We are Jenny & Ricardo Oria. We love tango - its music, its song, and its dance, particularly it's dance. It's wonderful, social, creative, intimate, playful, serious dance.
We love the moment of surrender in the arms of your partner, the feeling of losing yourself and yet finding yourself at one with the music, at one with your partner, at one with yourself. We are proud to be part of the tango community: a rich culture steeped in history, which is still of relevance today.
We have been based in Edinburgh, Scotland, since 2002 where we enjoy teaching our regular classes and helping to develop the Edinburgh tango community. Alongside this, we are often to be found in different cities, doing workshops and performances for lots of different tango groups in the UK, Europe and also in Argentina. We continually develop our dance, practicing and also still taking classes, and we have been really fortunate over the years to have been able to learn from some really wonderful maestros**.
We teach and dance tango salon .. tango for the dance floor. Each tango we dance is moved and inspired by the music and the subtle yet powerful conversation within the embrace.
We have been teaching together for 12 years! We enjoy giving classes together and we like to think that we have a connection and fluidity in presentation and explanation, which makes the experience for the student fun and informative. We have two different (and usually complementary) personalities, and we give an equal emphasis to both roles in the dance. We keep our classes relaxed, so that students can enjoy learning all the details and complexity that tango can involve. We are interested in helping tango dancers to find comfort and confidence in their embrace and their dance.
Each performance is different ... in a different place, a differnet space, different audiences, and most importantly, different music. What stays the same for us is that we dance real tango - embraced, musical, intimate and elegant. In the flow of improvisation, everything is danced with immediacy and yet stillness. We find the serious and playful aspects of the dance. Every tango we dance is unique. Our style of dancing is firmly based in traditional Buenos Aires tango salon, where subtlety in interpretation and connection come first.
We are based in Edinburgh, Scotland where we have our tango school, and also organise our Norteña Tango Weekends and intensive weeks.
Our travelling schedule is busy, as we are often are in demand for workshops and performances. Alongside our work in the UK*, we have been fortunate enough to have been invited to teach and perform in Ireland (Cork, Dublin), Sweden (Malmo, Nörrskopping, Uppsala), Denmark (Copenhagen), France (Chassignole & La Fraysinette), Italy (Sardinia), Spain (Mallorca and Menorca), Germany (Berlin), USA (New York & Philadelphia) and Argentina (Buenos Aires).
Tango Festivals in which we have been invitied to participate include Edinburgh International Tango Festival, London Tango Extravaganza, Copehagen Tango Marathon, and Berlin Tango High.
We have performed in milongas in Buenos Aires, such as Salon Canning, Milonga10, Porteño y Bailarín and La Milonguita, and we have also danced with Raul Garello’s Orquesta de Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires in the Teatro de la Rivera and in the well-known tango show Taconeando.
In 2003 and 2004 we danced in the sell-out show, 'The Tango Spell' with Pasodos Dance Company in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in Theatres in Dublin, Palma de Mallorca and Lisburn, N. Ireland, where our dance was described as ‘stunning work of elegant movement and feeling’ (Fringe Report). From 2003 until 2006, Ricardo appeared regularly on British TV in the BBC1 tango ident.
Our biggest audience was when we performed for 20,000 people at the BBC Proms in the Park event in Glasgow in 2009, with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, which was also broadcast live throughout the UK.In 2012 we danced in the show 'Last Tango in Edinburgh' ..." The pair of professional dancers are clearly at the top of their game" Fest Magazine.
We spend time in Buenos Aires each year continuing our studies, practising and developing ideas.
*Within the UK we have taught and performed in Totnes, Torquay, Camber Sands, London, Eton, Cambridge, Cardiff, Norwich, Leicester, Market Harborough, Bedford, Bramshaw, Coventry, Warwick, Manchester, Carlisle, Leeds, Newcastle, Belfast, Lisburn, Annan, Lockerbie, Stirling, Pittenween, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness.
**Los Dinzel - always an inspiration, Tanguito Cejas & Genoveva Fernandez, Damian Esell & Nancy Louzan, Claudia Codega & Esteban Moreno, Adriana Dure, Jorge & Liliana Rodriguez, Blas Catrenau, Julio Balmaceda & Corina de la Rosa, Angel Coria and all the other milongueros and dancers who have inspired us over the years