Four Instructors, 15 Classes, 5 Milongas, and More!
TangoHelena's yearly festival has returned to bring world-class tango instructors and an unforgettable weekend of dancing in Montana's Queen City April 6 - 8. Scroll down to read more about the instructors. A schedule and more information will be posted in the next few months.
The preliminary festival schedule is now available. Check out the fantastic list of classes. There's something for every skill level!
Gustavo Benzecry y María Olivera
from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gustavo started dancing in the late ‘90s, studying from milongueros and stage performers. In 2003 he met María and they started teaching together at the famous Salón Canning, in Buenos Aires.
Their teaching method is both precise and gradual. Because of this, they’re among the most popular teachers. They regularly teach workshops in their home town and in international festival and events. Their kindness and good sense of humor make the learning very effective for the students. Gustavo is patient and reflective, María brings dynamism and clarity in the concepts.
from New York City, NY
Rebecca Shulman has been dancing tango full-time for over 20 years and is regarded by the international community as an expert with an encyclopedic knowledge of the dance and a gift for conveying it to her students. She started to study tango in NYC in 1991 from Daniel Trenner, with whom she began to perform and to visit Buenos Aires. Rebecca's teachers in Buenos Aires, from 1992-1996, include Juan Bruno, Mingo and Esther Pugliese, Gustavo Naveira and Olga Besio, Tete Rusconi and Maria Villalobos, Antonio Todaro, Pupy Castello, and Graciela Gonzalez.
Beyond her supernatural tango-memory that is finely tuned to the subtleties of this dance, Rebecca has the one quality that every tango dancer wants more than anything: a lot of people love dancing with her! She has taught at big tango festivals around the world. More than a dozen of New York's current tango teachers are Rebecca's former students. Students everywhere seek Rebecca's clear instruction on improvisation, technique, adornments, and musicality. For more info go to her website.
from San Francisco, CA
Christy Coté has been teaching, performing and choreographing Argentine Tango since 1996 and is one of the most respected teachers of Argentine Tango in the United States today. Her teaching method has been published in the Argentine Tango manuals by Dance Vision which are complimented by a series of 21 instructional videos with partner, George Garcia.Christy’s popular Tango Boot Camps have attracted thousands of students since 2007. She is also one of the featured teachers and performers for CITA, the annual International Tango Congress in Buenos Aires. In 2012 she became the first ever American judge for the Official USA Tango Championships, an annual event sanctioned by the Argentine Government. Christy has been featured on San Francisco’s KTVU Segment 2 Report, KPIX/Channel 5 Evening Magazine, nationally in Dance Spirit Magazine as well as numerous San Francisco/ Bay Area publications.