Fabian Peralta and Josefina Bermudez in Washington, DC 2016

Organizer’s Forward

Rick’s Tango Club and VivianaTango are excited to bring 2006 World Champion of tango de salon Fabian Peralta and Josefina Bermudez to Washington, DC in March 2016!

 

We would like to explain why “Secrets from the Golden Age”: this goes back to their tango history. Fabian started learning Argentine folkloric dance at the age of 6. Then, he was trained in ballet, and aspired to become a professional ballet dancer. When he came to Buenos Aires to work as a ballet dancer, he accidentally stumbled upon tango, via a show by Miguel Angel Zotto and Milena Plebs, at which moment he decided to pursue tango as his career. Since he went from other dances to tango (for clarity, Fabian says that his early ballet training worked against his learning tango), this circumstance drove him to have the desire to find the root of tango. This search for the root of tango brought him to be in contact with the great Milongas (according to Fabian, “Milonga” is the way the most distinguished dancers were called in the Golden Age) from the Golden Age who were still alive at that time, and he could acquire much knowledge (and the “secrets” that Fabian and Josefina will transmit in their workshops during their visit to DC this time) of how great Golden Age dancers danced. Then, we won the world tango championship in 2006. He says that there is nothing much he has added to the technique from the Golden Age, but he did develop and evolve the methodology for teaching it. Josefina also started with ballet at the age of 8 and began to learn tango at 11, and then fully commited to tango later. The greatest influence on her tango dancing was Fabian, and they share the same passion and desire for evolving and transmitting the tango dancing from the Golden Age.

Biography

Fabian Peralta

After extensive professional training on Argentine folkloric dance and ballet, Fabián Peralta started tango under the guidance of Mingo Pugliese at the age of 23, and the teachers he had learned from include many great social dancers from the Golden Age of tango. He worked in popular tango show houses, created and directed the tango show “Corporation Tango”, and was part of the tango show companies Copes Tango Copes, Solo Tango, and Tango x 2. As a tango teacher, he taught at the tango school “Carlos Copello” in Buenos Aires for five years as well as in numerous tango festivals and workshops around the world, including Australia, Germany, Holland, Italy, Turkey, Spain, and the USA. He won the world tango championship (Mundial de Tango) in Tango de Salon category in 2006.

Josefina Bermudez

Josefina Bermudez, began her dance study at the age of 5 under the guidance of Anne Deutch. She continued her study on classical and modern dance at the school of Beatriz Schraiber in Blue City. After having graduated from the New School of Contemporary Dance, she danced in the dance companies of Oscar Araiz. Her introduction to tango began when she was 11, and she continued double career routes with contemporary dance and tango. She was a part of several companies and tango shows, including the tango company directed by Juan Corvalan “Tango Malambo” with which she toured Europe. As a tango teacher, she regularly taught at the tango school “Carlos Copello”. Her teachers include Carlos Copello, “El Nene Massi”, Lorena Ermocida, and Fabian Peralta. With Fabian, she taught in Germany, Holland, Romania, Swiss, Ireland, Greece, Croatia, Austria, Ukrania, Poland, Turkey, Russia, China, Japan, Canada, and the USA.

Locations

All workshops will be held at DansezDansez, 4907 Rugby Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Parking: Street parking (paid and free) and Woodmont Rugby public garage (free on Saturday and Sunday, 8216 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814). Don’t park at the on-site parking spots by the building next to DansezDansez.

20th Anniversary Milonga Portenia by Viviana Tango where Fabian and Josefina perform will be held at Chevy Chase Ballroom, 5207 Wisconsin Ave NW #6, Washington, DC 20015.

Parking: Street parking (free during the time of the milonga)

Schedule

Friday @ DansezDansez

  • 7-8:30pm Workshop 1

  • 8:30-10pm Workshop 2

 

Saturday @ DansezDansez

  • 3-4:30pm Workshop 3

  • 4:30-6pm Workshop 4

 

Saturday @ Chevy Chase Ballroom

  • 10pm-2am 20th Anniversary Milonga Portenia with Performance by Fabian and Josefina

 

Sunday @ DansezDansez

Workshop Topics

The topics of the 6 workshops were carefully designed so that they will be progressive, from the very fundamentals of Fabian and Josefina’s technique, how they do what they do, based on the technique from the peak of the Golden Age, to the details and know-hows of how legendary Milongas* did what they did, including their tricks and steps. Below are the workshop topics (workshop level in parentheses).

 

* Milongas: according to Fabian, “Milonga” is the way the most distinguished dancers were called in the Golden Age.

 

Friday

  • Workshop 1. Embrace and connection: more than 7 types of embrace (all)

  • Workshop 2. Yeites: details and tricks of legendary Milongas (int/adv)

 

Saturday

  • Workshop 3. Walking systems and vaivenes (Int/Adv)

  • Workshop 4. Figures of the legends: lyrical orchestras (adv)

 

Sunday

  • Workshop 5. Figures of the legends: rhythmic orchestras (adv)

  • Workshop 6. How to dance to variacion: the last beats of frenzy (adv)

Private Lessons

Private lessons will be available from Tuesday 3/22 to Sunday 3/27. Additional dates will be announced if available. Plase write to email to arrange.

Prices and Registration

Single day passes will be open soon.

Single Registration (Leader)

  • Fri/Sat/Sun

  • $210
    • All workshops
    • 20th Anniversary Milonga Portenia with Performance by Fabian and Josefina

  • Sat/Sun

  • $155
    • Workshops 3 to 6
    • 20th Anniversary Milonga Portenia with Performance by Fabian and Josefina

  • At Door

  • $40
    • One workshop

Single Registration (Follower)

  • Fri/Sat/Sun

  • $210
    • All workshops
    • 20th Anniversary Milonga Portenia with Performance by Fabian and Josefina

  • Sat/Sun

  • $155
    • Workshops 3 to 6
    • 20th Anniversary Milonga Portenia with Performance by Fabian and Josefina

  • At Door

  • $40
    • One workshop

Couple Registration

  • Fri/Sat/Sun

  • $400
    • All workshops
    • 20th Anniversary Milonga Portenia with Performance by Fabian and Josefina

  • Sat/Sun

  • $300
    • Workshops 3 to 6
    • 20th Anniversary Milonga Portenia with Performance by Fabian and Josefina

  • At Door

  • $80
    • One workshop

There is 10% discount for full-time students (register and send Rick an email through PayPal).

Accommodation

Hotels

The following hotels are very close to DansezDansez, where all workshops will be held.

 

Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
DoubleTree by Hilton Bethesda
Golden Tulip Bethesda Court Hotel
Residence Inn by Marriott Bethesda Downtown

AirBnB

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