Santa Fe Teachers:
Luren Bellucci and Michael Walker Tango USA
Luren's formal training was with the Joffrey Ballet & Harkness Ballet on scholarship and as a company trainee with the American Ballet Theatre. She was soloist with the Long Island Ballet Theatre.
With dance partner Michael Walker, she studied with top Argentine Tango Masters in Buenos Aires and United States such as Juan Carlos Copes, Miquel Angel Zotto, Milena Plebs, Julio Balmaceda & Corina de la Rosa and Pablo Veron.
Luren and Michael, along with these top argentine teachers, taught at university Tango festivals at Stanford, Northwestern, Columbus, UCLA and Arizona State and produced their own Santa Fe Tango Retreat. They were recipients of Dance Action Magazine Feather Awards for Most Outstanding Argentine Tango Dancers for 4 years. On screen, they danced in Paramount Picture's feature film "Sliver" with Sharon Stone and were featured dancers in a National Pepsi commercial. In 1993 and 1994 they starred in theatre productions of "Aristo" and "Cafe Neon" in Los Angeles. They were featured in their own half-hour program on Cable TV's "City Lights" and coached Madonna's choreographer, Vincent Patterson, for the movie "Evita".
Luren and Michael Performed with the world renowned Maria Benitez and her Teatro Flamenco in "Tango Meets Flamenco" in 1999 & 2000 and produced their own Tango show "Fusion" which was sold out for its five-week run in 2006. In addition, Luren has danced with and assisted teaching classes with tango greats Juan Carlos Copes, Osvaldo Zotto, Fabian Salas and Pablo Veron.
Luren & Michael brought Argentine Tango to Santa Fe in 1990, eventually moving from Los Angeles to Santa Fe in 1996. Luren took over the historic THE STUDIO in 2000 and continues to teach classes and host milongas as well as hosting visiting teachers from Argentina for workshops.
Michael Walker at DANCE STATION, 901 West Alameda Street (Solana Center, west side)
Thursdays with Michael - 8 to 9 PM, Beginning Level
For more information on privates and classes, call Michael (505-795-6798)
David Cohen offers private lessons in Santa Fe and teaches classes at Odd Fellows Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Road and other locations.
David teaches Salon and Nuevo Styles Tango as well as Milonga and Milonga Traspie.
Contact information: Phone: 505-988-2275
Rosalia Galassi & John Dunbar offer private lessons in Santa Fe in Salon Style Tango.
Contact information: Phone: 505-989-1225
Liz Haight began dancing at the age of five, studying ballet, modern, tap, and jazz throughout her childhood in New York City. She performed with the Jose Limon Dance Co. at Lincoln Center and later through the Julliard School of Dance. As an adolescent, she was a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, where she trained with Judith Jamison.
Liz has had her own business teaching Latin social dances in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1997. She has been teaching tango since 2002 and now works full-time teaching exclusively Milonguero-style Argentine tango both privately and in group classes. In addition, she teaches tango nationally in weekend workshops with her partner Masami Hirokawa. Since 2005, she has taught regularly at the Denver Tango Festivals, both with her partner Masami Hirokawa and with Ricardo Vidort, a renowned Milonguero of the Golden Age. In 2011, Liz and Masami taught at the Chicago Tango Festival.
Liz has been hosting milongas (dance events) in Santa Fe since 2002, including the Carlos Gospel Cafe, the Hotel St. Francis, the Cloud Cliff Cafe and Artspace, and, Joe’s Diner and now at Liz and Masami’s own studio, Two Moon Tango. Masami Hirokawa, her partner in life and tango, assists her in all their classes and workshops.
Liz's love of people, her technical ability in both leading and following, and her passion for the energetic and emotional elements of the dance have led her to develop effective ways of teaching not only the physical and functional aspects of the dance, but also its more elusive, transcendent qualities. Her exploratory form of teaching allows for a visceral experience of tango as a form of communication, creativity, connection, and the joy of self-expression.
