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  • Bio
  • Awards
  • Performing Experience
  • Teaching Experience
  • Our Teaching
 

BIO

Yaisuri Salamanca and John Hernan Raigoza are an award-winning professional Argentine tango couple with more than 15 years of performing experience. They dance with explosive strength, playful creativity, and a powerful emotional connection. Their style is firmly grounded in authentic tango learned from Argentine masters enhanced by technique gained from training in ballet, jazz and Latin dance.

It is this dynamic style that earned Yaisuri and John third place in the stage tango category at the 2008 Tango World Championship in Argentina and has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Together and separately they have performed as featured dancers in major tango shows in Buenos Aires, New York City, and London, as well as at a variety of events in the United States and Latin America. In addition to their performing prowess, Yaisuri and John are experienced teachers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of tango with dancers of all levels.

Yaisuri was a principal dancer in the 2012-2013 West End production of the musical Midnight Tango in London, England, and has also danced with a major South American tango dance company.  Her training in classical ballet, salsa and traditional South American folk dances has enriched both her dancing style and technique.

John started dancing tango in Buenos Aires in 1997, where he studied with highly respected tango masters.   Recently, he was part of the Tango Musical Arrabal, at the ART Theater located in Cambridge, MA. He has also performed in popular Buenos Aires tango shows such as Sabor a Tango and Voz Tango.  His personal style is based in traditional tango and informed by training in theater, contemporary dance, jazz, and salsa.

 

AWARDS

  • Won Third Place, World Tango Championship, Buenos Aires, 2008.
  • Won Fifth Place, World Tango Championship, Buenos Aires, 2007.
  • Won First Place, World Tango Championship, Colombia, 2007.

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PERFORMING EXPERIENCE

2017

  • Mala Leche Milonga, New York, USA.
  • Stardust Dance Weekend, New York, USA.
  • Los Mareados Milonga, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
  • La Nacional Milonga, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Arrabal Tango Musical, American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • Marriott Hotel, Cancun, Mexico.
  • San Miguel de Allende Tango Festival, Mexico.
  • El Encuentro Milonga, Los Angeles, USA.
  • The Tango Experience Milonga, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Nocturna Milonga, San Diego, USA.
  • Russian Dance Festival, San Francisco, USA.
  • Milonga La Paz, San Francisco, USA.
  • Valentango Festival, Portland, USA.
  • Tango Mercurio School, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Milonga Porteña, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Milonga Zandunga, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Eastern Market Milonga, Washington, DC, USA.

2012-2016

  • Burning Tango Festival, McCloud, CA, USA, 2016.
  • Stardust Dance Weekend Festival, New York, USA, 2016.
  • Thalia Spanish Theatre Tango Production, New York, USA, 2014-2016.
  • The United Nations Gala, New York, USA,2015.
  • FIT International Dance Festival, New York, USA, 2014-2015.
  • Malbec Tango House Dinner Show, New York, USA, 2014.
  • Toronto Tango Summit, Canada, 2014.
  • New York Tango Festival, USA, 2014.
  • Midnight Tango, London, England, United Kingdom, 2012-2013.
  • Midnight Tango Tour, United Kingdom, 2012-2013.
  • Sabor a Tango and Voz Tango Dinner Show,  Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011-2013.
  • Tango Palace Dinner Show, Buenos Aires,  Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009-2011.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017

  • The Tango Company, New York, USA.
  • Stardust Dance Weekend, New York, USA.
  • Casa do Tango, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
  • Academia Marquinhos Copacabana,  Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
  • Sala de Dança Luciano Bastos, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
  • The Tango House, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Loeb Drama Center at American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • San Miguel de Allende Tango Festival, Mexico.
  • LA Tango Academy, Los Angeles, USA.
  • The Tango Experience School, Los Angeles, USA.
  • The Tango Room School, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego, USA.
  • Tango Essence School, San Diego, USA.
  • Milonga La Paz, San Francisco, USA.
  • Valentango Festival, Portland, USA.
  • New York Garden Tango School, USA.
  • Tango Mercurio School, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Milonga Porteña, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Milonga Zandunga, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Eastern Market Milonga, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Matices Tango School, Cali, Colombia.

2012-2016

    • The Tango School, Matices, Colombia, 2016. 
    • West Coast Workshops: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, McCloud, Eureka and Seattle, USA, 2016.
    • New York, Fall Bootcamp, USA, 2016.
    • Red Bank Seminars, New Jersey, USA, 2016.
    • Seattle Tango Week, Seattle, USA, 2016.
    • Burning Tango Festival, McCloud, CA, USA, 2016.
    • Eureka, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, USA, 2016.
    • Stepping Out Studios, New York, USA, 2012-2016.
    • Individual workshops in Argentina, Ecuador, Brasil, Colombia, United Kingdom, and United States, 2008-2015.
    • Washington, DC Tango Festival, USA, 2014.
    • Taught and performed at milongas in Buenos Aires such as El Beso, El Yeite, Porteño y Bailarín, and La Viruta, Argentina, 2007-2014.
    • The Harvard School of Public Health Tango Club, Boston, MA, USA, 2012.
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Tango Club, Cambridge,  MA, USA, 2012.

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    OUR TEACHING

    Our primary objective is to convey the feeling of tango. To this end, we have our students learn not only from the repetition of exercises and explanations of theory, but also from the experience of the embrace. We want them to feel what we feel when we perform a movement. We want them to develop physical and mental awareness so that they feel comfortable with their body.

    We ourselves, in addition to training in tango, have taken Pilates, Yoga, Gyrotonic, and Ballet classes. We believe that these disciplines not only foster the elegance and agility typical of professional dance but also yield enormous insight into what is needed to help students avoid suffering physical injury in both the short and the long term. We love it when students ask questions. We cannot say we know all the answers—no one does. But we can speak from our years of experience, practice, and study. We hope to convey to our students that tango is infinite, and there is always more to discover.

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