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.

 

NY Times Review

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

 

Masters Gabriel Misse & Analia Centurion, April 6 – 24. Tango Seminar & Performances

The Most Wonderful Tango Time in NYC!

“The Baryshnikov of Tango” GABRIEL MISSE & ANALIA CENTURION

APRIL 8 – 24, 2015

TANGO SEMINAR, PRIVATE LESSONS & PERFORMANCES

with The Masters

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

 Alastair Macaulay, New York Times Sept 26, 2013

“[Analia’s] footwork has grown only more exquisite…”

Alastair Macaulay, New York Times Aug 13, 2013

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

**SPECIAL PERFORMANCES**
Fri, April 10: Milonga with DJ Misse @ 10:00pm – 2:00am. Adm: $15
Fri, April 17: Milonga with DJ Misse @ 10:00pm – 2:00am. Adm: $15

PRIVATE LESSONS: April 7 – 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.
No partner necessary. Walk-ins welcome

Friday April 10, 7:00pm – 10:00pm – Seminar #1 (3 hrs)
Saturday April 11, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #2 (3 hrs)
Sunday April 12, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #3 (3 hrs)
Friday April 17, 7:00pm – 10:00pm – Seminar #4 (3 hrs)
Saturday April 18, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #5 (3 hrs)
Sunday April 19, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #6 (3 hrs)

Rate per Seminar: $100 adv/$115 door by 4/8
Package price:
FULL SEMINAR (18 hours):
$460 adv by 4/8 or $500 at the door
HALF SEMINAR: (9 hours): 
$240 adv by 4/8 or $255 at the door Any combination is allowed.

Argentine Tango Instructors and Performers – BIOS

Gabriel Misse

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

Analia Centurion

Analia Centurion began studying classical dance at age six and began dancing tango at 16. She has extensive experience dancing and teaching tango in various festivals and workshops in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. She has been a member of Mora Godoy and Juan Carlos Copes companies and performed in Cacho Castaña, the House Dinner Show, Piazzolla Tango, La Ventana, Madero Tango, Boca Tango and Tango Complex. From 2001-2005, Analia was a director and choreographer of the Fusion Tango Buenos Aires’ junior company and has been a judge for the World Tango Championship. Currently, she is the director of “Belgrano 333”, a tango studio in Chacabuco province of Buenos Aires.

 

 

Glamour Tango by Polly Ferman – Rialto Theater, Montreal Canada

A Celebration of Women in Tango!

GlamourTango marks a multimedia show of music and 
dance, theatrical set and lighting, created as a tribute to those women who quietly wrote the pages of Tango from the very beginning.

This is a unique approach within the Tango style, since all performing artists on this show are female.

http://www.glamourtango.com/

TANGO MASTERS MISSE & CENTURION, 18 hrs ARGENTINE TANGO SEMINAR, Aug 8 – 17

The most wonderful Tango time in NYC!

aug2014frontpostcardmisseArgentine Tango Masters Gabriel Misse & Analia Centurion return 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 and Analia’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. “As for Mr. Missé, I know of no dancer today of whom people – rightly – speak with such affectionate awe. He’s the Mikhail Baryshnikov of tango, sweet and miraculous.” Alastair Macaulay, NY Times. Sept 26, 2013

Students who attended the previous seminar receive a special discount! Email us!

“Meet & Talk with the Artists” & Milonga. 

Tue August 12, 7:30 – 9:30pm. Moderator: Maria Quintanilla

**SPECIAL PERFORMANCES**

Sat, Aug 9: Milonga with DJ Misse @ 9:00pm – 2:00am. Adm: $15

Fri, Aug 15: Milonga with DJ Misse @ 10:00pm – 2:00am. Adm: $15

TANGO SEMINAR:

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

Friday Aug 8,  7:00pm – 10:00pm Seminar #1 (3 hrs)

Saturday August 9,  4:30pm – 7:30pm Seminar #2 (3 hrs)

Sunday August 10,  4:30pm – 7:30pm Seminar #3 (3 hrs)

Friday August 15,  7:00pm – 10:00pm Seminar #4 (3 hrs)

Saturday August 16, 4:30pm – 7:30pm Seminar #5 (3 hrs)

Sunday August 17, 4:30pm – 7:30pm Seminar #6 (3 hrs)

Rate per Seminar: $100 adv/$110 door

Package price: FULL SEMINAR (18 hours): $450 adv/$500 at the door HALF SEMINAR: (9 hours): $230 adv/$250 at the door Any combination is allowed.

