Erica is a founding member
of Tango Argentino Dallas.
As an actress, her
exploration with Alexander Technique and modern dance offer an understanding of
body positioning and balance that is highly applicable to the styling and
elegance of Argentine Tango.
choreographer, Erica recently created a tango for two couples for the Najwa
Dance Corp's World Dance Event.
Erica has performed at various venues - including live television, at club events, charities, private
parties and weddings in Argentina and Chicago.
from Honduras, Douglas is a life-long dancer with Latin movement coursing
through his blood!
making the leap from tropical dances to tango, Douglas began studying with local
Chicago teachers, then with visiting professors from Argentina to better understand the dance and the
relationship of the partners in the dance.
is influential in making students feel comfortable and at ease while beginning
their tango studies. His charm and open personality are only matched by
his love for dance in general and tango especially.
Douglas has performed tango
at locations in Chicago and beyond including – charity fundraisers, corporate
events, private parties and more.
Approach to Teaching
FUN! We are all working like mad everyday and probably through a curious
series of events stumbled onto the idea that "Hey, I want to learn to
tango!" These classes help students develop a strong foundation based on techniques of
the embrace, balance, walking and most importantly - the connection between
you and your partner.
and Douglas teach
tango as it is typically danced in the milongas (tango parties) in Buenos
Aires... focusing on the music and how to learn to hear the music in a way
that will inspire your dance. The importance of communication between
partners is emphasized. (No, not whispering your next step to
her!) Instead, how the leader's body marks a follower's possibility.
the fundamentals and techniques of fine social tango, students will find their
own style and create their own 'voice' in the dance.
tango is a social dance, not a competitive one. You don't have to know anything at all about dancing to start tango!
A sample of past performance
Buenos Dias Chicago! / Telemundo 44
Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Columbia College Dance Center / Latin Dance Revue 2001
Santa Julia Vineyards / Winesellers, Ltd.
The Casino Club
Motorola Latin America
University of Chicago
Harold Washington College
Four Seasons Hotel
Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival
Unity Day in Hoffman Estates
Hyde Park Art Center
Little City Arts Festival
HispanoCare's Annual Gala
Chicago Cultural Center
. . . and many private parties, weddings, charities, benefits, trade shows and
events . . .
In the near future tango will be marketed as an addictive
substance/activity. You may find yourself neglecting friends and any
social activities you previously found enjoyable in your insatiable quest for
more tango-related anything.
You may find yourself solely purchasing clothes that can double as tango-wear.
After an unfortunate incident, you will shy away from pants with cuffs - a
ladies tango shoe might get caught in them!