New York Times Review: The ‘Baryshnikov of Tango,’ Sensual With His Latest Partner

Tango takes two, and the foremost tango dancers tend to travel the world in pairs, demonstrating and teaching. (Most are based in Buenos Aires, but trace any tango couple on YouTube: You find their appearances in Warsaw, Hong Kong, Rome.)

Gabriel Missé, surely the most exceptional tango dancer of recent years, and his current partner, Carla Espinoza, are in New York, this week and next. His previous partnerships have been with Natalia Hills and Analía Centurión. (He danced twice with Guillermina Quiroga in 2015-16 in New York, but nowhere else.) He remains one of our era’s superlative dancers of any genre; on Wednesday, at the Argentine Consulate, I had my first chance to watch him with Ms. Espinoza, with whom he has been dancing since 2015.

Though Mr. Missé never deviates from the style of traditional tango, each of these partners has brought out a different quality in him. He seems naturally happy, sparkling, often funny; Ms. Centurión matches his temperament this way, whereas the more poised, brooding, sometimes tragic Ms. Hills brought out darker tones, even in their most wittily dazzling numbers. In their fleeting liaisons in New York, Ms. Quiroga has been the Fonteyn to his Nureyev, the gorgeous monarch finding new sparkle from the exuberance of a younger consort.

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Mr. Missé and Ms. Espinoza, dancing brow to brow.CreditMichelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Ms. Espinoza is discreetly glamorous, youthful, elegant, with wide, dark eyes; a first impression is that she brings out his tenderly romantic side. The two dances they performed in the confined space of a ground-floor room at the consulate had only a few of the thunderbolts that he loves to hurl (from the knee down). A rapidly trilling diagonal path on his heels (ankles crossed) won applause from the audience, seated on all four sides. But the central experience was one of pure tango style, deeply sensuous, all the more moving when observed at close quarters. It’s now become a cliché to call him “the Baryshnikov of tango,” but it’s still justified when you reflect that Mikhail Baryshnikov’s dancing was founded, above all, in beauty even more than in brilliance.

Though much of Mr. Missé’s magic comes from his feet and his phrasing, a touchstone of his style comes from the high, gentle placing of his right hand on his partner’s back. Ms. Espinoza wore a black calf-length dress (the bodice decorated with white embroidery) which exposed most of her back; Mr. Missé touched one or the other of her shoulder blades with wonderful delicacy.

Their second number — to the song “Soñemos,” recorded by Carlos di Sarli — was an ideal demonstration of the give-and-take of partnering at its most intimate. No high extensions, no lifts. At times, Ms. Espinoza turned him (his feet interlocked, with one resting needlelike on the toe); elsewhere, their feet circled around each other or made darting invasions. With each, it was a pleasure to watch the dovetailing of crossed ankles. Mr. Missé remains a master of playfulness: Once, he simply let go of Ms. Espinoza, showing her perfect equilibrium for a marvelous moment; at another moment, he not only let go but also did a single turn before returning to their tango embrace.

They moved together in smoothly pouncing steps that flowed in long, thick-cream phrases; their brows touched almost nonstop, as if locked in shared thought. Especially touching were their sudden pauses: not stops, but moments of suspense. This is the kind of dancing that makes you cry without being able to explain why; to be near it is to share its luxury.

 

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Tango Master Gabriel Misse, Nov 13 – 15: Tango Seminar

The Most Wonderful Tango Time in NYC!

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“The Baryshnikov of Tango” GABRIEL MISSE

SHALL WE TANGO NYC FESTIVAL SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST

NOVEMBER 6 – 15, 2015

TANGO SEMINAR, PRIVATE LESSONS & PERFORMANCE with the MASTER

“As for Mr. Misse… He’s the Mikhail Baryshnikov of Tango, sweet and miraculous” Alastair Macaulay, New York Times Sept 26, 2013

PERFORMANCE with The Legendary Guilermina Quiroga!

Sat, Nov 21 , 8:00pm – 2:00am. Shall We Tango Gala Show

At The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center.

SAT, NOV 7, SPECIAL MILONGA & PERFORMANCE w/ Gabriel Misse & Carla

TUE, NOV 17, SPECIAL MILONGA & Gabriel Misse’s Birthday Celebration

 

Argentine Tango Master Gabriel returns one more time to Dardo Galletto Studios with an Intensive Argentine Tango Seminar. Designed to improve technique, build sequences and develop Argentine tango culture and music appreciation, studentscan sign up for all 18 hours (full package),  9 hours (half package) or walk-in each

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day.  Created through Gabriel’s own training, vast knowledge and expertise, this seminar was constructed to help dancers or all levels and experience become the best tango dancers they can be.

