SCTC 2018 announces their third master couple - Vanesa Villalba & Facundo Piñero!
The masters are making their debut in USA and Los Angeles!
As explained in their full bio, here, they both started out as stage dancers in various tango shows and companies, among them the famous "Forever Tango" show. Together, they are one of the most popular tango couples in the world sought after by all the biggest festivals and even professional dancers for training. In the official Tango Mundial (World Cup) competition last year, 7 of the 20 finalists as well as the 2nd place winners were trained by Vanesa & Facundo. They've also trained many of the salon and stage national champions in Europe, Russia, and Asia.
So why all this hype? And what makes them so special? For one, incredible technique and skill. They are so powerful and do everything perfect. The next reason is because of their commanding stage presence. They know how to put on a show, whether improvised or choreography. And last, they are amazing teachers and very friendly. They know how to produce champion-level couples. To say they are well-rounded and perfect in all areas is still an understatement!
HELLO starts at 0:17… cute crossing embellishments followed by Vanesa’s high boleo chopping out of the back ocho into her mollinete and then a DEEP planeo during his stop. That was only the easy stuff.
A few more chopping back ochos and a door-busting high kick at 0:34 tells you they’re serious business. At 1:00, Vanesa releases a fury of piques and Facundo stomps their way out to the crowd’s applause. Keep watching and you’ll see an endless display of lines, power, and synchronized sensuality. Oh, how easy they make it look. Running sacadas into a flying split lift? No problem!
They just aren’t human…
Such a romantic song with every step taken so tenderly as—I take it back, Facundo detonates the mother of all enrosques and we have a full-scale performance before us.
Wow, look at Vanesa’s control; not only in her feet but her upper body as well. Two minutes into the song and Vanesa slowly transitions into two of the sweetest calesitas you’ve ever seen before Facundo sweeps her across the floor….literally. It’s not even over and the audience can no longer hold their applause.
You’ve got to see it to believe it. Vanessa unloads every women’s adorno in the book under frantic vals timing, flicking and tapping her feet every which way with sublime control. It’s an amazingly unique and very distinct quality of hers.
She starts off skating, then rapid tapping in perfect timing with Facundo’s lead, then lifting and diving her feet up into the air, then swirling into back tucks, then she’s lush and skating again, now really deep sweeps, back into rapid taps again, and then more whipping back-tucks. Even at high speed, you can see exactly how her feet dances over the floor. If a woman’s feet could tell a story, Vanesa’s just wrote the bible on women’s embellishments.
Who said they couldn’t be magical below 100mph? So much musicality and expression in each step. This has got to be one of the most skillful performances to Francisco Canaro’s timeless “Invieno”. Even more impressive considering that they go as slow as—not half time, but QUARTER time. If you ever wanted a slow-motion review of Vanesa’s amazing feet (for educational purposes), there’s your chance!
First time ever in Los Angeles and the USA so don't miss out. They are incredibly experienced teachers, and have trained many other professional dancers as well. They know exactly how to pull out the unique qualities in every student.
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HURRY! Pre-registration discount ends January 7.
Workshop registration is currently available only through the Full Weekend Pass, 2-Day Pass, and 1-Day Pass. A la carte registration will open shortly after New Years giving first priority to passholders.
SCTC's online registration discount closes tonight (at midnight or shortly after). After months of exhausting preparation and promotion, we have finally arrived just a week away and jumping with excitement. The maestros & guest performers, live band & DJ's, decor & tech, and OVER 150+ COMPETITORS are in place and ready to present to you once again with an event unlike any other.
Do YOU know what the judges like? Does ANYONE know what the judges like? To play the game to its fullest, we’ve assembled a list of qualities judges look for and why it matters to them. We've also put together a list of things that judges don’t care for as highly as you think they would.
Here are some tips for dancing with strangers…perfect for Jack & Jill participants, random festival encounters, and *GASP* partnered competitors panicking under the spotlight. ;)