History of Tango with Marcelo Gutierrez

People watching a tango film

Join Marcelo on a great adventure through traditional, as well as less formal dance halls of Buenos Aires, from 1880 to today.

We will also visit tango communities on both coasts of the United States and the rest of the world.

Along the way, Marcelo's personal observations will illuminate the challenges dancers face today in tango.

We will explore the history of tango salon, tango as a social dance, and the new styles of dancing in the tango of today!

Tango is an art of expression as well as a way to find ourselves in this time and social context. We will talk about a bit of psychology and sociology and the ways in which the tango of 1880 has not changed to this day.

We will study influential dancers with documentary videos, and discuss how they changed the dance forever.

Some of these legends include:

- Javier Rodriguez‌‌‌‌
- Carlos Perez‌‌
- El Cachafaz‌‌
- Martin and Maurizio
- Carlitos y Nohelia
- Milena Plebes y Miguel Angel

We will also look at videos of influential teachers and how their teaching shaped tango through history. We will gain a deeper understanding of "Tradicional", "Salon" and "Pista" "Milonguero".


  1. Lecture

    Mar 19, 2019, 8 PM - 9:30 PM
    Arts On Site 4F

Marcelo Gutierrez

Marcelo Gutierrez is a distinguished tango teacher, performer, and competitor. His approach to tango is not as a self-taught artist, but as a disciple of great dance masters, including ballet dancer and Iyengar Yoga instructor Gerado Finn of the Royal Ballet of England, jazz pioneer Manuel Vallejos, and tango master Rodolfo Dinzel. Marcelo augments his studies with many other disciplines, such as modern dance, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and folklore. He finished in second place in the Tango Salon Championships in Buenos Aires in 2002 and recently finished as a finalist in the Tango World Championships in 2017. He judged the Crossover Dance Battle in Germany in the same year. Marcelo incorporates principals from physics, neuroscience, and psychology to challenge himself and the limits of tango. He offers his students the fruits of these experiences and his passion to keep tango evolving.

Arts On Site

12 St Marks Place
New York, NY 10003