(Director, Show Producer, Tango Performer and Teacher)
Sergio Segura is a producer of large-scale Argentine Tango shows and events. He is also a professional performer, choreographer and a dedicated teacher of the dance.
In 2003, he founded Sergio Segura Tango Productions. In 2011 he produced two major, sold-out events: “Amor y Tango” at the Highline Ballroom, NYC, and “Tango in the Castle” at Morningside Castle, NYC. He co-created the multimedia productions “Soles Ablaze” (2004), “The Anthropology of Tango Dance” (2006) and “Epocas de Tango” (2010) which were presented with great success at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX and at the Yonkers public library. In 2010, he produced the “1st NYC Queer Tango Festival.” It was a major event in the city featured in the New York Times and Revista VIVA of Buenos Aires.
Sergio has also collaborated with The Argentine Tango Society as the marketing director of the acclaimed “I Tango” shows in 2007 and 2011. In October 2011 he was the artistic director for “A Night of Argentine Tango Stars” at the renowned Olney Theatre outside of D.C. And for the past five years he has been working as the public relations manager for the “New York Summer Tango & Film Festival.” He was also sponsor for Club Sin Rumbo, the mythical, 87 year old milonga in the Villa Urquiza neighborhood in Buenos Aires.
In 2007, Sergio founded his dance school Strictly Tango NYC. As a teacher he was inspired by Antonio Todaro, Raul Bravo, Juan Carlos Copes, Gloria y Eduardo Arquimbau, Los Dinzel, Pepito Avellaneda, Miguel Zotto, Osvaldo Zotto, Rodolfo Cieri, El Aleman, Juan Bruno, Pupy Castello, Virulazo y Elvira, among other milongueros. He studied intensively with the Broadway stars Nelson Avila, Claudio Villagra and Romina Levin, Marcelo Bernadaz and the masters Natalia Games and Gabriel Angio. Sergio has produced 5 Tango Teaching DVDs, which have sold all over the world.
As a performer of tango, he is widely praised for his unique interpretations of tango music using traditional techniques. He and his partner, the NYC burlesque star Medianoche, are one of the most exciting and captivating tango couples of New York.
In 2009, he founded the Rainbow Tango group, offering LGBT friendly tango classes, parties and events including milongas at the LGBT Community Center, Splash Bar, and at several other NYC venues. Sergio also leads “The Tango Preservation Project”, one of the largest video collections of tango dance videos in the world. Through his research, he developed the “Learn Argentine Tango” dance system and teaching method.
Sergio is a graduate of information technology from the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE) in Buenos Aires. For over 17 years, Sergio specialized in project leadership for important banks and financial institutions. Sergio started tango by accident (or luck) in 2002, due to the Argentine recession when he had to search for new job opportunities. He ended up in New York City working the front desk at a “milonga” (social dance). This was his fortuitous introduction into the world of tango. When he went back to Buenos Aires, he decided not to return to the computer industry, but instead he began a new journey in the study of fine arts and, of course, the study of the tango. This auspicious decision led him to discover his true passion, and from his passion has come professional achievement and great personal fulfillment.
Bronze medal USA Tango championship and Strictly Tango Dance Company captain.
Matt is thrilled to be a part of the School of Traditional Argentine Tango. Over the past few years, Matt has consistently trained in both social and performance tango under the tutelage of Nelson Avila, Sergio Segura, and Anton Gazenbeek. In July 2010, Matt with then partner Mandi Messina had the tremendous honor of representing the school in the 4th USA Tango Championship where they took home bronze medals in the Stage Tango Competition. Matt has performed at several important events such as “NYC Summer Tango Festival”, “NYC Dance Parade Stage”, “NYC Queer Tango Festival”, “Stockholm Tango Festival”, “Aires de Tango”, “Amor y Tango”, “Tango in the Castle”, “A night with Argentine Tango Stars”,among many others. He is the captain of “Strictly Tango Dance Company”, and with the company, he has shared the stage famous tango starts like Claudio Villagra, Romina Levin, Los Hermanos Macana and Nelson Avila & Madalyn Klein. His teachers were Sergio Segura, Anton Gazenbeek, Nelson Avila, Claudio Villagra and Romina Levin.
Currently he is continuing his devotion to the art of Tango as a teacher at the “Strictly Tango NYC” dance school.
HECTOR NELSON AVILA
Star Performer ~ Choreographer ~ Master Teacher
Tango Argentino & Forever Tango ~ Broadway ~ 1985, 1999/ 2000, 2004
Star performer~Choreographer~Master Teacher Tango y Folklore
Tango Argentino & Forever Tango in Broadway 1985, 1999-2000, & 2004
Nelson Avilla was a star in the original cast of Tango Argentino. He and his dance partner Nelida Rodriguez, already renowned throughout Latin America, rapidly became world famous. The show played to rave reviews throughout Europe, Canada and Japan as well as 59 cities in the US. Audiences included the royal and the famous: Princess Diana, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ann Miller, Rita Moreno, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolph Nureyev, Burt Reynolds, Kirk Douglas, Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro, Liza Minnelli, Katherine Hepburn, and Placido Domingo. Nelson is a member of the fourth generation of the “Academia Nacional del Tango. He trained many professionals, actors and dancers including Rita Moreno, Sharon Stone, Linda Cristal, the Russian dancer Vasilev, Anthony Quinn and Robert Duvall.
Tango Argentino was the first Latin Show presented on Broadway and was twice nominated for Tony Awards for best musical, best choreography, and best costumes.
Nelson starred in Forever Tango on Broadway in 2004 and traveled with the Company to Rome, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia and Detroit. In 2006, he danced with Che Tango one of the best known Tango companies in Buenos Aires. Now based in New York, Nelson continues to excite audiences, performing with his wife and partner, Madalyn, a passionate tango, ballroom and social dancer, who brings elegance, charm and passion to their performances.
Nelson is renowned for his artistic contributions to the tango. He is an innovator of dance steps that are famous for their intricacy, beauty and elegance. Nelson has the strength of a great athlete and the beauty of line of a grand master of dance. He can perform all styles of Argentine dance from early folkloric dances to the latest tango nuevo. Some involve only rhythmic foot work; some the historical styles of the grand milongueros. Nelson has the artistic integrity, rhythmic precision, strength, carriage, elegance, musicality and originality to that put him at the pinnacle of his profession.
Wherever he goes in the world of tango today, Nelson Avila is revered by amateurs and professional dancers alike as a true legend in his own time.
By Vic Cowley