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Marcelo "El Chino" Gutierrez's workshops

MIT Tango Club is proud to bring Marcelo "El Chino" Gutierrez to Boston in February! 

Marcelo “El Chino” Gutierrez is one of that unique and lucky generation of tango professionals/ dancers that “came of age” in an era where tango came to a crossroads and renewed itself in the 2000’s.

He benefited both from being able to study with such old school masters as the Dinzels, Nito and Elba, the Rivarolas, Teresa Fernández (Todaro system) and Victor Arne; and from being part of the tango revolution that started with Gustavo Naveira and came to be known as Tango Nuevo.

What tango is today, in 2018, is a mix of these two: the old and the new; the old understood better thru the new; the new reaching back to the old for tradition; the old reaching forward to the new for inspiration; the old and the new intertwined and made stronger through these interactions and for mutual respect. The best tango professionals of today understand, dance and teach tango based on this dichotomy.

El Chino started studying tango in 1998. He studied dance and choreography at IUNA (Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte – Buenos Aires) where he received professional training in choreography, Russian and French classical dance, modern dance, jazz and yoga.
For the past 10 years he has worked on developing and perfecting the teaching system he has become so well known and respected for; a system focusing on stability, groundedness, comfort, natural body movement, core leading, organic leading and following..etc. Just a few classes with him can drastically improve your dancing and change your entire outlook of tango.

His famous exercises and specialized ideas: “Grounded,” “Standing leg,” “Push the Floor” and “The Horse Ride” exercise. Which has been copied by many others. He provides insightful tips, tools and techniques to help his students achive sel-confidence and self-consciousness to maximize their effort and dance effectiveness.

El Chino is regularly sought out to teach workshops of his system to groups of professional tango dancers around the world; and is also well known for his ongoing Cobra (teaching women to lead in tango) classes in Buenos Aires. The below testimonials give a little bit of taste of how El Chino’s teaching has influenced some of his

Workshop Schedule
Saturday, February 17th
W16-033, Rehearsal A (Kresge Auditorium, MIT)
1:30-3:00 pm, Workshop I: The magic of walking.
This special lesson has the objective to open a new way to understan one of the most important caracteristic of Tango.
Objectives: Learn how to  understand the landing and the power of the pushing the floor. Confidence and pleasure in your steps.
Open a range of posibility in your interpretation of the music.
3:00-3:30 pm, Break (snacks and drinks provided)
3:30-5:00 pm, Workshop II: Selfish embrace.

The aim for this lesson is to discover in a complete new way to use the tango embrace.

Objectives: The comfort of our embrace so most people will enjoy dancing in my embrace. Understand what close embrace really means. How to use my partner with my embrace, so she/he will enjoy it.

Sunday, February 18th
36-112, MIT (50 Vassar Street)
1:30-3:00 pm, Workshop III: Women Leaders
Level: Ladies should be already familiar with Argentine Tango fundamentals as a follower.
This program is designed for female tango dancers that are interested in innovation and the development of their dancing by learning how to lead.
Objectives: Develop a new mindset which will be used to empower their dance. Learn how to navigate in the dance space with confidence and pleasure. Language of movement that will open new ideas to express themselves. Enjoy Argentine Tango in a new form using this new role.

Workshop Pricing
Please purchase tickets at the door!

   1 workshop  2 workshops  3 workshops
 MIT Students  $15  $25  $30
 MIT staff/non MIT students  $22  $38  $45
 General public  $30  $50  $60