsy Jazz. You can hear him play with his band Sundays 12-3 at the Bebop Restaurant in Boston.
Santon – Piano, Violin. Blind from the birth and autistic, Santon graduated from the Berklee College of Music with Summa Cum Laude. He plays in a number of styles including classical, jazz and tango. Santon is also a tango dancer and brings an invaluable understanding of the nuances in the Argentine tango music to the BTO.

 


Pedro Giraudo  “Tango Quartet”


Originally from Córdoba Argentina, Pedro Giraudo moved to New York City in 1996. Since then he has become a highly versatile bassist, composer and arranger, performing in a wide variety of musical projects, both his own award winning Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, his Pedro Giraudo Tango Ensembles, and as a member of numerous prominent groups, ranging from tango to jazz.Pedro Giraudo has collaborated with Grammy award winner Pablo Ziegler, 9 time Grammy award winner Paquito D’Rivera, and Dizzy Gillespie’s protégé William Cepeda, as well as ‘Tango meets Jazz’ guests: Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garret, Regina Carter, Nestor Torres, Miguel Zenon among many others. In 2014 Ruben Blades’ CD “Tangos” on which herecorded bass won two Grammys Awards (Best Tango Album & Best Latin Pop). Pedro Giraudo has also been the musical director of Tango for All’s “Blind”, Mariela Franganillo Company’s “Tango Connection” and “Tango Recuerdo”, and performed with U.S.’s most prominent tango ensembles including ‘Forever Tango’, Hector Del Curto’s Eternal Tango,Fernando Otero’s X-Tango and Daniel Binelli’s ‘Tango Metropolis’. He has participated in numerous jazz and music festivals throughout the North America, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, and performed in venues such as The Blue Note (Japan & USA), Birdland (Austria), London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Jazz Festival Royale in Thailand, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Iridium, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (NYC).As a composer and arranger, Giraudo lead three ensembles (Pedro Giraudo Sextet, Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra and Pedro Giraudo Expansions Big Band), and has been hailed by critics as one of the most creative and daring bandleaders on the scene today. His compositions combine his love of classical forms, Argentine tango and folk music, and the spontaneity of jazz improvisation. The band, which boasts some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, has performed regularly in the most prestigious jazz clubs in the New York City area, including the Jazz Standard, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery, Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, as well as abroad. John Murph of Downbeat described Giraudo’s music as “an opulent listening experience of modern, orchestral jazz, brimming with passionate improvisations, deliberate contrapuntal melodies and plush harmonies. Pedro Giraudo has also conducted the world renown WDR Big Band and Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.His discography includes ‘Córdoba’ (Zoho Music 2011),  ‘El Viaje’ (2009) , ‘Desconsuelo’ (2005), ‘Mr Vivo’ (2002) and ‘Destiny of Flowers’ (2000). ‘Córdoba’ won 2011 Latin Jazz Corner’s: “Latin Jazz Large Ensemble Album Of The Year”, “Latin Jazz Boundary Breaking Album Of The Year”,” South American Jazz Album Of The Year”, and “Latin Jazz Composition Of The Year”; while ‘El Viaje’ won 2010 “Best Latin Jazz Album Of The Year,” and “Best Latin Jazz Large Ensemble Album Of The Year,” as well as “Best Latin Jazz Composition”.In 2013 Pedro Giraudo was commissioned by Música de Cámara a piece for string orchestra which will be presented in May 2014. He recently finished pieces for members of the San Diego Symphony and for Japanese clarinetist Sawako Yoshida. In 2008, Giraudo was awarded a composer’s commission through the Jazz Gallery in New York, for a new work for his large ensemble; and in 2010, he was commissioned by the JazzReach initiative to compose a new work for their Big Drum/Small World main-stage program.He has played bass on dozens of recordings for the world’s leading labels including Sony, Warner, Nonesuch, Naxos and Harmonia Mundi, as well as for independent projects, and on movies including Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street II’. He is also the principal bassist of the Hudson Symphony Orchestra and the Música de Cámara String Ensemble. Pedro Giraudo is endorsed by the gold standard in string makers, D’Addario, and the outstanding Keeley Electronics.



