Born and raised in the city that never sleeps, I found my passion for dance at the early age of 5. My hometown of New York City was the perfect backdrop for me to pursue my dream of being a dancer. I studied classical ballet at The School of American Ballet for 10 years and performed many times as a child with the New York City Ballet.
It wasn’t until I was a teen that I began to discover my love for Latin America and its dance styles. At 19, I visited Cuba and became obsessed with both salsa dancing and the Latin American way of life. Once I got to Mount Holyoke College, I wanted to keep exploring, so I left to Argentina after graduating and mastered my Spanish there. As soon as I stepped foot into my first milonga, a traditional Argentinean dance hall, I knew that discovering tango had changed my life. After that moment, I dedicated my whole life to perfecting my moves. Within one year, I had won the United States Tango Championship and competed in the World Tango Championship. Two years after my first visit to Buenos Aires, I returned to make it my permanent home. That’s when I started by business as a tango instructor. Six years later, I still fall more in love with Buenos Aires and tango each and every day.
Born in Oporto, Portugal, I’ve always loved dance. I have been dancing since the young age of 6. I may have started in classical ballet, but my passion for dance could not be contained. I started exploring different styles like contemporary, jazz, and eventually tango.
One day, I decided to try out tango and I’ve never turned back. I was immediately enamoured with this passionate and romantic dance. Since 2001, I’ve been a professional dancer and teacher. However, I also had other passions that I wanted to pursue, including architecture. As a part of my architecture education, I got an opportunity to study abroad. I immediately knew I wanted to go to Buenos Aires. In this city, I was able to live out my passions for dance and beautiful architecture. After visiting, I knew I would eventually move back once I graduated. In 2009, I made the move and immediately began my career as a tango career. It was the best decision I ever made. I love waking up every day and dancing through this beautiful city.
I’m at my happiest when I’m dancing on beautiful stages, whether it’s a big stage with bright lights and complex costumes or an intimate dance hall. Either way, I feel the same thrill rushing through me. It’s an immense honor to share my art with others and have people experience the world of dance. I get this same feeling as a dance instructor. When my students start seeing progress and it puts a smile on their face, that’s the most satisfying moment for me as a teacher.
My passion is the arts! I love to dance ballet and tango. At the milongas where I dance, the live orchestra is one of my favorite parts, especially because I’ve played the piano for years. Overall, I just have an appreciation for beautiful things done by passionate people, whether that be music, dance, art, or a good book.
My dream vacation is more about how I travel than where I travel to. Whenever I go to a new place, I make sure to experience the local culture from an insider’s perspective. I love eating where the locals eat because it’s the best place to meet new people. Above all, I love to discover the local music and dance scene. Just as I discovered tango during my travels, I like the idea of learning a new dance. It’s when I feel most connected to my new temporary home.
Wherever I go, I like to fully immerse myself in the society and stay with locals. I would like to take many longer trips to be able to do so. I like to figure out their ways of thinking, living, and sharing our different ideas. There are so many places on my list, but I would love to visit big bustling cities, savannas, and quiet mountain towns. I want to see as much of the world as I possible can.