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NORTHERN TANGO ACADEMY

Argentine Tango in the Midlands and the North.

THE AUTHENTIC ARGENTINE METHOD.

Learn the art of Argentine Tango with professional instructors and join our welcoming and dynamic community. 

Our teachers travel across the UK to deliver expert tuition based on traditional methods that have lasted the test of time. We offer a range of classes to suit different levels and learning styles, as well as social dance events, holidays and more. 

The week at a glance:

Meet the team.

Dante Culcuy, director of Oxford Tango Academy, posing against a wall, smiling

Dante Culcuy

Teacher and Director

Dante started Argentine Tango in his home town, Jujuy, a province in the north of Argentina. There he studied ballet with his teacher Fulvia Chagra de Gruber and Andrei Kozlov (ex principle dancer of the Kiev Opera). Dante has been dancing Tango for over 18 years. He performed in many famous Milongas in Buenos Aires, before moving to the UK in 2008 where he started his own Tango School with his first partner Miriam Orcutt. The couple were invited to teach and perform in various countries of Europe, South America; North America, Asia and Africa. Dante and Miriam also participated in International Festivals such as Mallorca Tango Festival, Porto International Tango Festival, Ulverston Music Festival and the International Book Fair in Guadalajara as a cultural ambassador representing the UK with Aurora Orchestra. Dante is the organiser of the very successful Oxford Tango Festival, which is now in its seventh year and attracts dancers from across Europe. He is the director of two important Tango Schools in the UK: The Northern Tango Academy and the Oxford Tango Academy with professional resident maestros from Buenos Aires. Dante has been teaching tango for over fifteen years and has become recognised for his unique and in-depth teaching methods.
Dante Culcuy, director of Oxford Tango Academy, posing against a wall, smiling

Franco and Julia

Teachers in Nottingham

Franco and Julia are of Italian descent but spent most of their lives in the UK. They started dancing in 2010 with teachers Jose Fernández and Martina Waldman. They have since been dedicated students of Northern Tango Academy with teachers Dante Culcuy, Silvana Prieto and Matias Batista, Yanina Quinones and Neri Piliu, among others. They have created a network of new friends, teachers and students with the same passion for tango who have welcomed them in Oxford and Nottingham and places in the UK.
Dante Culcuy, director of Oxford Tango Academy, posing against a wall, smiling

Lilie Festa

Teacher and Director

Lilie started dancing in London. She trained at Oxford Tango Academy, and later in Buenos Aires with Andrès Cejas, Pablo Giorgini, Sabrina Velis and Virginia Pandolfi. She has been partnering Dante in group classes since 2021 and works behind the scenes at Oxford Tango Academy and Northern Tango Academy to bring Argentine tango to you.
Dante Culcuy, director of Oxford Tango Academy, posing against a wall, smiling

Orlando Faciano

Resident Teacher

Orlando Faciano first started learning Tango in his hometown in Northern Argentina, San Salvador de Jujuy. He has been teaching for over 10 years, and trained with many teachers in Buenos Aires, including Diego Durán and Mariana Sanchez, Aurora Lubiz, Alberto Gomberg, Graciela Cabrera, Pablo Etcheverry, Laura Murphy and Yuyú Herrera. He is the creator of La Otra Milonga in Buenos Aires, a popular outdoor Milonga in the city centre. Orlando also has a career teaching and performing Argentinian folklore dance, and has choreographed folklore shows for the Buenos Aires Broadway Theatre.
Dante Culcuy, director of Oxford Tango Academy, posing against a wall, smiling

Giusy and Diego

Resident Teachers

Diego Ledesma and Giusy Santoro are professional tango dancers with an extensive CV of shows and classes in Europe, Asia and South America. Their style and teaching experience combined with their warm personality make them very popular worldwide. It is an honour to have them as resident teachers at NTA!

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