Manuel Martinez de Caso
My journey in the world of dance started in 1998, with ballroom
dancing, very quickly I became acquainted with tango and with those
people who immediately became very important in my life, such as
Marta Negrin and Manuel Rosales, my first teachers of tango.
In continuation of this, I got seriously involved in sports
competitions of dance in order to devote myself to tango few years
later. There I found the form of social life and the opportunities
for self-development and my own school, which is now becoming a
reality. I will not go into details ron how teaching is done or
how it was born on the shores of the Rio de Plata, about this there
is already been said and written too much, lets just say that I am
trying to teach what I was taught one time.
My basic knowledge, to date, I have received thanks to the teachers,
one of the best in Spain, whose school was founded more than 20
years ago - Marta and Manuel. Then I had the privilege over the
years to work with the organizers of one of the most important in
the world of international events, the Tango Festival in Granada,
and its founder Horacio Rebora (many know him by the name Tato).
This work allows me to get a terrific opportunity to meet in person
and learn from many maestros of world renown, such as Juan Carlos
Copes, Miguel Angel Zotto or so early left us Osvaldo Zotto.
Here I call the most famous names, maestros de maestros, and there
were many others with whom I have been able to make friends and
maintain a personal touch in Granada, and during my trips to Buenos
Aires. In Spain I played on stage a lot by participating in private
and public performances, collaborating, for example, with the Town
Hall of Granada, danced in the theater of Isabel the Catholic, and
in the theater of Manuel de Falla in the Alhambra, as well as in
countless shows in the province of Granada, double-out in the final
of the European championship in tango.
As an assistant to Manuel Rosales, I participated in the courses of
tango at the University of Granada, and in reporting the speeches at
the opening and completion of these courses. With the support of the
Committee for Culture of the City Hall of Granada, now in its sixth
year, a weekly milonga on the Paseo del Salon La Glorieta, which
combines dance and urban audiences.
I developed several specialized courses of tango therapy for older
people, and for a group of women who have experienced domestic
violence, on behalf of the Government of Andalusia.
Both courses were completed with great success, and I hope to repeat
again this teaching experience in Marbella, where we now operate. As
a teacher, I see my task to give my students the necessary equipment
in order to successfully and happily dance in the milongas anywhere
in the world.
As a child I received a classical musical education in Moscow, but I
always liked to dance more than to play the piano. However, I was
able to take dancing seriously only when I was 33 years old, when I
started to learn to dance flamenco in Moscow.
When I came to live in Marbella in 2005, my addiction has
miraculously changed - I started taking my tango classes with my
first teacher Graciela Heredia. Then I learned a lot under the
leadership of Gaston Godoy from Seville.During my three visits to
Buenos Aires, I continued my training with a variety of Argentinian
teachers, especially with Jorge Firpo, who taught me how to greatly
excel in my favorite dance- milonga.
From the early start it was clear that I really enjoy social
dancing, and that is why it is essential to learn to dance as much
as possible! During numerous tango festivals throughout Europe where
I came, I had to learn from such famous teachers such as Alejandra
Mantiñan, Sebastian Arce and Mariana Montes, Claudia Codega and
Esteban Moreno, and Luna Palacios.
Since 2015, I am assisting Manuel Martinez on his tango lessons.
This is a complex and a very interesting whole new way for me in
In this way, I'm still just a beginner...