One Vamos student recounts their first experience with Tango:
"Studying abroad in Argentina and watching tango really opened my eyes to the passion and beauty that Buenos Aires thrives on."
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Iván Leonardo Romero (world champion) and Silvana Núñez, are dancers, teachers and choreographers of Argentinian Tango. They toured the world, more than 30 countries, teaching their techniques for salon and stage tango. They are choreographers and physical preparers of amateur and professional couples, for shows and competitions.
They are the solo couple of the “Orquesta Selección Nacional de Tango”, with which they toured the 5 continents representing the Argentine Republic. They shared the stage with “El Sexteto Mayor”, Rodolfo Mederos, Andres Linetzky, Julio Pane, Raúl Lavié, Ariel Ardit, Lidia Borda, among many others…
IVAN LEONARDO ROMERO
Tango Instructor & World Champion
Iván Leonardo Romero began a solid career as a dancer with Argentine Folklore. In 2004, he won “Hugo del Carril” championship in Buenos Aires. And then in August, he was consecrated as “World Champion of Tango Stage 2004 category”, world competition and official held in Argentina, Buenos Aires. As World Champion in 2004, he represented the Government of the city of Buenos Aires at numerous events and festivals both in the city and abroad.
Tango Instructor & Choreographer
In 2009, Iván formed an artistic couple with Silvana Núñez, and together they have established a solid and revered dancing career to this very day, and are a significant artistic reference in the Tango scene for many dancers. They are juries of the world, metropolitan and bonaerense championships organized by the Argentine government, as well as juries of international competitions around the world.
Since 2005, they are juries of the world, metropolitan and bonaerense championships organized by the Argentine government, as well as juries of international competitions around the world:
- Sub-site championship and Asian tango world in Japan, Tokyo (2019)
- Sub-site of the championship and world tango in Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia (2019)
- Sub-site of the championship and world tango in Mendoza, Argentina and in the city of Junín of Argentina(2017)
- Asian sub-site of the Korea World Tango Championship (2017)
- Sub-site championship and tango world in Mendoza province, Argentina (2016)
- Sub-site championship and tango world in San Francisco, United States (2016)
- Sub-site of the Championship and World Tango Championships of Chillán, Chile (2014)
- Official sub-site of the tango and world championship in the city of La Plata, Argentina (2014)
- Tango championship “Word Tango Championships” in the city of Medellan, Colombia (2014)
- Stage category qualifiers, of the “World Tango Championship” organized by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011, 2007 and 2005)
- Bonaerenses Youth Tournaments 2007″; ” V , VI , VII and IX Metropolitan Tango Championship of the city of Bs. As.
When it comes to Tango classes in Buenos Aires Vamos Academy has many alternatives. They have a weekly free tango class for their students but they also have paid group and individual classes.
When it comes to options for viewing tango in Buenos Aires. Milongas, or tango dance halls, often have a class early in the night before opening up the floor to dancers of all levels, but I had heard rumors that if you attend a milonga you might be swept up and invited to dance with a stranger, which sounded intimidating given my complete lack of knowledge about the dance. A dinner tango show sounded more up my alley for a first encounter with tango: I wanted to take it in at a safe distance. The dinner shows range in price and production value: some have elaborate lighting schemes and over the top wardrobe concepts, while others showcase a more classic form of the dance. I asked a porteña friend for some recommendations, and she suggested I try one of the more intimate venues as an introduction to tango.
I made my way to a small tango salon in San Telmo where a host quickly led my friends and I to a table so close to the stage that I was nervous I might get kicked by one of the dancers’ heels. Fortunately, the performers were very skilled and despite a few high kicks and seemingly close calls, I managed to stay safe throughout the show. The whole experience was incredible: watching the dancers’ strength and passion was inspiring, and the orchestra, who sat right behind the dancers on stage, played a perfect accompaniment to the precise yet intimate dance. The show featured several interludes: one with an eclectic singer performing a dramatic love song, and another where a special guest joined the band with a music box. The dance itself looked both difficult and effortless: the dips and lifts must have required great strength on the parts of both the male and female dancers, yet the smiles never left their faces and they rarely seemed short of breath.
At the end of the show, my friend and I were impressed by the performance and envious of the dancers’ considerable abilities. Studying abroad in Argentina and watching tango really opened my eyes to the passion and beauty that Buenos Aires thrives on, and although I’m still not sure I’m quite ready to take the stage myself, I just might try out a milonga one of these days.