About us

Gustavo started dancing in the late ‘90s, studying from milongueros and stage performers. In 2003 he met María and they started teaching together at the famous Salón Canning, in Buenos Aires.

Their teaching method is both precise and gradual. Because of this, they’re among the most popular teachers. They regularly teach workshops in their home town and in international festival and events. Their kindness and good sense of humor make the learning very effective for the students. Gustavo is patient and reflective, María brings dynamism and clarity in the concepts.

Both as teachers and dancers they’ve been touring Europe and America since 2006, taking part in  many international events. Gustavo stands out for his elegance, creativity and musicality, and María for her quick adornments and her musical precision.

Together they also work hard on promoting the Tango as a culture. Gustavo has written several books (all of them translated into different languages) and with María they’ve produced instructional dvds on techniques for leaders and followers as well as a documentary on the history of the dance in the 40’s and 50’s, that they screen with educational purposes.

María Olivera

She was born in Buenos Aires and raised in San Telmo, within a family of “tangueros”. When she was in her twenties she felt inspired by her deep love for the music and the poetry of her childhood and decided to start dancing. 

She first studied with Gustavo Benzecry Sabá, and soon after she became his assistant in class and, later on, his partner.

She studied techniques with several prestigious dancers and learned even more from “Milonguero” Masters that taught her about the emotion of the dance.

Her method combines the passion and love for the dance with a deep knowledge about anatomy and kinetics that she acquired from other disciplines such us yoga, stretching and Pilates. 

Speaking English as a second language she teaches many students from all over the World, and in 2006 she translated Gustavo’s “Embracing Tango - Techniques and metaphors between tango and life” for what she got the recognition of many English speaking tango communities.

In 2012 she presented her Instructional DVD “Techniques for followers” which features 6 chapters dedicated to posture training, balance, walking, pivots and decorations.

Her knowledge of Tango music allowed her to be chosen as a DJ in several International events. 

Her hallmark as a dancer is the speed and expressiveness of her feet, which she combines with the elegance of her walking and posture

In April 2014 María has been nominated and accepted as a member of the International Dance Council (UNESCO).

Gustavo Benzecry Sabá

He was born in Buenos Aires and raised in Palermo area. He devoted his youth to study literature. By the end of the 1990’s he discovered Tango, learning from teachers who had been part of the Show that took Broadway by storm back in the 1980’s: “Tango Argentino”.

Soon after, he started working as an assistant teacher for various Masters. He developed his career as a teacher by studying techniques and by analyzing Tango as a social and psychological phenomenon.

His experience as a teacher in other fields allowed him to work beyond the limits of showing “movements” to place himself as a reference of Tango dance not only as a physical activity but moreover as a philosophy.

Being a journalist and a researcher gave him the curiosity that led him to give expression to his studies. In 2004 he published “Tango Dance Glossary – Key Tango Argentino Dance Terms” (Commended by the Ministry of Culture of the City Government of Buenos Aires), in 2006 “Embracing Tango – Techniques and Metaphors between Tango and Life”, And in 2009 he produced –with educational purposes only - the documentary “The history of tango dance – 1940 / 1960”.

In 2012 he presented his new book “Tango FAQ’s”, which answers -in a very reader friendly format- 60 questions every tango dancer encounters during the journey to the dance floors. Finally, he relased an Instructional DVD: “Techniques for Tango Leaders” where he breaks down the explanation of balance, walking, turning and following the rhythm.

In January 2015 he has released his latest book “The Quest for the Embrace. The history of Tango Dance (1800 - 1983)”. Where he narrates the historical evolution of the dance with special emphasis in the dancers who where part of it. This book, as well as his Glossary, has beencommended by the Ministry of Culture of the City Government of Buenos Aires and it has been declared of cultural interest by the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires.

As a dancer, he stands out for his agility and most of all for his endless creativity, which he bases in the ability of dominating the techniques and exploring the possibilities he’s being offered through the embrace and the release of the emotions.

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