O2 Teaching Talent
We are incredibly fortunate to have teaching team that is deeply devoted to social, improvised Argentine Tango. Aligned by a common approach to Tango, each embodies a particular dimension of excellence that brings connection out. Most dancers find that a mix of group learning, partnered work, individual practice, and private lessons creates deep connectedness. Consider booking a Private Lesson!
Before discovering the Tango, Fabienne Bongard trained extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom and the Martha Graham dance technique. In her travels to Buenos Aires, Fabienne studied with Gustavo Naveira, Fabian Salas, Mingo Pugliese, Juan Bruno as well as three kings of the Milonga: Pepito, Petaca and Manolo. She taught for eleven years at Dance Manhattan in NYC, specializing in Milonga and Vals.
With TangoMujer, the ground-breaking international company that she co-founded in 1996, as well as throughout her teaching career, Fabienne has emphasized exploring both sides of the dance: leading and following for all, thereby fostering a deeper understanding of the dance as well as a richer empathy with each partner. Fabienne has recently founded with Anahid Keshishian a progressively minded program to bring Tango to the gay and lesbian community in Los Angeles.
Sharna Fabiano is a lifelong dancer with a background in ballet, contemporary technique, yoga, and improvisation. Her tango training began in 1997 when she received her first lesson from a fellow beginner: "Give me a hug; hold my hand; now we walk..." In the years that followed, Sharna made six journeys to Buenos Aires and studied tango from some of the greatest names in the modern Tango Renaissance: Daniel Trenner, Rebecca Shulman, Brigitta Winkler, Juan Bruno, Pedro "Tete" Rusconi, Nito and Elba Garcia, Esther, Mingo, and Pablo Pugliese, Omar Vega, Graciela Gonzalez, Gustavo Naveira and Olga Besio, Fabian Salas, Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli, and Pablo Veron, among others.
Sharna has taught internationally and throughout the United States for over 15 years, and directed local tango programs in Boston and Washington, DC before relocating to Los Angeles in 2011. Also an accomplished choreographer, she recently completed an MFA in Dance at UCLA's Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance. Her teaching is characterized by a clear, articulate knowledge of body movement and of the intricate nature of tango improvisation.
For more than two decades, Stefan Fabry has dedicated his life to self-discovery. Dance has always played a central role in this exploration, since Stefan sees a healthy, capable and responsive body as an essential medium for living fully, feeling deeply, and finding peace. He inspires students to embrace Argentine Tango as a joyful and challenging practice that deepens our awareness of ourselves, one another, and our relationships.
Stefan’s dance training at Tanz Projecte Koln, his seventeen years of Contact Improvisation, and his decade-long apprenticeship with legendary modern dance choreographer Rudy Perez, has inspired him to engage Tango as a fine art, taking it beyond its limits as a social dance. Building on his roots as an improviser, he takes an experimental and disciplined approach to Tango’s movement tenets.
David Lampson has been dancing Tango for over a decade. He spent several years in Buenos Aires studying across a variety of styles, most consistently at the Dinzel studio in Villa Crespo. Primarily focused on social dancing, he enjoys both open and closed embraces, as well as the fluidity between them. A technique junkie, he loves to practice and is fascinated by the process of conscious growth in tango. His most passionate interests include musical phrasing, purity in the connection, and expanding improvisational possibilities through a deep study of tango structure. David has been active in the Oxygen community long enough to fondly remember The Global Tango Mar Vista Center for Tango Arts and Extremes.
In the course of her nearly 17 years' devotion to Tango, Mitra Martin has taught and inspired hundreds of Tango dancers in LA and beyond. Dance and teaching run deep in her blood: her grandparents danced Tango in France in the 40s, and founded one of the first private schools for women in Iran.
Since childhood, Mitra was engrossed in poetry, languages, music, and theater. In 1997 she graduated with honors from Princeton with a degree in Comparative Literature and a minor in Theater and Dance. The following year, during a visit to Buenos Aires, she discovered the beautiful discipline that was a natural frame for all her interests and has been captivated with Tango’s enigmas ever since. She has explored Alexander Technique and Contact Improvisation to deepen and refine her Tango, and has an active Yoga practice.
Mitra’s experiences teaching and learning in Montessori settings, combined with her four years of group facilitation training, make her an extraordinarily effective, lucid, and playful teacher. She is the author of a book about Tango entitled, "Separate Bedrooms: A Book About Tango," available on Amazon.com.
Isaac Oboka grew up in Denver, Colorado. In 2002, the tango captured his imagination and sent him on a quest across hundreds of dance floors throughout the United States, and then to Buenos Aires for an intensive study of three months. With the smooth, effortless quality attributed to the most sophisticated social dancers, his tango is full of surprises, originality, and humor! Isaac has traveled as a guest instructor to dozens of cities in North America and Europe, and taught regularly while based in Washington, DC from 2006-2011. There, he also performed at the Kennedy Center, the DC Tango Marathon, Dance DC Festival, and numerous other venues.
Isaac's classes are inspired by a spirit of discovery, and present tango as a language that can connect people to one another in a meaningful way. He loves the art of improvisation, creating a unique dance from reactions and responses within the partnership.