Maestros in Tango Port Tallinn festival 2020

Carlitos Espinoza

Carlitos has been dancing for the last eighteen years in Argentina and Chile and has instructed at over hundred festivals in Europe and South-America. His personal dance style is characterized by dynamism, profound musicality, energy, precision, and a very grounded and elegant walk. Always a fan of the close embrace, he defines his dance as a mix between tradition and evolution, complementing today’s dynamic in tango with its roots in the traditional milonguero style. Some of Carlitos’ first tango teachers were Carlos Malone and Sergio Natario, who taught him the importance of walking.

This year he has formed a new partnership with Moajo Martirena, and together they have already begun to tour the globe.

Carlitos Espinoza

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Majo Martirena

Majo Martirena

María José “Majo” Martirena started dancing tango at age 16 in her native country, Uruguay. After a few years she was invited by Dana Frígoli to be part of the staff at her school, DNI Tango. She worked as a teacher and dancer of the DNI Company for 5 years and together with many other dancers conducted countless shows and presentations in the most recognised theatres and milongas of Argentina. She also worked and taught at La Viruta, teaching with Horacio "Pebete" Godoy. She formed a successful partnership with Rodrigo Fonti and performed in many festivals around the world for 4 years. She also performed and taught with Mariano “Chicho” Frúmboli in the famous Planetango XXI Festival in Moscow, Russia.

Daniel Urquilla

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Mihoko Sakata

Daniel Urquilla & Mihoko Sakata

Daniel started to dance at age of 5, with now more than 20 years working as a professional Argentine Tango and Folklore dancer. He worked with various dance companies including the most well-known companies such as Ballet Folklórico Nacional, Mariano Mores Company y Tango Argentino as a Dancer. He has been invited to dance and teach in more than 28 countries.

Daniel has intensively studied the neutral mask method with Jacques Lecoq and Marcelo Savignone and Butoh Dance from the master Yoshito Ohno in the legendary dance studio of Kazuo Ohno, the master of Butoh.

At the same time, whenever he finds the opportunity, he visits schools, hospitals, prisons to dance. 'THERE ARE NO IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS' is his message he shares.

He has more than 14 years of teaching experience. He has been searching for the truth and the purity which created his unique style of teaching method. In March of 2014, he returned to Argentina's National Folklore Ballet - Folklórico Nacional. This time, as the assistant of choreographer.

Daniel invites us to discover and dance from something genuine in a search of your own being.

Daniel will perform at the festival with his wife and dancing partner Mihoko Sakata.

Carlos Rodriguez

Carlos has been dancing non-stop for 26 years. He was born in Boedo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, which is a well known tango suburb, just around the corner from famous Milonga Club Grisel. Growing up he was influenced by tango of his grandparents, his uncle Robert played bandoneon since childhood, and his mother sang tango. .

Carlos started his tango career at 13 years old, performing in a tango show in Rancheria theatre in Buenos Aires. After this, Carlos danced many years in milonguero style in the milongas of Buenos Aires and Cordoba Capital. Until one day he decided to study Tango Salon style and Fantasy style.

Carlos thinks the tango is not just steps or combinations, but expression of the culture. Carlos, although young and enthusiastic, can express a whole rainbow of sensations and feelings in his dance – from restrained deep pain and suffering to comprehensive giving of love and joy.

Carlos Rodriguez

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Brigita Rodriguez

Brigita Rodriguez

Brigita Rodriguez is a professional actress, dancer, choreographer and Argentine tango teacher in her own tango school “Tango Salon”.

In 2004 Brigita finished her Master‘s degree studies at the Lithuanian Music Academy, faculty of Theatre and Cinema, as a dancing actress and Master of Choreographer. She has practiced various dance styles from folk dance, ballet to contemporary dance.

Brigita started dancing Argentine tango 20 years ago and has been teaching it for 12 years now. Brigita has performed many tango show in different and prestigious Milongas in Buenos Aires, like Salon Canning and La Baldosa.

All these years have enabled her to accumulate knowledge about tango in seminars and individual lessons with famous maestros like Miguel Angel Zotto and Milena Plebs, El Flaco Dany, Chicho Frumboli and Juana Sepulveda and many others.

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Jessica Štšerbakova

Somer Sürgit & Jessica štšerbakova

Somer and Jessica are an internationally renowned couple who has been working together since 2013. During these years they have been invited together to teach and perform at the prestigious festivals and workshops in Argentina, Brasil, Turkey, Greece, USA, Canada, India, Finland, Latvia.

Somer has been deeply involved with tango since 2003 by dividing his life between Chicago and Buenos Aires. He has spent years learning this dance inside out on every level and layer.

Jessica’s background is 15 years of ballroom on the international competitive level and 15 years of dance teaching experience. By now she is professionally committed to Argentine tango.

Lightness, grace and fluidity are the most precise words to characterize the dancing style of Somer and Jessica. The accomplished performers move with elegance and weightlessness which is easy to take for granted, because there is nothing artificial or forced about it.