Ava has experience with many different dances, but she is an avid milonguera. She lives in Buenos Aires, runs a tango house, and leads a very active lifestyle. Ava also sells incredibly fashionable Argentinian tango dresses and shoes, that will be available at the October Tango Hop (10/10/15). Come find the outfit your tango wardrobe – and life – have been missing!
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
HOW DID YOU ENCOUNTER TANGO?
I always loved dancing. I was married for a while to a Brazilian Samba dancer. While I was married to him I wanted to other dances, because I was always attracted to other dances, but he was so focused on Samba that we just did Samba. So, the minute I got divorced, I’m like, “Oh yeah!” and then I went in to all the other dances. I was going crazy for a couple of years and dancing Salsa- this is while I was living in New York City- Salsa, Swing, all the Ballrooms, everything. Suddenly, there was this Tango thing also at this same studio where I was dancing everything else, and figured okay I’m going to try this one. I went to my first tango class, and I fell in love with it. I left all the other dances right away, and I was completely sucked into tango.
ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO TANGO?
What’s most important is to focus on the basics, because I think this is a mistake that a lot of people make in tango. For a few years they are lost in steps and complicated crazy stuff and in reality what’s most important is the basics, you know, the walk, the stability, the groundedness, and we usually realize this after 5 years work on what’s really important. And just practice a lot, even at home, in your mirror. Walking, being stable on axis, being grounded.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE TANGO IN 3 WORDS?
Just 3? That’s not fair! But okay: Intensity. Melancholy. Sensuality.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT EXCHANGING ROLES?
I’m learning also to lead, but I didn’t do that in the beginning. I think it’s a really good idea, what you guys do here at this school, [exchanging roles] from the very beginning because – and there are different aspects of this – One is that: in most of the tango community, there are much more women than men. So, there a lot of women go through a very difficult time of not getting enough dances. So, when you can lead, you don’t have this problem, yeah? So that is the practicality of the issue. The other issue is that, that now I’m learning to lead, and it’s really good for my following. To learn the technique of the leading, and for the guys to learn the technique of the following will make their tango better.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEACHING AT SANGHA SPACE?
I don’t teach. I’m not a teacher. I am a milonguera. I have been dancing tango for a long time, for over 10 years. I’m Marcello’s girlfriend. I dance a lot in Buenos Aires, like all the time. We live there, we have a tango house, and I’m out all the time dancing. I’m not into teaching, I’m much more into pleasure of own dancing.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TANGO SONG/ORQUESTRA?
That changes. I really, really like Donato Racciatti, it just somehow really moves me a lot. I love his stuff.
WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES (BESIDES TANGO) DO YOU ENJOY?
I do Bikram Yoga and swimming. Other than that, we love traveling. I love reading, I read a lot. My kindle is one of my most precious possessions. Marcello and I have a lot of different projects we’re working on. I love keeping busy and creating new projects. One of my plans is to study architecture and buy run down houses and fix them. The architecture in Buenos Aires is absolutely gorgeous.
IF YOU WERE TO WIN THE LOTTERY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?
First of all, I would buy and make another, bigger tango house to perfect. And also buy old buildings and then remodel them in a way that keeps it’s old character, that’s something that I really wanna do.
WHAT’S SOMETHING SECRETLY AWESOME ABOUT YOU THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW?
I used to have a job where I travelled the world a lot. So I think I’ve probably been to more places than most people that I know. I’ve travelled all around the world. I’ve Been to almost all of the continents. Not Antarctica. I don’t like cold.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
I love to come here all the time. It’s the 3rd time we’ve come to Sangha Space. It’s such a friendly atmosphere that Lori has created here and we both very much respect that and love it. It’s so, nice and friendly, you know? Not every tango community is like that. It’s actually pretty rare.