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Joe's Tango Podcast: ARE YOU "GOOD BUT NOT GREAT?"


It's a crushing feeling to invest so much time and effort into tango, only to feel that we're "good but not great." It's tough to realize that we've hit a plateau and can't advance any further.

What are we missing?

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Episode 152: Slow down and take your time - Timmy Tango
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My guest today has been dancing for most of his life. As a child he started off with ballroom, then eventually discovered Argentine Tango in 1996. In December of that year, he hosted the first Tango Workshop in Cleveland, OH. For over two decades, he has built tango communities and started the careers of several now-world famous instructors.
Having performed on stage and on Television, today's guest is also a prominent Tango DJ. He has brought his skills to events in Las Vegas, Ann Arbor, Washington DC, Detroit, Cincinnati, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Toronto.
Let's meet Timmy Tango...

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Joe's Tango Podcast: ENJOY WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW



Practicing on our own is important, but is searching for new exercises always a good thing?

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Episode 151: Just start playing! - Stine Engen
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My guest today is an internationally renown bandoneon player, composer, and arranger. She's originally from Denmark, but is now based in Buenos Aires. 


Having studied with many great maestros, such as Carlos Corales, Juan José Mosalini, and Julián Peralta, today's guest currently plays with several tango groups you might have heard of: Orquesta Típica Andariega, Sexteto Andiamo, and the all-women group Las Malevas. 


She also helps run the Buenos Aires Tango Lab, an organization that educates young people about tango history, dance and music. They set up workshops, concerts, and youth programs that offer a fun, in-depth look at tango culture.


Let's meet Stine Engen...


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Episode 150: Lessons we have to keep learning - Heyni Solera and Maxfield Wollam-Fisher



With me for this episode are two friends of the show, Heyni Solera and Maxfield Wollam Fisher. We'll be talking about lessons in tango (and life) that have to learn, and continue to re-learn...


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Episode 149: Don't study tango, live it! - Alejandra Orozco and Luciano Brigante



My guests today are an internationally acclaimed couple based in Mexico. With over 25 years of experience, they've taught, performed, and competed all over the world. 

They've choreographed numerous shows, and appeared in multiple TV programs and commercials. They've also performed for heads of state and royalty, including the King of Jordan.

They're also well-known for organizing the famous Tango Maya Fest in Cancún, Mexico.

Let's meet Alejandra Orozco and Luciano Brigante...

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GET INTO THE "TANGO ZONE"
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We love being in our "tango zone," while dancing. And we wish we could be there more often.

We should! But don't make the mistake of believing that you can only do so while dancing. I'll show you how!

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Episode 148: No mistakes, only options - Eleonora Kalganova

My guest today is an internationally renowned tango instructor. She is based in both the US and Russia, but grew up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

She's been dancing all her life, and studied a variety of genres. She graduated from the State Dance Academy of Tashkent, and became a principal dancer with the Alisher Navoi Theater of Opera and Ballet.

Lucky for us, she discovered Argentine Tango and became fascinated with its creative nature. Her years of rigorous dance study has given her deep insight into understanding  body mechanics and movement, all of which comes through with her teaching and dancing.

Let's meet Eleonora Kalganova...

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Episode 147: One art form strengthens the other - W. Hudson



My guest today is an accomplished tango dancer, and visual artist. He started off as an illustrator and cartoonist. His comic strip, Dumbbells, was published in several magazines throughout North America. 

And in 1999, a trip to Buenos Aires marked a major turning point in his artistic vision. He would shift away from the commercial side of creating art, and delve deeper into the world of galleries and private collections.

Inspired by the spirit of Argentinean culture and history, his later works have gained international popularity.

Let's meet W Hudson...

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Episode 146: Don't make it all about you - Katia Ravé



My guest today is not only a huge tango aficionado, she is also a world renown business strategy coach. She specializes in helping small business owners and entrepreneurs, and is the author of the upcoming book SUCCESS IS A DANCE. 

Let's meet Katia Ravé...

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Episode 145: Tango is life, and life is Tango - James Valentino



For today's show, I have a returning guest. He was one of the first people I interviewed for this podcast back in 2017, and I'm thrilled to have him back again. 

He's been dancing professionally since 1998, starting out as a ballroom dancer. Then, he fell in love with Argentine Tango. 

He established City Style Tango, a dynamic studio located just outside Detroit, Michigan. He's a choreographer, teacher, event organizer, and competitor. 

I honestly don't know where he gets the energy to do all that AND travel to tango festivals. But I'm glad I was able to catch up with him and have him back on the show!

Let's welcome back James Valentino...


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Episode 144:  Find something in YOURSELF first - Julia Juliati
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My guest today is a tango teacher and performer based in beautiful Westchester, NY. 

She has traveled and performed internationally, and is also an award winning filmmaker and photographer. For over a decade, she has been running her own studio, specializing in boudoir photography...

Let's meet Julia Juliati...

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Episode 143: Multiple insights on contemporary tango music - Sumi Lee, Alex Krebs, Pablo Lanouguere, Maxfield Wollam-Fisher

Welcome to our second multi-guest show! We'll be hearing from four world-class musicians: Pianist Sumi Lee (San Francisco CA), bandoneon player Alex Krebs (Portland, OR), bass player Pablo Lanouguere (NYC), and cellist Maxfield Wollam-Fisher (Washington DC).

We had a fun and informative talk about contemporary tango music, and we learn a bit about their personal experiences...
 

