Alex trained in dancing while living in Argentina. Originally inspired by his Latino friends at school. He has trained with and learned from dozens of well-known and accomplished teachers such as Osvaldo Zotto, Gustavo Naveira, Fabian Salas & Pablo Veron (stars of “The Tango Lesson”), as well as over 40 other teachers, including in Australasia: Fabio Robles, David Backler, Miriam & Graciela, and Graham Dallow. He has been teaching since 1997 with his dance partner Olga Gladkikh and assistants in Wellington with Tango and Salsa classes several times a week. Alex has recently started teaching linear Salsa with Amanda High, and also dance styles Bachata and Zouk-Lambada to the list. Since 2008 has been helping with the operations of Wellington’s longest running dance studio party, since 1994, ‘The Salsadrome, Zoukarama and Tango Milonga’ a now weekly dance event.
Alex has competed and judged in a number of competitions, both in New Zealand and Argentina, coming first in a salsa competition in Buenos Aires, as well as placed in several competitions in New Zealand, some of the highlights have included performing on national T.V. several times both in New Zealand & Argentina – as well as starring in sell-out shows for Wellington’s fringe festival including “Tangomania” and “Penas del Bandoneon”.
Alex greatly enjoys teaching with Olga and assistants; together they cover many of the different styles of tango in both open & close embrace styles, and he loves to perform Tango Salon /Nuevo, as well as Argentine folkloric dances and Salsa. His teaching manner is very relaxed and patient, with emphasis on fluidity and enjoyment. Alex and Olga recently performed together in the sell-out 2007 tango show “Backwards in high heels” directed by Rachel Moore at the prestigious Circa theatre in Wellington. They are regularly involved with community and corporate functions and shows.
At the Tango Rendezvous workshops Alex will be teaching colgadas and volcadas.
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