- Andreas Sidiropoulos
- Avik Basu
- Bridget O'Connor
- Dennis Larkin
- Lisa Larkin
- Maria Ruggiero
- Miesha White
- Neika White
- Patricia Greve
- Yelena Sinelnikova
Andreas started out as a ballroom dancer while still a high school student in Germany. Despite his enthusiasm for ballroom dancing, the true addiction didn’t start until he discovered Argentine tango in 2003. Andreas has traveled to multiple national and international festivals (Sitges, Capri, Siracusa) and, for the last several years has been involved in teaching in the Ann Arbor community and DJing at festivals, milongas and practicas.
Avik began his tango journey in 2002 and since then has danced, DJ'd, and performed all over North America. Because he sees tango as a way to discover and improve oneself, he is devoted to sharing it with others. His instruction over the better part of the last decade has been instrumental in developing the Ann Arbor tango community.
Avik specializes in teaching social tango emphasizing connection, musicality, and improvisation. He has come to be known for his clear explanations which expose the core of any tango idea whether it be about movement or musicality. In addition to his regular classes in Ann Arbor, he has taught all over North America and beyond. Some of the more interesting tango adventures he's been on include two month-long immersions in Buenos Aires, DJing Monday night at Salon Canning, teaching tango to a Bollywood actress in Mumbai, India, and touring the U.S. with tango band Trio Folias. Through it all, he continues to have a vivid memory of what it was like to start learning this challenging dance and this aids his teaching in a profound way.
An eternal tango student, Avik has taken classes from dancers in many tango traditions. The teachers who have left their mark most clearly are Gustavo Naveira, Susana Miller, Alex Krebs, and Robin Thomas. And in great measure, he has been guided by his experiences with his many talented students.
Bridget's first introduction to Argentine Tango was at MTango's first Bootcamp. From her wonderful teachers and the fabulous friends she created there, a deep passion (some may say addiction) for tango developed. With a history of ballet experience, it was the incredible social aspect of the dance that immediately drew Bridget into the tango world. She would like to thank all her teachers, Jenny Wang, Yelena Volfovich, Avik Basu, Patricia Greve and Yelena Sinelnikova for sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with her.
"To dance, thinking is the least advisable way, it restricts to the maximum every creative impulse. Dance is emotion, senses, instinct." -Pablo Veron
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Miesha is an alum of the very first MTango Bootcamp. It was there that she was lured into the remarkable world of Argentine Tango from her teachers, (and friends), Jenny Wang, Avik Basu, Patricia Greve, and Yelena Volfovich. She loves the music, the shoes (AMAZING!), and the people, but ultimately she lives for the dance. She desires to share this world with more of her friends and family; they will understand her passion and no longer call her crazy when she says Tango is her life.
"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music" - Angela Monet
Neika White was introduced to Argentine Tango through the MTango's Bootcamp Series. Since the first class (and some encouragement from her sister, Miesha White) dancing tango has become a passion of hers. She has now been dancing for 2 years and has meet some wonderful people all across the nation. For her, "dancing the night away" has become a common theme in her life. Neika encourages all to try tango!
Patricia has become one of Ann Arbor's most sought-after DJs and instructors since moving there in 2005. A sensitive and delicately expressive follower, in teaching she emphasizes comfort and clarity of movement as essential bases for building a meaningful connection in the dance. She travels as often as she can, seeking ever broader tango horizons, but equally takes pride in contributing to the cultivation of her home community.
Patricia has largely been influenced by her fellow dancers in Ann Arbor and by the many teachers who have passed through for festivals and workshops, but most of all credits her original teacher, Alex Krebs, with turning her on to tango's mesmerizing powers, making the dance at once magical, accessible, and irresistible.
Yelena believes that having a passion in life is as necessary as the air we breathe. Passion gives you energy of purpose and feeds your soul. For Yelena,that passion is Argentine tango: tango as music and dance, tango as a way of discovering your inner world and others'. She believes that in our fast-paced and high-tech culture, tango provides a retreat for anyone in search of deeper connection, regardless of age, walk of life, or language spoken. Tango literally transformed her life and ever since she shares her passion with her students.
She has been actively involved in cultivating her home tango community in Ann Arbor, beginning with her contribution to the success of the Michigan Argentine Tango Club at the University of Michigan, where she taught from 2002 to 2007. In 2007 she was invited to teach at a professional ballet studio, Sylvia Studio of Dance, where she presently offers variety of tango classes and workshops, hosts a popular Sunday Afternoon Milonga and inspires dancers as a DJ. Besides her regular classes in Ann Arbor, she has taught numerous workshops around the country, including Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Denver, Albuquerque, San Diego, and Salt Lake City.
An elegant and sensuous dancer, Yelena is recognized for her innate musicality and heartfelt connection and although she experiments with different styles in tango, her first and everlasting love remains social tango. As a teacher she emphasizes good technical skills necessary to dance with ease and elegance while encouraging her students to seek deeper tango experience through emotional connection with the music. Her instruction is clear, creative and inspirational.
Yelena is always growing and finding new ways of approaching the dance and teaching it to others. She has been influenced and inspired by many remarkable teachers, including Brigitta Winkler, Susana Miller, Luciana Valle, Alex Krebs, and Marika Landry. In addition, her experiences on the dance floor provide a constant source of inspiration and continue to renew her passion.