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Episode 171: Know when it's time to start a new adventure - Lauren Schelfhaudt & Jean Paulovich
Many of us are devoted to our careers. But a number of us will feel the need to open a new chapter in our lives, and set off on a vastly different path. Facing such a moment can be scary. And if that thought hits close to home, then this episode's for you! 

My guests today have a very interesting story. They were both professional ballroom dancers who had won both US and World Championship titles. 

But after 20 + years of dancing, which involved strenuous training and multiple competitions, they decided it was time to make a huge life change.

They dove deep into the world of coffee roasting, and ended up building a coffee business. And in 2018, they officially launched Dancing Ox Coffee Roasters. Their coffee, which is mainly dance-themed, is available online, and also in cafes, restaurants, and bars all around the US. And yes, they do make a tango-themed coffee, in case you were wondering.

Let's meet Lauren Schelfhaudt and Jean Paulovich...

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Episode 170: Chih-yu Chao
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A lot of you out there are pursuing goals. They might not be earth-shattering or grandiose...but they are personal and very close to your heart. And I'm betting that many of you are struggling with these goals, and may be at a crossroads where you're thinking of giving them up.
Hopefully, today's episode will inspire you to keep going!
My guest today is a mechanical engineer with advanced degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and MIT. But since her childhood, she has had a passion for music. And instead of giving up her passion, she always found a way to make room for it despite all the demands of school, work, and life. 
As luck would have it, her interest in music brought her to tango, and eventually she became a bandoneon player and singer! How amazing is that?
Let's meet Chih-Yu Chao...

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Episode 169: Do they teach you, or do you learn from them? -  Pablo Jaurena


If you're interested in becoming a tango musician, you're going to like this episode - But even if you're not, there's some good, inspiring information on learning that can help you regardless of your interests.

My guest today is a bandoneón player, arranger, composer, and director. A graduate of the Orquesta Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires, he is also a professor of musical composition at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba in Argentina. He has studied and performed with a multitude of tango music masters, including Emilio Balcarce, Nestor Marconi, Raul Garello, Osvaldo Requena, and many others.

He is the first bandoneón of the Orquesta Provincial de Música Ciudadana de Córdoba, and has been featured as its guest conductor. 

He has recorded over 50 albums, and regularly holds master classes and lectures all over the world.

Let's meet Pablo Jaurena...

More on Pablo here:
Bandcamp: https://pablojaurena.bandcamp.com/
Trio MJC website: https://www.triomjc.com/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/44VpT4l8RQoMviMCSdkY6n?si=WzeiQImsQ5CmTL0_GNEK2g

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Episode 168: Everything is in between the steps - Monica Paz
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My guest today is an internationally acclaimed dancer and teacher based in Buenos Aires. She has well over 20 years of experience, a huge following, and is known for her knowledge of traditional milonguero-style tango.
Let's meet Monica Paz...

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Joe's Tango Podcast: Don't believe your eyes
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There's a mistake we tango students tend to make, regardless of experience level. It's pretty hard to avoid, but let me help you solve it!


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Episode 167: Making a splash - Yolanda Rossi
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The answers to many of our tango questions are simple to understand...yet challenging to follow through on. Let's keep that in mind as we get into today's episode.

My guest is originally from Buenos Aires, but is now based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a former ballet and flamenco dancer, but lucky for us she stuck with tango because she ended up pioneering much of LA's tango scene. 

In 1993 she produced and designed the live Las Vegas show, "Viva Tango," which involved 37 artists, musicians, dancers, and singers. She has also been involved with a number of other prominent tango shows, and has worked with dozens of internationally acclaimed figures in the world of tango. 

As a promoter, she really helped spark tango's growth in southern California by bringing in a number of famous guest instructors, such as Carlos Gavito, Marcela Duran, Osvaldo Zotto, Natalia Hills, and many, many others!  

On top of that, today's guest has been an instructor in Glendale, CA since 2002. She also established a major line of tango apparel, as well as her own line of tango shoes.

