Alex has been floundering on the bandoneon for 9 years
since graduating Reed College with a degree in music. He now has a couple bands and a few CDs out. Having been raised during the “hip-hop” generation while being exposed to tango for the past 14 years, Alex finds the collaboration with Momo to be ripe.
For more information about Alex and his dance studio Berretín, click here: http://www.tangoberretin.com/
Socially conscious hip-hop artist Momo Smitt fell in love with Argentine tango in October of 2009. With an extensive background in music but no experience with partner dancing of any kind, he quickly jumped headfirst into studying, enjoying, and writing music about the dance. “From the hole there formed a hold in tango/ Gotta grab and master this craft of the soul/ Gotta open my own/ To this deepest abyss of bliss/ I’ve gotta find it, at least just an inch of it.” He raps in his song titled “A Hold In Tango,” a powerful track detailing the heartbreak leading up to his discovery of tango as well as his frustration and success making the transition from open to close embrace. Dancing for many hours everyday and performing his original “Tango Raps” at various festivals around the U.S., he shares his enthusiasm with a childlike innocence through clever rhyme schemes and danceable rhythms. To find out more about Momo’s life work, click here: http://www.momosmitt.com/
Sexy, delicious, swanky, saucebox
Established in 1995, Saucebox has maintained its reputation in the city as the place for the finest in pan-asian and pacific island cuisine with its insider vibe and unique presence. Unforgettable dishes and innovative cocktails have given Saucebox national notoriety in the New York Times, Bon Apetit Magazine, Travel & Leisure and The Wall Street Journal – but it’s local attention and accolades like being honored as “Restaurant of the Year” in 1998 by The Oregonian that make Saucebox a landmark of the Portland restaurant and lounge scene.
More about Saucebox: http://www.saucebox.com/
To Jenna, dancing tango is an ongoing search for the complete; her elegant dance embodies the traditional roles of Argentine tango and beyond. In the last three years, Jenna has taught and performed around the U.S. with several acclaimed dancers. In the summer of 2008, Jenna taught at the Tango Mango Festival in Devonshire, England with Rebecca Smith. In February 2009, she performed with Alex Krebs at the Maui TangoFest, and in July 2009, she performed with Dominic Bridge at Chicago Tango Week. In 2010, they taught and performed several times in New York and in Buenos Aires. In September 2010, Jenna wrote, produced, and directed Tango Éxtasis! for the Miracle Theater’s La Luna Nueva festival; the following month, she taught and performed for Portland’s very own TangoFest. Jenna is currently in New York working with world-renowned tango instructor Robin Thomas. She is excited for this new project with Remanda and wishes everyone to come relax, dance, and above all, have a blast at the Luxe Milonga!
Go to www.ispeaktango.com for pictures and videos.
We are thrilled to have Meng Wang from Vancouver, BC, (a rockstar DJ, performer, and social dancer, formerly of the LA tango community), as our DJ for the our first Portland all-nighter Luxe Milonga!
Meng Wang is a DJ for the dancers. Being a very active social dancer himself, he takes pride in providing rhythm, energy as well as emotional depth to the dancers on the floor. His early DJ influence came from none other than the two maestros of musicality, Horacio Godoy and Chicho Frumboli; both spent a lot of time lecturing Meng on how to play the right music for the dance floor when he first started DJing.
Meng Wang has been the DJ for major tango festivals such as the Los Angeles SMITH Tango Festival as well as Palm Spring Tango Festival. In 2011, he is also scheduled to DJ for Vantango Festival and Tango Live Festival in Vancouver.