2017 Albuquerque Tango Festival Instructional Cadre
Thursday, October 26 - Sunday, October 29, 2017
Paloma and Maximiliano - Chile
Paloma Berrios and Maximiliano Alvarado have danced and instruced Argentine tango for over 20 years, and are primarily focused on the salon and stage styles of the dance. Their philosophy is to inspire students and to inculcate in them a love of the embrace and the dance by emphasising conection and improvisation between couples. They have instructed and performed in festivals and workshops in Europe, South America, North America and Asia.
1st place World Tango Championship TAFISA 2008
(Busan, South Korea).
2nd place World Tango Championship 2007
6 finals World Tango Championship (BA, Argentine).
Some first places in national competitions Chile between 2001 and 2006.
“Maxi and Paloma, passion and quality meet in your dance. Great dancers and teachers, it has been a pleasure to have shared with you a festival of international level” – Gustavo Benzecry Saba, Buenos Aires
“I first met Paloma & Maximiliano at a festival in Mexico in 2014 and was so impressed by their professionalism, teaching ability and performance skills that I hired them immediately for my Feb 2015 Portland ValenTango Festival and again for my 2016 ValenTango” – Clay Nelson, Portland OR
“They spent years walking the style of “Tango Salon” and have transformed themselves into excellent dancers of this style. I love watching them dance, and make the public fall in love with them” – Fernado Galera, Buenos Aires
“Most memorable experience at ValenTango 2015 … the kindness and
serenity of Maxi and Paloma” – Dominic Bridge, Portland OR
“Amazingly clear & personable- they changed my leading forever- tell them thank you from me!” – Heather Joy Heisler, Newport
Oscar Casas and Marie Roach - Argentina and USA
Oscar has a distinct style both in his dance and his teaching. He is very milonguero, and is highly respected by the old guard in the milongas of BA. He also is extremely popular with his students, who are impressed by his teaching style. He teaches with energy and humor, emphasizing concepts, specializing in improvisation always interpreting the music and respecting the character of the different orchestras. He is especially interested in the dynamics and cadencia of the dance. Everything he teaches is applicable to crowded milongas.
Marie Riolo Roach has been dancing since the age of 8. Her passion for dance carried her to continue her studies at Brigham Young University. She returned to Indiana in 1988 and continued to compete, perform and teach ballroom and latin dance. A pivotal moment in her career was when she found Argentine tango in 2003. It started her travels all over the US and Argentina on a quest to train with the best tango teachers. She opened her own studio, Riolo Dance, in downtown Indianapolis so that she could grow a tango community. Marie is an accomplished tango teacher imparting her knowledge with equal expertise to leads and follows. Her vast experience of instructing a variety of dance forms has added to her ability to reach all students regardless of level or ability to learn. Her teaching method is clear, paying attention to technical detail and musicality while never losing the element of fun.