We are pleased to announce our list of teachers below.
Yanina Quiñones and Neri Piliu
Neri and Yanina have been dancing together since 2006. At this time, they took part in tango competitions in Buenos Aires, where they won first place in both Tango Salon and Escenario:
- Pre-World Champions-North Zone Tango Salón 2006/2007
- Pre-World Champions West-South Area Tango Show 2006
- Champion Baradero Stage Tango Festival 2007
- Second place in the Tango Salon World Championship 2008, which is held annually in Buenos Aires
Since that time, they have performed at some of Buenos Aires’ most well-known Milongas - such as Sunderland, La Baldosa, Salon Canning, Gricel, Porteño y Bailarin - often accompanied by top level orchestras such as Color Tango, La Orchestra de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires and La Orchestra Sans Soucis. They have also worked in some of the city’s most important theatres including Piazzolla Tango Show, Boca Tango and Café Tortoni.
They have taught in some of the most prestigious schools in Buenos Aires (Escuela Argentina de Tango and Escuela Carlos Copello) and the rest of the world (Japan, Italy, France, UK, Russia).
They are currently working full-time with Natalia Hills’ dance company Tangueros del Sur and Tangox2, Miguel Angel Zotto's Company as well as teaching in Milano, Salerno, Avellino and Monopoli in Italy.
They first taught and performed at the Cheltenham International Tango Festival in 2017 and we are delighted to be welcoming the back for our 2019 festival.
Aoniken Quiroga and Leticia Fallacara
Leticia and Aoniken have danced together at various times and in several shows over the years. We are delighted to have them joining us this year at the Cheltenham International Tango Festival.
Aoniken Quiroga has danced since he was 8 years old and was runner-up in the Tango World Cup in 2006 and is danced in the show, Tango Porteño, the new show at the Esquina Carlos Gardel theatre in Buenos Aires, having previously played the lead in Tango Baile by Andrés Linetzky. He was also a dancer and choreographer for the Tango show at the Café Tortoni. In 2007, he was an invited guest at the CITA festival.
Aoniken was previously on the teaching staff at the Carlos Copella school and the Argentine Tango School in the Borges cultural centre. Later, he gave regular seminars in Villa Malcolm and Torcuato Tasso amongst other prestigious schools in Buenos Aires. His performances in Sunderland Club, La Viruta, Porteño y Bailarín, Salón Canning, La Baldosa and more, place Aoniken amongst the most brilliant stars of Argentine Tango.
He now regularly dances with Noelia Barsi, often with Alejandra Mantiñan and, for our 2019 festival, returns to dancing with Leticia Fallacara
Leticia Fallacara is a renowned tango dancer who has danced with some of the most important tango companies in the world, including Copes Tango Copes, Tango Emoción, Tango Seducción, Latin Dance Carnival, Divino Tango and Tanguera in which she has been the main protagonist for thirteen years.
She has also worked in the greatest tango houses of Buenos Aires, including El Querandi, Taconeando, La Ventana, El Gala Tango, Rojo Tango, Piazolla and Madero Tango
She has been on world tours to Germany, Sweden, France, Italy, China, Mexico, Russia, Spain, USA, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Norway, Syria and UK
To Eduardo, like many other "Porteños" of Buenos Aires, tango is a form of expression that transcends both dance and music. It is pure poetry!
Eduardo has danced and taught around the globe and is one of tango's pioneers outside Argentina. He was the first of that nationality to teach in Vietnam and Cyprus as well as the first in Lillihammer (Norway) and Xhanti (Greece).
He developed his skills in Buenos Aires with maestros like Cieri, El Negro Alcibiades and Claudia Bozzo to name but a few. He has danced in traditional shows from BA nightclubs and shows in the Café Tortoni to dancing tango with a modern take in "Una Noche en Buenos Aires" at the Opera House in London.
Eduardo was the first tanguero to use tango as a therapy (tangoterapia) in the famous "Hospital Neuro-Psiquiatrico Borda" in Argentina.
He has also experimented with theatre as an actor, dancer and choreographer both in his native Argentina with "Gardel, El Mesias" and in other countries such as with "Drag Richard III" at Riverside, London.
His quest is to now share his "pure tango poetry" with dancers in his beloved Bristol and across the southwest of the UK.
The UK's best Argentine import, Eduardo is well known across the south of England for his superb teaching skills. This year, we again allow you to see his other great skill as a tango DJ!