Instructor Bios

Tomas Howlin

Tomas Howlin is a professional Argentine Tango dancer, performer, and teacher with near 20 years of experience. Each of his movements is deeply inspired by the traditional esthetic that have characterized the style and elegance of this dance for the past sixty years. His performing career started in the well-known tango clubs of Buenos Aires and branched out internationally as he performed and choreographed for theater and film, as well as for tango festivals throughout Argentina, the United States, and Europe. A patient and dedicated teacher, Tomas has developed a unique method and approach grounded in his Argentine cultural roots. Tomas’ students have described him as an inspiring teacher who makes tango accessible and dancing it a continually renewed experience. He has long been a regular and sought after teacher for festivals throughout North America and Europe. Along with his knowledge and mastery of tango, Tomas teaches fluidly in Spanish, English, and French.

Born and brought up in Buenos Aires, Tomas approached tango at a time when it was slowly resurging after a long rest following the Golden Age of Tango. He had the privilege to study with and assist some of the legendary teachers of tango, some of whom are no longer with us today. His most influential teachers were Ernesto Pupi Castello, Jose Brahemcha, Gustavo Naveira, Graciela Gonzalez and Pepe Avellaneda. While in Argentina, Tomas was asked to perform at the most respected clubs of the time during the rebirth of tango. This rare opportunity led him to dance in Club Akarense, Club Sunderland, Club Almagro, and La Galeria del Tango. He also was asked to perform for the first major homage to Osvaldo Pugliese after his passing, and he has performed to the music of the orchestra of his daughter, Beba Pugliese.

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Shorey Myers

Shorey's first exposure to tango, watching a tall, skinny guy in a beret teach a group of awkward college kids how to walk with grace, immediately captured her imagination and she has hardly looked away since. Coming from a background in martial arts and classical music, she is driven by the desire to make her own movement as clean, fluid and musical as possible. She counts among her strongest influences Tomás Howlin, Cecilia González and Alex Krebs. Shorey is an accomplished teacher whose primary goal is to give her students those tools necessary to make their dancing as enjoyable as possible in the shortest amount of time. As great as her love of the dance is her love of the music, a passion which is evident whenever she steps behind the DJ booth. She DJs all over the country (Portland, New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, Ann Arbor, etc). She loves to keep both very traditional and very alternative crowds dancing all night long. Shorey is happily living in San Francisco, though she still travels as much as is humanly possible.

Christopher Nassopoulos & Caroline Peattie

Caroline and Christopher have over nineteen years of tango dancing and fifteen years teaching experience between them. They gained practice dancing on the crowded milongas of their home in San Francisco, as well as Buenos Aires, Germany and Holland. Their forte is teaching tango dancers how to improvise in a social setting without breaking the connection of the close embrace. Genuine and unpretentious, their skilled instruction balances technique and aesthetics with relaxation and intelligent navigation. Student feedback and progress testify to their generosity of spirit and the effectiveness of their approach. Over the years, they have been invited to teach across the country: California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida, and Washington D.C. Their down-to-earth personalities and community-minded approach to teaching and dancing, inspire repeat visits by popular demand to these communities and numerous festivals across the country.

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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.><

Angel Montero

Angel started studying tango in early 2002, and soon he became addicted to the social aspect of the dance. He started organizing milongas in Atlanta and Djing even before he started his teaching career in 2006. As a DJ, Angel has developed his own style, always favoring highly rhythmic and danceable music, with D'Arienzo and Biagi as his favorites orchestras, but also with Calo and Di Sarli high in his preferences. Beyond his personal preferences, he believes that the dance floor dictates the music to be played, always with the ultimate goal of keeping dancers wanting to dance every single set of music, always for a different reason, and giving them every option. Among his influences, he mentions Robin Thomas, Shorey Myers and Ramu Pyreddy. Angel is often the DJ of choice in most tango events organized in the Southeast (Asheville, Charleston, Augusta, Charlotte, Durham) and has been also invited to be part of the DJ staff and further away festivals like Denver and Ann Arbor.