Teaching Faculty & Guest Artists

2013 Buenos Aires in the Vales Tango Festival Teaching Faculty

International Guest Artists
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Artistic Directors & Producers
Southern Cross Tango - Australia

Guest Tango Artists
Tango Conca – Australia/ Argentina

RICHARD & PAMELA JARVIS - Community Tango in Geelong
DAVID & MICHELLE WHEATON - Southern Cross Tango

Guest Musicians

Special Guest DJ
NADIM SAWAYA - Australia  


ADRIENNE & ANDREW GILL – Southern Cross Tango

Artistic Directors & Producers of Buenos Aires in the Vales

Adrienne & Andrew Gill are recognized internationally for the artistry, elegance & romance of their tango, innovative teaching & performance. Southern Cross Tango is South Australia’s original founding professional tango school. With an impeccable reputation for excellence in teaching, performing, choreographing, & presentation of inclusive tango functions in the community, Adrienne & Andrew Gill are highly respected by their peers & students.

Popular performers & inspiring teachers, Andrew & Adrienne have choreographed & directed over 30 theatrical tango shows, collaborating with musicians & artists, couturiers & dancers, poets & actors, in tango productions celebrating Ady and Andrewthe beauty of the tango arts.

Andrew & Adrienne Gill have worked with companies such as Leigh Warren & Dancers, State Theatre Company, State Opera, & Restless Dance Theatre. They have performed on stage with Milena Plebs, Demian Garcia, Alejandra Mantinan, Carolina Bonaventura, Los Hermanos Macana, Santiago Polimeni, Joaquin Amenabar (Argentina), Massimo Scattolin, Mirko Satto & Alberto Mesirca (Italy), Tango Futur, Cesar Stroscio & Esquina (France), Saxafourte (Germany), Anthony Halliday, Zephyr Quartet, Aloysius Leeson & Quartito Azul (Aust). Andrew & Adrienne were commissioned to create a choreographic piece for Tango Poetica & were choreographers of ‘Speaking in Tongues’ by Andrew Bovell, presented by State Theatre Company of SA.

In 2013 Andrew & Adrienne were principle performers in St Johns Feast of Music ‘The Night is Tango’ Concert with Mirko Satto & Alberto Mesirca from Italy. They also presented the ‘Tango on the Parade’ public performance project for the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Council to revitalise the Norwood community streetscape.

Andrew Gill is lead tango performer in ‘Maria de Buenos Aires’ performed in OzAsia Festival & Brisbane Festival with State Opera SA & Melbourne Recital Centre with Victoria Opera. Andrew choreographed collaboratively with Leigh Warren in the production’s creative development.

Andrew & Adrienne Gill have appeared on tv, film, documentaries & on national & local radio stations. They have performed in Argentina, USA & Germany, plus Womadelaide, Los Angeles Fireworks Tango Festival, Buenos Aires at the Beach Tango Festival, Sydney International Tango Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, Murray River International Music Festival (regional Australia tour), Australian Tango Festival, New Jersey Tango Extravaganza (USA), Adelaide/Perth/Cabaret Fringe, Winter Tango & Melbourne Spring Tango Festival.

Southern Cross Tango school presents classes in SA & VIC, & Andrew & Adrienne are invited to teach workshops & master classes all over Australia. They also present specialised courses in schools, universities & rehabilitation centres. Adrienne Gill is the tango dance lecturer at Flinders University Drama School, & is an Ausdance ‘Dancers in Schools’ Tutor. Southern Cross Tango presents the celebrated Milongas ‘Tango by the Sea’ & ‘Tango Luz Milonga’, ‘Tango Experimento’, ‘Tango on the Hill’, & supports not for profit outreach program ‘Community Tango in Geelong’.

Adrienne & Andrew Gill share their passion & commitment to the positive physical & mental health benefits of argentine tango in the wider community. They dance with elegance and lithe grace, & have made tango relevant & accessible to a new generation of dancers across Australia.






Demian Garcia is a dancer, teacher & choreographer with an impressive career based upon his integral artistic studies, excellent performance skills & pedagogical approach to teaching Argentine Tango.

DemienFatima Vitale is a stunning dancer, winner of 2012 Metropolitan Championships in the Salon Tango & Milonga categories of the Campeonato de Baile de la Ciudad 2012 & finalist in Tango Buenos Aires Festival & World Cup. Fatima Vitale is a member of the company Corporacion Tangos, and has extensively toured with famous tango shows, and worked in the most prestigious ‘casas de tango’ in Buenos Aires. Fatima has trained in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance. She came into Tango and folklore whilst studying in the National University of Arts in Buenos Aires.

Demian Garcia & Fatima Vitale have been performing & teaching together for over 5 years, with appearances in festivals throughout Europe.

