2017 World Tango Champions
Magdalena and German are the winners of the World Salon Tango Championship 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their style is characterized by its elegance and expressiveness, as well as by its original musicality. They dance with passion but at the highest professioinal level. They are able to incorporate contemporary elements in tango while respecting the traditional dance. They have performed with many important and renowned dance companies, performing in theaters in Argentina and in the world. They have also participated in innumerable International Festivals, sharing their love for tango.
Magdalena Gutierrez began her tango career in the year 2000. She attended several Tango schools with a variety of of the most famopus teachers in Buenos Aires. Her professional career as an artist and dancer took off a couple of years after as she was performing in various tango houses in Buenos Aires: Tango Complex, Piazzolla Tango, and Tango Gala. Magdalena was part of the cast of great tango shows, which have been known worldwide, such as Divine Tango (Passions Company, touring through Spain, Italy, Greece), Tanguera (National Theatre, Argentina), Evita (South Korea), Tango Emotion (Teatro Nacional, Argentina), and Chantecler Tango (Paris, Tokyo, Teatro Alvear, Argentina). She is also a member of the "Cuadro de Jovenes de la Academia Nacional del Tango" (Youth of the National Academy of Tango). She also toured around the world with her then partner, the great teacher and dancer Horacio Godoy. In 2015 she started working with German when they joined the Mora Godoy Company, performing the show "Bailando Tango" in the famous Astral Theater, in Buenos Aires.
German Ballejo is a young tango professional, who stands out for his musical, creative, and elegant dance. With an extensive background on the stage and his love for tango salon style, he is characterized as being a complete dancer, expressive, and with great acting and teaching skills. In 1995, at the age of 10, German attended his first dancing lessons. His formative years were crucial to his present dance style as he took classes in various academic institutions and was part of several groups of choreographic dance. This blend between the creative side of the popular dances and the professionalism required to work on the stage is a defining trait of his art. In 2010, he moved to Buenos Aires where he began his career as an artist and dancer working in different tango houses: Complex Tango, Gala and La Ventana. Also, he performed in companies like Tempotango and Pasion de Tango, which gave him the opportunity to go through some of the most important stages and local theaters in Buenos Aires. In 2014, he worked for the prestigious and famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. In 2015 he joined the Mora Godoy Company, where he partnered with Magalena performing the show "Bailando Tango"
Eleonora Kalganova is a unique, generous, sensitive, and kind teacher.
She grew up in post-Soviet Tashkent, Uzbekistan (part of the former Soviet Republic). She studied dance extensively from an early age: folk, ballroom, character, historic, ballet and modern.
After successfully completing 9 years of rigorous study, Eleonora graduated from the State Dance Academy in Tashkent and became a principal dancer with the prestigious Alisher Navoi Theater of Opera and Ballet.
Through this remarkable and rare educational experience she gained a solid understanding of movement, anatomy, music, performance and dance composition.
With time, Eleonora became increasingly fascinated and involved with Argentine tango. After years of study, with intelligence, passion, professional dedication, and her unique dance background, Eleonora started to develop a very special understanding of Argentine tango.
Eleonora believes in breaking from the rigidity of steps and memorization. She encourages students to develop improvisational skills through simple and dynamic techniques, achieve relaxed and released style, and most importantly, learn the joy of dance by relating, expressing, and communicating with her partner. She has been described by a reviewer as "the most talented and playful follow I have ever seen" and "it is rare when I watch a couple dance. She is that kind of dancer".
Eleonora travels extensively internationally, performing and conducting solos workshops in her famous Womens Technique classes, or with her partner Iakof Shonsky which bring out large numbers of eager fans. But she continues to be a student of life and tango.
Iakof Shonsky - Argentine tango Maestro is partnering with Eleonora at TTX. He is the founder of and teacher at the NY Tango Academy in New York city. He is also the founder of the Tango Academy. He was the organizer of the BeSTFest Tbilisi tango festival in Georgia and actor/choreographer in the tango shows "When the world is endless" and "Dancing Tango with the Stars.
Fabrizio Mocata is a Sicilian-born pianist, composer, and a graduate of the L. Cherubini Conservatory in Florence in classical and jazz performance.
His first encounter with tango in 2000, marked the beginning of his profound decade long dedication to Tango, where he is widely considered to be one of the most innovative and promising talents of the international Tango scene.
His dedication to Tango in all its forms has also fueled a successful career as an educator and true ambassador of the culture it represents, culminating in being the first to introduce Tango as part of the curriculum in an Italian conservatory (L. Cherubini in Florence) and a long-running series of worldwide masterclasses and workshops on musicality for dancers and musicians.
Among his recent collaborations, his appearance as guest pianist and arranger on Sandra Luna's "Inmensidad" contributed to the album's nomination to the "Premios Gardel", widely regarded as the most prestigious award in the world of Tango.
Fabrizio's latest album releases, "Swango", "Cruzando Aguas" and "Tango y Vino" were recorded in Buenos Aires, produced by Gruvita Media and published by the award-winning Argentinian label Acqua Records. "Letter From Rome", the last album of the Mocata/Wertico/Scaglia Jazz Trio, was published by Alfa Music, Rome.
Fabrizio Mocata has his home in Florence, Italy when he is not somewhere in the world making passionate music with unique people.
Fabrizio will be giving his famous class in Tango Musicality for dancers at the Toronto Tango Experience