Alberto plays devastating Di Sarlis, punchy Puglieses, and friendly Fresedos! Over the course of an evening he works to create a warm energetic environment while keeping a watchful eye on the dancers and the room.
Alberto is one of the founders of The Cleveland Tango School. Based out of New York and the Caribbean before moving to the midwest, Alberto has taught at the Hunter College Tango Club, New York’s You Should Be Dancing studios, and worked on staff at the Piel Canela Dance Company. In Puerto Rico he taught alongside the teachers and performers of Y Entonces … Tango. He has also volunteered and trained at the Mark Morris Dance Company in Brooklyn.
He DJ's frequently throughout North America and the Caribbean. His tandas focus primarily on tango's Golden Age.
Mike has been DJ'ing since 2010, first at local Chicago milongas and then also at a handful of marathons and festivals, both in the US and abroad. He plays traditional golden age music, with early and mid-40s being his favorite period. He prefers tangos with singers but there are some instrumental tandas that he loves too.
He studies tango music history as much as he can and makes sure the composition of his tandas reflects that knowledge. Finally, he believes that careful progression of tandas throughout the night is as important as the quality of the tandas themselves.
Recently immigrated from Russia, Ivan has been quickly noticed and acknowledged as Tango teacher, performer and DJ in Canada.
Ivan has been dancing his whole life with 13 years experience in Tango, studying with the masters of the dance around the world.
An evening as a DJ is always a new, unknown adventure for him - just like every Tango dance. He loves all the good classical tangos with temperament and passion, but he also appreciates the modern orchestras with new forms of expression in our time.
Ivan says: “For me, the most important thing is that the dancers have fun on the dance floor!”
Igor “El Espejero” started dancing tango in 2011, and DJing in 2012. Since then he has been invited to play his music to about 200 milongas and events in London, Dublin, Buffalo, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Minsk, Kiev, Lvov, Shanghai, and Buenos Aires, while actively DJing at various milonga venues in Toronto, the city of his residence.
Igor's DJ plans for this year include tango marathons and weekends in Riga, Taipei, Brugge, Salt Lake City, Kiev, Cleveland, and, of course, The Ventarrón!
Igor says: “I believe that it is the dance floor that dictates the choices to the DJ, not other way around. Thus, I neither program my music in advance of the event, nor I attempt to ‘educate’ or ‘challenge’ the dancers. My only goal is to deliver the best music and abundant energy to the floor, from the first to the last tanda, without a single exception.”
Micaela has always been an artist, driven from the very start by an enduring fascination with what it means to create something. Be it through movement, design, words, color, math, science, music, etc, she is always looking for ways to understand and help craft the world around her. When she DJs, this means a constant finger on the pulse of the room. She constructs her tandas as if they were drawings, and works for those moments when an ear perks up and the eyes start to glance about for someone to embrace.
A NYC native currently based in Cleveland Ohio, Micaela is co-founder of The Cleveland Tango School. Every day she is teaching, dancing, making art, and working to foster tango communities in the Rust Belt and beyond.
¡Viviremos los dos el cuarto de hora de la danza nostálgica y maligna!