Let's meet Yolanda Rossi...

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Episode 166: Until it becomes a part of you - Amie Cressie
When it comes time to make a big change in life, or to take serious action towards personal improvement - do you have trouble figuring out where to go? Then stick around! Because we're going to talk a bit about that.
My guest today has been dancing all her life. She has a background in jazz, hip-hop, and ballroom. But while on a two month trip to South America, she discovered tango while touring Buenos Aires. From there, she delved more deeply into the dance, studying with a number of masters. And even when work and school took her to places like Los Angeles and Australia, she kept up with tango. 
Today, she runs the dance school, Strictly-Tango, in Columbus, Ohio. She teaches tango, and also hosts milongas. And she also runs a very cool online shop, where you can find all sorts of wonderful tango-themed apparel. 

Let's meet Amie Cressie....

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Episode 165: Show us who you are - Roxana Garber & Oscar Caballero
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Much of this episode centers on the many facets of tango performance, and there are a lot nice little insights that you'll find encouraging.
Today's guests are originally from Argentina, and are now based in Miami, Florida. They're seasoned performers, having toured the globe with some of the most prominent tango masters in the world. Today, they run the Tango Times Dance Company where they teach a variety of classes, and produce and choreograph a number of original tango shows. 

Let's meet Roxana Garber and Oscar Caballero...

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Episode 164: Keep finding your way - Ilona Glinarsky

I bet a lot of you out there listening are in a difficult place right now. Perhaps there are emotional, financial, or life-purpose issues that are keeping you up at night. 
If so, this episode is for you!
My guest is a tango instructor, event organizer, and life coach. She's originally from the Ukraine, and started off with dance and music at the age of four. In 1979, she came to the US.
Now based in Los Angeles, she teaches Argentine Tango at the 3rd Street Dance Studio, and she also organizes tango classes at the Aerospace Corporation and the Agape International Spiritual Center. 

She is also involved in a number of huge tango events in the LA area, including the LA Tango Marathon, [email protected], and Tango Experience. In 2019, she was one of the finalists in the SoCal Tango Championships.

Let's meet Ilona Glinarsky...

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Joe's Tango Podcast: CHANGE YOUR WAYS
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If you're serious about your tango, and feel really comfortable with your skills... then there's something wrong!

But it's not  hard to get yourself back on the path.  Have a listen to this short episode...

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Episode 163: I just wanted to play my music - Carlos Libedinsky
Afraid you're too old to pursue a new life adventure, or that it's somehow "too late" to make a change? Today's episode should spark some much-needed encouragement!

Let's meet Carlos Libedinsky, founder of Narcotango...

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Joe's Tango Podcast: I'M GOING TO SAVE YOU A LOT OF TROUBLE


For this short episode, I'm going to save you a lot of trouble and frustration when it comes to learning tango. And it won't even take 5 minutes. And even if you end up being familiar with the point I make, it's one that'll we need to hear time and time again.
Thanks for listening!

This episode is related to a blog post I published earlier this week: Click here to read

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Episode 162: Enjoy what you have to work with - Ángela Avila & Roy Montejano

My guests today are based in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. They have taught and performed all over the south and central portions of the Lone Star State. They have traveled internationally to study with a number of renown tango masters, and are known for their extensive knowledge of tango technique and fundamentals.

Let’s meet Angela Avila and Roy Montejano...

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Episode 161: Because I lost a bet - Rachel Moon & J. Abling
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My guests today are based in the Washington, DC area. They each have been active dancers for well over 20 years, and have taught all over the US. They are also co-owners of Annapolis Tango, where they teach classes and organize events whenever they're not traveling.
Let's meet Rachel Moon and J. Abling...

