Ariadna and Fernando

Ariadna Naveira & Fernando Sanchez

Ariadna, daughter of Gustavo Naveira and Olga Besio, started dancing very young and was exposed through both her parents to the most incredible tango technique. With Fernando she is now blossoming into her own dancer becoming an amazing actor in the younger generation tango scene. Read more about their pedigree and teaching philosophy.




Yesica and Ariel

Yesica Esquivel & Ariel Leguizamon

Yesica & Ariel will be visiting Portland Tango Festival for the first time, as part of their tour as winners of the 2016 Pelando Variación. Read more about their background here.


Kara WenHam dancing with Dominic Bridge

 Recognized as an excellent dancer and teacher in Buenos Aires and abroad, Kara's dancing and classes are founded on a modern tango salon that incorporates the techniques and dynamics of a contemporary tango whilst maintaining a strong connection to the roots of the dance. She will be working and collaborating during the festival with our excellent local tango teacher Domic Bridge.  Read more about their background here.

Kara Wenham and Dominic Bridge

Kara Wenham and Dominic Bridge

Kara Wenham

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The cultural corner with Beatriz

This year we decided to include a different type of class, a class which teaches us not the moves and the physicality of the tango but immerses us in the magic and philosophy of tango as the expression of a culture.

Tango can be seen as an organic expression of the very peculiar culture born in Buenos Aires.  Beatriz, a researcher, author and a porteña, will help us, on Friday afternoon,  experience through her presentation how Buenos Aires is Tango and how Tango is Buenos Aires. This statement cannot be made about any other city in the world past or present.
Beatriz will be our guide in a journey through the bohemian, romantic, enchanting, paradoxical culture of the city of Buenos Aires. As well as the spirit of its hospitable people who seem to always be ready to embrace a stranger. 
* Dujovne, Beatriz. (2011). “In Strangers’ Arms: The Magic of the Tango.” McFarland Publishers.

 Yelizaveta Nersesova

 Yelizaveta Nersesova

Women Practica: Grace and Longevity in the dance with Yelizaveta

For Yelizaveta Nersesova dance is a marriage between physical harmony and individual aesthetic expression. Her journey into physical movement began with yoga fifteen years ago. Having sustained a lumbar spine injury at twenty, Yelizaveta dove into the study of body mechanics through yoga and worked as a certified yoga and meditation instructor for ten years. Yelizaveta also holds two master’s degrees in fine arts and occasionally teaches at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art in Dallas, Texas represents her art.

Since 2009 Yelizaveta has been studying Argentine Tango, which became for her a place where her study of healthy body mechanics merged with her passion for aesthetic expression.

Yelizaveta will run the Women Practica: Grace and Longevity in the Dance on Saturday Afternoon. The practica will focus on   alleviating unnecessary stress and learning healthy alignments to prevent wear and tear as well as recovering from injuries. Together with Yelizaveta, the participants will explore the three main areas of impact in the body (feet, pelvis, and neck) and discover how to properly align all the moving parts to allow for maximum ease and harmony in the whole body.