2017 Albuquerque Tango Festival Instructional Cadre
Core Instructors
Guest Instructors
Thursday, October 26 - Sunday, October 29, 2017
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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
(BA, Argentine).
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.

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Oscar and Marie - Vals .

Korey Ireland and Mitra Martin - Berlin and L.A.
Korey Ireland is a professional composer turned tango-addict. He brings a lifetime of musical experience and an unquenchable thirst for tango to his teaching. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Korey has spent the better part of the last 15 years traveling and teaching tango in the U.S., England, Holland, Spain, Germany, Russia, Kenya, Poland and Argentina, sharing his passion for tango, music, expression, and connection.  In recent years, this mission has grown to include work with aspiring tango musicians at festivalthroughout North America and Europe to create live music for dancers.  In 2009 he led the “Monster Orchestra” of Tango de los Muertos resulting in a live CD of his arrangements and transcriptions.  This project led to the birth of the Community Tango Orchestra project, which in its 6th year now includes about a dozen ensembles throughout the US and Europe dedicated to nurturing the tradition of golden age tango for dancers and musicians.
Mitra has spent over a decade developing and refining her approach to tango teaching and learning. She has taught over 2500 beginner classes and introduced many thousands of beginners to tango since she began dancing over 19 years ago. With Stefan Fabry she co-founded Oxygen Tango in Los Angeles, where she co-created the Tango ChallengeⓇ program, a fully documented beginner course that has been offered over 25 times in 2 communities with over 130 graduates and inspired many other courses. With David Lampson she created the Tango Lexicon, a notation system for tango. She is the editor of the Tango Manual, an open-source resource for tango communities supporting peer-to-peer learning through learning labs.  Mitra has facilitated Tango for Caltech, Google, the Princeton Club of Southern California, the Ford Theater, and other innovative community-centric organizations.

Mitra has taught and performed Tango all over the country as well as in Germany and Argentina. Her credits include inventive, inspired and exploratory events such as the San Francisco Tango Exchange, Tango de los Muertos (Boston), the Tango Teacher Co-Op (Minneapolis), the SFTM, the Heartland Tango Festival, the Baltimore Tango Solstice, Stone Soup Tangotopia, CONNECT, and many others. She has also been an invited DJ for major festivals and marathons across the country. http://www.mitramartin.com/

Ney Melo - New York

Ney Melo is an internationally renowned Argentine Tango teacher known for his innovative teaching methods and passion for teaching. His tango instruction is sought out by beginning and advanced dancers, as well as other teachers and choreographers from all over the world.

The atmosphere in his classes is relaxed, personable and lively, and he places equal emphasis on the lady’s role as the man’s. Technique and the essence of tango, both fundamental to dancing well, are stressed in whatever step is being shown. Ney is dedicated to inspiring students to dance tango with feeling, musicality, cadencia, and connection – the way it is danced in Buenos Aires.

Ney grew up in New York City and received a scholarship to the prestigious Regis High School in Manhattan. After graduating from Binghamton University with a degree in Accounting, Ney worked for Lehman Brothers but, after September 11th, he discovered tango and left his career to pursue his dream in Buenos Aires. His story has been featured on Yahoo! News, NY Times (Sep 2011), and many other news publications.

Ney’s tango inspiration and training came from the master couple “Javier Rodriguez y Andrea Missé” and other Argentine masters of the salon style of tango. In 2007, he and his long-time partner Jennifer Bratt established a tango school in the Nob Hill section of San Franciso which reintroduced the traditional salon style to the young generation of West Coast tango dancers. In 2011, they moved back to New York City in order to be closer to their families.

After Jennifer took a break from teaching and performing tango in 2011, Ney went on to partner with Maestras Cecilia Gonzalez and Virginia Pandolfi on teaching tours to Iceland, Australia, Germany, and Italy.

In 2016, Ney will be the maestro at the Valentango, Tucson, Firenze, and Denver tango Festivals.

Vania Rey - Austin

Vania is an internationally recognized teacher, performer and DJ, who has worked in over 45 cities in Europe and both Americas.  Vania started teaching tango in 2002. A versatile instructor who is well-versed in both lead and follow roles, Vania custom tailors her classes to the group receiving them, and makes sure that both leaders and followers get their fair share of instruction in class, and that people on all levels get something valuable out of every lesson.Through the use of imagery and references to physics, body mechanics, and geometry, Vania accommodates different types of learners. She pays special attention to three key areas: precision of movement, creating a comfortable embrace for leads and followers, and musicality.

Vania often teaches alone, and has performed with over 50 male and female partners. Some of the dancers Vania has worked with include Joge Torres, Junior Cervila, Ney Melo, Jay Abling, Jennifer Olson, Murat Erdemsel, Catherine Gorsuch and El Pibe Avellaneda.

Learn more about Vania Rey at her website.

Eva Garlez and Pablo Rodriguez - Buenos Aires and Albuquerque

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.com

Carrie Field - Albuquerque

Carrie holds a Bachelors Degree in dance performance and had a previous career as a modern dancer where she toured nationally with various dance and theater companies. In love with Tango since 2005, Carrie Field has taught and toured nationally with Mike Malixi since 2009 as half of Taos Tango. She has been teaching Pilates since 1992, Yoga since 1999, and Gyrotonics since 2005. She holds certifications in all three practices.Tango Inform is a collection of exercises created by Carrie Field to prepare the body specifically for Tango. Tango Inform is designed as a practice to improve the Tango dancer’s ease, grace and physical confidence.