Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Andrés Amarilla began dancing tango in 1987 at age 11. While
still a child, he studied with and performed in the dance companies of three of
the greatest tangueros of all time:
Gustavo Naveira, Juan Carlos Copes, and Rodolfo Dinzel. After 10 years of
intensive immersion in the music, culture and movement of traditional Argentine
Tango, Andrés was fortunate to be invited by Gustavo Naveira to participate in
his practice and innovation sessions in Cochabamba 444. In the course of these sessions, the group
explored and pushed the boundaries of traditional tango, developing uncounted
new sequences, and giving birth to a new means of dancing, teaching, and
thinking about tango, which has become the basis for most contemporary tango
pedagogy. It also became the basis for
“The Code,” a tango notation system developed by Andrés in 1997.
began dancing tango in 1999 in the US and, little by little, it took over her
life. In 2005, she left her work as a grant writing consultant to move to
Buenos Aires, where she lived for three years, learning everything she could
about tango, the Spanish language, and the complicated Buenos Aires bus routes!
Andrés and Meredith met and began working together in
2005. Since then, they have been
fortunate to teach and perform together worldwide. A partial list of the 50 cities in which they
have worked includes: Buenos Aires, Brisbane, Sydney, Istanbul, Gdansk, Belo
Horizonte, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Beirut, and Nicosia, along with more than 30
cities in the US.
Andrés and Meredith’s dance is characterized by the rich
variety of material that they access in improvisation, due to an
extraordinarily efficient lead and follow, and to an extreme precision of movement.
Rather than seeking simple technical brilliance, Andrés and Meredith put
all of this technique and vocabulary to use to create a dance that possesses
musical richness, responding to the subtleties of each orchestra with great
understanding and feeling.
In 2008, Andrés and Meredith moved to Philadelphia and
established the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, of which Meredith is now
Director. Through the school, Meredith
organizes innumerable classes, workshops, and milongas year-long, as well as the
Philadelphia International Tango Festival each May. In her non-stop quest to dance better, she
studies Classical Ballet every morning with Former Pennsylvania Ballet
Principal Dancer, Alexei Borovik. Andrés
and Meredith continue to travel worldwide to teach and perform together.