It Takes Two

In the popular imagination, tango is an exotic seduction born on the sultry streets of Buenos Aires. In truth, it’s a complex improvised form danced the world over.

About Carolyn Merritt

Carolyn holds a PhD in anthropology from Temple University and a BA in French and Spanish from Trinity College (CT), and she is currently Lecturer in Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College. Carolyn has a long background in ballet and modern dance, and she became hooked when she discovered Argentine tango in 2002.  Her love of tango brought her to Argentina several times, culminating in a two-year stint in Buenos Aires from 2005-07 and her first book, Tango Nuevo (University Press of Florida, 2012), part memoir and part ethnographic study of contemporary tango. Carolyn is also a dessert fiend and amateur baker.  You can find her desserts each Wednesday at the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School práctica.

(from thINKingDANCE)

About Giselle Anne

Giselle has demonstrated her abilities as a dancer and choreographer by performing in shows such as Tango Argentino, Tango Pasión, Mariano Mores, and Los Solistas de D'Arienzo. She has performed in America, Europe, and Japan, and during the five years of her residence in Spain (1992-97), she worked intensely with the tango: creating her own ballet, founding a school, and inaugurating the “Casa del Tango” (Tango House) in Sevilla. Now with 25 years of experience, the presence and solidity of her dance are balanced perfectly with the beauty of her movements, and this ensures that her dancing is always at the highest level.

(from artist's website)

About Gustavo Naveira

Dancer and internationally-ranking choreographer Gustavo is also the pioneer of a new technique of teaching the tango, now famous worldwide. After already 30 years of experience and touring all over the world, he imparts his knowledge with conceptual clarity and a rich technique. Being an exceptional analyst and investigator, his abilities have revolutionized tango dancing towards the end of the 20th century.  Those who best know the world of tango dancing also appreciate his knowledge of tango dancing history and styles which he knows how to materialize through the creativity of his improvisations. The critics in Bs. As. said: "…You could say that three stylistic tendencies contend for supremacy: Urquiza's style, Almagro's style, and Naveira's style …" (Clarín 8/8/99, Buenos Aires Argentina).

(from artist's website)

About Meredith Klein

Meredith Klein began dancing tango in 1999 in Massachusetts and, little by little, it took over her life.  In 2005, she left her work as a grant writing consultant to move to Buenos Aires where she lived for three years. In 2006, she began working with Andres Amarilla and for the past 12 years, they have traveled throughout the world, teaching and performing in Australia, Turkey, Lebanon, Poland, Cyprus, Brazil, Argentina, and Canada, as well as in 40 different cities in the United States.

In 2008, Andres & Meredith moved to Philadelphia and established the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, of which Meredith is now Director. Meredith continues to travel nationally and internationally to teach and perform. She guides a Tango Tour to Buenos Aires, organizes innumerable events (practicas, milongas, seminars, and The Philadelphia International Tango Festival), and teaches group classes & private lessons.

(from Philadelphia Argentine Tango School)