Soledad de Buenos Aires
Soledad de Buenos Aires is a dancer, researcher and teacher of Tango.
Lucas Fernandes began his tango journey at 18, and devoted himself exclusively to this dance form two years later. During his first trip to Buenos Aires, he developed a passion for follower’s technique. He was initiated into tango music as a child by his Spanish grandmother, who had a passion for Gardel and Goyeneche. This fascination with music was what made him seek out the dance years later. Lucas’ influences are theatre, which has long been his main activity, in addition to classical ballet and contemporary dance. These influences have shaped his unique tango style.
Early exposure to a disciplined dance practice led him to develop the same discipline with tango. He began recording home videos and dancing barefoot to the wall to hone his technique and musicality. He decided to create a YouTube account and called it TangoLupe. Much to Lucas’ surprise, the videos were viewed and shared on social networks by tango communities worldwide. Inspired by the views and ‘likes’, Lucas bought his first pair of women’s shoes in July 2012. He has since gone on to record videos dancing in heels.
In December of the same year, he performed his first solo demonstration at the Mucho Tango milonga in São Paulo, Brazil. The video recording of this performance immediately made waves in the tango world. It was a turning point in his life. Lucas has rose to global fame for his tango technique and musical mastery. He brings a whole new perspective to tango thanks to his honed artistic influences.
Today Lucas is one of the most famous maestros of follower’s technique. His groundbreaking solo performance is internationally recognised. Prominent among his skill arsenal are musicality, adornos, and training the body at tango self-expression for both leaders and followers.
Yana started to dance tango in 2006 in St Petersburg, Russia. At that time, the concept of “queer tango” had not yet reached St Petresburg, but the idea to lead and to creat her own dance interested Yana from the beginning, and one year later she was leading and dancing with other women in the tango scene of St Petersburg. Since then, Yana has been working a lot on her tango with different teachers, such as Sebastian Arce, Mariana Montes, Leandro Furlan, Gaia Pisauro, Pablo Villarraza, Carolina Lafata, Gianpiero Ya Galdi y Nadia Xronidou, Lucas de Buenos Aires and others; and she is still learning.
Yana is the co-founder and teacher of “Salida Tango School”, a queer tango school in St Petersburg. She is one of the organizers of a queer tango festival, that will take place for the fourth year in April 2016. In July 2015 Yana thought in the Milonga Queer at Fincan, Berlin. In the fall 2015 she also gave workshop in Paris together with Miranda Pez.
She loves to share her knowledge of tango with her students, believing that she learns a lot also while teaching others. Yana loves how queer tango gives the wonderful opportunity to meet people from different countries and share her passion for tango with them. For Yana, queer tango means the freedom of choice and unlimited opportunities to improvise and to be creative, as well as it means freedom form prejudice, discrimination and restrictions.
Lucas de BuenosAires
Performances, DJ’s and artists
DJ Olaya Aramo (Spain)
Tango DJ for 6 years now, lover of the great orchestras of the “Guardia Nueva” and the “Golden Age”, with incursions into today’s tango.
DJ Andrea Venturi (Argentina/Spain)
For the last 8 years she has devoted herself to the organisation and musicalisation of the “Milonga Barrio de Tango”. Co-organiser and DJ at the Self-managed Multipurpose Space “Patio Maravillas”. She has musicalised the last three years the “Encuentro Milonguero de Alcobendas Madrid”. With a style that is singular and of her own, creating atmospheres in intimate communication with the dancers, she promises make us dance and move us with this wonderful pasion that we all share that is TANGO.