Daniela and Luis met during her first trip to Buenos Aires. What was supposed to be Luis's last tanda for the night turned into two hours of dancing together. The magical connection they experienced that night led them to share their tango paths. Daniela left her career as an MIT engineering professor to join Luis as his tango partner. Luis left Buenos Aires to join her in New York City, where they currently reside.
Daniela and Luis' performances have been described as sensational, passionate, musical, and technically impeccable. Their dance and instruction are based on deep knowledge of the different styles of tango: milonguero, salon, nuevo and stage, which they blend with ease and fluidity to create very personal interpretations. Expressive and dedicated performers, they bring the excitement level of any crowd to new heights, combining mastery of their art with a sincere humanity that often moves the public to tears or makes them burst into laughter.
Equally passionate about teaching and performing, they have quickly gained renown for their deep grasp on body mechanics as well as analytical, logical and detail-oriented teaching style. On tour for the better part of each year, since the beginning of their partnership in 2006 they have taught and performed throughout the U.S., in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland and Egypt, as well as in their native countries of Brazil and Argentina, including several major festivals both in North America and in Europe. In 2010 they were also hired by U.S. champions and Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White to help coach their Argentine tango routine for the 2010/2011 ice dance championships. When not on tour, they offer their "Tango Clinic" and several intensive weekend seminars in New York City. They are co-founders of "The Tango Zone Dance Company", which produces shows combining tango, theater, video and comedy, realizing their long-term vision of telling stories through tango.
Born in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Luis started dancing tango in 1994 and became a professional dancer in 1997. He taught and performed for several years in Buenos Aires, including performances with leading tango bands Bajofondo and Tanguetto, before tango took him to Brazil, Europe and North America. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Daniela quit her academic career as an MIT engineering professor to fully dedicate herself to professional tango dancing. She started dancing tango in 1999 and brings lifelong training in classical piano to the partnership.