Santiago and Fernanda

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Santiago Castro is a true “Milonguero” Tango dancer. He is known not only for his elegance, precision and musicality in his dance style, but also for his methodology and pedagogical skills, constantly endeavoring to study more and more, and with a very versatile character that comes as a consequence of his passage through different tango styles, passion, dedication and respect for Argentinean Tango. Santiago combines tango dance improvisation playing with the elegance of the Salon style and the flavor of the Milonguero style.

He is faithful and devoted to the kind of tango he believes is the authentic tango, i.e. the kind of tango which emphasizes the embrace, walking, music, the feeling, respect and codes. He not only nurtures his students to help them to become better dancers technically and aesthetically, but he also inspires them so that they can feel and understand tango not only as a dance, but as an attitude and a way of life.

Educated as an Architectural Draftsman and Graphic Designer, Santiago keeps choosing tango as a profession and life philosophy. He is known for his charisma, professionalism, and creativity. He considers himself a tango intellectual for his versatility, fanaticism for new things and insatiable quest for new body movements, inspired by his knowledge of other dance styles. After 17 years in the tango world, his dancing is the result of a journey made of two basic ingredients: the passion for dancing and the love for teaching.

Fernanda Valdovinos began tango in her home city, Santiago de Chile. She practiced Biodanza for 10 years prior, which gave her unique experience and perspective with the emotional and sensual aspects of dance. She has studied with many top teachers in Buenos Aires and Chile, competed in prestigious championships in Chile and in the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires. She also has performed at large milongas in Buenos Aires, Europe, and the United States.

Fernanda currently lives in Berkeley, California where she does post-doctoral research in addition to teaching tango. Since coming to America Fernanda has taught workshops and privates classes in the Bay Area, Phoenix, and Tucson and at festivals including Albuquerque, Tucson, Valentango, and Burning Tango.

Her teaching philosophy emphasizes technique and sensuality. She starts with the connection established in the embrace. She then shows how to apply these principles and maintain a sensual connection in both simple and more complex patterns.