We had the good fortune of connecting with Guillermo De Fazio and Giovanna Dan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Guillermo De Fazio and Giovanna Dan, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
We pursued artistic careers as a consequence of having been surrounded by and captivated by many different artists from a young age. From families of musicians and dancers, the spreading of art whether it be through teaching or through theatrical performances, has always been an important part of our lives. Through out our careers, every project we have done has been part of our mission to spread the joy and fulfillment we feel having Argentine Tango in our lives, as our families did for us.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Argentine Tango is a social dance from Argentina all about connection to your partner and the music, and our passion is to take this dance from its traditional form to the stage. We are extremely proud to be representing and spreading this dance in Los Angeles. From Big stages like the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic, to behind the scenes choreographing for a Geico commercial, to our latest role dancing in the movie “Bad Trip”! Every project we have been a part of, we feel like we get to plant little seeds of Tango, while doing what we love. To get to where we are today professionally first was a personal journey for each of us. When we entered the professional world of dance, we both started off volunteering time just to be near projects, working our way up to having small roles, then to bigger roles, and finally to directing our own company! A crucial part of the journey really is investing time and energy into any possible learning opportunities. This gives you experience,inspiration, and not to mention connections to reach your goals and grow your dreams. Then, once we started working together, discovering and growing our brand was also a process that took years. Creating a brand with a partnership is something that only time, patience,consistency, and dedication will bring. Sometimes in the process, it can feel like it is taking forever, but at the end of the day the authenticity of the product is what makes it strong, and you have to give it all the time in needs to fall into place. Our project we are most proud of is our own production called “Once Upon a Tango” that tells the story of how we met with a cast of 16 dancers. Last year we toured it around California, and we are so excited that on August 22nd at 5 PM we will be bringing the show back to the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood, CA for the Hollywood Fringe Festival! (Tickets available starting July 17th on our website).
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely take them to check out the tango social dance scene in LA! Every Saturday for the last 20 years “The Tango Room Dance Center” is open all night for social dancing with a DJ, food, and even special performances from the best dancers coming from Argentina. You’ll catch us there teaching some classes once in a while too!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Guillermo would like to shout out his brother Enrique Macana whom he traveled the world with performing their famous duo “Los Hermanos Macana”, and his tango teachers and mentors Gabriel Angio and Natalia Games for giving him the tools to create his art. Giovanna would like to shout out her mom Zita Gonzalez who is a tango dancer and inspired her to follow her footsteps, the dance Department at UCLA for showing her the endless possibilities of dance art, and Guillermo for sharing his knowledge and passion for tango with her.
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