Elly started at Sangha Space as a tango intern in 2011 which grew into a Lead Intern role two years later. She continues to oversee all interns at Sangha in addition to writing the curriculum for and teaching the Tango Beginner Series with Ivan.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
In a small town that – so I’m told – recently installed its first traffic light.
HOW DID YOU ENCOUNTER TANGO?
After a year of regular invitations from a friend and then some commitment issues…I had to stay. I needed tango in my life in ways I didn’t even realize.
ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO TANGO?
Say ‘yes’ to every opportunity to dance and know that you are spectacular. Really. Being new is the best place to learn about yourself.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE TANGO IN 3 WORDS?
Body, breath, beat…..sigh.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT EXCHANGING ROLES?
Personally? I love having the choice to lead or follow socially when the mood or music strikes me.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEACHING AT SANGHA SPACE?
And the fact that I learned so much about the process of learning and what a good teacher does. I learned more from interning and teaching here than from my graduate studies!
SOME SAY TEACHERS ARE LIFELONG LEARNERS. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY LEARNING MORE ABOUT OR WORKING ON AS A TANGO TEACHER?
I’m learning how the embrace has the ability to bridge a gap between myself and another individual I may not have reached for otherwise. I learn a lot when I am surprised by someone.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TANGO SONG/ORCHESTRA?
When I first started dancing tango, I loved “Mil Pasos” by Soha. It’s the quintessential tango song filled with sadness, longing, and love. Today, I have “Sur o no Sur” by Kevin Johansen on repeat.
WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES (BESIDES TANGO) DO YOU ENJOY?
Reading in the sun, hiking in the woods, feasting with friends, and eating penny candy in summer.
IF YOU WERE TO WIN THE LOTTERY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?
I’d pay off my student loans before I do anything! Then I’d travel back to Greece.