Demian is a dancer in high demand, appearing in and choreographing for the highest quality tango shows in Buenos Aires and around the world. Demian has participated in the most prestigious international festivals as performance artist & teacher. His extraordinary performance and teaching has taken him to Turkey, Finland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Serbia, Montenegro, Russia, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico & USA. He performed in tango shows such as ‘Tango Buenos Aires’ (Canada), Show for El Bicentenario de Argentina at the Festival de Guadalajara with Orquesta de Nestor Marconi, directed by Silvio Grand & Mayra Galante (Mexico), ‘Tango Libertad’ (Japan), ‘Milonguero Nights’ (Moscow),‘World Master Dance Festival’ (Korea), ‘Fantasia de Tango’ (Belgium), & ‘Tango Maxima’ (The Netherlands).

Demian studied classical & contemporary dance & tango since the age of 17 and has been performing and teaching tango for over 18 years. Demian is regularly invited to present tango seminars, and presents regular lessons at Escuela Argentina de Tango, Salon Canning, & at Club Gricel in Buenos Aires.

Demian’s impeccable teaching & performance skills stems from his intense focus and respect of the essence of tango, whilst at the same time being open to exploring new alternatives in the dance form, allowing his pupils to develop their dance in a harmonious and personal way.

Demian also regularly performs & teaches with Noelia Soldera. Demian was the special international guest of the 1st annual Buenos Aires at the Beach Summer Tango Festival in Australia and returned as special guest teacher in the 10th Anniversary of the festival partnering the world renowned Milena Plebs in 2009 & again in 2010 with the stunning Alejandra Mantinan.





Fabian & Karina Conca were born & raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, amidst a steep family tradition of Tango. They were introduced to tango from an early age & represent a third generation of tango dancers in their families. Fabian & Karina’s style of dance is very traditional & their teaching has a very strong focus on elegance, romanticism & sensuality, reflecting their tradition & culture.

Fabian & Karina are the directors of Sydney tango school TangoConca & run weekly classes, workshops, private tuition & two monthly Milongas, including the popular "Tango Entre Amigos". Fabian & Karina also teach classes in primary & high schools, & working with their local council, conduct special classes in argentine tango for senior citizens in the community.

Popular teachers, Fabian & Karina have been invited to teach & perform in Auckland & Wellington New Zealand, as well as undertaking annual teaching residencies at Tango Brujo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fabian & Karina joined the teaching faculty of Buenos Aires at the Beach Tango Festival in 2011 & by popular demand, returned for Buenos Aires in the Vales Tango Festival in McLaren Vale in 2012. TangoConca organizes tours for tango dancers to travel & experience Buenos Aires in March each year, working with local teacher Demian Garcia.

Fabian & Karina have also taught workshops interstate, in Adelaide & Melbourne, & undertake regular visits to Perth & Hobart. Fabian & Karina have performed in various festivals & shows, including the ‘Melbourne First Tango Congress’ directed by Christian Drogo, the ‘Australian Tango Festival’, ‘Sydney Tango Festival’, ‘Sydney Tango Salon Festival’ & other Sydney events such as the Bacardi Festival, Fiesta at Darling Harbour & ‘Mind & Body Festival, the ‘New Zealand Wellington Tango Festival’, ‘A night in Buenos Aires’ show, performed in Sydney & directed by Fabio Robles, ‘Tango made in Argentina’ performed at the Canberra Theatre directed by Jorge Bagnini, & the ‘Australian Tango Championship’.




Zephyr Quartet is a string ensemble based in Adelaide, South Australia that exists to create exceptional experiences that resonate and communicate with audiences.

Since its inception in 1999, Zephyr Quartet has shown a continued determination to expand the boundaries of art music and how it is received by audiences. A firm believer in the power of the string quartet as a medium to communicate and explore complex relationships between society and art, Zephyr has achieved an enviable reputation for artistic excellence, innovation and audience development.

Described as “creatively adventurous and multi-talented” (The Australian), Zephyr delights in exploring a diverse mix of music and thematic material culminating in carefully constructed and satisfying programmes, often arranging and composing pieces themselves. The quartet embraces collaborative practices, drawing inspiration from working with leading artists from varied backgrounds, including theatre, dance, visual art, design, film and new media, to produce work that is vital, current and courageous.

In 2012 Zephyr performed at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in ‘Impulse’ with Leigh Warren & Dancers, & often performs at festivals in Australia and overseas such as the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide, Murray River International Music Festival, Soundstream Contemporary Music Festival, Holland Dance Festival and Mt Beauty Music Festival.

Zephyr has a continuing commitment to the development and promotion of contemporary classical music and often commissions and performs works by living composers. In 2007 Zephyr was awarded the Ruby Award in the category of Innovation, which was awarded for the group’s 2006 Electro-Acoustic Project. Zephyr has released two CDs of original music and in 2012 released their third album A Rain from the Shadows.




