Teachers

Jeff Hudson, the owner of Rumberos Dance Studio, is a professional Salsa and Tango dancer who has been teaching, choreographing and performing for over a decade. Jeff believes that each person’s walk is their own personal dance inspired by the rhythms of their lives and that some just choose to express and share their souls with a greater vocabulary, style and inspirational presentation. Jeff’s experiences include: performing a Tango in the opera Die Fledermaus at the Katherine Hepburn theater and performing Salsa at Connecticut Salsa Festival. Jeff has also choreographed for the New Haven Ballet. He hopes to make his life be his greatest performance and his vision is that it be a dance of exploration, compassion and human development. Jeff believes that dance may be the most natural and universal of the arts.

IMG_4020From the start of Yale Tango Club, our primary teacher has been the famous and distinguished Robin Thomas. A well-known and respected dancer and DJ, Robin’s enthusiasm for tango can be seen most clearly in his wholehearted dedication to teaching. He believes that it is very important for students to dance simply and musically from the very beginning. Building that strong base of connection and musicality early, Robin believes, will allow even very new beginners to feel comfortable and confident on a crowded dance floor and will also lead to a more comprehensive and fluid understanding of more complicated techniques later on. Robin’s teaching style reflects this philosophy, and his students appreciate the humorous and down-to-earth way he presents the material. On the rare occasion that he is neither teaching nor DJing, Robin can always be seen on the dance floor, either working to expand his own understanding of tango, or simply enjoying the connection he works so hard to share with others. He is originally from Belfast, Ireland and now lives in New York City. More information about Robin including his DJ and event schedule can be found on his website. During his time at Yale Robin has taught with talented partners including Katherine Gorsuch, Jenna Rohrbacher, and Maria Elena Ybarra.

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Xavier Vanier has an extensive background in music and martial arts that spans nearly two decades. This experience has granted him a facility both in his understanding of the music as well as in his movements. He began his tango studies with the widely respected Marika Landry, where his ease with the dance became immediately apparent. He began teaching at Tango Fabrika in Montreal and soon became well known throughout North America. His dancing has led him to spend extended periods of time in Buenos Aires, sometimes studying with world-renowned Gaston and Moira. Xavier continues to be passionate about teaching, dancing, and learning, and he is able to capture and share the creativity, inspiration, and ease he has acquired in his years dancing. Currently based in New York City, Xavier is in high demand as a teacher and DJ at events across the country.

In addition to the awesome teachers listed above, for many years Adam and Ciko and Eric Lindgren and Rebecca Rorick-Smith have regularly held workshops for YTC.

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