DJ List



Angelo Martucci


Angelo Martucci and wife Susan were the original founders/organizers of the Hartford Argentine Tango Society (HARTS) and, as such, Angelo DJ’ed exclusively the HARTS fourth Saturday Milonga for ten plus years as well as the HARTS outdoor Milonga at West Hartford’s Blue Back Square and many HARTS afternoon Milonguita at various locations including the Canoe Club in Middletown CT. In addition Angelo has been guest DJ for many Milongas including the Neo-Tango Zone (Northampton Massachusetts), the Wadsworth Athenaeum (Hartford CT), Jacobs Pillow (the Berkshires), The Jewish Community Center (Hartford CT) and many private affairs. Now retired from organizing, Angelo still DJs Tango upon request and prefers to stay reasonably local.

Angelo loves all of the Tango composers and prides himself in using a wide variety of artists during a typical Milonga. He really enjoys when the tandas flow gracefully from one set to the next, and gradually build in intensity from the beginning to the end of any given hour. Even though Angelo loves to dance Tango, it is rare for him to so when he is DJing, preferring instead to watch the crowd, feel the energy in the room and adapt the planned playlist to what he observes on the dance floor. Angelo’s DJ teacher and mentor, Jackie Wong would say, “DJs should always have a plan, and be prepared to change it without disturbing the Milonga.” Angelo has always been grateful for this bit of advice.

Angelo’s “perfect” Milonga playlist would include predominately traditional music with a bit of alternative mixed in (at just the proper time of course) to keep the younger members of the community happy.


Muna Swairjo


Muna Swairjo, is from the Hartford, Connecticut area. She is a dancer, DJ and dance Teacher at the Garage Dance Studio in New Britain, Conn . She received the Organizer’s Torch of Hartford Argentine Tango Society 5 years ago and it has been her path.

She is one of the new generation of traditional Tango DJ in Connecticut and have been a DJ at Milongas nationally and internationally for past 6 years, including last year at the Chicago Mini Tango Festival.

Tango is her passport to travel the world as a dancer, which flavored her styles as a DJ to appeal to all ears and souls of tango dancers. She constantly evaluates the energy of the dance floor to keep it healthy and fun throughout the night. Did we say she loves to spice up the night with unique cortinas?


Nate Evans


Nate Evans is a dance teacher from the studio Hartford Ballroom, teaching all types of partner dances for 9 years. With a passion for music and having been a pianist, he will make you smile with playful picks and bring you beautiful Tandas to remember.


Rodrigo Saraibe


Rodrigo “DJ Charrua” Saraibe, originally from Uruguay, studied sound and light engineering in Buenos Aires in Argentina. Rodrigo has been working as a sound engineer, DJ, and stage manager since 1995, and has ample experience as a promoter of rock and Tango events and stage in Buenos Aires, and worked in Miami, FL. for various local bands and TV shows as a music designer. Rodrigo resides in Chicago IL since 2002 , where he has been working in the integration of audio and visual arts using his sound and light design skills. As a native Uruguayan, Rodrigo began discovering his origins by exploring tango music. His passion for Tango music has lead him to acquire an extensively impressive collection of music. He has been DJ in some of the most prominent Tango Milongas in the US, including Chicago, IL., Miami, FL, Seattle, WA, Los Angeles, CA., San Francisco, CA., San Diego, CA., Sacramento, CA,. Boston, MA, NYC, Minneapolis, MN,. Detroit, MI, St Louis, MO, Washington DC,, Philadelphia, PE., Raleigh, NC, Madison, WI. Detroit, Mi. Ann Arbor, Mi. He also played Festivals and Marathons of nationally renowned such as the US Tango Festival and Championship 2013 and 2014 held in San Francisco CA., Boston Marathon 2014, 2015 & 2016 , Chicago Tango week 2015 & 2016, Shall we Dance Festival NYC 2014, Florida Tango Festival 2015, Seattle Tango Marathon 2016, Louisville Tango Festival 2016, and is schedule as the DJ for the Twin Cities Tango Marathon 2017,2 annual Florida Tango Encounter 2017,Argentine Tango USA Official Festival & Championship 2017,First Alegria Mini Tango Festival 2017,Second Louisville Tango Festival 2017