"2017 World Tango Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina"
Magdalena and Germán have developed a style which can be defined as traditional with contemporary elements, characterized by its elegance and expressiveness, as well as by its unique musicality. In 2017 they were awarded tango’s highest recognition as 2017 Tango Salon World Champions, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Throughout their career they have integrated important and renowned dance companies, in diverse theaters throughout Argentina and the world. They have participated in numerous international festivals, giving instruction and delivering breathtaking performances.
MAGDALENA GUTIERREZ - Magdalena is a renowned international dancer, with exquisite elegance, and an understanding of Tango that goes well beyond a performance dance. As a dancer, one can easily see how much she appreciates the embrace, the connection, and her passion for the dance, as well as her ability to respond to the requests of her partner, without losing her artistic presence. She is a creative and musical dancer, with refined footwork. She puts her heart in each and every movement of her body. During her professional career as an artist and dancer, she performed in various tango houses in Buenos Aires including Complejo Tango, Piazzolla Tango, Gala Tango, etc.. Magdalena has been in the cast of several renowned tango shows that have been recognized worldwide. These shows include Divino Tango (Pasiones Company, touring through Spain, Italy, Greece), Tanguera (National Theatre, Argentina), Evita (South Korea), Tango Emoción (Teatro Nacional, Argentina), and Chantecler Tango (Paris, Tokyo, Teatro Alvear, Argentina). She is also a member of the “Cuadro de Jóvenes de la Academia Nacional del Tango” (Youth of the National Academy of Tango). In recent years, she performed and taught in several of the most important international tango festivals in Europe, America, and Asia.
GERMAN BALLEJO - Germán is a young tango professional who stands out for his musical, creative, and elegant dance. With an extensive background on the stage and his love for tango salón, he is characterized as being a well rounded expressive dancer, with great acting and teaching skills. In 1995, at the age of 10, Germán attended his first dance lessons. His formative years were crucial to his present dance style as he took classes in various academic institutions, and was part of several groups of choreographic dance. This blend between the creative side of the popular dances, and the professionalism required to work on the stage, is a defining trait of his art. In 2010, he moved to Buenos Aires where he began his career as an artist and dancer working in different tango houses: Complejo Tango, Gala Tango and La Ventana. He performed in companies like Tempotango and Pasión de Tango, which gave him the opportunity to go through some of the most important stages and local theaters in Buenos Aires. In 2014, he worked for the prestigious and famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
Since 2006, Sabrina and Ruben have participated in several tango festivals around the world as teachers and performers.
In 2014, Ruben wrote his book “Secretos del abrazo,” detailing the techniques they developed teaching tango. The book is available in Spanish, English, Russian and Italian.
In 2015 and 2018, Ruben was tango stage´s adjudicator in the final round of the Argentinian Tango World Championship.
As choreographers, they created “Recuperado” in 2015, “A nuestro hijo” in 2014, “Al Sur del Sur” for River North Chicago Dance Company in 2011, "Dramatic Tango” in 2010, on tour in Japan, "Tangos Corazonicos” during 2009 in Buenos Aires, and also they created and directed “Tango on stage” on tour in USA, and their last show "Descarnados" in 2018 .
In 20009, they were judges in Japan, Spain, and Chile of the Tango World Championship.
During 2008, they toured China with their show Radio Latina, covering six cities including Shanghai, the same year they toured Japan with the Momoco Aida orchestra and debuted their show “Abrazame” at the Menton Tango Festival in France and toured Holland with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta presenting their choreography “Last Round.”
In July of 2006, during the Soccer World Cup, they were featured in a TV special in Holland.
On April 30, 2005, they made an appearance during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Queen Beatrix of Holland reign.
Between 2001 to 2005 they performed in different places in Buenos Aires like Esquina Carlos Gardel, El Querandi and Rojo Tango. They take part in companies like Tango x 2 and Tango Emocion.
March 1998 through February 2001, they were cast in the Nueva Compañia Tangueros, and premiered in the show “Milonga Boulevard” in New York, USA, playing the lead couple. Their work received excellent reviews from critic Jack Anderson of the "New York Times.”
FACUNDO PIÑERO - worked in Casas de Tango as Madero Tango, Taconeando, Complejo Tango, Barracas Tango, Tango Red and Chiquin. He began to travel the world at the age of 17 in companies such as: Latin Dance, Tango Odyssey, Tango Emotion, Mora Godoy, Tanguera and Forever Tango.
VANESA VILLALBA - worked in Casas de Tango as: La Ventana, Piazzolla Tango, Homero Manzi and Boca Tango. She was champion of tango Baradero 2002 and later worked on the jury panel. She traveled the world for 4 years with the company Forever Tango as a dancer and also assistant choreographer.
Vanesa Villalba and Facundo Piñero - have participated in the festival of Buenos Aires tango with their work DESENCUENTRO. They were jurors in World Tango for different regions. They also participate in numerous festivals as teachers and choreographers in different countries such as Italy, Greece, Korea, USA, Japan, Turkey, and Russia.