5 AMAZING DJs & LIVE MUSIC
Friday Evening Milonga with LOS PEORES del TANGO, a fantastic Quartet from NYC
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Saturday Night night is TÍPICA MESSIEZ, an amazing Orquesta Tipica of 8-10 musicians
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This is an amazing group of DJs with extensive experience and knowledge and FUN attitude to top it off.
Here we list them below in order of appearance on the schedule.
Jun Yi, Ilene Marder, Adam Hoopengardner, Steven Thull and Robin Thomas
Intrigued by the beauty of the music and intensity of the dance, Jun discovered the world of Argentine Tango when studying at Yale University, and started her DJing journey at Yale Tango Club. Her incessant quest for great 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 aspires to create an engaging conversation with the dancers through her tunes where dancers could ease into their personal truth of tango with their emotions safely unfolding and expressed through the dance. Known for her impeccable delicacy of storytelling, Jun’s music is instrumental to creating some of the most blissful, energized and passionate milongas for the dancers that have heard her.
"La Rubia Del Norte'', one of New York City's most popular Argentine Tango DJs, has been DJing for 17 years, known for her beautiful tandas and ability to read and energize a crowd, keeping floors packed with satisfied dancers.
She has been guest DJ several times in the iconic tango salons of Buenos Aires, including Salon Canning, Porteño y Bailarin, and Festival Estilo Parque Patricios. She regularly plays NYC's top milongas - La Nacional, Astoria Tango Club, Milonga Rosa, The Tango Factory, All Night Milonga, and multiple NYC Tango Championships/Festivals, with outings to Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Tampa, Sarasota, a.o.
She began DJing after she founded Woodstock Tango, which for 14 years offered classes, milongas, concerts, and special events with top notch visiting artists.
She also presents Meet the Music sessions to better acquaint dancers with the key orchestras of Tango.
Adam has been playing tango music professionally for 15 years.
He is based in New York City where he runs a weekly and monthly event where he DJ’s frequently. He also DJ’s in the local milonga’s in New York City.
He has DJ'd at some of the biggest events in the United States including The Cleveland Tango Marathon, Philadelphia Tango Festival, Ann Arbor Fire and Ice, Denver Memorial Day Weekend Festival, Puerto Rico Tango Marathon, Valentango, NYC East Coast Marathon, Providence New Years, Montreal Neo Festival, and many more.
Adam believes the DJ provides the personality of the evening and that it is the DJ's job to inspire the people to dance as well as feel relaxed and comfortable with their peers throughout the evening.
He is known for creating a party atmosphere with his dynamic choice of tandas and cortinas.
Adam believes a DJ should be noticed but not the star of the event.
He mainly plays music from the Golden Age but will venture out occasionally to inspire and challenge the crowd.
He has a great collection of music which he has acquired over many years and he still continues to broaden and expand his library and knowledge of the music.
He has learned a lot from various DJs and teachers, such as Horacio Godoy, Silvia Ceriani, Hernan Prieto, Robin Thomas, about the history of Tango music and also how to play what the crowd likes, which helps him have a deeper connection and understanding as a DJ and as a dancer.
Steven Thull is a tango dancer, DJ, and photographer. He lives in Rochester, NY, where he has been organizing milongas and teaching classes since 2017. As a tango photographer, he is known for capturing the special moments that happen on the dancefloor. As a DJ, his focus is to provide the right music to create those moments. Steven approaches every milonga with an attentive eye on the ronda, a keen ear for the music, a large collection of quality recordings, and a passion to put it all together for the dancers.
When Robin came back from his first trip to Buenos Aires 16 years ago, he realized that if he wanted to continue to dance tango every night, he would have to find a way to attend milongas for free. At the time, the concept of a tango DJ didn’t exist. Organizer’s would put on a CD, and often it would repeat to span the length of the milonga. Robin wanted to play music as he had heard it in Buenos Aires: in tandas of tango, vals, and milonga with cortinas in between. He began to DJ doing exactly that, despite being told not to play cortinas as people would dance to them. Initially some people did dance to the cortinas, but Robin persisted until this format became the standard. Over the next 10 years, he was invited to DJ in D.C., L.A., Denver, Portland, Miami, and some of the biggest festivals in North America, as well as, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Berlin, Seoul, Shanghai and Buenos Aires. Robin ran Nocturne in NYC, one of the largest monthly milongas in the US, and the legendary RoKo, which was the largest weekly milonga in the US.