Core Instructors (three pairs every year) 

Adam Cornett and Jesica Arfenoni - 
United States and Argentina 

Adam Cornett started dancing Tango in 2000 in Portland Oregon. He studied with Rachel Lidskog and Alex Krebs. Adam quickly became the assistant teacher to Rachel Lidskog in his second year of tango and the assistant teacher to Alex Krebs in his third year of Tango. Adam started teaching on his own at the age of 20. Having taken way too long to get to Buenos Aires he vowed that after his first trip in 2013, he would go every year to continue his studies, which he does. He learns from many teachers in Buenos Aires but his two main teachers are Gabriel Angio and Natalia Games. As a student of tango history he studies with them to learn the historical information and figures of the old milongueros. In 2014 he moved to Boston to partner with Tilly Kimm. The two did tours throughout the US as well as China and Taiwan. Adam and Tilly won the US Tango de Pista (Salon) championships in 2016 and represented the United States in the Mundial de Tango in 2016. In 2018 Adam went on a short US tour with 2010 world champion Maria Ines Bogado and is now practicing and beginning to partner with Jesica Arfenoni the 2013 world champion.

Jesica Arfenoni is the 2013 World Tango de Pista Champion. She is considered one of the best Tango de Pista dancers in the world. Jesica is known for her musicality, elegance and style. She has studied with many of the most famous teachers in Buenos Aires and brings her own perspective to her classes. Jesica has toured all around the world teaching and performing tango since 2010. She has been a part of the companies "Tango Viaje Al Sentimiento" and "Tango Mas Tango." Jesica was also part of the Ballet Folclórico Nuhuen Auquen" She has been a judge in several championships around the world including Chile, Russia, Argentina, and the Philippines, among others. Jesica is now an influential force in the Chicago tango scene giving private lessons and women's technique classes. 



José Luis Ferraro and Rika Fukuda - Argentina and Japan 

José Luis Ferraro represents the essence of the milonga. A unique style, characterized by the elegance in his walk and embrace and an impeccable musicality, allows him to stand out on a dance where the love for the Tango is an essential element.

He started dancing in 1996 with the great milonguera Elvira 'Pocha' Vargas and he was surrounded by the best milongueros of Buenos Aires, from those whom he learned that the Tango transcends the dance, because it is a way of life, an emotion that accompanies him every day and that allows him to see the world with different eyes.

Rika Fukuda started dancing Tango in 1999 and she has managed to make a perfect blend between this particular dance and the Japanese culture.

For 15 years she successfully ran her own Tango academy in Japan, where she was able to pass on to her students the essence of this dance and inspired them, thanks to her love for Tango.
Nicholas and Stephanie - United States 

Both Nicholas and Stephanie originally come from scientific backgrounds and take an empirical approach to tango. They both believe that many different styles, approaches and techniques are valid. Their technical approach is informed by their studies of kinesiology, physical therapy, martial arts, yoga and other movement disciplines. They also continue to draw inspiration from other dances and regularly teach and dance swing, salsa and ballroom. 

Nicholas and Stephanie have been teaching together for 5 years. They are trained in classic salón, tango nuevo, and milonguero style (US). They have performed all over the country and at prestigious venues in Buenos Aires. They have taught students ranging from absolute beginners to finalists in the US tango championships. Their philosophy is open minded and evidence-based. Their own dance is constantly evolving and they dedicate a lot of time to their own study. They encourage their students to see tango as an open-ended journey of lifelong learning.

Jorge Kero – Argentina 

Jorge Kero has been dancing tango in Buenos Aires for 67 years, including through the golden age of tango in the 1950’s and 1960s. He is regarded as a living master and one of the best living dancers of milonga traspié. In his dance he is known for his cadence, natural elegance, and great precision. His particular traspié has been described as distinctive and mischievous. 
2018 Albuquerque Tango Festival 
Instructional Cadre
(Six different instructor pairs every year) 
Guest Instructors (three pairs every year) 

Jay Abling - United States 

J Abling has been teaching tango for 18 years; nearly half of those years as a traveling resident teacher all over the US. He has trained with some of tango's most amazing masters and has taught at many major tango festivals in the US. J's students have often commented on his ability to simplify complex movements and provide insights that bring about important and lasting breakthroughs. 

Rachel Moon has been an avid social dancer for over 20 years. In 2015, she spent 6 months training in Buenos Aires and in 2016 began partnering with J. Working with J has enriched Rachel's technical knowledge of tango, forming a great complement to her intuitive approach to dancing. Rachel strives to tap into each student's instinctual body movement and help them acquire tango technique that feels good and is functional on the dance floor.

Combined, their teaching melds together understanding with the mind as well as with the body. J's ability to diagnose what needs to be improved and Rachel's natural sense of movement enables the student to develop the necessary skills and intuition to become an amazing dancer. 

