Rebecca Rorick Smith
Djing since the early aughts at the Eugene Tango Center, Rebecca's DJ style has been influenced by both her Pacific Northwest roots and her years spent Marathoning and Festivaling across Europe. Notably she was a regular DJ at both Traditional and Alternative Milongas in Berlin but has also played at Festivals in Sweden, Budapest, Poland, and England. Keen on keeping the flow for any style of evening she focuses on reading the room and facilitating seamless tandas.
When Olga took her first tango class she immediately discovered that this dance was a meaningful language with endless possibilities to create and interact. She became addicted to the dance and started collecting traditional and alternative tango music right away.
DJing has opened new doors for her to entertain dancers and connect with the community. With a diverse music taste, Olga combines tandas that tap into the mood of the milonga. Her goal is to keep everyone dancing and let the dancers experience the range of emotions that tango communicates. You can catch Olga at festivals along the West Coast and in her home community in San Francisco.'2019 Festival DJs.
Based in Boston, Jessica Schilling started DJing in 2010 after realizing that it was a great way to write a tango-music addiction off on her taxes. Since then, she’s played traditional tango, alternative music, and everything in between for dancers at events across North America, including the San Diego Tango Festival, Portland ValenTango, the Stowe Tango Music Festival, and a variety of other festivals, encuentros and prácticas. When it comes to the alt side of tango, she strives for a mix that’s a little sultry, a little sassy, but always fun — and always danceable.
Michelle McRuiz has been a tango DJ for 10 years, a tanguera for 12, and a dancer for most of her life. Michelle combines her innate musicality, deep love for golden-age tango music, and trustworthy ear to create tanda after tanda that keeps dancers on the floor, happy, glowing, and forgetting what time it is. She DJs regularly at milongas and practicas in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and has been a popular DJ at festivals, marathons, encuentros, and various milongas in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, California, Texas, Idaho, and England.
Paul has been dancing tango for 20 years and DJing for the last 15. In addition to being a regular DJ in Tucson, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Paul has DJ’d nationally and internationally at numerous major festivals, marathons, and encuentros, including Portland, Denver, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Baltimore, Charleston and many places in between. As a DJ, Paul work hard to keep everyone energized and dancing long into the night by playing the highest-quality, most familiar, time-tested and dancer-approved music from the Golden Age of Tango.
Derrick del Pilar
When he is at the DJ station, Derrick selects the best traditional tangos, valses, and milongas with rhythm, romance, energy, playfulness, drama…whatever the dancers seem to be craving at the moment.
Besides being a dancer and DJ, Derrick is an avid student of tango culture. He holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley, and he has translated books on tango by Lidia Ferrari and Gustavo Benzecry Sabá. He regularly updates his website, www.poesiadegotan.com, with his own English translations of classic tango lyrics.
Although he took his first tango steps in Buenos Aires, Derrick considers Tucson his tango hometown. He has DJed at festivals, marathons, and local events in cities throughout the Southwest and all along the West Coast, including Albuquerque, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, L.A., San Francisco, Ashland, Eugene, Portland, and Seattle, as well as in his native Chicago.”
Greg started dancing tango in 2005 and quickly grew to love it. His style brings great musicality and virtuosity to the dance floor both leading and following. His love and connection to the music led him into DJing. He is a local favorite in San Diego and festivals including Tucson and Denver Tango on the Rocks (alternative). He strives to listen to every detail to create positive energy as noticed by dancers. Dancers appreciate learning about the music played via a display plugin he wrote. He empathizes the essence and tradition of tango while continuing to learn and evolve.
Tara has been a DJ of traditional and alternative tango music since 2005. Dancing and teaching both roles has given her a broader perspective on how leader and follower are moved by music. She has DJ’ed at several large National Festivals in the US and Canada. Tara believes that it is the DJ’s role to work with the energy of the room to create a fun and positive atmosphere for the dancers.
Carolyn fell in love with dancing when she was a toddler while watching the movie “The Red Shoes” and has been searching for those shoes ever since! Her insight into tango music is unique, due to her experience of being a professional ballerina performing to a wide variety of music. She began ballet lessons at the age of 4, and studied dance at prestigious schools across the US, including The Juilliard School, before joining The Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theater companies. Tango came into her life almost 20 years ago, and she has been an avid social dancer ever since, having attended milongas on five continents. Carolyn has been a DJ for tango events since 2017, and is now sought-after for her ability to play music that makes it irresistible to dance.