Fabio Robles, director, dancer and choreographer at Robles Dance Bar.
Largely responsible for the Latin dance culture in Australia, some of his work includes:
- New Zealand Tango Festival 2004 – 2012, dancer, choreographer
- ONE NIGHT IN BUENOS AIRES Tour, Australia and New Zealand, 2007 – 2008 Dancer/ choreographer/ Director
- DIRTY DANCING Musical, 2004 – 2005 Australian Tour Dancer, choreographer / dancer / singer
- TANGOS VIOLIN, Australian Tour, Dancer/choreographer 2006
- Tania Kassis, Australian tour, 2014, Dancer/choreographer (Sydney Opera House)
- OLE OLE Australian/New Zealand tour, 2011, dancer choreographer/Director
- Australian Tango Champion, Sydney Opera house, 2005/2006/2008
- Japan Tango Dance show, Tokyo , 2007 , dancer.
- World Tango Championship, Argentina, Luna Park, Finalist 2005/2006/2008
- Melbourne symphony orchestra, Astor Piazzolla concert, 2002, dancer/choreographer.
- Adelaide Symphony orchestra, TANGO, dancer, choreographer.
- WOMAD FESTIVAL New Zealand, 2007, dancer
- DANCING WITH THE STARS, Freehand Media (Channel 7 Australia) Choreographer 2007 -2016
- SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Freemantle media (Channel 10 Australia) choreographer/dancer 2007 – 2014
Rina & Nadim Sawaya
Rina started classical ballet at the age of 3 and has been dancing various styles of dance before finally falling in love with Argentine Tango. She taught and performed in Tokyo up until end of 2011.
In classes, Rina focuses on teaching core elements to provide a foundation for students so that they can then create their own Tango and make it their own. Rina also specializes in working to rediscover the body’s natural movement for improving body control.
Nadim grew up listening to tango on his father’s old records. His teaching is informed by his deep understanding and appreciation of music as well as from the practicalities of dancing in the social scene, where he is highly regarded for his excellent musicality and smooth style.
Maxine & Akshar
Akshar and Maxine first encountered the mesmerising rhythms, sublime energy and cheeky flavour of Cuban dance in 2004 and 2007 respectively as they studied at Cuban Dance Academy in Melbourne. They earned their stripes as the two most senior instructors and in turn shared their passion with students across Melbourne, Victoria and interstate.
‘Maxshar’ as they are known to their students have taught and/or performed at; New Zealand Pacific Salsa Festival, Sydney Cuban Salsa Festival, Adelaide Salsa Festival, Melbourne Latin Festival, Johnston Street Latin Fiesta and Moomba Melbourne just to name a few.
Their philosophy underlines the all-inclusiveness of Rueda and a belief that EVERYONE that dances salsa can be a part of a Rueda de Casino circle.
Izzy is one of the pioneers of Zouk in Melbourne, she is a highly experienced dancer (over 25 years) and dance teacher (over 10 years) and has taught zouk both around Australia and overseas, including in Brazil.
Izzy’s focus is on expression, freedom, connection and emotion. With the idea that dance has countless benefits in physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing, Izzy approaches every dance moment to share her passion and enjoyment for dance with everyone.
Melusina has taken her love of Middle Eastern dance across interstate and international borders and captivated a diverse audience with performances that are an inspiring and breathtaking. Melusina is considered by many to be one of the most sought after and influential performers, instructors, and choreographers in Australia with a strong, world class presence in Orientale dance internationally. Her innovative style continues to push the boundaries of Belly Dance whist still staying true to the authentic roots of Egyptian dance.
Eric & Chantal
Eric, the king of Cuban traditional dance, has refined his style of Son Cubano by tapping into his strong link to the Buena Vista Social Club’s old generation. His unique style makes him one of Cuba’s most admired and respected around the world.
Chantal, dancing and performing from a young age stems her knowledge of dance from many dance styles including street Latin, flamenco , tango, jazz, tap, hip hop, west African & middle eastern.
Krystian Ragiel & Federica Cazzaniga
Juan Veron de Astrada & Elena Gonzalez
Juan was born in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tango is his passion. He started teaching 7 years ago, in the most popular suburb from Buenos Aires, San Telmo. He is also a singer and plays tango tradicional with the talented tango ensemble “La Busca”.
Elena is an Argentinian tango dancer, with over 8 years teaching experience. She started to dance tango in 2003 in Patagonia, then moved to Buenos Aires (the Capital of Tango) where she studied at the “University of Tango”, “IUNA” (Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte). Since 2008 she has been living in different countries of Europe, organizing Tango events and giving Tango lessons in Dublin, Lisbon, Berlin, and of course Buenos Aires. She masters both roles in tango, the “following” and the “leading” part, adapting herself to her partner changing from “open embrace” to “close embrace”, moving from modern to traditional tango without losing her own milonguero style (where improvisation and musicality is most important). As a dancer and performer, she gives her heart with passion as she finds the music as her inspiration. As a teacher, she likes to share her experiences, revealing the unwritten secrets of this wonderful dance.