TANGO GUITAR & DANCE
Hande Yildiz and Guillermo Garcia
Tango was born in Argentina at the turn of the 20th century. In the beginning, it was played and danced in the brothels of the port of Buenos Aires. The music went through many stages of evolution developing different styles. As tango musicians succeeded in Europe and the dance form became wildly popular with upper and middle classes around the world, Argentine high society adopted the previously low-class dance form as their own. Tango orchestras lived their Golden Age in the 30s and 40s and had a period of rich evolution –although lower popularity– from 50s to 80s. Touring stage productions Tango Argentino and Forever Tango contributed to a worldwide renaissance in the last three decades and today tango festivals and milongas take place in almost every country.
WHAT WE DO
We are Argentine tango instructors and performers. We teach and perform tango music and dance for various events.
WHERE WE TEACH
Guillermo & Hande teach Argentine tango in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have taught the Spring Quarter tango program at Stanford University in 2018 as well as two Berkeley class series at houseTango on the different rhythmic forms of Argentine tango. They also teach tango, milonga and vals at Berkeley City Club. They have also taught milonga workshops in Healdsburg and in Big Island, Hawaii.
WHO WE ARE
Guillermo García is a tango musician, dancer, and engineer from Argentina. He has been teaching tango dance in the Bay Area since 2001, and his weekly San Francisco milonga class has been running since 2007. He was part of the dance cast in the show Tango Fatal (2011), directed by Forever Tango lead Jorge Torres. In 2018 he taught –in collaboration with his partner Hande Yildiz– the Spring Quarter tango program at Stanford University as well as two Berkeley class series on the different rhythmic forms of Argentine tango.
Hande Yildiz Garcia is a tango dancer and an English language teacher from Turkey. She started tango in 2008 and attended many workshops of Argentinian maestros. She also participated in teaching at various tango schools. She is also continuing her Master's degree in Education.
We believe that tango is a social dance by essence and a way to connect using musical elements. We believe that everyone can dance tango if the approach is musical.