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For our first Atlanta Tango Maratón, we have confirmed some of the best DJs in the country. We are sure they will keep you dancing from beginning to end. This is our line up:
ROBIN THOMAS (NEW YORK, NY)
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 currently runs Nocturne in NYC, one of the largest monthly milongas in the US, and until recently the legendary RoKo, which was the largest weekly milonga in the US
AVIK BASU (ANN ARBOR, MI)
Avik began his tango journey in 2002 and has since become a highly sought after tango teacher and DJ at nearly every major festival in the country. Some of his more interesting adventures include DJing Monday night at Salon Canning, teaching tango to a Bollywood actress in Mumbai, India, and touring the U.S. with tango band Trio Folias. As a DJ, he strives to play the tangos that bring out our best as dancers.
FELIPE MARTINEZ (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)
Felipe Martinez is a full time professional tango teacher based in San Francisco. Besides teaching and touring around, he is an accomplished DJ with years of experience working at milongas and festivals.
He has played music at most important festivals in the US (Portland, San Francisco, Baltimore, Denver, Washington DC, Atlanta, Houston, Fort Bragg, Austin, Houston) and in many other communities (Providence, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal). He DJs regularly in the Bay Area at The Beat (practica) and El Valenciano (traditional milonga) and has also played music in Europe (Spain, Germany, Istanbul) and Buenos Aires, in several occasions.
He also DJed in Asia at the Seoul Tango Festival (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), the 2014 Bali Tango Festival and the 2015 Taipei Tango Festival, as well as in Tainan, Taichung and Tokyo (2014, 2015). Felipe's musical selection is based on the classics that ensure a great atmosphere for dancing.
VARO BOYAJYAN (LOS ANGELES, CA)
As an avid dancer himself, Varo has a deep appreciation for tango music as a crucial part of the overall milonga experience for each dancer.
As a DJ, Varo strives to create a musical atmosphere that inspires dancers and connects with them on the emotional level.
While DJ-ing, Varo is always connected to the dancers-either by observing the energy and the interactions of the dancefloor, or dancing in the middle of it.
In addition to selecting good tango songs, Varo pays detailed attention to the structure of the playlist.
Varo comprises the tandas and the relationship of tandas to each other in a way to establish a harmonious flow of the energy, and to develop emotional-energetic contrasts with a tasteful climax and rise that resonate within each dancer.
Varo regularly DJ’s at milongas in Los Angeles and Southern Calfornia. He has DJ’d along with Otros Aires and Narcotango.
JAY ABLING (SEATTLE, WA)
Jay is nationally sought-after for his ability to keep a good party going. His Djing is characterized by a magical flow, flavored with only the best danceable tandas that inspire dancers all night long.
He has taught and DJ’d at major festivals and cities all over North America, including Albuquerque, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Maui, Montreal, New York, New Haven, Philadelphia, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Tucson and Washington DC.
Jun Yi (New York, NY)
Intrigued by the intensity of the music and beauty of the dance, Jun started her tango journey when studying at Yale. She later on became deeply involved in the Yale Tango Club and cherished this community as her family, where she was organizing classes/workshops/milongas, started DJing at YTC’s regular events. and co-organized two annual festivals, including the latest 10th anniversary.
After moving to New York City, her journey as a tango dancer, DJ and community-builder continued especially helping with student communities, like Columbia, and Princeton. Jun has also her music selections shared with popular milongas in the City like Tango Cafe, Robin’s Practica, Xangria, and El Destino, as well as Vida Mia in Beijing. With a gentle and sensitive soul actively listening to the dance floor, Jun creates a music space that speaks to dancers’ emotions absorbed in a warm embrace, elegant steps and playful movement.