& Giselle Anne
Buenos Aires Argentina
In the world-wide community of Argentine tango, there are few maestros that are sought after everywhere as much as Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne.
Rooted in the tradition of Argentine tango, the teaching method of this iconic couple exposes their students to the vast and complex variations intrinsic to the tango dance.
To study with them is to receive an encyclopedic — and very exciting — knowledge of where tango comes from, of its traditions and grand forms, its lore, its music, and extraordinary musicality. All this given to you by people that deeply lived the resurgence of the tango and were and are active contributors to its current evolution.
Students attending their classes do not just receive instructions on how to perform steps, as it is so often the case in dance classes, even those taught by other considerable Argentine maestros.
Gustavo and Giselle go through possible variations of any move asking: “Why do it this way instead of that way?” They change direction in manners that at first appear impossible, but through their guidance become altogether natural.
Attending Gustavo and Giselle classes might feel complex initially but offers incredible rewards that touch the way we understand the dance unleashing the creative potentialities of the body and providing different approaches to ingeniously interpret the music.
GISELLE ANNE has demonstrated her abilities as a dancer and choreographer by performing in shows such as Tango Argentino, Tango Pasión, Mariano Mores, and Los Solistas de D’Arienzo. She has performed in America, Europe and Japan. During the five years of her residence in Spain (1992-1997), she worked intensely with tango, creating her own ballet, founding a school and inaugurating the “Casa del Tango” (Tango House) in Sevilla. (http://casadeltango.es)
Now with more than 35 years of experience, the presence and solidity of her dance are balanced perfectly with the beauty of her movements, and this ensures that her dancing is always at the highest level.
Steeped in the life of tango at an early age, thanks to his father, GUSTAVO NAVEIRA began to study the dance in his twenties, with his first teachers being Rodolfo Dinzel and his wife Gloria.
During his tango life he witnessed the development of the dance at a very crucial point in time, the 1980s when the political situation in Argentina changed towards democracy and the government started providing ways to help its population become more widely educated.
Among the different free classes offered, the most attended ones were the tango classes. This rekindled interest in the tango dance among a younger age group contributed to a new resurgence of a dance that seemed to be destined to die. By the 1990s more milongas were opening around Buenos Aires while a new generation of dancers grew out of this cultural effort.
Naveira was part of a group of young passionate and systematic dancers that through their intellectual analysis of the dance discovered the hidden structure of the tango.
In the nineties together with Fabian Salas he created an investigative group focused on exploring ways to systematically teach the tango from a structural point of view exploring the possibilities available to the dancer within the framework of the Argentine tango instead of just conveying a collection of steps.
The group analyzed and practiced the ways the old milonguero dancers and systematized a body of oral instructions into a method that would give each dancer the freedom to develop their own approach to the tango.
Since then, Gustavo has worked tirelessly to bring tango to new audiences, to evolve the dance to a higher level of technique and of structural complexity, and to develop a pedagogy that makes dancing tango at a better level possible for more people. He has also striven continuously to ensure that further development of the dance be grounded in a solid historical foundation. For this reason, his dancing always has a classic look, even while he is executing the most modern and surprising steps.