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Gustavo Naveira

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He comes from a family of "tangueros". His parents met at a milonga and his grandfather danced tango. He was first interested in all music, beginning with guitar from the age of 7 to 20 and studied it at the conservatory for 13 years. He started with Tango at 16 years old , but then he continued at 18, while he was studying Economy ay the University.  

Later, he studied folk music dancing and enrolled at "National Dance School" for classical &  modern. He also attended  classes  of Spanish dances for a full year. Always, it was out of curiosity rather than for a professional interest.

His first tango teachers were Rodolfo & Gloria Dinzel. Although, he also learned things from several milongueros in a not highly organized way.  Later, Pepito Avellaneda, Antonio Todaro, Virulazo and Gerardo Portalea, taught him a lot and became his referents.

He started teaching in the early  ‘80s in a special tango course organized by the city at the “ San Martin Cultural Center” in Buenos Aires.

He organized a practica for 10 years (1987-97) at the emblematic club “Cochabamba 444” for which he achieved notoriety in Buenos Aires. He later created a practica called "Tango Cochabamba North" when living in US.

The weekly milonga "Cuartito Azul" was also run by him from 1987 to 1995.
 

In the 90s, Gustavo Naveira formed a “research group” to analyze the movements of tango with the goal of understanding and expanding the options of dancers in tango. The research group generated great contributions to dance, certainly expanding the limits of Argentine Tango and leading the tango dance to a whole new concept, often called by its contemporary colleagues “Tango Nuevo”.

Many of today's most prominent teachers passed through his classes or practices. His colleagues credit him with being the first to understand the dance, analyzing it and stripping it down to its minimum units. Through this path of research, Gustavo Naveira developed his own style and an original pedagogy. 

The experience of more than 40 years of teaching gives him credit for making the students truly aware of what they do to be the owner of their movements. 

 

He founded and directed the " Senior  Ballet" with Olga Besio, a tango group that performed  in several places in Buenos Aires.

 

As a Tango Choreographer, in 1990 Gustavo created the 2 and half hour choreography for the  "Opera Marathon”, by Ricardo Monti directed by Jaime Kogan. This Monumental work divided in 22 chapters, and performed by 50 dancers and 15 singers, was a World Premiere at the COLON THEATER of Buenos Aires.

In 1993 he choreograph "Rayuela " by Julio Cortázar directed also by Jaime Kogan - Presented at PAYRO THEATER in Buenos Aires, where dancers performed over a large sand dune.

 

He ventured into cinema first with:

"El Acompañamiento" - Carlos Orgambide 1985 - Buenos Aire

"Funes un Gran Amor" - Raúl de La Torre 1992 - Buenos Aires

"Convivencia" - Carlos Galettini 1993 - Buenos Aires

Later he appeared  as one of the main dancers & character in the "Tango Lesson", a movie directed by Sally Potter in 1997 . 

 

In 1999, together with F. Salas he began the Cosmotango organization in which he took part for 3 years funding the CITA: International Congress of Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires.

 

At the 2000 World Dance Championships in Buenos Aires, he coordinated the thematic classes organized by the City Government and was one of the judges of the Tango Stage.

 

In 2009, he published programmatic essay New Tango at “Tango, A History of Obsession” by Virginia Gift.

 

He has received the Tango awards : "Gold Tango" (2017) & "Best Teacher" (2018) from the CITA organization in Argentina.

He has been dancing with GISELLE ANNE since  1995. They met at a Tango Festival in Sitges, Spain, and since then they have been dancing together. The couple was finally  stablished in 1999 when they decided to build a profesional dance couple.

Inevitably, they began to build a tango methodology together that delves into the study of all aspects of danced tango. They are know for their intellectual approach to dance as teachers and their unique methodology in a Progressive way. This was tested throughout 7 years in the Studio they founded in Boulder, US in 2013, and was awarded the "Best Tango Academy" in 2018.

Also, they have created the "seminar" format with  a week long classes where they develop a unique subject to dive deeply  into all details. Those seminars were well attended in Buenos Aires since the year 2003 and later they brought them around the world.

Together they have created the  Show "Tango Generation" with versions of 3 and 5 couples. That show was performing from 2011- 2013 in America and Europe.

The Boulder Tango Festival was organized by G&G along 10 years (2010-2019) in their living city.

In 2021, a Documentary "The Naveira Method" was filmed with their stories by the Argentinian Tango Society from London/US.

In the 28 years  that Gustavo & Giselle have been dancing together, it's impossible to count exactly how many Tango Festivals they participated in around the world, teaching and bringing the art trough their performances.

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