Liz holds an interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree in art and psychology from Bennington College and a Master's degree in clinical psychology with a specialty in body/mind integrative therapy from Antioch University. She gave up her career in body-psychotherapy in 1998 in order to devote herself to teaching dance full-time.
Since 1991, Liz has focused on authentic club-style social dances originating in Latin America. She has been dancing Argentine tango since 1998. While she has studied all forms of tango, her love lies in close-embrace Milonguero-style tango - the tango of the Golden Age and the tango of the crowded dance floors of Buenos Aires. In this style, she has studied extensively with Ricardo Vidort, Alicia Pons, and Osvaldo & Coca Cartery (2004 world champions). (Link to Milonguero-style Tango)
Masami Hirokawa comes to tango with a deep understanding of the creative process and a natural, delightful ability to interpret music. In his words, "Argentine tango is like working on a piece of art except, in the case of tango, we are each other's canvas".
Masami has been an artist his whole life. In his youth he studied ballet and tap dance as well as music and sports. In his twenties he was a nationally-ranked motorcycle racer, and in his thirties he competed nationally in various ballroom dances. He has been a successful free-lance illustrator since 1971. He is now semi-retired as an illustrator and in addition to tango is involved his own artwork.
Masami has danced Milonguero-style Argentine tango since 2001 and has partnered with Liz since 2003. He has also studied extensively with Alicia Pons, Ricardo Vidort, and Osvaldo & Coca Cartery, 2004 world champions.
Masami has been assisting Liz Haight teaching Argentine tango since 2005 in Santa Fe, in workshops out of state, and at a number of the national tango festivals. In his work with Liz, he is an integral part of developing both subject matter and experiential methods of teaching.
Privates: Liz and Masami teach privately working with men, women, and couples. Private classes provide accelerated learning since we can advance at your pace while focusing on the issues and interests particular to you. Classes are booked at hours convenient to you.
Contact information: Phone: 505-982-5833
Shahin Medghalchi is a well-traveled argentine tango dancer and teacher in North America, Europe and Argentina. A sensational dancer and a skilled teacher, Shahin was trained by masters of tango from Buenos Aires through her travels since 1998.
Since 2002 she has been very successful in teaching musicality, rhythm, connection and, more than ever, the basics and fundamentals of movement for Argentine Tango dancers at all levels. Shahin’s expertise is Social Floor Technique – teaching people to enjoy dancing at milongas (dancing tango universally) while maintaining a harmonious flow with other couples on the floor. This includes creativity, interpretation of the music, connection to one’s center, one’s partner, and to the music. Her approach facilitates confidence in and enjoyment of tango dancing. Extremely detail oriented, her lessons are engaging and technical.
Shahin believes that every step out there being taught to be danced on an open floor or stage can be danced in the embrace and in a smaller, contained version on the social floor. This is her specialty of focus.
Her workshops have been described as "unforgettable".
Shahin teaches lessons at her studio "The Tango House of Santa Fe" (located at 1201 Don Diego Avenue on the corner of Cordova Road), on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Friday. Santa Fe lessons are private for singles and couples.
Also in Taos at the De Montes Studio, 41 Sol Grande, all privates on Wednesdays, and Thursdays, followed by Group lesson/guided practica on Thursdays at 5:00 - 6:00PM.
Learn Tango essentials, fundamentals and basics for all levels. Small group space is limited to 8 couples. Reserve your space and learn about details, please call Shahin at (505) 920-9987.
You may check the calendar at http://www.thetangohousesf.com/classes-events/
for Contact information: (505) 920-9987
Peter is a long-time Santa Fe teacher, who studied Argentine tango for many years in New York City with American, Argentine and European teachers, some famous, some obscure. In his instruction he uses both basic and more advanced steps to teach the fundamentals of connection, balance, and poise that create ease, comfort, and beauty in the dance, and open up myriad possibilities for improvisation and musical expression.
Peter is available for private lessons.