About Us - Tango Desbande

About Us

At the present, the “El Desbande” team is made up of 5 to 7 teachers, who meet periodically to monitor and develop the classes and students. In addition to tango, friendship, the desire to share and enjoy the unparalleled energy that we generate among teachers, students, friends, dancers and musicians that we pass through the school and that we invite you to share with us.

Olga and Carlos are the founders and directors of the El Desbande school since 1999, direct and coordinate the study program, teach classes and are available together with the rest of the team of teachers to perform any type of tango event or show with or without musicians

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Olga Vall

Director/ Teacher

Born in 1971 in Barcelona, ​​she studies classical dance at Isabel Porcar School from 1975 to 1985, obtaining the basic Ballet title from the Royal Ballet Academy in London. Dance in the “ESbart Querolà” (Catalan folk group) during the same years.

From 1999 to 2008 he trained in contemporary dance in Area Dansa, with teachers such as Anne Morin (body awareness), Susan Kempster, Ester Forment, Gemma Díaz, among others.

He started with Tango Agrentino in 1992, formed several years with Julio Zurita & Paula Canals.

He conducts seminars with Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne (Tango), Claudio Hofman & Pilar Alvarez (Vals), Luís and Marta Antón (Canyengue) Pablo Inza & Moira Castellano (New Tango), Gisella Navonit, Federico Farfaro and Laura de Altube and Chicho Frumboli & Juana Sepúlveda (Musicality).

And numerous loose classes with Julio Balmaceda & Corina de la Rosa (Waltz), Sebastián Arce & Mariana Montes, among others.

Participate in several shows such as “Urbània” and “Luna de Arrabal”, and numerous exhibitions.

In 1996 he began to teach at the Bailongu school where he stayed until 2002, while he met Carlos Baruque with whom they started a milonga at the Pipa Club in 1997, passing through various rooms and began doing milonga on Fridays at the Casa de Múrcia.

In 1999 they founded El Desbande, and moved to the Gràcia neighborhood of Barcelona, where they are currently located, both being directors.

He has an elementary level of music theory, harmony and piano at the Liceu School of Music in Barcelona, currently studying and playing the diatonic accordion.

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He has been playing milongas since 1996, in Bailongu, where he started with cassettes, going through CDs until he reached the computer, in the Pipa Club, in La Casa de Múrica, in the Desbande and has participated in Marathons (Blue moon Tango Marathon in 4 occasions and Explotango marathon), in fesitvales such as Tangoneta bcn, and milongas from Europe and Barcelona, such as milonga “El Inferno” in Krakow, among others.

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Carlos Baruque

Director/ Teacher

Teacher, dancer and organizer of tango events, director and founder of the El Desbande school since 1999 together with Olga Vall.

His beginnings in tango were in 1996, training in different cities in Europe and in Buenos Aires with prestigious teachers including Federico Farfaro, Pablo Inza, Gustavo Naveira, Claudia Jakobsen, Pablo Klinsberg, Ricardo Maceíras, Julio Balmaceda, Chicho Frumboli and a long etc

For the teaching of tango, he also uses his contemporary dance training as a basis for knowledge of body structure and movement, a discipline he has studied and practiced since 1995 for more than 15 years studying in Barcelona in the most important schools of this discipline Currently studying Axyx Sillabus in Barcelona with Candela Ramos

I work as a professional photographer until 2003, with my own studio and publishing and collaborating in “The newspaper of Catalonia”, “La Vanguardia” and the magazine “Ajoblanco”, among other publications, in 1996 he exhibited at the CCCB in Barcelona within of the collective exhibition “The city of difference”.

