Gustavo (Spanish & tango instructor) Gustavo is one of Esquina's main tango instructors. 10 years ago Gustavo found his passion for tango as a dance (being from Argentina, the music had always been part of his life), and he went on to become a talented and experienced dancer. His dance style expresses passionate feelings and connection and a sense of humor with his partner, the audience and the music.He has trained under some of the most reknown professional such as Lorena Ermocida, Osvaldo Zotto and Daniel “El Flaco” Garcia. Gustavo has recently choreograph for the Austin Shakespeare Company as well as choreograph and perform for "Om Shanti" at the Long Center. As a teacher Gustavo’s main asset is that he makes tango accessible to all. He connects and helps people of all ages feel comfortable and gives them the confidence to enjoy the dance and appreciate the culture. In teaching this dance he loves he has found a calling. Gustavo's classes are fun & full of energy! Gustavo is also the Spanish Conversational instructor. Spanish is not only his native language, he is also passionate about it. He has taught and tutored people in the Spanish language and is eager to get people more comfortable in comprehending and speaking Spanish.
Gustavo's Esquina Tango Story
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gustavo always expressed interest and curiosity about other countries and different cultures. As a young men he traveled extensively through Latin America, specially Brazil, making it a priority in his life to understand others and open his world. In college he obtained a deegre in “tourism”, turning his passion into a career. It was also while traveling that he discover his love for music, finding how important it was in all cultures and how much joy it brought to people, specially those in the most underserved places. Through this travelings he learned about the enrichment that comes from meeting people and learning from their experiences and traditions. His travelings brought him to Austin over 10 years ago.
Creating Esquina Tango was the best way to chanel his love for cultures, music and people. Since the beginning Gustavo saw the potential of Esquina Tango to fulfill some of the community’s social and cultural needs. Gustavo felt that there was the need for a family friendly, warm place, where people would come to get together to socialize and learn.
Gustavo’s personality was key in the development and growth of Esquina Tango as a cultural center. He is truly such a welcoming and energetic person that he makes everyone feel good and right at home. He personally is responsible for many people to come back to Esquina time after time because no matter where you are coming from he will sincerely greet you with a smile and make you feel comfortable. He truly believes that the best way to celebrate life and connect with one another is through culture, dance and music.
The Community Relations
Currently Gustavo acts as the community relations director. He is the point of contact with the press as well as online calendars. He is also the community liason and coordinator of the special events and the monthly movie nights (“Noche de Pelicula, showcasing Latin American films “Tarde de Documental”, showcasing Latin American documentaries, and “World Movie night”)