Women’s History Month: Paulina Cazabon

Chilean maestra and tango educator Paulina Cazabon has danced professionally with greats such as Carlos Espinoza and John Zabala. Today, she performs and teaches internationally with partner José Luis González. Together, they became national champions of tango in Chile and placed 7th in the 2010 Tango World Championship. They name Jorge Daniel Dispari and Maria “La Turca” del Carmen, the mother of Geraldine Rojas, as their most influential teachers. Here’s Paulina and José tearing up the floor to D’Arienzo’s Milonga Querida. #womenshistorymonth

Women’s History Month: Veronica Toumanova

Veronica Toumanova is a tango dancer, educator, organizer, and writer who travels extensively to teach, perform and give lectures. A co-founder of Tango Mon Amour, she was introduced to tango in 2000 while living in the Netherlands, and has used her background in modern dance and classical ballet to inform her style and technique. In 2015 she published “Why Tango,” a compilation of her popular essays that have been translated into 18 languages and shared by tangueros worldwide. Here’s one of Veronica’s many enlightened writings. #womenshistorymonth

Women’s History Month: Maria Inés Bogado

Maria Inés Bogado began dancing at the age of 12 and earned a degree in Argentine Folklore at the Centro Polivalente de Arte de Ezeiza. Tango entered her life in 1994 just as the dance began to rise globally. She confessed that, at the recommendation of friends, she began training at the Sunderland Club práctica during a period in which she’d grown bored with her own dancing. There she met Sebastián Jiminez in 2008 — Maria Inés had just graduated college, and Sebastián was only 15 years old. In 2010, after training together for two years under Rosa Forte and Carlos Pérez, they won the Tango Mundial (Salón category). Maria Inés’ dancing is characterized by classic polish and a touch of brass. She continues to teach and perform internationally. Here’s Maria Inés and Sebastián interpreting De Angelis’ Pobre Flor with Carlos Dante and Julio Martel on vocals. #womenshistorymonth

Women’s History Month: Rosa Forte

Rosa Forte, milonguera and maestra, is celebrated for teaching and disseminating tango alongside her husband, Carlos Pérez, at the renowned Sunderland Club in Buenos Aires. Together they danced socially until their marriage in the early 60s, and returned to tango professionally in 1994, taking over classes for maestro Jose “Lampazo” Vazquez. Since then they’ve hosted a popular práctica at Sunderland that continues to draw dancers from around the globe. By 2013, they’d trained 6 of the prior 7 tango world champions in the salon category, including Maria Ines Bogado and Sebastian Jimenez, and Hiroshi Yamao and Kyoko Yamao. Here’s Rosa and Carlos interpreting Di Sarli’s Bahia Blanca.

Women’s History Month: Cecilia Rossetto

Now 70 years old, Cecilia Rossetto has enjoyed a long career as an actress, singer, comedian and cabaret performer. As a theater writer and director, she drew on the tradition of teatro frívolo, a style made popular at the turn of the 20th century due to its storytelling about everyday life, use of street language, and rupture of the fourth wall of the stage (performer-spectator engagement). Rossetto boasts of more than 30 television and film credits to her name, and has served as the cultural attaché of the Argentine consulate in Barcelona, Spain. In 2011, she released Rojotango with Daniel Binelli, the composer and bandoneón virtuoso who previously worked alongside both Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla. Here’s Rossetto performing Francisco Canaro’s waltz Corazón de Oro. #womenshistorymonth

Women’s History Month: Kacey Link and Kristin Wendland

Pianist and scholar Kacey Link teamed up with composer and professor Kristin Wendland to co-author Tracing Tangueros, the first comprehensive, English-language foundational study on Argentine tango. The book “offers an inside view of Argentine tango music in the context of the growth and development of the art form’s instrumental and stylistic innovations. It traces tango’s historical and stylistic musical trajectory in Argentina, beginning with the guardia nueva’s crystallization of the genre in the 1920s, moving through tango’s Golden Age (1932–1955), and culminating with the “Music of Buenos Aires” today. Through the transmission, discussion, examination, and analysis of scores, manuals of style, archival audio/video recordings, and live video footage of performances and demonstrations, the book frames and defines Argentine tango music as a distinct expression possessing its own musical legacy and characteristic musical elements.” #womenshistorymonth

Tracing Tangueros is available via Amazon and the Oxford University Press.

Women’s History Month: Geraldine Rojas

Dancer and choreographer Geraldine Rojas is probably best known for her incredible interpretive range, distinctive spry footwork and years-long collaboration with dancer Javier Rodríguez. As a contemporary dancer, she ushered in a new era for tangueras, which encompassed elegance, speed and rich musicality. Though introduced to tango as a child, Rojas began studying the dance as a teenager under the tutelage of her father Jorge Daniel Dispari and mother Maria “La Turca” del Carmen, who partnered with the famed milonguero Don Carlos Alberto Esteves a.k.a. “Petroleo.” In 2002, Rojas appeared in Robert Duvall’s film Assassination Tango (in a practice with Rodríguez and a final performance with Pablo Verón). Today, she continues to perform internationally with her husband and creative partner Ezequiel Paludi. Here’s Geraldine Rojas performing Di Sarli’s Corazón featuring Roberto Rufino on vocals. #womenshistorymonth

Women’s History Month: Ada Falcón

Ada Falcón, one of the best-known female tango protagonists, enjoyed a career in music, film and radio in the 1920s and 1930s. As small children, Falcón and her two sisters performed vaudeville shows under their mother’s management. At age 5, Falcon became known as La Joyita Argentina “The Little Argentine Gem” and at 13, appeared in her first film. During her career, she collaborated with Osvaldo Fresedo, and Enrique Delfino, however she’s celebrated for her years-long work and not-so-secret affair with Francisco Canaro that lasted until 1938. Among Falcón’s many admirers were singer Carlos Gardel and composer Enrique Discepolo who would attend her studio recordings just to hear her sing. She recorded over 200 songs before disappearing from the public eye in the early 1940s. Here’s Falcón’s “Yo no sé qué me han hecho tus ojos” (I don’t know know what your eyes have done to me), a line attributed to Canaro and/or Gardel who were both smitten by her captivating green eyes. #womenshistorymonth