Jun Yi (San Fran)
Intrigued by the beauty of the music and intensity of the dance, Jun discovered the world of Argentine Tango when studying at Yale University, where she started DJing at Yale Tango Club. Her incessant obsession for tango music led her to invitations of DJing by popular milongas in New York City, the vibrant tango community that nourished her growth and blossoming into a mature dancer and DJ. A gentle and sensitive soul, Jun actively listens to the dance floor and she creates such a music space that speaks to dancers’ emotions absorbed in a warm embrace, elegant steps, and playful movement. She is aspired to creating an engaging conversation with the dancers through her tunes where dancers could ease into their personal truth of tango and have their emotions safely unfold and expressed through the dance. Known for her impeccable delicacy of story telling, Jun’s music is instrumental to creating some of the most blissful, energized and passionate milongas for the dancers that have heard her.
She has shared her music selections at renowned marathons throughout the United States and Canada, like Abrazo Tango Marathon (Montreal), San Diego Tango New Year Festival, Atlanta Tango Marathon I & II, Buscandote Houston Tango Marathon, Las Mujeras Tango Marathon, Santa Maradona Marathon (Napoli, Italy), Pandora Tango Marathon (Greece), etc., as well as Milongas in China, Italy and Argentina. Currently residing in California, her journey as a tango dancer, DJ, and community-builder continues to grow and expand through her persistent study of the tango music and her consistent tango travels to Europe, Argentina and Asia.
J Abling has deejayed at many major festivals and cities all over North America since 2002. His DJ style is characterized by his ability to move the rhythmical feet and sway the melodic hearts of every dancer in the room. His choice tandas carefully strike the right balance between familiar classic tangos and pleasantly surprising ones. J has been teaching tango for the last 20 years and currently teaches in the DC area.
John Miller’s tango music career began at his High School Prom, when he brought a tango CD and somehow convinced the DJ to play a song. John’s dance partner (and no one else) was delighted! Since then, he has expanded his audience to include people who actually enjoy tango music, and has DJed over a thousand practicas and milongas in the last 10 years.
Since 2009, John has been teaching, DJing, and performing full time. He teaches weekly classes in Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs, and works extensively with the local college clubs to bring tango to the younger generation. He has DJed at dozens of festivals, including the Toronto Tango Experience, the Eco-Tango Festival in Baja Mexico, the Boulder Tango Festival, the Salt Lake City Festival, the NaturalTango Festival, the Austin Spring Festival and the Midwest Tango Festival, among others.
John organizes Tango On the Rocks with his partner Jesica Cutler.
Rachel Moon (Annapolis)
Rachel began her tango journey in San Diego in 2009, and, within a few years became so obsessed that she took a leave of absence to spend 6 months in Buenos Aires. During that time, dancing nearly every tanda in a milonga was the norm. While her feet no longer allow that, she loves enabling other tango addicts, and as a DJ, gives her all to keep people on the dance floor tanda after tanda. Rachel is a sought-after DJ in the DC area, and has had the pleasure of DJing at many milongas and events across the country.
Tommy discovered tango in early 2012. Since then his love for Argentine tango has grown into an obsession as he seeks ever increasing depths of knowledge. His skills and interests run the full spectrum: teaching, DJing, performing, and organizing.
Tommy also has a passion for DJing, as he believes great music with varying energy is key to great social dancing. To educate and motivate beginning DJs, progressing DJs, and those interested in tango music, he offers semi-regular DJ workshops. Festivals he has DJ'd at include Montana's Tango Uprising, Salt Lake City Tango Festival, Mountain Milonga, CONNECT, Tango on the Rocks, and Washington DC’s Holiday Tango.
Mystery Alt DJ
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