I was born and raised in Moscow, where I studied fine arts. While living in Russia I knew next to nothing about Argentine tango but I have always been interested in dance.
I first came in close contact with tango some years after moving to The Netherlands. In that period I was dancing modern, jazz and contemporary dance, but when I saw Argentine tango something inside me said: this is what I have been looking for all along.
“This path is yours to walk and it can feel very lonely at times, but trust me: the further you go, the greater the view.” From Why sometimes you learn nothing from the best teachers
I started dancing tango in 2000 and spent several years intensively learning this dance. I took classes with Argentinean teachers well-known in that time, both in Europe and Buenos Aires. I started teaching and performing in 2007.
Before becoming a full-time tango professional I have worked as a user interface designer and also dedicated some of my time to literature and writing.
While dancing tango, I continued to dance modern and contemporary dance, started ballet classes and a regular practice of yoga. All this allowed me to build a solid technical basis in tango, further enriched by my experience with bodywork techniques such as Pilates, Gyrotonics, Alexander and Feldenkrais.
What I do and where I live right now
For the past several years I have been living in Paris where I am one of the co-founders, teacher and art director of Tango Mon Amour. In Paris I teach followers technique workshops, couple workshops with my partner and I also started a new initiative, namely, special leading workshops for women.
I am passionate about movement, dance, anatomical knowledge of the body, neuroscience and psychology. My fluency in seven languages allows me to teach in many countries in my students’ native languages.
In tango I have worked with various partners, performing and teaching in France, Sweden, Norway, UK, Italy, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, USA and Canada. Right now I work with a female professional leader and DJ Asya Moiseeva, a Russian born dancer who also lives in Paris.
In 2013 I started writing about tango and have never stopped since. This makes me also a tango blogger. My essays on tango are translated in eighteen languages and some of them are published on various online platforms.