Argentine Tango

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Artist Bio

Mitra has been exploring Argentine Tango continuously since encountering it in Buenos Aires in 1998. Her first Tango home was the Triangulo community in New York City directed by Carina Moeller which has influenced her work as a community organizer. She has also been influenced by Daniel Trenner's articulation of the relationship between roles in tango; Brigitta Winkler's approach to creating intentional learning experiences; Rodolfo Dinzel's approach to creating learning communities; and Gustavo Naveira's work on the structure of tango — but her most important learning has come from partnerships forged on the social dance floor, and interactions with learners.

In 2008 she co-founded Oxygen Tango in Los Angeles with Stefan Fabry and directed the school for nine years. Mitra co-created the Tango Challenge with Stefan Fabry in 2011, has facilitated twenty cohorts, and directed its expansion to new communities and facilitators. During this period Mitra also developed the Tango Lexicon tango notation system with David Lampson, served as an advisor to the Caltech Tango Club, organized the Oxygen Milonga benefit which planted over 12,000 trees, published the Tango Manual video-based peer-learning beginner curriculum, and taught and DJ'd at festivals and marathons all over the U.S. Mitra is an accomplished leader, follower, DJ, and organizer, and has nurtured a generation of Los Angeles-based dancers, organizers, and DJs.


Artist Statement

My core interest today is prototyping new social and educational formats for tango that allow for people to more consistently experience connection with themselves, one another, and the larger community. I'm exploring the role of dimensions such as explicit intention-setting, music/sound/stillness, symmetry, role-switching, solos/pairs/trios, peer-learning, time-of-day, duration, and footwear/attire, in supporting the emergence of a cocreative social field. I'm interested in social/format adaptations that may allow non-Argentines to connect more readily with the power of tango. Below you can get a taste of learning experiences I have facilitated; improvised performances I've had the joy to share; projects I'm happy to have contributed to.  

 

Gallery of learning experiences I have facilitated:

I have specifically facilitated tango learning in women-only settings in many ways and developed resources for women in tango: 

More Creations/Co-Creations/Evolving Projects: 

Partial List of Tango Events/Workshops I Have Facilitated:

  • San Francisco Tango Exchange - presenter

  • Tango de los Muertos (Boston) - facilitator

  • The Tango Teacher Co-Op (Minneapolis)

  • San Francisco Tango Marathon - moderator

  • The Heartland Tango Festival - teacher, performer

  • The Baltimore Tango Solstice - teacher

  • Stone Soup Tangotopia - facilitator, teacher

  • CONNECT (Ashland) - lecturer, teaching facilitator

  • LA Tango Marathon - DJ, panelist

  • Portland Tango Festival - instructor, performer

  • The Houston Tango Festival - facilitator, performer

  • The Denver Tango Festival - instructor

  • The Albuquerque Tango Festival - instructor

  • The San Diego Tango Festival (2012-2017) - beginner bootcamp, performer

  • Kansas City Spring Fling - instructor

  • Caltech Tango Club - instructor, advisor

  • Google - tango instructor

  • The Princeton Club of Southern California - instructor

  • The Ford Theater - arts engagement facilitator

  • Cross Campus - instructor/facilitator