ABOUT ME

I was born and raised in Moscow, where I studied fine arts, but started dancing tango while living in The Netherlands. I have been dancing tango since 2000 and actively teaching and performing since 2007. My background includes graphic and interface design as well as literature. My experience in modern dance and classical ballet until now allowed me to build a solid technical basis in tango, further enriched by my experience with bodywork techniques such as yoga, Pilates and gyrotonics. My background in tango includes learning from various Argentinean teachers as well as a thorough self-study.

For the past several years I have been living in Paris where I am one of the co-founders, teacher and art director of Tango Mon Amour, a group of five tango professionals from Paris and Lyon. In Paris I teach regular classes and run a school with my Tango Mon Amour colleagues, and also participate in the organisation of various Tango Mon Amour activities. I am passionate about movement, dance and anatomical knowledge of the body. My fluency in seven languages allows me to teach in many countries in my students' native languages. In tango I have worked with various partners, performing and teaching in France, Sweden, Norway, UK, Italy, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Czeck Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia and USA.

In my dance I put the emphasis on elegance, natural movement, musicality, comfort, quality of movement and connection between partners. In my teaching I strive to make people discover the inner workings of movement and integrate it on a deeper level, rather than copy it from an external source. Besides couple classes with my partner I also teach tango technique (followers + leaders), helping students to perfect their own movement in dance. I am also a tango blogger. My essays on tango are translated in different languages and published on various online platforms.