Students who attended the previous seminar in November receive a special discount! No exceptions. Email us!

 

PRIVATE LESSONS: November 6 – 22: Special private lessons package discounts available. To enquire or schedule an appt, email: dardogallettostudios@gmail.com

TANGO SEMINAR:
OPEN LEVEL Each Seminar includes a 15 min break.      gaby soloNOV2015
No partner necessary. Walk-ins welcome

Friday Nov 6, 7:00pm – 10:00pm – Seminar #1 (3 hrs)
Saturday Nov 7, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #2 (3 hrs)
Sunday Nov 8, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #3 (3 hrs)
Friday Nov 13, 7:00pm – 10:00pm – Seminar #4 (3 hrs)
Saturday Nov 14, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #5 (3 hrs)
Sunday Nov 15, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #6 (3 hrs)

Rate per Seminar: $100 adv/$115 door by 10/25
Package price per person:
FULL SEMINAR (18 hours): $460 adv by 10/25 or $500 at the door
*HALF SEMINAR: (9 hours): $240 adv by 10/25 or $255 at the door –

*Any combination of days is allowed.

Click Here & Book Online (Under” Shall We Tango” tab) 

GABRIEL MISSE

Argentine Tango Instructor and Performer – BIO

Known for his classic style and grace, Missé is one of the greatest tango dancers of our time. Mr. Misse started to dance Tango from the age of six, with Masters such as Antonio Todaro and Pepito Avellaneda and performed with leading artists and musicians like Julian Plaza, Colangelo, Oscar Basil, Alberto Castillo, Roberto Goyeneche, Mariano Mores and Armando Manzanero. He has appeared intango documentaries for National Geographic and on Japanese television. For many years, Missé was part of the Miguel Angel Zotto’s company Tango x 2, the world tour of Una Noche de Tango and has choreographed severl touringtango shows. An accredited judge for the Buenos Aires Metropolitan and World TangoChampionships, Missé has taught and danced in festivals in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North & South America

 

Tango Master Gabriel Misse, August 7 – 16. Tango Seminar & Only 1 Performance Aug 15!

The Most Wonderful Tango Time in NYC!

“The Baryshnikov of Tango” GABRIEL MISSE

AUGUST  7 – 16, 2015

TANGO SEMINAR, PRIVATE LESSONS & PERFORMANCE with the MASTER

“As for Mr. Misse… He’s the Mikhail Baryshnikov of Tango, sweet and miraculous”

 Alastair Macaulay, New York Times Sept 26, 2013

ONLY ONE PERFORMANCE!

Sat, Aug 15, 9:30pm – 2:00am Milonga with DJ Misse & Performance.missemilonga

Adm: $15 (at Dardo Galletto Studios)

 

Argentine Tango Master Gabriel returns one more time to Dardo Galletto Studios with an Intensive Argentine Tango Seminar. Designed to improve technique, build sequences and develop Argentine tango culture and music appreciation, students can sign up for all 18 hours (full package),  9 hours (half package) or walk-in each day.  Created through Gabriel’s own training, vast knowledge and expertise, this seminar was constructed to help dancers or all levels and experience become the best tango dancers they can be.

Students who attended the previous seminar in November receive a special discount! No exceptions. Email us!

PRIVATE LESSONS: August 1 – 18: Special private lessons package discounts available. To enquire or schedule an appt, email: dardogallettostudios@gmail.com

TANGO SEMINAR:
OPEN LEVEL Each Seminar includes a 15 min break.
No partner necessary. Walk-ins welcome

Friday August 7, 7:00pm – 10:00pm – Seminar #1 (3 hrs)
Saturday August 8, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #2 (3 hrs)
Sunday August 9, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #3 (3 hrs)
Friday August 14, 7:00pm – 10:00pm – Seminar #4 (3 hrs)
Saturday August 15, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #5 (3 hrs)
Sunday August 16, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #6 (3 hrs)

Rate per Seminar: $100 adv/$115 door by 8/5
Package price per person:
FULL SEMINAR (18 hours): $460 adv by 8/5 or $500 at the door
*HALF SEMINAR: (9 hours): $240 adv by 8/5 or $255 at the door –

*Any combination of days is allowed.