They live and teach in the Annapolis/DC area. Look up annapolistango.com to learn more about their work

Adam Hoopengardner and Ciko Tanik - United States 

Adam. Adam Hoopengardner excels in many styles of tango which gives him the opportunity to dance with everyone from the most traditional salon dancer, to the milonguera, to the more nuevo dancers. Adam’s philosophy of tango is centered on the energy one feels from one’s partner, which he believes should dictate the style and movement of the dance. He doesn’t believe in restricting himself to either an open or close embrace instead he attempts to create a connection with his partner and allows that to dictate what evolves on the dance floor. His teaching style reflects this philosophy. He bases his classes on the abilities of the students and uses different exercises to help them explore the dance. On the social dance floor you will see him moving close or open depending on the connection, space, and music.

Adam has studied extensively with Horacio Goody, Gabriel Angio and Natalia Games, Andres Amarilla, Gustavo and Giselle, Chicho Frumbolli and Lucia Mazer, Tete Rusconi, Nito and Elba, Brigitta Winkler, Tomas Howlin, and Robin Thomas. In addition to teaching in NYC at Empire Dance, Adam regularly guest teaches in Pittsburgh, New Haven, CT (Yale); Princeton, NJ; State College, PA; Bethlehem, PA (Lehigh UN). Adam has also DJ’d tango music in Buenos Aires, San Fransisco, Montreal, Toronto, Ann Arbor, Cleveland, NY, Providence and Pittsburgh, to name a few.

Ciko. Ciko’s motivation to pursue tango has been the connection to another soul & body, as well as her own, through a music that inspires her.
During her visits to Buenos Aires she focused solely in the dance in its original grounds exploring and studying both traditional and nuevo tango roots which developed the Argentine quality in her dance. She embraced both open and close embrace which allowed the ability to move fluidly between the two and be more dynamic and versatile. Her technique gives her a non-restrictive connection with various dancers. Her dance is defined by its sensuality, creative playfulness, musicality and elasticity.


She has worked across US and Canada teaching workshops and at festivals. Has worked and performed with powerful leaders such as Adam Hoopengardner, Silvina Valz, Marcelo Gutierrez, Tomas Corbalan, Andres Amarilla, Evan Griffiths, Robin Thomas, Somer Surgit, Daniel Tuero, Guillermo Cerneaz and Felipe Martinez.


Carrie Field - United States

Carrie Field holds a bachelor's degree in dance/arts and social change, She performed and toured professionally as a modern dancer for many years. Carrie began dancing tango in 2005. She has been teaching Pilates, yoga, and Gyrotonic® since 1993 and holds certifications in all three practices. Owner of Taos Pilates Studio and Founder of Tango Inform, Carrie brings a passion for the mechanics of the moving body to tango. She is currently in her second year as a student at the University of New Mexico in the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program.
Instructing the Tango Inform Warm Up Classes 
Instructing the Absolute Beginners Class 
Eva Garlez and Pablo Rodriguez - Argentina 


Eva Garlez & Pablo Rodriguez are internationally recognized Argentine Tango teachers that belong to the New Guard of Milongueros, young and full of enthusiasm they use the close embrace as a means of musical expression. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina they have chosen Albuquerque as home-base after having traveled throughout the US in recent years, giving seminars and performances. They combine an extraordinary ability to explain the basic mechanics of danceable tango and from there building a very personal dance for each student. Their classes increase the confidence of their students by giving them the tools they will need at all times.

Currently, they continue expanding Tango all over U.S., visiting Tango communities and Festivals, and sharing their knowledge and charisma.

Pablo Rodriguez comes from a family with an extensive_F2F6895-0012 musical pedigree; Porteña traditional music is in Pablo’s blood. Because of his infatuation with the dance, Pablo began to seek expertise in recognized milongueros, developing his own personal style of dance and teaching.
He focuses on leadership: clear and precise lead, posture, music and the comfort of women. He also focuses on the good management of the line of dance and how to optimize the tools one has on the dance floor. The fundamental principles are stepping, elegance, balance, interpretation of music and comfort of women, all with a high technical quality. And all this without forgetting that Tango is a social dance.

Eva Garlez, after starting to learn Tango, was quick develop considerable knowledge and understanding of both roles. Eva’s love of dancing is transmitted as she teaches and performs. She has become an outstanding milonguera, having taught and performed with great milongueros.
In class she provides all her knowledge and experience as a dancer, optimizing the learning process of the students to help them quickly achieve a high technical quality. She focuses mainly on posture, balance and elegance to develop an intuitive and personal dance, which enhances the beauty of the dance.

You can find more about Eva Garlez & Pablo Rodriguez at www.evaypablo