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¡Baila! is created to bring Latin Dance to a wide range of individuals and groups. The focus is on dancing as a relaxing social activity and as an opportunity for healthy exercise and a learning experience that you can carry on with you and share forever. It's time for fun without the anxiety many people feel in classes that emphasize performance and proficiency. Traditional Latin dance can , and should, be accessible to a diverse audience. The differences that divide people - age, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability - fall away when two people take a walk to the music.
The evening will begin at 4pm with Cocktails on The Terrace which looks out onto a stunning mountain view. A local winery and brewery with knowledgable, passionate staff will be offering tastings and beverages available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available. The rest of the night is packed full of activities including both queer and straight dance performances by world renowned performers, professional Salsa and Batchata dance lessons, an Adult Piñata, and a Latin-American dinner. Whether you come solo or with a partner, this workshop is great opportunity to learn and refine your social dance skills in a fun, friendly, and exciting environment.
Actor/ Professional Dancer/ Instructor/ Choreographer, and Bilingual- Spanish/ English speaker based in NYC.
"I received a BA in Dance & Communications from, Rutgers University. I have trained with Labyrinth and Atlantic Theatre Company, also with acting coaches Bob McAndrew and Lucid Body creator Fay Simpson. As an Actress, I had the great fortune of booking my first featured film role in "Random Hearts," directed by the late Sidney Pollack starring Harrison Ford.
As a Professional Dancer, I hold the title of the 2008 USA Tango Champion. I have been a principal dancer in numerous theatrical dance productions, TV, and Film. My experience in the realm of Argentine Tango is vast and I have spun in stilettos, in NBC's hit series, "The Blacklist", as a Russian Tango dancer, national commercials, and within such theatrical venues as NYC Town Hall, Lincoln Center, and abroad. Beyond my own performing experiences, as an Instructor, I specialize in teaching Argentine Tango and Salsa socially. I have also trained legendaries in the fundamentals of Argentine Tango, including Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune. Plus, As a Choreographer, I have choreographed for a major Parle commercial in Mumbai, India, starring Bollywood star Roshan Hrithik, and a China tour of the production “Glamour Tango”."
Leonardo started dancing tango professionally in his hometown of Buenos Aires. He has trained with renowned tango instructors. Leonardo has performed on the best stages in Argentina with several dance companies. He moved to New York City in 2011 when he co-founded Malevaje with Walter Perez. He currently teaches and performs at Dardo Galletto Studios in the heart of Times Square in New York City. Leonardo has participated in the International Tango festivals worldwide and has performed and taught workshops in major cities in the United States and in England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Dominican Republic , Mexico, Bolivia and Argentina. He ranks very high on the list of the most important Argentine tango dancers in the world that are capable of exchanging smoothly and creatively roles of leader and follower
Walter began dancing Tango in his hometown, Buenos Aires, 1993. Since then, he has dedicated his career to studying Argentine Tango and the broad spectrum of Latin dances. Walter has trained with renowned Tango Masters: Juan Carlos Copes, Graciela Gonzalez, Pepito Avellaneda and Rodolfo Dinzel. And Salsa Masters: Jimmy Anton, Eddie Torres and Liz Paredes. In 2000, he moved to NY to continue his career as a professional dancer and teacher.
Walter’s theater credits:
Argentina (1995-2000): Neotango Dance Company, La milonga, Los tangueros Dance company, Abecedario Dance company, Las tres Marias, De Refilon, and toured with the award winning musical Tangou directed by Anibal Pachano.
USA (2000-currently): All that Tango; Red; Tango and Flamenco Fusion, The Trip, Let’s Speak Tango, Tango of the first century, Spotlight on Tango, Tango Connections and Recuerdo Tango, New generation Dance company (Jacobs Pillow), Las Vegas Red Carpet Tango Festival.
Argentina (1994-2000): Ana Deustch Dance Studio, Colegio Nacional 17, Holter Schule, Instituto Coreografico Argentino.
USA (2000-Currently): Sandra Cameron, Dance Manhattan, Stepping Out Studios, Iati Theater, Dardo Galletto Studios, Friends of Argentine Tango, New Utrecht Brooklyn Public Library.
In 2010 he creates with Leonardo Sardella, “Malevaje Tango” same sex tango couple, teaching and performing worldwide.
In 2013, Walter Perez found Friends of Argentine Tango, a non for profit organization that teach seniors and schoolchildren (www.friendsofargentinetango.org).
Since 2015 Walter Perez with Leonardo Sardella are the organizers the NY Queer Tango Weekend, a four days International festival, 2017 was the third year of the festival
Mr. Perez was 2017 grantee of Su casa and LMCC Creative Learning programs.