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Murat and Michelle Erdemsel
Murat Erdemsel has been described as one of the strongest leads in the United States as a dancer and instructor. He has taught in most of the major tango events in North America and Europe has influenced large numbers of dancers with his unique perspective of dance and instruction while he maintains his teaching position for Dance Manhattan in NYC. Born in Istanbul, Murat followed his parents path to art school. He established himself as an artist before he arrived in the US to complete his Masters Degree in Painting. His art works were sold to collections in Europe and in the States. Eventhough he has moved from painting to dancing, it is very apparent that his classical education and knowledge of art and art history influences and enriches his ability to teach in general. Murat has been running tango events and creating non-partisan organizations to support Argentine tango through the communities with his dance and life partner Michelle. Murat has performed in such important venues as the Metropolitan Club in NYC in honor of the president of Argentina. He has partnered with well known dancers and including with Michelle, has shared the stage with the masters of tango. Performed to the live music of important Tango orchestras such as Hector Del Curto, Raul Haurena and Color Tango. Murat can also be seen on TV and in Movies with his dance.
Michelle Erdemsel took her first steps in dance at the age of 6 at the world renowned San Francisco School of Ballet and continued with such greats as David Howard in NYC. Her dance experience can only be described as eclectic, ranging from modern, jazz, flamenco, hula and theatre dance. Michelle spent many years touring with famous Musical Artists such as Liza Minelli in prestigious venues like Prince Albert Royal Hall in London, Off Broadway theatres in NYC, Stadiums and Arenas in Europe, South America and the US. Her interest in partner dancing led her to competitive ballroom dancing and the more acrobatic style of theatrical dancing in which she garnered many awards including a North American Championship. Michelle has also been reviewed well by the NY Times as a choreographer for off-broadway productions and has assisted with choreography for the Live Televised shows Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. Michelle has appeared on major network TV as well as movies, commercials, magazine fashion spreads, night club shows and theatrical productions nationally and internationally. Michelle discovered tango and traveled to learn and dance all over the US and in Argentina. Now Michelle has dedicated her life to teaching and dancing tango with her husband and partner Murat. Together they travel to teach at major festivals and perform at the milongas as well as with live music such as the Color Tango Orchestra.
Marika Landry and Mauro Peralta
Marika Landry was drawn to dance at an early age, studying jazz, modern and classical techniques. Marika Landry has 24 years of dancing experience, committing in the last eleven years to the argentine tango. In 1998 she finished her studies in modern dance in the Dance School of Quebec and decided to dedicate herself to the argentine tango. In 2001 she went to Mexico City to teach and dance with Gregorio Garrido. Back to Montreal in 2003, after a two years tour round North America, she gave lessons on argentine tango in said City, involving herself in the opening of the school Tango Fabrika with Bulent Karabagli.
Since 2004, she is internationally recognized due to her capacity as dancer, teacher and her technique Workshops for the women all round North America and Europe. In 2006, she met Robin Thomas. With him she participated in several festivals in the United States. In 2008 she opened her own dance company under the name Karima Tango. On the same year she participated in the first project of tango therapy in Canada, together with psychologist France Potvin. Embracing now a new turn in her career, since March 2009 she began a new promising project together with Mauro Peralta.
Mauro Peralta commit to argentine tango in 1998, in Buenos Aires. He trained hard with several teachers and at the same time trained in modern dance, classical dance, jazz, yoga and gym.
He is naturally interested in teaching. At the beginning he commit to teaching tango lessons and trained a group of children ranging in the age from 7 to 14, named Tango Sur. He also gave lessons in the Lola Mora center, which belongs to the government of the City of Buenos Aires. In 2005 he was in charge of the academic directorship of the Piazzolla Tango and acted as juror of the pre tango contest in the province of Chaco and the provincial junior contest (Torneos Juveniles Bonaerenses). In 2007 participated of the show named “Tango Elemento” with the artistic directorship of Claudio Gonzalez and Melina Brufman.