More on Rachel and J here:
Website: https://www.tangomusictrainer.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tangomusictrainer/


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Episode 160: Make them want to dance! - Bernardo Fingas


My guest today is originally from Stuttgart, Germany but is currently based in Buenos Aires. He is an internationally renown bandoneon player, a music arranger, composer, and teacher. He's studied with a number of tango masters including Julio Pane, Pablo Mainetti, Horacio Romo, and Osvaldo Montes. And he also studied composition at the Conservatorio Lopez Buchardo.

Since relocating to Buenos Aires in 2003, he has become a prominent presence in the tango music scene there.

Let's meet Bernardo Fingas...

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Episode 159: Distance without Isolation - Ardeshir Ravanshenas


My guest today is based in Los Angeles, CA. By day he's a psychotherapist, but by night he's a tango dancer, teacher, and organizer. As a response to COVID-19, he cofounded Earth Virtual Milonga, along with its parent organization SoTango.world. 

Utilizing the connective power of the internet and simple software, he has helped organize a number of elaborate virtual tango events that have brought together international DJs and dancers alike. Looking ahead into 2021, he continues to work hard uniting tango aficionados from all over the globe.

Let's meet Ardeshir Ravanshenas...

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Episode 158: Butterfly or moth? - Teagan Faran
My guest today is another talented violinist. Among her myriad achievements, she has recorded with the Buffalo Tango Orkestra, La Martino Orquesta Tipica, and the Ann Arbor Camerata. She has also served as the concertmaster of the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, she lived in Buenos Aires on a Fulbright Scholarship studying Tango and other types of national music. And as of now (Fall 2020), she is pursuing her Masters in Contemporary Performance at the Manhattan School of Music.

Let's meet Teagan Faran...

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Website: https://www.teaganfaran.com/

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Episode 157: Bringing authenticity - Aparna Halpé

My guest today is a violinist, who's had a life-long love of music, dance, and theater. She is a published poet, and a founding member of the tango ensemble Ruta 7. Currently, she is a professor of English at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada.

Let's meet Aparna Halpé...

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Joe's Tango Podcast: BREAKING THE TANGO BARRIER



Some quick thoughts on the barriers that hold back our tango.
It's simpler than we think...

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Joe's Tango Podcast Episode 156: Taking charge of your own healing -  Dagny Miller
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My guest today is a tango dancer, instructor, and performer. Based in New York City, she's a classically trained ballet dancer and small business owner. She is the proprietor of Cumparsita, where she designs her own tango clothing and accessories.
Let's meet Dagny Miller...

More on Dagny here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dagny.miller
Instagram (Tango & personal) : https://www.instagram.com/Dagnyarizona/
Instagram (Cumparsitastyle): https://www.instagram.com/Cumparsitastyle/
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Episode 155: An Ageless Life - Diana Devi
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My guest today is a seasoned tango dancer, instructor and entrepreneur. She is also the creator of An Ageless Life - This is a program directed at women 50 and older, inspiring them to embrace positive mindsets for healthy living.

Let's meet Diana Devi...



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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anagelesslife/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-devi-a6111728/


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Episode 154: On letting go, trusting, and listening without judging - Ieva Kelpsaite
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It's great to be interviewing people again! 

My guest today is based out of London. A huge tango aficionado, she is also a professional relationship coach. And recently, she began teaching tango as well.

Let's meet Ieva Kelpsaite...

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Joe's Tango Podcast: Take your space!
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Generally, it's good to be humble. But as tango students, we often conflate humbleness with being timid. What to do?
Listen and find out!
Soon I'll be going back to the usual show format of interviewing exciting guests. Stay tuned!

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Joe's Tango Podcast - PRACTICE ISN'T ENOUGH



We're working on our tango and we want to get better. So, we practice, right? It's good to practice.

I practice, I've blogged numerous time about practicing - I tell my students to practice...

But practice isn't enough. Why?



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Joe's Tango Podcast - BE SMOOTH
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When it comes to learning tango, there's a lot of technical stuff to keep track of: The structure of the walk, the structure of the embrace, foot placement, etc.

But does any of that help bring out the smooth, fluid movement that completes the dance?

Have a listen and find out!

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