​​2017 Teachers​ - 2018 teachers will be announced soon

​(To arrange for a private lesson, click on the teachers' Learn More link.)

Cristina & Homer Ladas
Cristina  and Homer both started their tango obsession in 1997. Each brings with them two decades of social dance experience emphasizing a fusion of tango ideologies, via the 'one tango' philosophy. As teachers, Cristina and Homer are committed to creating a positive class environment and try to reduce barriers that may inhibit students from really finding their own dance!  Learn More

Jesica Arfenoni & Oscar Casas

Jesica Arfenoni is the winner of the 2013 Tango World Championships held in Buenos Aires. She is considered one of the greatest dancers of Tango Pista in which she has special technique. Oscar Casas has a distinctive style in both his dance and his teaching. He is very milonguero, and is highly respected by the old guard in the milongas of Buenos Aires. Learn More

Daniela Roig & Hernan Prieto​
Daniela & Hernan return to Louisville for our second festival. They have been teaching and performing tango for more than 10 years. They were part of the exclusive staff of La Viruta (the most famous milonga in Buenos Aires), working together with some of the most well known "Maestros".  As a result of these incredible and diverse experiences, they have developed their own unique style, which expresses their joy, appreciation, and true love for the tango. Learn More

Christy Byers & Andy Blair
Christy and Andy started Louisville's Argentine Tango Society over 17 years ago, and the local tango community continues to thrive, not only at Blair's Ballroom, but throughout Louisville's dance studios and venues. Andy and Christy are both accomplished teachers with years of accolades, awards, and a studio of championship dance students. Learn more

Juliana Grossi

Juliana returns to the Louisville Tango Festival after an electric and passionate performance at our first festival. Don't miss her class on traditional folkloric dance! - Learn More

2017 VENUE

The Gillespie

This former home of the Lincoln Bank & Trust Company was constructed in the late 1920s in the style of the Italian Renaissance with French motifs and art moderne detailing. It is a stunning example of the elegance and optimism of the Roaring 20s. (urbanup.net) Learn more  about the origins of the building. Learn more about The Gillespie.

2017 Band & DJs

​Cuarteto Tanguero

Through their innovative look at classic tango artists and recordings, the members of Cuarteto Tanguero bring traditional tango to new audiences. With every recording and performance, they reach more listeners and inspire them to look at tango in new ways.- Learn More

Rodrigo Saraibe, Dj Charrua Tango

Rodrigo has been working as a sound engineer, DJ, and stage manager since 1995, and has ample experience as a promoter of rock and Tango events and stage in Buenos Aires. As a native Uruguayan, Rodrigo began discovering his origins by exploring tango music. His passion for Tango music has lead him to acquire an extensively impressive collection of music. Rodrigo will also be presenting a DJ workshop during the Festival- Learn More

DJ ​Hernan Prieto 
Hernan is in high-demand for festivals and tango marathons. Born in Buenos Aires amongst great deejays and dancers, he learned to replicate the Buenos Aires feeling in his milongas. He is very well renowned for the energy he gives when he deejays, becoming in one of the highest rated deejays in North America. - Learn More

Diego Santana 

Diego Santana strives to take dancers for a ride in which they experience moods from upbeat and fast to smooth or even sentimental and nostalgic. Diego plays a mix of traditional, nuevo, and alternative tango songs. He strongly believes that having a wide variety of music, with something for everyone, keeps dancers happy, inspired, and open to endless and exciting possibilities on the dance floor.  Learn More

Dean Baumann 

Dean loves modern music and has DJ’d Alternative Milongas throughout Colorado and also recently in Port Townsend, Washington and San Miguel, Mexico.  He is a staff instructor & DJ for the Metronome Ballroom. Learn More


If you would like to become a vendor for the Festival, please Contact Us

Tango, by Diego Santana
     The Finest Handmade Tango Shoes - Learn More

Mussa Collection

     Unique clothing and imported shoes - Learn More

Chicago Dance Supply

​     Shoes and Apparel - Learn More

      Dressing tangueras worldwide since 1998 - Learn More

Tim Kelty, LMT

     Providing massage services - Learn More

Yana Elder

     Hair Stylist - Learn More

The LTF Authentic Argentine Cafe

Raul will once again be offering authentic Argentinian food, including empanadas and an asado night  on site each evening of the festival. Learn More

​Vendors will be listed as they are confirmed. 

World-Class teachers from Argentina, an unbelievable venue, a phenomenal live tango band, exciting DJs, and great vendors are all features of the Louisville Tango Festival. Check back for updates to our Festival Staff!