Tangoblitz Philippines 2013

Manila’s star-studded tango-fest
By Demi Braque


Ten tango stars from Buenos Aires are set to regale the country’s fast-growing tango community in this year's Manila leg of Tangoblitz 2013, the 5th ManilaTango Festival & Championship dance-off.
The brainchild of Asia’s tango impresario, Ogie Mendoza, TangoBlitz is a blazing trail of magic and seduction around the region – Singapore, Manila, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, Ho Chi Minh, Penang, Miri, and Koh Samui – for the last 8 years. He is responsible in bringing world-class tango to the doorsteps of these Asian hotspots.
Flying to Manila on May 13th, these five couples have dominated the Asian Tango scene in the last 3 years with their excellent style of dancing and quality teaching.
Top billed by award-winning Milena Plebs, director and choreographer of the Milena Tango Company, also referred to as the Eternal Tango Diva. She has taken part in films and documentaries including “Assassination Tango” with Robert Duvall. A versatile dancer and artist, she has been working extensively with partner David Alejandro Palo, a rising star in the world of Argentine tango; teaching, performing and travelling across Asia and Europe, in festivals, workshops and master classes. They will be joined by four tango couples Laila Rezk & Leandro Oliver, whose dedication and pleasant disposition have endeared them to their countless students and followers all these years; masters of the stage Analia Carreno and Luis Ramirez; and Noelia Colleti and Pablo Giorgini, whose partnership dates back to when they were young lovers. Now married with twins, they have since metamorphosed into very fine and dedicated tango artists, The last pair is considered the youngest partnership in the group, but Tamara Bisceglia & Federico Paleo have displayed immense prowess and ability, both in teaching and performing. They have managed to show what hard-work and dedication can do to survive in the highly competitive world of Argentine Tango.
Find out why Argentine tango is now the rage the world over. The music alone is mesmerizing; the dance passionate and the movements enchanting. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch these five couples as they showcase their innate talents and captivate the audience with their breathtaking performances during the Masters’ Gala Show on May 18th at the Makati Sports Club. Our local competitors will have the distinct privilege of being judged and evaluated by these tango masters at the Competition Championship Night on May 17th, at the same venue. Tango aficionados will be given the chance to improve their tango dancing knowledge, skills and discipline with daily workshops, and scheduled private lessons from May 13 -19, as well as have the very rare chance to hobnob and even dance with any of the masters during the nightly tango marathons in the best Milonga hubs around the metropolis.
For schedule and venue details on the different activities (workshops, competition, milonga-themed nights, and gala night) for the entire week of the Manila Tango Festival, simply call Estudio Amapola at 895-4576, 519-9626 or 0916-4489868. You may also email manilatangoclub@gmail.com for more information; or visit their Web site,
www.manilatangofestival.com, for a sneak preview of the featured couples’ performances.

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