Instructor Bios

Maria Plazaola (Buenos Aires)

Maria started to dance with Gloria and Rodolfo Dinzel in 1993. She later taught at the Universidad del Tango de Buenos Aires and since March 2001 she has shared the directorship of La Academia at El Beso with Susana Miller, where she gives lessons and seminars throughout the year.

From March 2002 she danced professionally with Carlos Gavito, with whom she performed and taught workshops in Buenos Aires, as well as on tours and in festivals in Europe, Japan and Russia. With Gavito she performed innumerable times, including at the Palais de Glace in Buenos Aires, and the closing nights of the International Tango Festival organized by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires and the Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino (C.I.T.A.) in 2003 and 2004. She continues to tour internationally, and has participated in festivals throughout Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the USA.

Maria studied anthropology and her work in tango is characterized by research and teaching of the milonguero language, which she learned and still learns dancing in the best milongas in Buenos Aires, although these days she is also happily dedicated to being a mother.

Felipe Martinez (San Francisco)

Felipe embodies a very fluid style of dancing, moving seamlessly through all ranges of the embrace. His dance is at once dynamic, smooth and extremely musical. As teacher, his dedication, enthusiasm, and sheer knowledge of the dance always come across with great clarity. To watch him and to work with him is extremely inspiring and instills a real joy and respect for the dance.

Felipe has an extensive background in other forms of movement and has been influenced by the most respected tango masters and dancers. He is a prominent tango teacher in the San Francisco/Bay Area and shares his passion for tango all over North America and Europe.

Evan Griffiths (New York)

Evan is one of the finest dancers, teachers, musicians, and DJs in the US tango scene. He’s a beautiful exciting performer, and an irreplaceable social dancer. Sometimes quiet and incredibly subtle, sometimes drastically daring and mad fast, his dancing is always precise, intense, and intimate. As a teacher he says various brilliant things; he is also an astonishingly good follower, and his musicality is just beyond.
Evan has been dancing tango since 1998 and teaching since 2001. His more influential teachers include: Elizabeth Wartluft and Greg Estes in Eugene, Daniel Trenner, Christopher Nassopoulos, and from Buenos Aires: Luciana Valle, Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli, Fabian Salas, Guillermo Merlo and Fernanda Ghi, Susana Miller, Florencia Taccetti, Hugo Patyn and Miriam Larici, Carlos and Maria Rivarola, Rodolfo "El Chino" Aguerrodi, Norberto "El Pulpo" Esbres and Luiza Paes. He has assisted Susana Miller in classes, and has taught and performed with Luciana Valle, Alex Krebs, Rebecca Shulman, and Florencia Taccetti.
Over the years Evan has visited many places in the States for tango, and spent time dancing in Berlin, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. He has taught in festivals and workshops across the country and in Berlin. In 2006 Dance Manhattan invited him to move from Oregon to New York and teach for them. Currently he lives in Harlem and has been contributing his insight and energy to the New York tango scene. Evan studied classical piano for twelve years growing up, and studied music in college. He has been playing tango piano now for the last seven years, and the passion for it has become a major part of his life. Evan plays often with Conjunto Berretin and with the big festival orchestras, and coaches other musicians on how to give tangos the vigor and swing that dancers love.

DJ Bios

Ramu Pyreddy

Ramu Pyreddy is the founder of the Michigan Argentine Tango Club at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - a community well known for its excellent social dancing skills. Currently living in Washington D.C., he is one of the most knowledgeable and sought after tango DJ's in North America and is a featured DJ at most tango festivals in the US. He teaches tango for the social dance floor with an emphasis on musicality and connection. His teaching and dancing are characterized by a keen musical interpretation, an infectious enthusiasm and a deep love of the music and the dance that is fanatic.


As an avid dancer himself, Varo has a deep appreciation for tango music as a crucial part of the overall milonga experience for each dancer. As a DJ, Varo strives to create a musical atmosphere that inspires dancers and connects with them on the emotional level. While DJ-ing, Varo is always connected to the dancers-either by observing the energy and the interactions of the dancefloor, or dancing in the middle of it. In addition to selecting good tango songs, Varo pays detailed attention to the structure of the playlist. Varo comprises the tandas and the relationship of tandas to each other in a way to establish a harmonious flow of the energy, and to develop emotional-energetic contrasts with a tasteful climax and rise that resonate within each dancer. Varo regularly DJ’s at milongas in Los Angeles and Southern Calfornia. He has DJ’d along with Otros Aires and Narcotango. Varo is also invited to DJ tango at festivals all over the US.

Jay Abling

J. has taught, DJ'd and danced in cities across the U.S, from Maui to New York, Seattle to Houston. He has performed with some of the best teachers in the scene, including Luiza Paes, Brigitta Winkler and Mitra Martin. Currently, he resides and teaches regular classes in San Diego. He dj's and co-hosts Milonga Ensueño in San Diego.


Aimee McDonald-Anderson

Aimee McDonald- Anderson received her BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. In 1997 she was in the first group to go through full STOTT Pilates training at Equilibrium Studio in Bloomfield Hills Michigan. After teaching Pilates there full time for a year and a half, she opened The Movement Center in Ann Arbor. She fell in love with Gyrotonic® in 2000 and traveled around the country to pursue her training and certification in both Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® studying with many Master Trainers, most extensively with Juergen Bamberger. She is a Certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Master Trainer, and enjoys sharing her love of the work with future teachers. She has studied the therapeutic applications of Gyrotonic® with Paul Horvath, and continually strives to deepen her understanding and approach to the work through numerous workshops and courses. Founder and Artistic Director of Terpsichore's Kitchen Dance Theatre, Aimee continues to present her choreography and to produce showcases of independent choreographers' work. Annually she produces Dancing in Summer.