Giraldo Escobar


Giraldo & Mina
Photo courtesy of Clive Seymour


Myriam Ojeda-Patiño "Mina

Diomar "Giraldo" Escobar graduated from the IPC Drama School in Colombia and for four years was a member of Danza Experimental de Cali (DECA). In 1993 Diomar came to London where he continued to study dance and choreography at Lewisham College until 1996. In 1994 he co-founded artLat and went on to become a lead-performer of the company. He has been dancing Argentinean tango since 1990 and travels frequently to Buenos Aires to further his training with recognised Masters like Roberto Herrera and Osvaldo Zotto.

Since 2001 Giraldo has been touring the UK with the acclaimed shows Subitango and Tiempo de Tango. Giraldo teaches Argentinean Tango throughout the UK and is regularly invited to teach abroad. He has appeared dancing in the films Evita and Dance, a Channel 4-commissioned film, and collaborated with Deborah Bull’s BBC dance season Travels with my Tutu.

Giraldo was a guest dancer performing Argentinean Tango at BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in the 2005, 2006 and 2008 series. In 2007 Giraldo performed in Carmen, directed by Sally Potter. An English National Opera Production. In 2009 Giraldo co-choreographed and performed in Transtango. Giraldo is a leading tango dancer in the new west end tango production MIDNIGHT TANGO with Vincent and Flavia BBC stars of Strictly Come Dancing, opening at the Strand Theatre in January 2012.

Giraldo performing in the show Tango Motion


Myriam Ojeda-Patiño, "Mina" studied Latin American folklore and urban dance at the Instituto Popular de Cultural, Colombia. She co-founded Danza Experimental de Cali and studied Philosophy at Universidad del Valle gaining her degree in 1992.

In 1993 she left Colombia and came to Britain to pursue a 3-year Dance and Choreography diploma. She then established the Latin American Dance Project in London now known as artLAT.

In 1998 Mina co-produced Danza Colombia!, in 2000 she directed La Casa de Los Buendias. Also in 2000 she was invited by the visiting company Tango x Dos to perform in their spring season at the Peacock theatre in London. In 2002 Myriam gained her MA in Choreography from Middlesex University.

She has performed in the film Evita with Madonna, created choreography for Dance a Channel 4-commissioned film, and collaborated with Deborah Bull’s BBC dance season Travels with my Tutu.. She directs Tiempo de Tango, a national touring production funded by the Arts Council of England since 2004 with several national tours. In 2009 Mina co-choreographed and performed in Transtango.