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Episode 142: Tango is waiting for you - Marcelo "El Chino" Gutierrez



My guest today started studying tango way back in the 90s, just as the "Tango Renaissance" was taking off. He studied with a number of masters, and became part of the revolution that would later become known as Tango Nuevo. For over a decade, he's been honing his well-known teaching method and is regularly sought after to teach at workshops and festivals all over the world.

Let's meet Marcelo "El Chino" Gutierrez...

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Episode 141: An exciting time for modern tango music - Maxfield Wollam-Fisher, Heyni Solera, Stratos Achlatis

Welcome to our first multi-guest show! Today we have three world-class musicians: Maxfield Wollam-Fisher (cello), Heyni Solera (bandoneon), and Stratos Achlatis (singer).

We have a very fun and inspiring talk about the evolution of modern tango music, and strategies on how to accomplish big goals...





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Episode 140: Finding new opportunities - Adam Tully
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My guest today is an internationally renown guitarist, and started playing at age 14. While attending college, he studied in Argentina and discovered tango. 

For the next 20 years, he traveled back and forth between New York and Buenos Aires, learning everything he could about tango. Eventually, he started his own group and began creating his own original compositions.

After having studied with many masters, my guest today relocated to Buenos Aires. Among his many accomplishments, in 2018 he was chosen to perform (both as a soloist and with his group) at the Guitarras del Mundo Festival, which is the premiere guitar festival in Argentina. 

Today, he continues creating music, and tours the world giving performances and lectures.

Let's meet Adam Tully...

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Joe's Tango Podcast: THE IMPORTANCE OF SLUMPS

It's tough being in a slump, whether it happens naturally or if it's imposed on us through external circumstances.

What to do? 

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Episode 139: No destination, only more possibilities - Mira Barakat

My guest today is quite a world traveler. She has a strong background in Modern dance, Contact Improv, Blues, and Swing. And she is also a classically trained singer. 

In 2006, she fell in love with Argentine Tango! She was so taken in by tango that she spent several years in Buenos Aires studying the dance, and developing her tango singing skills as well. 

She has taught and performed all over the world, and is currently based in California, in the Bay Area...

Let's meet Mira Barakat...

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Episode 138: The power of generosity - Stratos Achlatis

My guest today is a tango singer, and leader of the band Los Peores Del Tango. Originally from Greece, he is currently based in New York City. He has performed for the Contemporary Opera of Athens, and has studied with a number of renown singers. He has also performed in concerts all over Europe and the US.

In 2010 he relocated to New York, where he established the Tango bands Tango Mediterraneo and Los Peores Del Tango. He was also the lead singer for Da Capo Tango in Washington, DC.

Let's meet Stratos Achlatis...

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Episode 137: Making things happen - Maxfield Wollam-Fisher

My guest today is a good friend of the show - He's a highly accomplished tango musician (a cellist to be exact) and continues making an impact in the world of tango music!

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Click here to check out Joe's online course on Demystifying Back Sacadas 

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Episode 136: Don't have a Tango crisis! - Kate Rosalik
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My guest today is based in Tucson Arizona, and runs the Tucson Tango School. In addition to Argentine tango, she has an extensive background in Ballroom, Latin, Swing, and Country & Western. She's also a massage therapist, which is pretty awesome! 

Let's meet Kate Rosalik...

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TRUST YOUR RESOURCEFULNESS

As of this episode (late March 2020), much of the world is staying in because of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

But regardless of whether or not there's a pandemic, we'll face circumstances that keep us away from tango. What are some ways for us to maintain our tango fix? Online classes? Practicing technique? Making up our own exercises? 

Hopefully you get some encouragement from this short episode!
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Episode 135: Setting the right tone - Chrisa Assis
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My guest today is based in Toronto, Canada. Ever since she was little, she's been fascinated with studying movement. She has a background in ballet, and also has experience with Greek folk dancing, martial arts, and various sports. 


She has studied with a multitude of tango masters, and continues honing her knowledge of body awareness, technique, and connection.


Let's meet Chrisa Assis...


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PATIENCE: 3 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
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Today I'll share some thoughts about patience, and how it fits in with your tango.
Hope it helps! Thanks for listening!


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Tango Podcast Episode 134: A formidable music duo - Winnie Cheung and Ben Bogart
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My guests today are pianist Winnie Cheung and Ben Bogart of the duo BEN AND WINNIE.

Winnie has a Doctorate in Musical composition from the Eastman School of Music, and a BA from the University of Chicago. She discovered Tango dancing in 2014, and very shortly after that, found herself diving into the musical world of tango.

In 2015 she formed the duo Tamango with violinist Julia Shannon. In 2016, she became the pianist for the renowned group, Cuarteto Tanguero. She tours internationally to perform, and is also a soloist.

Ben Bogart is the co-director and founder of. Cuarteto Tanguero. He is also the group's bandoneon player.

Ben studied classical music at UC Santa Cruz and jazz at Berklee College of Music before traveling to Argentina to pursue a 2-year certificate at the esteemed Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce in Buenos Aires. He spent a total of 6 years in Argentina, and studied with the top bandoneón players and tango musicians there.

Currently, Ben and Winnie are making waves with their Tiny Footprint Tango Tour. With an energetic and expressive style, they've been wowing tango fans with their broad repertoire of sounds ranging from the 1920s through the Golden Age...

More on Ben and Winnie here: https://moretango.org/ben-winnie/joe/


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