From the age of three, Alexandra knew she wanted to dance and asked her parents to allow her to study classical ballet. They agreed, and since then she has not stopped, continuing to study it to date. Dance has always been a passion and a huge part of her life. She is now an internationally renowned Argentinean tango dancer and teacher.
Alexandra has studied most forms of dance, she has a BA (Hons) degree in Dance (specialising in Contemporary) from De Montfort University. A distinction in Recreational Arts for the Community (Dance) Manchester Metropolitan University, and a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts (Higginshaw College, Oldham). After graduating she worked as a contemporary dancer and ran her own dance company for 5 years before becoming a tango dancer. In 2002 she co-founded ‘Tango in Action’, the first Argentine tango school in London. She left this school in 2011 to create her own Tango School. Alexandra studied tango mainly in Argentina, and with the Tango star, Andrea Misse, who she was honoured to worked with for 5 years. Alexandra is a regular performer at the most well known milongas in Buenos Aires including 3 shows in the prestigious Sunderland Milonga Buenos Aires (the milonga famous for Tango Salon). She has danced alongside some of the most famous tango dancers, including Miguel Angel Zotto (Tango Por Dos), and Osvaldo Zotto. She has toured extensively, dancing and teaching all over the world in shows and festivals, and was recently invited to represent England dancing Tango de Salon in two festivals in Italy and in Spain. She has worked as the principle teacher and performer of Tango Boot Camp.co.uk for 6 years.
In the summer of 2009 she collaborated with Athens based Seresta Dance Company to co-choreograph a Contemporary Dance and Tango show in Hydra/Greece. For over two years she toured with the show Tango Motion with Tango Siempre.
In 2011 Alexandra performed in the theatrical sensation Midnight Tango starring Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace of Strictly Come Dancing fame, She was invited to be in the show for the second successful tour and in the West-End debut in 2012 where she became Dance Captain. She has danced in Deborah Bull’s BBC documentary ‘The Dancers Body’, and appeared dancing Tango on BBC’s Zingzillas in January 2012. This Summer she danced on ITV's 'This Morning' performing with Milos Karadaglic - Libertango and was honoured to perform again with Milos at The Royal Albert Hall for The Classic Brit Awards which was televised and on ITV and ITV3 October 2012.
Immediately after she finished the first tour with Midnight Tango, Alexandra played Desdemona in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s RND project of Tango Othello.
Alexandra performed on the BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' on November 11th 2012 in an excerpt from Midnight Tango.
Her passion and devotion to traditional Argentine Tango the dance that entered her soul so deeply has fuelled her career. Alexandra runs her own Tango School in London www.AlexandraWoodTango.co.uk
Watch Alexandra dancing:
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Guillermo Torrens is Argentinean dancer & teacher with many years of experience in dancing and teaching. His career includes rich studies in Argentine Tango taught by re-known maestros in Argentina such Orlando Paiva, Claudio Omar, Maria Veronica. In 2002 he moved to Buenos Aires to study with teachers such as the “Maestro de Maestros” Raul Bravo along with Angela Ruth Manonellas, Silvio Lavia and Mimi Santapa and Ballet taught by Liliana Belfiore. Following these important studies his career continued with outstanding work of performing on stage and as a teacher. He has performed at places such as Teatro Colon, Confiteria Ideal, Cafe Tortoni and his performing career expands to many countries around the world. Guillermo has participated at various national tours including Tango Motion (Tango Siempre) and has appeared on TV shows such as "This Morning" and the "Classic Brits Awards 2012" at the Royal Albert Hall dancing the music of Miloš Karadagliz.
Maria Maragaki has had a passion for the performing arts since early childhood. Her dancing career started in 1981 when she focused on classical dance and through the years was enriched with the study and performing of Greek dancing and flamenco until she discovered Argentine Tango. Since then she has undergone training by well-known dancers and teachers in Europe and Argentina such as Raul Bravo. Maria holds a degree in classical music which allows her to analyse and help her students to understand how to interpret music through dance. For more than a decade Maria has been successfully performing and teaching Argentine Tango, Flamenco, Greek dancing and music in and outside UK.
Maria & Guillermo have won two LUKAS awards for 2 years in a row in the categories: "Tango Performers Of The Year" and "Tango Teachers Of The Year" (2011) and "Tango Performers Of The Year" and "Tango Teachers Of The Year" (2012). Guillermo was dancer at the Midnight Tango show with performances at London East End and at numerous cities in UK for the national tours for all 3 seasons (2011-2013) while Maria joined the show’s national tour in 2011. They both appear in the "Midnight Tango" DVD released in 2011. They have participated at various national tours with re-known artists such tango singer Martin Alvarado. Maria & Guillermo are well established teachers and performers with more than 15 years of experience and international career in teaching and performing with their work including small groups and individuals as well as Festivals, shows and milongas. Together have been performing & teaching internationally including Tango Holidays organised by their Tango School. www.tangounlimited.co.uk
Have a flavour of this amazing event by watching Guillermo & Maria performing at milongas which took place at the central square during our previous Tango Holidays.
Other videos of Guillermo & Maria dancing:
Diomar Giraldo Escobar
Giraldo was a guest dancer performing Argentinean Tango at BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in the 2005, 2006 and 2008 series. In 2007 he performed in Carmen, a production by the English National Opera, under the direction of British film maker Sally Potter.He starred in the west end hit tango production MIDNIGHT TANGO with Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent and Flavia. The show opened at the Strand Theatre in January 2011 touring the UK with sold out audiences across the country until July 2013.
Giraldo currently teaches at several tango clubs in London, Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol and other regions.