La Pista Instructors

DAVID ORLY-THOMPSON
david_mariana-220x300Location: Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, San Francisco
Contact: davidOTtango@gmail.com, 510 375 8805
Website: www.davidymariana.info

David Orly-Thompson is well known in San Francisco.  His teaching and dancing style is very dynamic and he has an amazing ability to make complicated patterns seem very easy. His advanced class on Wednedays at La Pista, challenges your mind and body in the best way possible.

MILA SALAZAR
MilaSalazar-236x300Location: San Francisco
Contact: mila@firetigerdance.com, 415 724 7864
Website: firetigerdance.com

Mila Salazar is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and Tango DJ. She was the dance captain of the Libertango Dancers, danced as a guest member of Tango Con Fusion and performed with her own group. She presently directs a Tango Performance Team of various levels which hold a regular meeting on Mondays at 7pm with Casey Young, and teaches a Tango Fundamentals class at 8pm on Mondays with a crew of assistants. The Upstairs Practica, with dancers of all levels, is held on Mondays 9-11pm.

TOM LEWIS
TomLewisCamilleCusumanoLocation: San Francisco
Contact:  (415) 850.5869
Website: www.lapistatango.com
Tom Lewis, the architect and owner of San Francisco’s premier tango salon, La Pista, began studying tango in 2004. Tom, who has studied other forms of energy and movement, such as Aikido, Leonard Energy Training, and Gyrotonics, loves to bring it all to bear in his tango teaching. He has had the privilege to study with numerous tango masters who have come through the doors of his well-loved salon, a refuge of dance, music, comfort and positive energy for the Bay Area. Tom loves cultivating tango partners with good fundamentals who are energetic, responsive, connected, and smooth. Tom teaches some of the taste of Tango classes that precede the Sundown Practica on Saturdays.

CAMILLE CUSUMANO
CamilleCusumanoContact: ocaramia@me.com, 415-425-6515
Website: www.camillecusumano.com

Camille lived and danced in Buenos Aires 2006–10, after quitting her day job. Before tango took center stage 10 years ago, she danced everything from swing, ballroom and Latin to tap, jazz, and the tarantella. She studied with numerous teachers in San Francisco (including Rosy Radiator and Christy Cote), as well as in Argentina. Her favorite “maestros” were those who braved the milongas. Camille embraces all styles of tango—milonguero, salon, Nuevo, uptown, downtown, and all-around town. She approaches tango with a sense of humor and from a Zen/yoga grounding. A writer by default of her own, she is the author of the memoir, Tango, an Argentine Love Story.

GUILLERMO GARCIA
GuilleGarciaLocation: San Francisco
Contact: info@guillegotan.com
Website: www.guillegotan.com/

Guillermo García was born in Bahia Blanca, a southern port of Argentina, where he grew up among tango, soccer, barbecues, military coups and numerous currency devaluations. Inexplicably attracted to the shape of the guitar, he started playing Argentine tango and folklore music at the age of 10, and classical guitar at age 15.  As a dancer, Guillermo learned Argentine tango from some of the masters of the salón, milonguero and nuevo styles. He teaches a weekly tango salón class in San Francisco, and has taught numerous musicality workshops for dancers. Guille teaches a regular drop-in class on Thursdays from 8pm to 9:30pm.

ERIN MALLEY & DORUK GOLCU
erin & doruk

Location: San Francisco
Website: www.erinanddoruktango.com
Erin Malley & Doruk Golcu are a young, energetic couple currently based in San Francisco, CA. Partners on the dance floor and in life, they have been dancing together since 2004. They are known for their smooth dancing, unique musicality, and connection to one another. Erin and Doruk are generous teachers, known for the approachable way that they share their knowledge of both the body in motion and the structure of the dance.

 

OLIVIA LEVITT & JONATHAN YAMAUCHI

Olivia_JonathanLocation: San Rafael, San Francisco, Burlingame
Contact: Jonathan at 925.899.4611, email Jonathan, or Olivia at 650.834.5658, email Olivia
Website: tangoapilado.com

Jonathan Yamauchi has danced Argentine tango since 2000, and has been greatly influenced by Carlos Gavito’s renowned sensuous and intimate close embrace style. Olivia Levitt has over 25 years of classical ballet training and was a principal dancer in the New York Theater Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and the Oakland Ballet. Her classical training gives her an astute insight into technique that allows her to create beautiful adornments and express delicacy in movement.