Queer Tango Club


March 18, 2017

Our Guests

Jose Garofalo Jose Garofalo

Jose Garofalo

Teacher & Performer

José Garófalo was born in 1964. Between 1979 and 1983 he attends to Guillermo Kuitca atelier.
In those same years he participates as a Performer in plays, speeches and street actions where dance and theater are key players in his creations.
In 1987 he started taking tango classes in Centro Cultural Rojas and in the same year he joined the Tango ballet of the University of Buenos Aires.
Since then he takes classes with Milongueros like Miguel Balmaceda and Nelly, Pupi Castello, Tete Rusconi and Maria, Carlos Gavito Gustavo Naveira, Rodolfo Dinzel and is part of several groups of choreographic research.
He also takes classes and choreographic training with Pedro Calveyra, Graciela Gonzalez, Marcela Trappe and stage with Emilio Garcia Wehbi .
Narrative or poetic, popular, figurative are some key approaches to his work that is part of the multidisciplinary and plural field of contemporary art.
He is currently President of the Civil Cambalache Association (since 2007) Directs the Cambalache Festival (since 2004). He works as a Tango teacher at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (Since 1998)
He participates in Troesmas research group dedicated to transmitting knowledge of teachers who are no longer milongueros.
He directs the CompaníaTragicomica Tanguera since 2011.
He is an Artist of Vasari Gallery since 2007.
He lives and works in Buenos Aires. Argentina

Rebecca Shulman

Rebecca Shulman


Rebecca Shulman has been dancing tango full-time for over 20 years and is regarded by the international community as an expert with an encyclopedic knowledge of the dance and a gift for conveying it to her students.

Rebecca was born in New York, studied classical ballet all her childhood, and later, Contact Improvisation and yoga. She started to study tango in NYC in 1991 from Daniel Trenner, with whom she began to perform and to visit Buenos Aires. Daniel emphasized improvisation and lead-and-follow skills that are the foundation of social tango. Rebecca's teachers in Buenos Aires, from 1992-6, include Juan Bruno, Mingo and Esther Pugliese, Gustavo Naveira and Olga Besio, Tete Rusconi and Maria Villalobos, Antonio Todaro, Pupy Castello, and Graciela Gonzalez. At home Daniel and Rebecca were pioneers, bringing the first notion of tango to city after city. They also produced a popular series of instructional videos. Since then Rebecca has taught many workshops across the U.S., and all over the world, with brilliant partners and also on her own. She is a guest teacher at big tango festivals. Students everywhere seek Rebecca's clear instruction on improvisation, technique, adornments, and musicality.

She's also a co-founder and artistic director of TangoMujer, an all-women dance company. From 1996-2006, TangoMujer performed a host of different choreographies telling various stories inspired in tango. TangoMujer performed at Symphony Space and Town Hall in New York, and at the Podewil Theatre in Berlin in 1998. In 1999, TangoMujer received a National Dance Production grant from New England Foundation for the Arts, which sent the company on tour to seven cities in the 2000-2001 season. In 2003 TangoMujer performed at Jacob's Pillow, Denver Tango Festival, Queens Theater in the Park, and University of Maryland. In May 2005 they took their show to the Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf, and in 2006 they were part of Leading Ladies of Tango. (tangomujer.org)

Valeria Solomonoff

Valeria Solomonoff


Valeria Solomonoff founded and co-directed the first all-woman tango company, TangoMujer, which received two NEFA grants and performed internationally to rave reviews from 1996 until 2006. Since then, with her shows Tango Intimo, nominated for two ACE awards for best direction and best production, and Tango por Ellos which received an ACE Award for best choreography, Solomonoff has continued to find ways to strip tango of its stereotypes while displaying its choreographic complexity.

She received HOLA outstanding choreography awards for Tango Fever and for Doña Flor y sus Dos Maridos, choreographed for the film The Caller starring Frank Langella and Elliott Gould and was twice recipient of awards as best soloist at Argentine dance festivals. As a performer Solomonoff was chosen to dance for the president of Argentina at the Metropolitan Opera House, shared the stage with Placido Domingo and the Washington Opera and performed with some of the world’s leading tango dancers for films and on TV. Recognized by The New York Post as one of New York City’s top tango teachers, she is currently an adjunct professor in the Drama Department at NYU Tisch.


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