Ivan Terrazas & Sara Grdan

Ivan Terrazas is from Mendoza, Argentina, where he started his artistic career as a soloist at 12 years of age.  He initially trained in competition Malambo and other forms of Argentine Folklore, as well as classical ballet and Argentine Tango. Upon his arrival in the United States, Ivan added salsa and tap to his repertoire.  

 

Sara Grdan studied folklore dance and classical ballet technique in Zagreb, Croatia.  Her obsession with Argentine Tango started in the late 1990s at the milonga, and she subsequently learned Argentine folklore. To complete her training in body mechanics and movement technique, Sara also became a Gyrotonic  and Gyrokinesis instructor.

 

Ivan and Sara met in New York City, where they began their partnership and were extremely successful and innovative independent teachers and performers. Currently based in Europe, today they are among the youngest and most recognized Argentine Tango stars worldwide.  As instructors, they have developed a modern systemic approach to teaching traditional tango.  Their goal as teachers is to instill strong fundamentals by emphasizing technique, analytical thinking, logic, naturalness and comfort in both the close and open embrace. Ivan and Sara encourage students to look for connection, quality of movement, creative expression and musicality to make their dance uniquely their own. It is this dedication to teaching excellence that has brought Ivan and Sara to partner with Tangomeet, the High Tango Education on-line learning platform. 

 

Sara and Ivan have been invited to participate as teachers and performers in Argentine Tango Festivals all over the world, including the Belgrade Tango Encuentro, Sultans Argentine Tango Festival and Marathon in Istanbul, TangoBlitz Festival in Manila, Tarbes International Tango Festival, Perugia International Tango Festival, Kalamata Argentine Tango Festival, Puerto Rico International Tango Festival, and have conducted workshops in Slovenia, Rumania, Montenegro, Croatia, France, Italy, Germany, Finland, the United States, China, and Singapore, among others.

 

Over the course of their careers, Ivan and Sara have been members of prestigious theatre companies such as  ‘Tangueros del Sur’ directed by Natalia Hills , ‘Tangox2’ directed by Miguel Angel Zotto, ‘Obsesion Tango’ directed by Tamara Bisceglia, and ‘Compania Roberto Herrera’ directed by Roberto Herrera. Ivan and Sara have appeared, among others, in the shows Romper el Piso (Israel Dance Festival; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Vail International Dance Festival; New York City Center), Obsesion Tango at the Borges Cultural Center, Connectango, Roberto Herrera’s tango company at La Estancia, the Rhythm and Passion Show, and Borges and Piazzola Tango, and with the following: the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Romulo Larrea Tango Orchestra, the Washington Pan-American Symphony Orchestra, the Eternal Tango Quartet, and Avantango.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

 

Wednesday,  January 8-February 5
Casa de Practica,LA 90036
8:00-9:30 - SEMI-PRIVATE CLASS for MILONGUERO competitorsand  TANGO FANATICS Limited to 4 leaders and 4 followers, this 5 week course is designed to put you on a fast-track of improvement by challenging your technical skills, enhancing your connection and helping you master musicality and expression.This class is for tango nerds, and those who are considering entering Milongero competitions. Expect homework after each class.$250/person

 

Thursday,  January 9-February 6

Casa de Practica,LA 90036

8:00-9:30 - Limited to 4 couples,The participants will learn the secrets of creating their own choreography.All fundamentals will be covered, including how to pick the music and costumes, how to structure a choreography and essential techniques for adagios and variations. Expect homework after each class. $500/couple
 

Friday, January 10 - The Sonata Room
210 N. First Ave., Arcadia 91006

8:00-9:00 - Group Class with Ivan & Sara
9:00-1:00 - Milonga Sonata
10:30 - Performance by Ivan & Sara
Fees: Class - $20
Milonga - $15
Class & Milonga - $25

 

Saturdays, January 11   The Tango Room
4346 Woodman Avenue, Sherman Oaks 91423

8:30-9:30 - Group Class with Ivan & Sara
9:30-3:00 - Milonga Corazon
Fee: Class/$15, Milonga/$20
 

Sunday, January 12, 19, 26, February 2 & 9
The Sonata Room
210 N. First Ave., Arcadia 91006

10:00-2:00 - Private Lessons
(Contact Brandon at The Sonata Room for Reservations)
2:00-3:15 - Group Class with 
Ivan & Sara
3:30-4:45 - Group Class with Ivan & Sara
Fees:  $25/1 class, $40/2 classes

Tuesday,   January 14- Candela
831 S. La Brea Ave., LA 90036
9:00-1:00 - Tango Mio
11:00 - Performance with Ivan & Sara
Milonga: $17

Thursday,  January 9-February 6
Casa de Practica,LA 90036
8:00-9:30 - Limited to 4 couples,
The participants will learn the secrets of creating their own choreography.
All fundamentals will be covered, including how to pick the music and costumes, how to structure a choreography and essential techniques for adagios and variations. Expect homework after each class.

$500/couple

 

Sunday, January 26   Argentine Association of L.A.
2100 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank 91504

6:30-7:30 - Group Class with Ivan & Sara
7:30-12:00 - Milonga Corazon
Fee: Class/$15, Milonga/$17, Class & Milonga/$30


Friday,   January 31- SoHo Dance
1618 Cotner Ave., LA 90025
9:00-2:00 - Milonga Bombon
11:00 - Performance with Ivan & Sara
Milonga: $18

 
 

Private Lessons
with Ivan &/or Sara
held only at the Casa de Practica Studio.

Please e-mail: casadepractica@gmail.com
one person or one leader/follower couple per session

Ivan or Sara: $130  (Studio Rental included)
Ivan & Sara: $160  (Studio Rental included)

Discounts available:
Ivan or Sara: 5 Lessons $600
Ivan & Sara:  5 Lessons $750
(Must Be Paid at First Lesson)

Note: Any changes or cancellations for scheduled private lessons must be made at least 24 hours in advance or else you will be responsible for the full cost of that lesson.

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