Josefina Stellato & Leo Pankow

Josefina Stellato is a tango dancer and performer born in Tandil- Argentina. At the age of 6 she began her artistic career as a ballet dancer. Later on, she discovered her passion for theatre and music and put dance aside in order to devote herself to acting and her piano studies. As a teenager, she decided to devote herself entirely to theatre and when she finished her secondary education she started her degree in Drama at the Universidad del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires [University of the Centre of Buenos Aires Province (ARG)]. It was here that she discovered tango and her artistic path once again changed course. At the age of 18 she moved to Buenos to learn and explore the language of tango that had captivated her heart. She had the chance to learn with a great range of teachers and dancers and explored salon tango, stage tango and new tango. Her teachers included Corina de la Rosa, Graciela Gonzalez, Cecilia Garcia, Leonardo Cuello, Horacio Godoy, Dana Frigoli and Pablo Veron.  As a student at the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte [National Universitary Institute of Art], she studied tango from its origins and its development as an artistic expression in itself, within literature, the music, dance and the media. 
Her extensive career across all these aspects of tango, as well as contemporary dance and argentine folk dance- has nourished her and made of Josefina an artist with a great creative and interpretative ability. She had the chance to show her talent at several tango houses, such as the legendary “Café Tortoni”, as well as at the IUNA Tango Company, where she danced for three years directed by the well-known choreographer Leonardo Cuello,  and recently at the Social Tango Company  with the spectacle Social Tango at La Ribera theatre.

                                                                                                                                              
As a teacher she had, and she still has, the chance to pass on her knowledge to people in her country and abroad.

 

Leo Pankow has been dancing tango professionally since 2001when he studied at Lomas de Zamora’s National University, and  as a member of the Municipal Ballet directed by  Mario Morales. He went on to work as a Member of Mora Godoy’s Ballet, assisted by Nicolás Cobos and Paola Jean Jean, years 2007,2008.

In Addition to Tango, Leo studied classical dance, contemporary dance, jazz and Argentine folk dance. He has also experience in theatrical production and choreography.

In his tango journey, Leo studied with many of the top maestros, including:

- Gustavo Naveira y Giselle Anne
- Roberto Herrera
- Pablo Villaraza y Dana Frígoli
- Horacio Godoy
- Nicolas Cobos y Paola Jean Jean
- Mariano “Chicho” Frumboli
- Sabrina y Rubén Veliz
- Adrián Aragón y Erica Boaglio
- Sebastian Arce y Marian Montes

Leo has won a number of awards

- Gold medal in Torneos Juveniles Bonaerenses, in Tango Show Couple 2004 / 2005.
-    Silver medal in Torneos Juveniles Bonaerenses, in  the category Tango Group 2005.
- Champion of  Tango National championship , realized by the TV show  “Show Match”, 2005.


Experience:


- Member of the show “Arrabal”, directed by Gustavo Santaolalla, Sergio Trujillo and Julio Zurita.

- First dancer of  “Social Tango”, 2013 at Teatro de la Ribera

- Switzerland Tour with  “Tango Journey”, 2012.

- Member of  the show “1905 Tango”  at Boca Juniors,  2011.

- Italy and Greece Tour with  “Pasiones Company”, by Adrián Aragón y Erica Boaglio, 2010.

-  Italy and Spain Tour with “Pasiones Company”, by Adrián Aragón y Erica Boaglio.

- Dancer in a film directed by Sebastián Arce y Mariana Montes, 2009.

- Performer at “Cuidanza” Festival, “Cambalache”  festival and “Tango Buenos Aires, festival y mundial” with Company “Lazos” (tango-modern dance).


- Seminars:  tango, vals and milonga at “Verano al 2x4” Festival of the city of  Rio Gallegos.

- Tango teacher at “La Viruta”.

- Dancer  in Tango shows including“Astor Piazzolla Tango”, “Complejo Tango”, “Taconeando”, café concert “variedades”, “Gala Tango” and  “Tango Palace”`.