Svetlana Tarasova and Andrei Skripnik.(Dnipro)
They have been dancing tango since 2005. Their school “Tango Militar” (more known as “The Garrison” among our tangeros)was founded in 2007. Now this school accounts for approximately 200 students. Svetlana and Andrei consider Sebastian Arce and Mariana Montes as their first teachers.
They were traveling to Argentina for 3 times. During these trips they had group and individual lessons from such Argentinian tango dancers as:
· Virginia Gomez y Christian Marquez
· Carolina Benaventura & Francisco Forquera
· Valeria Eguia и Roberto Conelo
· Fabian Peralta
· Sebastian Arce y Mariana Montes
· Esteban Moreno y Claudia Codega
· Ruben y Sabrina Veliz
· Olivero Colcer y Silvina Valz
· Lusia и Gerry
· Horacio Godoy
· Oscar Casas
· Yanina Bassi & Lucas Ameijeiras
They also took classes of musicality from Olga Besio and Jorge Dispar.
Andrei was taught by several Argentinian DJ`s, namely: – Mario Orlando – famous DJ on milongas of Buenos Aires, for example popular “Niño Bie”; – Аtilio Veron – DJ of milonga “Los Totis”.
Svetlana was taught to female technics in tango by Graciela Gonzalez , Mariana Montes, Alejandra Mantinan, Sabrina Veliz, Virginia Gomez, , Silvina Valz.
Andrei took classes of the male technics in tango from Alexandra Testi, Francisco Forquera, Christian Marquez, Fabian Peralta, Roberto Conelo.
Andrei and Svetlana study and dance mainly tango syle “Villa Urquiza”, that is why they consider Virginia Gomez and Christian Marquez as their best teachers. During several years Andrei and Svetlana have been performing their shows on tango festivals “Velvet Tango…” and on the concerts of the “Rhapsody” orchestra in Dnepropetrovsk.
In 2010 they became the prizewinners of the XV Jubilee International Spartacus Cup of Argentinian tango in Moscow, when they were second in “Milonga” category.
On the question: “What is a speciality of your teaching style?” Andrei and Svetlana give the following answer: “All what we teach during our classes you can comfortably apply on milongas inspite of the number of dancing pairs around you, with great pleasure inside your couple and without disturbing other dancers”.
Züleyha Özkan и Ali Kemal Özkan (Ankara)
Zuleyha & Ali Kemal Özkan couple have started their Argentine Tango education in Ankara (capital city of Turkey) in 1999. They had regularly to the dance classes between 1999-2002 and since then, they had been participating in many tango classes, seminar and workshops within Turkey and abroad.
Özkan couple had his first time Argentine Tango teaching experience between 2002-2003 at Studio Dosem in Ankara, which is under co-operation with the Turkish Ministry of Education. Than, they had continued teaching tango between 2003-2004 in Tandans Dance School, which is also located in Ankara and co-operation with the Turkish Ministry of Education.
In 2004, they started teaching tango at Pozitif Dance Studio. In 2005, they left Pozitif Dance Studio and he founded his own Dance School, ArtTango in Ankara.
After the foundation of “Turkish Federation of Dance Sports” in 2006, ArtTango (Association of Argentine Tango Art, Dance and Sports Club) is recognised as an association in 2007 and is registered as a member Sport Club in 2008 with the same name.
Özkan couple still living in Marmaris and carries on teaching as the head coach in Marmaris Tango Dance School and continues giving tango lessons in Marmaris, Fethiye and Datça. Özkan couple, travelling in many countries (China, Russia, Portugal, Greece, Moldova…) and different cities in Turkey and giving Tango Workshops and seminars every year. Özkan couple also joining lots of festivals and events as maestro, guest dancer/performer, DJ or just social dancer every year.