Clarisa and Jonathan belong to the new generation of maestros. They are deeply dedicated to the art of tango: “We both seek the same objective: to live tango, make it our lifestyle, to feel it, and to share everything that vibrates within us when we dance.” In their tango, they focus their energy and efforts on expressing the sincerest emotions through dance both while teaching and performing.
Clarisa’s and Jonathan’s paths crossed in 2012. They like to emphasize that their humble beginnings in their native Cordoba (Argentina) were marked by strong support from the local community and their families, who continued to support them throughout their professional artistic careers. They started competing in local championships in 2013. The fire, fierceness, and precision of their tango got
them the title of 2015 Tango de Pista World Champions. Today they are traveling around the world, leaving their mark at the most famous tango festivals and dance academies. They already dance and create magic together on the dance floor for ten years and they hope to continue creating it together in many more years.
Clarisa’s Dance Training and Background
Clarisa began her dance training at the age of nine with classical ballet and later continued with jazz dance. Her dance background also includes Argentine Folklore, salsa, and contemporary dance. In 2009 she discovered tango and dedicated herself to it, learning from some of the best maestros like Milena Plebs, Virginia Pandolfi, The Dinzels, Maria Ines Bogado, Sebastian Jimenez, Daniel Naccuchio and Cristina Sosa, and many more.
Jonathan’s Dance Training and Background
Jonathan started his dance journey with Argentinian Folklore at the age of five. He was a member of various dance groups and thus got introduced to other dance disciplines. Before tango, Jonathan participated in many performances and dance festivals. In 2010 he had his first taste of tango, taking classes with Valeria and Julio Saavedra. He continued working with Facundo de la Cruz and Paola Sanz, Gaspar Godoy, Adriana Laplaca, Diego Escobar and Angelina Staudinger, Dante Sanchez, and Ines Muzzopapa, among others.
Cecilia Garcia & Serkan Gokcesu are known worldwide and are considered references for the expressive potential of modern tango. They are praised for their quality of movement, and the unique and genuine proposal embedded in their dance: that tango is an ongoing dialogue between the two dancers, and between the dancers and the music. Because it comes from a place of pure improvisation, and therefore high-stakes risk, each of their performances is electrifying in a unique and unrepeatable way.
Cecilia & Serkan have been dancing together since 2010. Together they have performed in numerous tango festivals, and many tango schools, around the world. Their dance is in constant development, and they are sought-after, not only to share the fruits of their
constant research and development but also to share their process of experimentation, improvisation, and development. They are famous for helping their students craft their own unique dance, rather than just copying the movement style of their teachers.
Cecilia & Serkan have shared the stage with the most renowned tango orchestras, both traditional and experimental. They were honored to participate in the world-famous Oslo Music Festival. During the pandemic shutdown, they were featured dancers in the “Tango en la Terraza” online concert series (www.tangoenlaterraza.com), which was co-produced by the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School.
They are interested in the ongoing evolution of tango, as an artistic expression and as a psycho-physical-emotional therapy. They believe that tango has the potential to be far more than a fun diversion, that it can help people to live better lives.