DEBBIE GOODWIN (Producer, Director, Lead Choreographer, and Dancer)
Debbie has produced 80 professional shows, directed 6 student-based productions, and worked with 4 dance organizations in her 18 years as a professional dancer, choreographer, and director. A dancer since childhood, Debbie began teaching and performing Argentine Tango in 1996, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance, and her Masters in Dance Education, from California State University, Sacramento. She is the resident choreographer, director, and founder of a long-running and successful non-profit arts organization Alma del Tango (www.AlmaDelTango.org) and the organizing force behind the all-female Tango Con*Fusión Dance Company, which performed original choreography in two ground-breaking tango stage shows with live music and international casts and has been featured in a documentary playing on the international tango film festival circuit and on national television networks (Latin Eyes & Univisión).
Her latest project, the Debbie Goodwin Dance Company seeks to transform the perception of tango in the United States as cliché, rose-in-mouth dance of sexual tension and passion. Debbie takes her inspiration from the groundbreaking work of contemporary Argentine artists, using tango to explore critical social issues, gender identity, and human transformation, beginning with the SF Bay Area, the largest tango community outside of Argentina.
John has studied intensively both in the United States and Buenos Aires with diverse masters such as Orlando Paiva, Diego di Falco y Carolina Zocalski, Fernanda Ghi y Guillermo Merlo, Osvaldo Zotto y Lorena Ermocida, Miriam Larici y Hugo Patyn, Luciana Valle, Fabian Salas, Carolina de Rivera, Donato, Sebastian Arce and Mariana Montes. He is most deeply influenced by studies with Nito y Elba, Joe and Lucila, Gustavo Navierra and Giselle Anne, Julio Balmaceda and Corina De La Rosa.
John has been teaching and performing with Debbie since 1996. He danced leading roles in ¡Tango! and Tango! Rhythms of The Heart, as well as Tango: A Romantic Ritual. He provided substantial support to both productions and produced the videos of the shows as well. John has also appeared several times in Beyond Tango and was a guest artist in Close Embrace: A Tango Love Story. Currently, their dance focus is on improvisation and refining musicality, lead and follow.
ROSE VIERLING & ANTON KOUKAREKO
Rose has been dancing since she was a child when ballet, jazz and tap took center stage. She began learning partner dances as a teenager when she would organize weekly classes and hire teachers to come teach Swing and Ballroom.
She moved to San Francisco in 1999 and began studying Argentine Tango. She has studied under: Christy Cote; Oscar Mandagaran and Georgina Vargas of Forever Tango; Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo currently choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance; and Carlos Gavito, captain of Forever Tango.
As a principle dancer in Christy Cote’s LiberTango Dancers she performed at such events as the 49ers half time show and the Ethnic Dance Festival. She has continued to perform in numerous stage shows and special events throughout the bay area, such as Ladies Tango Stories, the Gatsby Picnic and From the Heart Aids Gala event.
A graduate of Ballroom Dance Teachers College with high honors, she has certifications in Bronze, Silver and Gold in American Styles- Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, and Viennese Waltz. She is the co-author of the DVIDA syllabus for Argentine Tango in Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum- this is used for national examines in Argentine Tango.
Anton was born in Minsk, Belarus and started dancing at the age of 5. He was a multiple national Belarus champion in Junior, Youth and Adult divisions in Standard, Latin-American and Ten Dance categories and was the Belarus repre-sentative to the World and European Championships and Cups from 1994-2004.
Anton graduated from mechanics & mathematics faculty of Belarusian State University in 2000 and choreography faculty of Belarus University of Culture in 2002.
He moved to United States in 2005 with his partner and wife Alena, where they became runners-up at US National championships and placed 4th in the World 10 Dance Championships in Germany. They were US representatives in World Cup in Taipei, Taiwan, placed 3rd.
Anton was trained in Belarus, Russia, England and US with different coaches, among them Richard Gleave, Ann Gleave, Loraine Barry, Peter Eggleton, Shirley Ballas among others.
Now Anton enjoys teaching and performing in different styles of dance, doing shows and lectures in United States and Canada.
PIER VOULKOS & DANIEL PETERS
Pier danced modern professionally until she retired from the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1989. She has done costumes and sets for various dance productions throughout her career as a working theater artist. Pier has been awarded grants from the Visual Art Program, New York, and the New Works Program, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities.
Her design work has appeared in several museum collections including the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, The American Craft Museum, and The Racine Art Museum.
Dancing Argentine Tango since 1997, she is very much a San Francisco Bay Area trained tango dancer. She is a founding member of the women’s performing and teaching company Tango Con* Fusión. She and her teaching partner and husband Daniel, are active volunteers and board members of Project Tango, which runs the community based Cellspace Alternative Milonga, SFTX, and the LOFT community orchestra.
Daniel began his professional dance career in San Francisco dancing for Ed Mock and Company (1979 – 1981). After moving to New York’s Lower East Side with the lovely and talented Pier Voulkos, he began choreographing for White Dog and PS 122, as well as dancing in the companies of Donald Byrd and The Group, Rosalind Newman, and Jim Self. Daniel has studied tango with Christy Cote, Julian Miller Ramil and Homer Ladas. Mr. Peters is also a filmmaker. He makes 16mm silent tango films for live music performances and has worked with the tango band Trio Garufa.
ERIN MALLEY & DORUK GOLCU
Erin began studying tango to complement her extensive training in contemporary dance and classical ballet, and broaden her skills as a professional choreographer. She studied in New York with Metin Yazir, Jak Karako, Maria Jose and Vanessa Gauch; on the west coast with Pampa Cortes, Gustavo Naveira y Giselle Anne, Ariadna Naveira y Fernando Sanchez, Guillermo Cerneaz y Marina Kenny. She is currently a guest artist with the San Francisco women’s company Tango Con*Fusion. An experienced leader and follower, Erin uses her thorough knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to create and teach beautiful and seemingly effortless tango.
Doruk was originally trained in neurobiology and came to Argentine tango during his PhD studies. Soon, it became a central facet of his life. He studied it extensively with renowned maestros Jak Karako, Metin Yazir, Vanessa Gauch, Pampa Cortes, Gustavo Naveira, Giselle Anne, Ariadna Naveira, Fernando Sanchez, Chicho Frumboli, Juana Sepulveda, Carolina del Rivero, Donato Juarez and Guillermo Cerneaz. He has danced and taught tango in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Bay Area, and Istanbul. His dancing is characterized by rhythmic musicality, strong connection to the partner, and creative vocabulary. He dances & teaches with his wife Erin Malley.