Aloysius Leeson has performed both classical and flamenco guitar music extensively. He is currently studying honours performance at the Elder Conservatorium under Oliver Fartach-Naini. He has taken part in classical master classes with Pavel Steidl and Timothy Kain, and has studied flamenco in Spain with Tudela, Juan Junquera, Gerardo Nuńez and Cano. Some career highlights include working as a dance accompanist at Javier Cruz' dance studios in Seville in 2000, performing the premiere of "Caminos" by Adelaide composer Angus Barnacle in 2005, The 2006 Singapore Feria de Abril, at Chimes plaza, Singapore with dancer Antonio Vargas and singer Antonio Soria, and his show "Flamenco!" at the 2008 Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

“It is more than evident that Leeson is a virtuoso guitarist, with a style that easily moves from sensitive to frenetic”- Michael Hunter, dB magazine.
“Professional and intense” - Scott McLennan, Rip it up magazine.
“A superbly authentic sound” – Celia Brissenden, The Advertiser.






Community Tango in Geelong – Australia  

Richard and Pam are respected Australian exponents of tango. Drawn to tango’s flame in 1989, they were able to visit Buenos Aires often in the years before the current popularity of tango tourism. Driven to learn as much as possible about the culture of tango and develop skills for social dancing, they worked diligently with chosen ‘maestros’.

Buenos Aires’ thinkers and philosophers, bookshops, libraries, recordings, archives, literary and oral traditions, and Tango’s custodians, offered first-hand experience or inspiration. Tango music was a constant companion to the city’s life. Pam began writing the monthly journal ‘Tango Australis’ a decade ago, for dancers in Australia and around the world. It is a labour of love.

Richard and Pam became known in iconic Buenos Aires milongas, places that exist today only in memory and history books. They danced socially with wonderful dancers, now sadly deceased, and trained with some of the greatest professional dancers of Argentina. In Australia, in time, they received invitations to perform in tango shows and on stage. Initially reluctant, they were encouraged to occasionally brave the limelight when they learned that traditional Argentine tango shows have an older couple in the cast.

Pam & Richard now live in a regional Victorian city. Wanting to contribute to their new home, they founded Community Tango in Geelong. They teach as volunteers and have introduced around 200 people (in two years) to Tango. The group is unique. Students learn in the time-honoured tradition of old Buenos Aires; experienced dancers help new dancers find their feet. Pam tells stories of Tango, trusting that this legacy and heritage will be carried into the personal stories that her students tell when they dance the Tango.

Having recently retired from full-time legal practice Richard now has more time to teach and pass on his tango knowledge. Pam continues to write, research and dance. She is a lively, informative public speaker, these days most often on a topic related to Tango. They both feel that the gift of Tango that they received should be passed on to others.



Southern Cross Tango - Australia

David Wheaton studied modern ballet and jazz with a number of dance schools in Adelaide, including the Australian Dance Theatre. In the early 1980s,Ady and Andrew working as a choreographer with the Adelaide Theatre Group, he combined dance and drama to create a number of performance pieces specifically for non-dancers. Michelle Wheaton’s passion for tango dancing & her life-long involvement with horse riding & technical training, gives her a unique understanding of connection concepts stemming from both disciplines.

David & Michelle Wheaton have been passionate & dedicated tango dancers for many years, training with Andrew & Adrienne Gill, Demian Garcia, Alejandra Mantinan, & Nancy Louzan. David & Michelle joined the teaching faculty of the Buenos Aires in the Vales Tango Festival 2012, introducing new dancers to the joys of Argentine Tango with their personable style & warmly encouraging workshops.

They commenced tango teacher training with Southern Cross Tango in 2009, & continue to teach tango courses in the Adelaide Hills. Friendly & engaging teachers, David & Michelle also host regular Practicas, DJ at milongas & enjoy guiding the development of new couples into the tango community. Michelle Wheaton assisted Leigh Warren in his initial tango training with Southern Cross Tango, leading up to the creative development of Maria de Buenos Aires.

David & Michelle have performed in various Southern Cross Tango shows, including Once Upon a Tango (Buenos Aires at the Beach) & Tango on the Hill. David & Michelle have featured as Tango Teachers in the Adelaide Hills Magazine Autumn 2010 edition.  



Guest DJ – Australia

NadimNadim Sawaya first experienced tango music as a child listening to his father’s tango vinyl collection. After years of dancing social tango, Nadim was inspired to explore the art of Tango Djing, choosing music enabling dancers to express melody & rhythm of well known compositions & to experience less known pieces. Nadim is currently a regular DJ for the Czech House Milongas of Melbourne Tango. Nadim has been special guest DJ at the recent Sydney Tango Festival 2013, Tango in the Spring in Canberra, Sydney Tango Salon Festival & at various special tango events in Melbourne.