The Tampa Tango Festathon is a little bit marathon, a little bit of party, and a whole lot of fun. We look forward to having you join us!
Rahul Padmanabhan (Montreal)
A transplant from India, to the U.S., and now living in Canada, Rahul is a global mover and shaker! He's been DJing events all across the East Coast of US and in the Montreal area for several years. He also is one of the co-founders of the Tampa Tango Festathon! Although he’s no longer organizing with us, we are excited to have him on board as a DJ. His high-energy is contagious and he will play fantastic tanda after fantastic tanda so that you'll never sit down until it's over!
DJ Amanda DiGarli (D.C.)
While studying engineering at Purdue University in 2009, Amanda became involved with the Argentine Tango Club and has been hooked ever since. Her passion for tango has taken her all across North America from coast to coast and abroad. Even more, her love for the music shows through as she focuses on keeping the crowd happy, energized, and dancing all night long. She was the crowd-favorite at last year's event and she's going to rock the floor again this year!
DJ Mariano Bejarano (Miami)
Mariano Bejarano was born in Rosario, Argentina. A professional tango dancer, instructor, musician, DJ, and milonga organizer, Mariano has DJ'd at milongas, festivals, and marathons all over the country (USA), and in Argentina. In South Florida, he organizes, instructs, and DJs at two weekly milongas in Miami, Milonga Guacha, and Tangocho Milonga.
Tai Maria (Puerto Rico)
Originally from Puerto Rico, Tai fell in love with tango in 2006. Since then she has played a major role in building the tango community in San Juan. Co-founder and teacher at Y Entonces, organizer of the Puerto Rico Tango Marathon, regular DJ at Milonga Tangozando, and other local milongas. Recently, Tai has also been invited to many cities, including major festivals and marathons, across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Tai is known for playing a beautiful and precise selection of music, bringing a very contagious energy to the dance floor. She does a great job connecting with the dancers tanda after tanda, creating a constant delicous mood!
DJ Edmond Bardhi (Ann Arbor)
Edmond was inspired to start DJing by his passion for tango music and early exposure to great DJs. DJing regularly in Ann Arbor and nearby communities, he developed a rich style full of rhythmical presence and lyrical complexity. Edmond attentively manages the flow of energy to enhance the dancers' connection while keeping the crowd invigorated with playful cortinas and milongas so fast they’ll make your feet hurt. Edmond is frequently invited to DJ at various festivals, marathons, and milongas, including Ann Arbor, Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Cleveland... and now in Tampa!
DJ Alper Ungor (Gainesville)
Originally from Turkey, Alper has settled in Gainesville Florida and is the resident DJ and instructor at the UF Argentine Tango Club and travels extensively for tango across the U.S. and Europe.
Victoria Sarquisse, the creator of TANGOFLEX, is a professional dancer, trained gymnast, master fitness instructor, spin, weight training, dance instructor and personal trainer with over 18 years of experience teaching flexibility, dance and fitness classes.
Victoria Sarquisse, born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina; started her artistic career in Ballet as young as 3 years old. As a very active child, she could not stop flipping, swinging, and climbing…so her mom signed her up for Gymnastics. What started as a hobby ended up as a lifestyle; just a few years later she became a member of the National Gymnastics Federation of Argentina competing at national and metropolitan championships. As part of the gymnastics curriculum (which included dance and classical training) she studied Ballet with a dance instructor, prima ballerina, and performer of the “Teatro Colon” – one of the top 5 theatre venues in the world. After 15 years of hard training, Victoria was invited to the U.S. as a recipient of a scholarship in gymnastics. She taught Gymnastics and Ballet at Browns Gymnastics in Orlando and LaFleurs Gymnastics in Tampa, Florida. Victoria teaches at her own studio in Tampa where she develops flexibility trainings and postural therapies to clients with specific needs.
To Be Announced
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Trista Brophy & Joshua Bernard
Trista has been dancing and organizing in Tampa since 2009, where she first began at the Argentine Tango Club at USF. She loves D'Arienzo and Biagi and squishy hugs. When she's not dancing, Trista is an advocate for green infrastructure and climate adaptation, and enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, and the ocean!
Joshua originally was a salsa dancer before tango found him in 2015. Since then he's caught the travel bug and has attended several festivals across the U.S. He has an eye for aesthetics and is the one behind the beautiful venue and decor! When he's not traveling or dancing, Joshua is practicing his patience with the art of Bonsai and Japanese Gardening!