Private lessons and Special private lessons package discounts available. To enquire or schedule an appt, email: dardogallettostudios@gmail.com

 

Artist’s bios

GABRIEL MISSE

Known for his classic style, Missé is one of the great milongueros of this generation. From the age of 6, he studied Argentine tango with masters 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 in tango 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 several touring tango shows. An accredited judge for the Buenos Aires Metropolitan and World Tango Championships, Missé has taught and danced in festivals in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North & South America.

ANALIA CENTURION

Analia Centurion began studying classical dance at age 6 and began dancing tango at 16. She has extensive experience dancing and teaching tango in various festivals and workshops in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. She has been a member of Mora Godoy and Juan Carlos Copes companies and performed in Cacho Castaña, the House Dinner Show, Piazzolla Tango, La Ventana, Madero Tango, Boca Tango and Tango Complex. From 2001-2005, Analia was a director and choreographer of the Fusion Tango Buenos Aires’ junior company and has been a judge for the World Tango Championship. Currently, she is the director of “Belgrano 333”, a tango studio in Chacabuco province of Buenos Aires.

“Shall We Tango NYC” Tango Festival, October 7-15

PrintAbout Shall We Tango NYC

 

Tango is described as “souls sharing a dance with the same rhythm at the same time.””A three minute romance,” filled with passion and adventure, Tango is beloved around the world.The mission of the “Shall We Tango NYC” festival is, in recognition of PAMAR’s 30th Anniversary, to promote Latin American culture through a series of world-class Tango events at some of New York City’s leading theaters and institution. This year we will honor acclaimed Argentinean bandondeon player, composer and musical arranger, Anibal Troilo’s legacy of work. Our goal for the Shall We Tango festival is to Promote Tango, educate the population on the diversity of Tango and strengthen our community.

About Pamar

PAMAR (Pan American Musical Art Research) is a 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1984 to promote awareness of and appreciation for the cultures of Latin America by sponsoring and presenting multi-disciplinary performances and events to a broad audience of all ages, and racial, cultural and economic backgrounds in the Tri-state area, in collaboration with local arts and culture organizations.

PAMAR’s mission is to share the rich cultural heritage of Latin America and the Latin American diaspora by showcasing dance, film, music, literature, theatre, visual and performing arts representing or influenced by Latin American culture, PAMAR also provides increased exposure and performing opportunities for Latino artists

 

For a detailed schedule of events and more info visit: http://www.shallwetango.com

 

 

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Red Holiday Milonga + raffle! Sat, Dec 14th.

Red Holiday Milonga! Sat, Dec 14

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Dress in your finest holiday attire with a red flair!

Join us on from 5-8pm for a very special DGS holiday party with special performances from your teachers at DGS!

5pm: Party Begins!
6pm: Performances by DGS staff

Admission: $10

Purchase your tickets for $10 to win this fantastic holiday basket!
**Raffle drawing for the DGS Holiday Basket!**
(Buy your tickets now at the front desk)

 

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Tango Stars Junior Cervila & Natalia Royo in Feb/March: Workshops, Practicas, Movie & Milonga

JUNIOR CERVILA & NATALIA ROYO

 Antonio “Junior” Cervila is an internationally known performer, choreographer and instructor. He is recognized for his creative tango stylings, his intricate footwork, as well as his dance versatility. Junior has been choreographic assistant to tango legend, Juan Carlos Copes, and his performances have been seen worldwide on Argentinian television, on stage (Broadway’s “Tango Argentino”), on tour (most notably with Julio Iglesias) and on screen (“Tango”, nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film, 1999).

 Natalia Royo´s background in Artistic Gymnastics has given her a versatility which she has applied to many dances such as tango, jazz, classical ballet, samba, salsa, and zouk. She joined Junior Cervila´s Latin Dance Company in 2006 and since then has toured with them to Japan, USA, Brazil, Russia and Greece as well as performing in Argentina, and since 2007 has assisted Junior with his choreography for the company.

She is a renowned teacher, and has taught at the Salon Canning and La Escuela Argentina de Tango de Buenos Aires at Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires, and has taught at the Salon Gricel with Demian Garcia in Buenos Aires. She has also filmed a DVD series teaching Tango.

 
Workshop Rate:
$45 each or 4 for $160

 
 
No Refunds or Exchanges Permitted