GABRIEL MISSE

Argentine Tango Instructor and Performer – BIO

Known for his classic style and grace, Missé is one of the greatest tango dancers of our time. Mr. Misse started to dance Tango from the age of six, with Masters such as Antonio Todaro and Pepito Avellaneda and performed with leading artists and musicians like Julian Plaza, Colangelo, Oscar Basil, Alberto Castillo, Roberto Goyeneche, Mariano Mores and Armando Manzanero. He has appeared intango documentaries for National Geographic and on Japanese television. For many years, Missé was part of the Miguel Angel Zotto’s companyTango x 2, the world tour of Una Noche de Tango and has choreographed severl touringtango shows. An accredited judge for the Buenos Aires Metropolitan and World TangoChampionships, Missé has taught and danced in festivals in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North & South America

 

Salsa Workshop for Tango Dancers with Mariana Parma, Sat Jan 24

Salsa Workshop! Salsa for Tango Dancers With Mariana Parma

Mariana Salsa

     Sat, Jan 24 

    3:00 – 5:30pm:  Workshop

    5:00 – 5:30pm: Guided Practice

    No experience necessary.

This class introduces the basic footwork      pattern, partnering skills to lead and follow, and focuses on the musicality of dancing on the Down Beat(break on “1”) in the music. This class emphasizes on the repetition of the basic steps, while leading and following on the on 1 Timing.

Rate: $40 in adv/ $45 at the door

No Transfers, exchanges or returns.

Mariana Parma Bio

Mariana Parma is widely known and admired for her masterful expertise in Argentine- Tango and Salsa. Mariana’s approach in teaching and performing is to transmit the essence of each dance style through the musicality and movement.  This approach makes her a sought out performer, teacher, and choreographer. She taught for more than 10 years at Dance Manhattan, Salsa on 2, and Argentine Tango.  She has taught Salsa at Pier 54 and Argentine Tango at Bryant Park for more than 300 people.  Mariana has an ability to instruct the students in a positive and supportive method, that encourages the student to learn basic and advanced sequences, while having fun.

As a performer Mariana has been featured in film, including Random Hearts starring HarrisonFord, and on national TV. Based in NYC, she was a producer and performer in the off-Broadway hit Swango, the Musical, performed in Swing The Musical, Evita, Tango Fever,Romulo Larrea’s Ensemble, and numerous Tango productions. She has coached Chita Rivera in tango, for her role inVenecia, directed by the late award winning American Playwright, Author Laurents and legendary Broadway performer Tommy Tune.Internationally, she choreographed a major Parle commercial in Mumbai, India, starring Bollywood star Roshan Hrithik. She is the 2013 HOLA award recipient for choreography in the play, Tango Fever, and the 2008, USA Tango Champion, in Tango Salon. And is the choreographer and performer, for the all women’s Tango show, Glamour Tango.   

http://www.MarianaParma.com

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

AUG 22, Silvana Brizuela – Weigel: Argentine Tango & Folk Workshops

 

Join us on Sat, August 22! Silvana Brizuela-Weigel will be teaching two workshops:

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4:00pm – 5:30pm
VALS & MILONGA FUNDAMENTALS
This workshop is Open Level, and it is for anyone that wants to explore the rhythmic dynamics, the feeling and understanding the musicality of each respectively.

5:45pm – 7:15pm
CHACARERA
Come and have fun while learning the most joyful Argentinian Folk Dance that is played to dance as a break at the milongas all over the world.

Open Level Workshops

Register Online! Rates per person:
1 workshop $40 | 2 workshops $75

No Transfer, exchanges or returns

Walter Perez & Leonardo Sardella – Tango Workshops! July 11

 Argentine Tango Workshops
with Walter Perez & Leonardo Sardella

July 11

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SUN, JULY 11
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Men & Women’s Technique Part 1
* Find the art in the cadence and movement that lies beneath.
*Learn the importance of posture & body mechanics, express a world of tango with your feet.
* Dance “down into” the floor.
* How to be clean, subtle & walk like a cat.

5:45pm – 7:15pm

Men & Women’s Technique Part 2
* Decisions: the leader decides when and where to step but the follower decides how to step.
* Embellishments: Learn when and how
* Entrega: both the man and the woman contribute equally to surrender in Tango.
* Feel the beat.

All Workshops are Intermediate Level

Rates per person:

1 ws $40 online/ $45 door  | 2 ws $75 online/ $80 door

3 ws $105 online/ $110 door  | 4 ws $125 online/ $130 door