3rd Learning Tango Summer Festival: Our Teachers

Guest Maestros: Jenny and Ricardo

We're very pleased to host our special guest star maestros Jenny and Ricardo, our favourite tango teachers, and in our opinion, the best tango teaching couple in the UK.

Other Teachers

The festival also has a number of other exciting workshops from other teachers, including

Special Guest Maestros: Jenny and Ricardo

About Jenny and Ricardo

Jenny and Ricardo Oria are a talented, authentic and inspiring Argentine Tango couple. Their performances have been described as elegant, pristine, glowing, full of warmth, spectacular, engaging, joyful, spellbinding and with deep simplicities.

Jenny and Ricardo teach and dance "Tango de Salón"; tango for the dance floor. Each tango dance is moved and inspired by the music and the subtle yet powerful conversation within the embrace.

They have been based in Edinburgh since 2002, teaching regular classes and helping to develop the Edinburgh tango community. Alongside this, they are often to be found in different cities, teaching workshops and doing performances for lots of different tango groups in the UK, Europe and also in Argentina.

Jenny and Ricardo at our Festival

Jenny and Ricardo will teach multiple workshops throughout the festival, at all levels. In addition, they will put on an exclusive performance at our Summer Ball on Saturday.

So don't delay, Book tickets now!.

Performance Videos:

Blues Guru Sara White

About Sara White

Sara White is widely recognised as one of the leading teachers of Blues Dance in the UK. Her passion for letting the music drive the dance is reflected in her unique and sassy teaching style, creating dancers who are in demand wherever they go.

Sara has been teaching for over 15 years, throughout the UK and Europe. Sara also hosts the national Crystal Blues Challenge, the UK's #1 blues championship, as well running acclaimed Blues and Advanced Dance workshops, and organising multiple events and weekenders.

We are delighted to have such a renowned guest teacher contributing to our festival.

Sara White at our Festival

Sara White will teach two fabulous workshops during the weekend:

Learning Tango Teachers David and Ann

About David and Ann

David and Ann have taught Argentine Tango in London and surrounding areas for over 8 years. They have learnt from many popular UK and international Tango teachers, including (of course) Jenny and Ricardo, Kicca Tomassi and Giraldo Diomar. Their Learning Tango school focusses on allowing students to learn in a supportive and welcoming atmosphere, whilst teaching the key concepts of connection, embrace, walk and musicality.

Apart from hosting the Summer Festival, David and Ann also run regular weekly classes, workshops and other events.

David and Ann at our Festival

For the first time, we'll run an intensive "Tango In A Morning" course on Saturday to get you "match-fit" for the festival!

Ballet Teacher: Clare Wille

About Clare

After training in classical ballet with the Kansas City Ballet, the Rambert Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School, Clare spent over fifteen years dancing with the ballet companies based at various European Opera Houses (Klagenfurt, Rouen, Geneva, Kassel, Mannheim, Prague), and also furthered her knowledge of ballet history and the different styles of dance within ballet (Russian, American, Danish, the Cecchetti method, and the Royal Academy of Dance exam systems). She started her teaching career in Prague and now, based in Berkhamsted, coaches ballet locally.

She runs weekly classes in Hertfordshire, for adults wishing to reawaken their childhood interest in ballet, and also for those who may not previously have had the opportunity.

Clare at our Festival

Clare will run an Introduction to Ballet class on Saturday to help develop your posture, style and elegance.

Ballroom Teacher: Yvonne Metcalf

About Yvonne

Yvonne has been learning and teaching dance for many years. Her passion for Ballroom and Latin began many years ago under the tutelage of Betty Bouston, a renowned competitor, ISTD teacher, and judge in both the professional and amateur world.

Yvonne has competed at local and national level, dancing at Blackpool on many occasions, and teaching at several dance schools over a number years. Yvonne delights in seeing the progress new dancers make in a relatively short time, with the patience of committed, experienced and enthusiastic teachers.

Yvonne at our Festival

Yvonne will run an Introduction to Cha Cha class on Saturday afternoon to introduce some Latin Flair into your dancing!

Kizomba Experts: Antonio Hernandez and Lisa Barber

About Antonio and Lisa

Antonio Hernandez has a well-established reputation as a skilled teacher and dancer, both for Salsa and Kizomba, having taught Kizomba for more than 5 years. Antonio has previously performed with the Fuego, Tiempo, and Bailar en Clave performance teams.

Lisa Barber is an experienced Salsa and Kizomba teacher and dancer. She has been teaching Salsa to advanced level for more than 8 years, and with Antonio, teaching Kizomba for the past 3 years.

Together they are regular teachers for the Dance2Salsa Dance Company and for Salsa Me Gusta.

Antonio and Lisa at our Festival

Antonio and Lisa will teach a Tango Into Kizomba workshop on Saturday afternoon.