Maxi and Paloma focus on preserving the essence of traditional tango and its technique, while maintaining the connection during the improvisation. They inspire their students to develop a love for the embrace and the dance. They start their classes with the basics, discussing elemental topics, then build on them, creating a better understanding of the structure of tango.
Maxi and Paloma have been dancing Argentine Tango for over 18 years. They made it to the finals of the World Tango Championship six times, winning 2nd place in 2007 in Buenos Aires. They won 1st place in South Korea in 2008, and 1st place in Chile in 2001 and 2006.
Alex has been dancing Argentine Tango since 1997, and has run his Argentine tango studio, Tango Berretin, in Portland, Oregon since 2001. He has also studied the bandoneon since 2001 and is currently directing his sextet.
He is completely fanatic about the dance, and shares his passion with his students. He teaches for the social dance floor, emphasizing the improvisatory side of the dance through a strong communication between the lead and follow and on musicality. Alex tries to give his students the vocabulary necessary so that each person can find their own unique way of dancing — dancing the tango of their own body.
Homer and Cristina both started their tango obsession in 1997. Each brings with them over a dozen years of social dance experience emphasizing a fusion of tango ideologies, via their ‘one tango’ philosophy.
As teachers they are committed to creating a positive class environment and try to reduce barriers that may inhibit students from really finding their own dance.
Tilly Kimm and Adam Cornett began working together after Tilly finished her PhD three years ago. In April of 2016 they won the national championships and are the 2016 U.S. Tango Champions and represented the US in the World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires. Between them they have over 27 years of Tango experience and over 35 years of dance experience.
Adam started tango at the age of 18 when he was in college in Portland and Tilly began when she was an undergraduate at MIT. They have often been recognized for their systematic and coordinated teaching style where both partners teach equally in class. Adam and Tilly specialize in Salon but both have roots in nuevo and milonguero styles.
Carrie holds a Bachelors Degree in dance performance and had a previous career as a modern dancer where she toured nationally with various dance and theater companies. In love with Tango since 2005, Carrie Field has taught and toured nationally with Mike Malixi since 2009 as half of Taos Tango. She has been teaching Pilates since 1992, Yoga since 1999, and Gyrotonics since 2005. She holds certifications in all three practices.
Carrie is the creator of the Tango Inform™ series, a collection of exercises to prepare the body specifically for tango. Carrie will be offering these classes free to festival participants.