c Michigan Argentine Tango Club

Instructors

Ney Melo & Jennifer Bratt

World-renowned tango dancers and teachers Ney Melo & Jennifer Bratt started in the New York City and Buenos Aires tango scenes, learning from the old milongueros and dancing every night in the milongas. They started their tango classes in NYC in 2003. These classes were immensely popular. In 2007, they relocated to the West Coast and opened their studio "TangoVida San Francisco" on 1120 Pacific Street in San Francisco. After many marvelous years there, they have returned to New York City and have added two new tangueros to the family: Kilian and Starla.

Ney and Jennifer are dedicated to inspiring students to dance tango with feeling, musicality, cadencia, and connection - the way it is danced in Buenos Aires. The atmosphere in their classes is relaxed, personable and lively, and they place equal emphasis on the lady's role as the man's. Technique and the essence of tango, both fundamental to dancing well, are stressed in whatever step is being shown. Their instruction is highly respected and sought out by beginning and advanced dancers, as well as other teachers and choreographers.

In addition to running TangoVida NY, Ney and Jennifer have been busy touring the world. They regularly teach and perform in Italy, Romania, Istanbul, Australia, and New Zealand as well as extensively all over North America.



Brian Nguyen & Yuliana Basmajyan

Brian and Yuliana crossed paths at a milonga in 2007. Together they travel to Argentina a few times a year to continue their tango education with maestros. They've taught and performed in several festivals and milongas such as El Congreso in Toronto, Valentango in Portland, and La Nacional and Nocturne Milonga in NYC. They are the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Tango Champions in Tango Salon, and the Finalists in Tango Mundial 2010, the annual world tango competition held in Buenos Aires.

As teachers, Brian & Yuli are focused on aesthetics, connection and the preservation of tradition. They attract a cadre of serious, detail-oriented students who have the patience to master the fundamentals, which is the basis for comprehending the nuances of the style. And within the rigors of the technical practice, their classes are filled with laughter.



Daniela Roig & Hernan Prieto


Daniela Roig

With over 10 years of experience in ballet and contemporary dance, she joins tango the world of tango with the help of many outstanding and well-known teachers with whom she had the pleasure of dancing and teaching. Her time at different schools and milongas has made her a versatile dancer.For seven years she has served as an instructor and dancer at the renowned milonga, "La Viruta Tango,” where along with her partner, Hernan Prieto, she has co-organized"La Viruta por la tarde." Recognized for her elegance, expressiveness and technique, Daniela has participated in numerous classes, festivals and exhibitions in Buenos Aires,and in different cities of the United States and Canada.


Hernan Prieto

Hernan was born into a family with a love for tango. Since childhood, porteña music has surrounded him as well as prominent figures from the world of tango, such as Goyeneche and Virulazo, among others, who regularly visited his family home. In his teens, he began to get more involved in the world of tango and milongas. He studied with some of the most famous dancers and milongueros of Buenos Aires. From them, he learned the technique, codes, and love of the dance.Since then, his quest to integrate technique, emotion, enjoyment, and joy into his dance has continued and he has become, not only an excellent dancer and teacher, but also a favorite DJ of many milongas and festivals.He is noted for his detailed and precise explanations, his warmth and sense of humor, and his deep love for tango and its culture.



DJs

Paul Akmajian (Albuquerque, NM)


Paul Akmajian (Albuquerque, NM) has been dancing tango for over 15 years and teaching for the last 8. In 2013, he began the first of a series of teaching collaborations beginning with Isabella Szymonowicz (Toronto) at the ABQ Tango Festival. In addition to teaching, Paul has been a steady DJ in Albuquerque and Santa Fe for more than 10 years and in the last six years he has DJ'd at many major festivals around the country. As a DJ, Paul strives to keep everyone energized and dancing long into the night by playing the best, most familiar, time-tested and dancer-approved music from the Golden Age of Tango.



Tine Herreman (NYC, NY)


Tine Herreman is a tango DJ and organizer in New York.

Tine deejays regularly around the city and the Northeast, and occasionally beyond. Notable New York gigs include the All-Night Milonga, Nocturne, the Seaport, Practilonga, among many. Festivals included the Portland Tango Fest, NY Tango Festival, Tango de los Muertos, the Yale Tango Fest, and others. She has played all-night events in Montreal, San Francisco and Europe.

Tine was the founding president of the Yale Tango Club, and organized, taught and DJ'ed for the club from 2003 to 2007. She developed the club from a small practica to the most active social club on campus, with almost weekly workshops with visiting teachers and a national festival. She also started several networks for DJ and community development.

Tine Herreman plays devastating tangos, soaring valses and irresistible milongas. And some very groovy alternative, when the crowd is so inclined. She creates a warm and genial mood for the dancers to enjoy each other's embrace. She has a vast collection, but every song she plays is a greatest hit. As a dancer, Tine likes to lead and follow uncomplicated tango with sophisticated musicality.

Tine deejays at big and small milongas in New York and the Northeast, and occasionally beyond. Festivals included the Portland Tango Fest, NY Tango Festival, Tango de los Muertos, the Atlanta Tango Fest, the Yale Tango Fest, and others. She has played all-night events in Montreal, San Francisco and Europe. Tine is pronounced like "Tina".

Hernan Prieto (Chicago)


Hernan was born into a family with a love for tango. Since childhood, porteña music has surrounded him as well as prominent figures from the world of tango, such as Goyeneche and Virulazo, among others, who regularly visited his family home. In his teens, he began to get more involved in the world of tango and milongas. He studied with some of the most famous dancers and milongueros of Buenos Aires. From them, he learned the technique, codes, and love of the dance.Since then, his quest to integrate technique, emotion, enjoyment, and joy into his dance has continued and he has become, not only an excellent dancer and teacher, but also a favorite DJ of many milongas and festivals.He is noted for his detailed and precise explanations, his warmth and sense of humor, and his deep love for tango and its culture.