Works of interest:

2019 Work in Germany teaching and dancing with Sivgin Dalkilic

2018 Work in Germany teaching and dancing with Laia Barrera

2015 Together with Sivgin Dalkilic he dances in Barcelona at the awards ceremony of the Association of Professional Dancers (APDC). 3rd Blue Moon Barcelona Tangomarathon (organizer)

2014 2nd Blue Moon Barcelona Tangomarathon (organizer)

2013 Representation of “Happenstance” in the women’s prison of Barcelona March together with Olga Vall teach and dance in the milonga “Hell” in Krakow September 1st Blue Moon Barcelona Tangomarathon (organizer)

2012, Representation of “Happenstance” in various scenarios including “Enclave” center of experimentation and creation of contemporary dance in Deltebre

2011Create with Anna Bussey “Happenstance”, a piece of contemporary dance and tango that premiered at the Antic Theater in Barcelona in December, November teaches tango classes in Montpellier “Tang’Hérault” with Olga Vall

2010-2009- Dance together with Olga Vall in 10 stages scattered around different neighborhoods in the city of Barcelona during the Christmas holidays

2009-Participate in June with Olga Vall in the 4th Baltic Tango Festival, giving classes, creating the choreographies for the occasion and dancing in the Lithuanian cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Kláipeda

2007- Creation of the tango-fusion company “We are not all” that will explore a language between tango and contemporary dance, in June they dance “Urbania” in the Auditorium of Les Corts in Barcelona Solo of contemporary dance “Not only tango” in the 2nd Festival of alternative tango in Barcelona “Urbantango”.

2006- Dance at the 1st Alternative Tango Festival “Urbantango” in Barcelona

2004-April Premiere at the Main Theater of Mahón (Menorca) the show 1.30h with Live Music “Cielo de Arrabal 2003-Collaborate in the 2nd Tango festival for you in BCN dances with Diana Baggieri

2002-form a couple with Gisela Navoni and create and dance the choreographies of the show Certain Colors for the company Dinosaurs that premiere in Girona at the Teatre La Planeta. 2001- Organizer and director of the Barnatango festival in Barcelona together with Olga Vall Baila in the documentary film “Tango-Tango” by Jordi Vall Escriú

Between 2000 and 2013- together with Olga Vall teaching tango and working for several producers throughout Catalonia

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Amaia Zugadi

Teacher/ Dancer

Passion for dancing and its formation begin at an early age for Amaia Zugadi. Beginning with folk dances from their land, the Basque Country, where it is part of the ballet of Basque dances in their town, forming and exhibiting until adulthood. In his teenage years he enters the Monet dance school, where he learns and exhibits in dances such as jazz, Hawaiian and modern. A few years later he begins his journey through the Caribbean rhythms (salsa, bachata, chachacha), years in which he also receives training in classical dances, contemporary dance and yoga. Until in 2008 he discovers tango, or tango finds it.

So what begins as a passion becomes a professional path, until his path in tango (and in life) turns upside down when in 2013 he moves to Buenos Aires, where he will live 4 years of his life before settling down in Barcelona. Total immersion in the cradle of tango makes its dance, its classes and vision of tango acquire much more depth and richness. Perceiving and living the tango from there as a cultural expression, alive and in constant transformation.

His search in tango focuses on quality in movement, authenticity in expression and connection with the couple, where hug and music are protagonists. Embrace, grounding, movement density and musicality are characteristic of his dance and also of his classes. He honors and thanks his many teachers in tango, making a special reference to Cecilia Garcia, Horacio Godoy, Silvina Valz, Pancho Martínez Pey and Dana Frigoli.

Creator and dancer of the project “Tango en la Vereda”, carried out in Buenos Aires in 2015. She has been exhibited as a dancer in Buenos Aires with Nico Bottega, Ezequiel Merlo and Jorge Frías. In Europe with German Salvatierra and Seba Farias. In her role as a teacher, her love for teaching and extensive experience in different teaching fields should be highlighted. It is essential to pay full attention to the basic and specific needs of each student, and thus focus their classes. With experience as a teacher in Buenos Aires in milongas such as El Escolazo (Club Fulgor) and La Cachivachería Milonga, together with Jorge Frías, Rodrigo Fonti, Ezequiel Merlo, Leo Mercado. In La Plata (Argentina) with Ulises Delle Ville. In his visit to Lima (Peru) in 2015 he collaborates with Tango Lima Experience, Lucia Ronderos, Washington Pinedo and Julio Alosilla. In Europe he has visited Italy, Switzerland and France (and of course Spain) teaching solo and in the company of German Salvatierra, Jorge Frias, Katrin Urwitz, Pierre Chesneau, Sebastian de la Vallina and Seba Farias among others.

