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Metin Yazir

World Renowned Tango Master & DanceSport Resident Coach
Metin Yazir is the founder of the famous Baila Tango school, which has become synonymous with great dancing and why so many have gravitated to it’s simple yet sophisticated methodology. Gustavo Naveira had a big influence in the way Metin developed his teaching style. Metin Yazir’s career has taken him to 26 countries as a Master Teacher and Performer. His unique, fun and straightforward approach to teaching tango made him one of the most sought after instructors in the world. His careful analysis of the movement and interaction between partners, combined with his motivating presentation has earned him the admiration of tango dancers worldwide. Metin considers tango to be a dialogue between two independent and active participants, that connects them at a higher level. Lead and follow concepts transcend to invitations and acceptances. This heightened respect for women is the foundation of this vision. The vision is inclusive: everyone can dance tango regardless of age, background, or body type. While the stage dancers bring their art to audiences, tango still belongs to the people from which it came. 

 

James "Jaime" Cunneen

 



Jamie Cunneen


International Standard and American Smooth Champion

James "Jamie" Cunneen and his partner, Linda Gammon, struck up a dance partnership in 1990 that has continued to this day. Jamie and Linda have competed in both American Smooth Style and International Standard Ballroom Dancing. Together they won or placed in most major competitions in the country, becoming six-time United States Dancesport Championship Rising Star Finalists in International Standard and American Smooth, as well as USDC Open Professional Semi-finalists. Having studied with numerous World Champions and World Finalists, Jamie and Linda have extensive dance training in many dance styles, with a specialty in International Ballroom. Early in his widely varied dance career, Jamie became highly regarded as a tap dance performer and choreographer, and formed a Tap Dance Company. One of Jamie's greatest accomplishments as a dancer and teacher is his dedication to his students, which resulted a few years ago in his winning the United States Open Standard Pro-Am Championships, a recognition which very few teachers achieve in their lifetime. Jamie devotes his time to teaching, coaching, competing and performing both with his partner, Linda, and with his students. Beginners, social dancers, wedding couples, or high level competitive Ballroom Dancers feel comfortable and gain a sense of accomplishment as well as enjoyment with an experienced instructor of Jamie's caliber.

 

 

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