September 17, 2016
Leonardo Sardella & Walter Perez, Teachers
8 - 9pm
Intro to Tango
Jack Hanley, Teacher
8 - 9pm
Milonga & Performance
Walter Perez & Leonardo Sardella, Performers
9pm - 1am
Teacher & Performer
Leonardo Sardella started dancing tango professionally in his hometown of Buenos Aires. He has trained with renowned tango instructors including Juan Carlos Copes, Rodolfo Dinzel, Osvaldo Zotto, Lorena Ermocida, Javier Rodriguez, Angel Coria, Jorge Firpo, Aurora Lubiz, Claudio Gonzalez, Maria & Carlos Rivarola and Cristina Cortez.
Leonardo has performed on the best stages in Argentina with several dance companies. He moved to New York City in 2011 when he co-founded Malevaje with Walter Perez. He currently teaches and performs at Dardo Galletto Studios in the heart of Times Square in New York City.
Leo is a principal dancer for the Mariella Franganillo Dance Company and appeared in its 2012 “Tango Connections” and 2013 “Recuerdo Tango” productions. He also appeared with “A puro Tango” (2014 U.S.Tour), a Tango world champions company.
Teacher & Performer
Walter Perez began dancing tango in his hometown of Buenos Aires in 1993. Walter has trained with renowned tango instructors such as Juan Carlos Copes, Graciela Gonzalez, Puppy Castello, Pepito Avellaneda, Efrain Ordonez, Jose Garofalo, Rodolfo Denzel, Osvaldo Zotto, Lorena Ermocida and Claudio Gonzalez. Walter has performed in Argentina both on stage and on television. He has toured Argentina and Uruguay with the show “Tangou” (A. Pachano).
In 2000, Walter moved to New York City, where he was featured in a national commercial for Caldwell Banker. He performed in different shows with several companies including “Let’s Speak Tango”, “All That Tango” & “Tango Flamenco Fusion” (Thalia theater productions), “Tango First Century” & “Spotlight on Tango” (Romartis Productions).
He created in 2010 “manoAmano” a tango company with which he performed at the 20th Annual Gala of “Latin Commission on AIDS” (Cipriano NYC), 6th Anniversary of “Cinemarosa” (Queens Museum) and “Bailando for uno cause” (Teatro del Barrio).
Walter Perez co-founded Malevaje with Leonardo Sardella in 2011. He also performed for the Mariella Franganillo Tango Company, and appeared in ‘Tango Connections’ in 2012 and in ‘Recuerdo Tango’ in 2013 & 2015.
In partnership with IATI (a nonprofit arts organization that promotes Latino heritage), in 2009, Walter successfully introduced free weekly tango lessons at the Central Brooklyn Public Library. In August 2013 Walter Perez became the Executive Director, of a Non for profit Organization, ”Friends of Argentine Tango” bringing tango programs to Schools and Senior Centers.
Jack Hanley was introduced to Argentine Tango in 1997 and was strongly influenced by Pablo Veron, Pablo Pugliese, and Puppi Castello. In the past six years his most important Tango studies have been with Sergio Segura, Anton Gazenbeek, Diego Di Falco, Annatina Luck, Junior Cervila, and Eddy Hernandez. Jack believes Tango is a joyful mystery; to experience its truth we must enjoy its endless secrets. As a DJ Jack strives for a fluid milonga experience, creating gentle transitions from high, rocky peaks to deep, soulful valleys. The DJ tells a story, and like any good story it should have a beginning, a middle, and a beautiful end.