- Time: 12pm - 5pm
- Level: beginners and complete beginners
- Cost: £35/person, £60/couple
- Advanced booking and payment required
Irene (1988) started learning about Tango in 2010 as a member of her hometowns local Tango Society. Later during that same year she continued to develop her tango dancing skills by taking private lessons, as well as attending group classes and seminars organised and run by well-known tutors. (Christian Sosa Maria Noel Siouto, Juan Martin Carrara Stefania Colina, Ximena Hoeffner Fernando Carrasco, Sebastian Achaval Roxana Suarez, Silvio la Via, Lucas Fernades, Veronica Rue-Pablo Martinez, Leonel di Coco-Camila Danelli,Adrian and Amanta Costa, Natalia Hills-Alejandro Aquino).
She started Ballet, Artistic Gymnastics, Jazz and Greek Traditional Dance at an early age. She also took Latin and Oriental Dance lessons.
She has taught at the Corinth Municipality Sports Centre, Corinth Independent Tango Group of the Cultural Centre, Corinth Youth Centre, Volos University Tango Society, Patra University Tango Society, Ioannina El Tango Dance Studio, Independent Social Art Space Svoura, Fight Academy Dance Community, Get it Done Dance Studio. She organised and promoted tango music and dance events nationwide. She presented tango-related radio show on the first Greek Tango Radio Vice Versa.
She is currently living in the UK and she is an Argentine Tango Instructor (QTS & PLI holder), Dancer, Choreographer, Founder, Event Organiser/Manager and Dj at the North East Tango. She is teaching at the Newcastle University Tango Society, Gillian Quinn School of Theatre Dance and at the URC Community Centre, North East. Irene also has a BA in History and studies in Music.
Yohann started playing in a ballroom orchestra and dancing socially in the early 90s in Normandy. Later, he took his first Argentinian Tango steps with teacher Yazmin Burel from Buenos Aires.
When moving to Leeds in 2000, he met Janeen as she was starting the first weekly Tango class at Leeds University with Frank Smith from Manchester. In September 2001, he started a class in York with Janeen and took over from Frank in Leeds in 2003. Yohann now teaches in Sheffield, Leeds & Harrogate and was, until recently, the resident Argentine Tango teacher at the Yorkshire Dance Centre.
As a leading exponent of Argentine Tango in Yorkshire and beyond, Yohann has performed at several prestigious venues including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds College of Music (The Venue), Wilton's Music Hall, London and at several more locations and events.
On his ongoing journey with Tango, Yohann has had the opportunity to attend classes and events with some of the most famous Tango maestros and artists in the world including Miguel-Angel Zotto & Soledad Rivero, Miriam Larici & Leonardo Barrionuevo, Geraldin Rojas & Ezequiel Paludi, Rachel Greenberg, Juan Carlos Copes, Natalia Gamez & Gabriel Angio, Veronica Gardella & Marcelo Bernadaz, Los Ocampo, Eduardo Cappussi & Marina Flores, Genoveva Fernandez & Andres Tanguito Cejas, Celia Blanco - Maria Nieves, Jose Libertella & the Sexteto Mayor, Guillermo Merlo.
Over the years, Yohann has developed his own teaching methodology in harmony with the essence of the dance, incorporating the best from his 10-year experience teaching and taking master classes. Besides making learning to dance fun, his classes focus on the importance of maintaining a strong communication within the dancing couple and aim at developing the leaders' ability to improvise and link steps together rather than learning sequences.
Yohann is a licentiate member of the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing and Kindred Arts, specialising in Argentine Tango.
Barca Artbar, 68 Front Street, Tynemouth NE30 4BT
A lovely venue close to the sea front and Tynemouth castle with plenty of on-street parking and food by French chef Nico Duhil who learned his trade working in many Michelin-starred restaurants throughout France for more than 10 years.