Andres & Meredith on the steps of the Facultad de Derecha

 

 

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.

Meredith Klein 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.

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky_sv0e0pic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGoTQVLu9eM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFM5wY0oXSs