Yaisuri Salamanca  and John Hernan Raigoza are an award-winning professional Argentine tango couple with more than 15 years of performing experience.  They dance with explosive strength, playful creativity, and a powerful emotional connection.  Their style is firmly grounded in authentic tango learned from Argentine masters enhanced by technique gained from training in ballet, jazz and Latin dance. It is this dynamic style that earned Yaisuri and John third place in the stage tango category at the 2008 Tango World Championship in Argentina and has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  Together and separately they have performed as featured dancers in major tango shows in Buenos Aires, New York City, and London, as well as at a variety of events in the United States and Latin America. In addition to their performing prowess, Yaisuri and John are experienced teachers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of tango with dancers of all levels.

yaisuri_salamancaYaisuri was a principal dancer in the 2012-2013 West End production of the musical Midnight Tango in London, England, and has also danced with a major South American tango dance company.  Her training in classical ballet, salsa and traditional South American folk dances has enriched both her dancing style and technique.

 

john-hernan_perfilJohn started dancing tango in Buenos Aires in 1997, where he studied with highly respected tango masters.   He has partnered with several talented dancers and performed in popular Buenos Aires tango shows such as Sabor a Tango and Voz Tango.  His personal style is based in traditional tango and informed by training in theater, contemporary dance, jazz, and salsa.

  • Won Third Place, World Tango Championship, Buenos Aires, 2008.
  • Won Fifth Place, World Tango Championship, Buenos Aires, 2007.
  • Won First Place, World Tango Championship, Colombia, 2007.
  • New York, Fall Bootcamp, 2016
  • Red Bank Seminars, New Jersey, 2016
  • Seattle Tango Week, Seattle, 2016.
  • Burning Tango Festival, McCloud, CA, 2016
  • Eureka, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego Seminars 2016
  • Staff members at Stepping Out Studios, New York, 2012-2016.
  • Washington, DC Tango Festival, 2014.
  • Taught and performed at milongas in Buenos Aires such as El Beso, El Yeite, Porteño y Bailarín, and La Viruta, 2007-2014.
  • Individual workshops in Argentina, Ecuador, Brasil, Colombia, United Kingdom, and United States, 2008-2015.
  • The Harvard School of Public Health Tango Club, Cambridge, 2012.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Tango Club, Cambridge, 2012.
  • Burning Tango Festival, McCloud, CA, 2016
  • Thalia Spanish Theater Tango Production, New York, 2014-2016.
  • The United Nations Gala, New York, 2015.
  • FIT International Dance Festival, New York, 2014-2015.
  • Malbec Tango House Dinner Show, New York, 2014.
  • Toronto Tango Summit, Canada, 2014.
  • New York Tango Festival, 2014.
  • Midnight Tango, London, England, 2012-2013.
  • Midnight Tango Tour, United Kingdom, 2012-2013.
  • Sabor a Tango and Voz Tango Dinner Show, Buenos Aires, 2011-2013.
  • Tango Palace Dinner Show, Buenos Aires, 2009-2011.
  • Workshops by the following tango masters: Julio Balmaceda, Claudio Gonzales, Gabriel Misse, Fernando Galera, Martin Ojeda, Guillermina Quiroga, Alejandra Martinian, Graciela Gonzales, Aurora Lubiz, Olga Besio, and Vilma Vega, 2006-2013.
  • History of tango and evolution at Argentinian Tango School, Buenos Aires, 2009.
  • York College Theater, New York, 2010.
  • Ballet training at Joffrey Ballet School, New York, 2015.