Fernando Romero Chucky: Dancer, choreographer, performer, DJ, artist. He dances both Argentine tango and folklore, constantly researching and creating new possibilities of movement and interpretation. In his teaching, he focuses on the search for naturalness and comfort of movement, without giving up on the technical aspects
Katerina Yegorenkova (Kharkiv, Ukraine)
It’s not just about love – I adore tango! I love dancing tango, listening to it, singing tango songs and playing tango-music at milongas. The most important thing for me is people who came to a milonga. I want tangueros to be happy during the dance night so I follow deliberately the mood of the dance-floor, I listen to its “breathing” and play tandas “here and now” with no set-up playlists.
From my point of view, a milonga is an integral piece of music, built according to all the rules of theatrical and dramatic art: plot, plot development, culmination, denouement, epilogue… I believe that it is the dance floor that dictates the choices to the DJ, not other way around. Thus, I neither program my music in advance of the event, nor I attempt to ‘educate’ or ‘challenge’ the dancers. My only goal is to deliver the best danceable music and abundant energy to the floor.
Nothing can give me more pleasure than a floor full of people having a good time from the first tanda to the last tanda, without a single exception.
I have been dancing tango since 2012 and have been playing as a tango-DJ since 2014.
Dj from Cracow, with few years of experience, during which she played in multiple events in Poland and abroad, including: Serbia, Montenegro, Czech Republic or Netherlands. She believes that the role of musicalizador on the milongas requires being attentive and observant. About myself: For me, DJ-ing at the milongas is a constant cooperation – I give my energy to the dancers, and at the same time I am inspired by them. I try to adapt my music choices respecting dancers’ expectations. What I love the most about being a DJ is that each milonga becomes an individual story, in creation of which I can participate . I play music mostly from Golden Age and select my tandas observing what is happening on the dancefloor. Apart from tango music, I pay a lot of attention to the cortinas, which also influence the mood of the evening.
Dagmara (DagKa La Polaca) spent many years working in the Balkan region. She dances Argentine Tango since 2005. Following the principle: if there is no tango organise it in 2011 she initiated Argentine tango in Sarajevo where she opened her first milonga “Pocas Palabras.” There she started her DJing adventure. She was DJing on milongas and festivals in Europe (Macedonia N., Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland), as well as on marathons, festivals and milongas in Argentina (Cordoba, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Tandil) and Chile. “I love the Golden Era… what can I do” – Dagmara always follows what happens on the dance floor sensing the feelings of the dancers and on the go prepares tandas, breaking the stereotypes but the same time assuring that each note takes your soul to dance.
Łukasz Tango has been associated with tango for so long that the oldest highlanders do not even remember. In his musical choices he pays attention to building the mood on the dance floor and maintaining positive energy. What will play this time? He does not know, because the list of songs is created on an ongoing basis. One thing is certain: He prefers classical works of well-known and respected masters.
“I live music like dance … a wonderful trip made of energy, pure emotions, passion, alchemy. Music is the most intimate expression of who we are, our deepest harmony. A portrait. I love to immerse myself in the Milonga, feel it within, milonguero and Dj, the Tango in your embrace, back in time, our heart dances, our soul dances”
TATIANA TATIVANY –
tanguera, tango teacher and tango DJ (Kyiv, Ukraine)
My passion for tango music was immediate – from the first milonga I surrendered to it. For over 10 years, I enjoyed it as a dancer at milongas and tango festivals in the US, Europe, as well as on my trips to Buenos Aires. Drawn to the roots of tango music, I wanted to comprehend what is/was tango for porteños? how did Argentinians create it? how did tango music change over the years? Six years ago I started DJ-ing believing that a good DJ combines the tradition, the knowledge of tango music, and understanding of dancers, among other things.
Interpreting the music could be exciting or challenging for dancers. As a tango DJ, I want to see all dancers enjoying themselves at the dancefloor, each of us with our own experience and expectations. I aim to see that the music connects people at milonga, whether they are dancing, listening or just enjoying the evening. Then the magic of the milonga happens. Then Tango happens.