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Sivgin Dalkilic

Teacher/ Dancer

She started dancing in Istanbul, her hometown in 2002.

He took classes with Metin Yazir & Vanessa Gauch, Serkan Gokcesu (current partner of Cecilia Garcia) and Ozhan Araz. At the same time he began in classical dance that became a constant basis in his training throughout his career.

Parallel to his academic studies in Lyon, he traveled in Europe in marathons and festivals discovering the power of tango as a language that connects people without distinguishing age or country. This experience of years on the dance floor allowed him to acquire a sensitivity to music and develop a body listening. He also continued to progress with classes and workhops from different teachers such as Geraldine Rojas, Sebastian Achaval, Cecilia Berra and Horacio Godoy.

During his recent trip to Buenos Aires he approached the roots of tango thanks to teachers such as Graciela Gonzalez Silvina Valz, Eladia Córdoba & Andrés Molino; He delved into the tango lounge style with Moira Castellano, Dante Sanchez; He perfected his technical work with Ruben Velíz. He also participated in the Tango Escenario classes of Alejandra Gutty & Claudio Gonzalez.

Since 2012 he teaches tango classes helping students find their alignment and comfort in their own body, find their roots on the floor and connect the hug to the earth, develop listening to music. The first objective is to convey the pleasure of connecting with another body with the common base that music offers. This pleasure will lead us to seek technical excellence, fluidity and elegance of movement.

As a dancer, she is part of the Tango Amado Company with whom she performed at the Sitges Festival, and in Ibiza Palacio de Congresos in 2019. As a teacher she traveled to Staufen, Germany to teach a seminar with Carlos Baruque.

Graduated from the Institut del Teatre in 2019, she is currently preparing her choreographic project in contemporary dance.

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Pablo Portugués

Teacher/ Dancer

His first contact with tango happened in Mexico City in 2001 with the visit of Argentine dancer Pablo Verón.

He began his journey in tango in Mexico City and Monterrey, Nuevo León in 2004. His first teachers in this dance were Roberto Reyna (Mex), Karina Guillén (Mex) *, Luciano Brigante (Arg) *, Sonia Aguilera (Mex), Elisa Rodriguez (Arg) ** and Jorge Bartolucci (Arg) **.

* World runners-up 2004, Bs As, Argentina

** Directors Intimate Tango Company

CONARTE Fellow, Council for Culture and Arts, Nuevo León México. Residing in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the period 2006-2007, conducting studies of improvement abroad with the project oriented to the study of Tango Salon. Studying with different teachers and milongueros: Rosa Forte, Carlos Perez, “Flaco Dany” Daniel García, Jorge Dispari, Nito and Elba, Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa, “Los Veliz” and “Los Copello”.

He has participated in the World Tango Dance Championship in the city of BsAs, Arg, 2006 and 2010 edition.

He has been part of the cast of the Mexican company Intimo Tango.

In the shows “What do you need me to do” and “Borgianas.” In different repositions of these shows in the period 2007-2014.

Company directed by professors and choreographers Elisa Rodríguez and Jorge Bartolucci.

In the search for continuity in the improvement of his dance, he visits the city of Buenos Aires in the period between 2012-2015, studying with professors Natalia Games and Gabriel Angió.

Since 2014, he lives in the city of Barcelona, Spain. Where he continues his work as a dancer, teacher and DJ.

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