The Talent

We have a really talented group of teachers and DJ’s joining us this year!
Guest Teachers:

Pablo Pugliese and Noel Strazza

Pablo Pugliese and Noel Strazza are coming back to Denver Memorial Day Tango Festival 2016. Pablo and Noel will be teaching workshops and performing at a Milonga.

Ney Melo & Marika Landry

We are pleased and excited to have, for the first time ever, Marika Landry & Ney Melo at the Denver Tango Festival. This new partnership will be joining us right after their 2016 Spring European tour where they will be the maestros at the Firenze Tango Festival.

Marcos Pereira and Florencia Borgnia

Second place, Tango Salon category at the Metropolitan Tango Championship 2015 of Buenos Aires. Marcos Pereira and Florencia Borgnia, Argentinian tango dancers. Sub Champions of Metropolitan Tango Championship 2015. Between 2013 and 2014, they were part of the historic “Café Tortoni´s Show” in Buenos Aires, for over a year. They have mainly studied with Daniel Juárez and Alejandra Armenti, who in 2014 included Marcos and Florencia in their Company “Corporación Tangos -alumnos-“, performing in many differents milongas and theatres in Buenos Aires. Moreover, they have studied with Carlos and Rosa Pérez, Andrés “Tanguito” Cejas and Genoveva Fernández, Fernando Galera, Raúl Bravo, Graciela González, among others. At the present time, they work at the well known “Argentine Tango School” (Escuela Argentina de Tango), giving lessons for differents levels; and they are also part of ENTA (Nacional Space of Argentine Tango), the National Government´s Company.

Local Teachers:

Tom Stermitz and Amy Beaudet


tom and amy b&w 500Tom first visited Buenos Aires in 1996 when he had less than two years of tango. It was a humbling experience which motivated him to figure out how to dance Argentine tango “the way it was danced in the milongas of Buenos Aires”. As a consequence, he is known as a specialist in the “Social Style” of Argentine Tango, rather than performance. In 20 years of teaching he has developed a method of teaching tango in which music and improvisation are incorporated “first and foremost” at all levels. Tango is improvised from small easy pieces connected to the music rather than longer memorized sequences. With this approach (musical & improvisational), leaders feel like they are dancing earlier in their tango career, and followers feel like they are participating from the beginning.

Amy has been teaching or studying how to teach for the past 17 years. Subjects included Life Sciences, Art, Meditation, Reiki, and Argentine Tango since 2008. She found Argentine Tango in 2006, learning a salon style of tango. She danced regularly in milongas around New England and Boston, including frequent attendance at the Boston Tango Festival and Tango de los Muertos. Influences include Miriam and Hugo, Tova and Carlos, Homer and Cristina, Brigitta Winkler, and Eric Jorissen. Amy began teaching group Tango and Meditation classes in Exeter, NH in 2008. When she moved to Colorado in 2009 she taught classes in Carbondale for Colorado Mountain College and was active in the tango community in the Roaring Fork Valley. Amy moved to Denver in late 2010 and began teaching with Tom Stermitz at that time. She was the event and volunteer coordinator for the Denver Tango Festivals from 2012-2015. Amy strives to build a cooperative and welcoming tango community for people of all ages. She has recently completed training in Brain Compatible Dance Education and is excited to be teaching Creative Dance for All Ages in her EarthBeat Dance program with Babies through Pre-Schoolers. She also collaborates with Tom concerning their Tango curriculum and how to integrate the Brain Compatible approach into their Tango instruction.

Grisha Nisnevich



As a concert-level musician, and professional dancer and teacher, Grisha strives to share his knowledge of the “secrets” of music taken from music scores and music performances, with dancers, in addition to sharing the dancing experience with musicians.



Angel Montero

Angel MonteroAngel Montero started DJing locally in 2004, and over the years he has become one of the most sought after DJs in the country. He has been the DJ of choice for many special events in the Southeast, and now he is being invited to DJ in festivals all over the country, like Denver, Ann Arbor, Austin, Kansas City, Tangosutra (Washington, DC), Puerto Rico, Tampa, Cleveland, Maratonazo (NYC), Dallas and Tango Element (Baltimore, MD). Angel usually favors rhythmic music (D’Arienzo rocks) but he pays close attention to the energy he gets form the dance floor. Most importantly, he does not believe in “killing the milonga”, he always wants you to go home wanting more.

Paul Akmajian

Paul AkmajianPaul Akmajian has been dancing tango for over 16 years and DJing for the last 10. Aside from his regular DJ duties in Tucson, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Phoenix, he has DJ’d at many major festivals around the country from Portland to Baltimore and many places in between. As a DJ, Paul strives to keep everyone energized and dancing long into the night by playing the best, most familiar, time-tested and dancer-approved music from the Golden Age of Tango.

Vincent Wong

Vincent WongVincent is Originally from Hong Kong, currently based in Los Angeles, CA. From collecting vintage audio for critical listening in a wide variety of music, Vincent Wong found his passion for Tango in Los Angeles 2007. As an active Tango dancer himself, his goal is to make every tanda a massive hit. Vincent DJs at tango festivals in Los Angeles, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Tucson AZ, Portland OR, Albuquerque NM, Seattle WA, and…… more coming

Jessica Schilling

Jessica SchillingA classical clarinetist and music journalist by training, Jessica Schilling stumbled on a beginner’s tango class in 2008 and immediately stopped doing just about everything else. While her friends were leaving messages asking where she’d run off to, she was dancing — and later, DJing — all over the place, including playing music for dancers at the Albuquerque Tango Festival, Burning Tango, ValenTango and Hella’ MEntal (both Portlands — Oregon and Maine!), Providence’s New Year’s Marathon, and encuentros and workshops across the U.S. She strives for a flow incorporating the best of the classic tango repertoire with the hidden gems and quirky treats that make a milonga memorable. Originally from Boulder, Jessica is currently based in Boston, though you wouldn’t know it from the lack of an accent. Her strengths include accumulating frequent flier miles, dancing in inappropriate street shoes, and (hopefully) writing tango DJ bios. Her weaknesses include dulce de leche, tacky costume jewelry, and Caló with Berón.

Martin Rybczynski

Martin Rybczynski

Israel Lipinsky

Israel LipiskyA frequent DJ and dancer at venues in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, Israel was also a co-host of the popular Milonga Sácale Punta in Berkeley, CA. As a milonguero, he believes that music is not only what drives dancers to the dance floor, but the glue that holds the whole tango ecosystem together. His style of DJing focuses on building and maintaining a rapport with dancers and, song by song, he strives to cultivate an atmosphere in which everybody can connect effortlessly with their partners and with their community.

 Ali Imran

12659598_10208499621108807_134318477_nAli started his Tango journey 5 years ago in a small Tango community in Lawrence, Kansas. Enchanted by the magic of the music and the movement, he has been traveling across the continent to collect and spread treasures of Tango. As a DJ, Ali specializes in traditional Tango music. He maintains a close “connection” with the floor to craft the best musical experience for his dancers throughout the night. Ali does not believe in dull moments. Instead, he strives to create memorable ones by keeping your feet moving and your hearts inspired.