IVAN TERRAZASis from Mendoza, Argentina, where he started his artistic career as a soloist at 12 years of age. He initially trained in competition Malambo and other forms of Argentine Folklore, as well as classical ballet and Argentine Tango. Upon his arrival in the United States, Ivan added salsa and tap to his repertoire.
SARA GRDANstudied folklore dance and classical ballet technique in Zagreb, Croatia. Her obsession with Argentine Tango started in the late 1990s at the milonga, and she subsequently learned Argentine folklore. To complete her training in body mechanics and movement technique, Sara also became a Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor.
Ivan and Sara met in New York City, where they began their partnership and were extremely successful and innovative independent teachers and performers. Currently based in Europe, today they are among the youngest and most recognized Argentine Tango stars worldwide. As instructors, they have developed a modern systemic approach to teaching traditional tango. Their goal as teachers is to instill strong fundamentals by emphasizing technique, analytical thinking, logic, naturalness and comfort in both the close and open embrace. Ivan and Sara encourage students to look for connection, quality of movement, creative expression and musicality to make their dance uniquely their own. It is this dedication to teaching excellence that has brought Ivan and Sara to partner with Tangomeet, the High Tango Education on-line learning platform.
Sara and Ivan have been invited to participate as teachers and performers in Argentine Tango Festivals all over the world, including the Belgrade Tango Encuentro, Sultans Argentine Tango Festival and Marathon in Istanbul, TangoBlitz Festival in Manila, Tarbes International Tango Festival, Perugia International Tango Festival, Kalamata Argentine Tango Festival, Puerto Rico International Tango Festival, and have conducted workshops in Slovenia, Rumania, Montenegro, Croatia, France, Italy, Germany, Finland, the United States, China, and Singapore, among others.
Over the course of their careers, Ivan and Sara have been members of prestigious theatre companies such as ‘Tangueros del Sur’ directed by Natalia Hills , ‘Tangox2’ directed by Miguel Angel Zotto, ‘Obsesion Tango’ directed by Tamara Bisceglia, and ‘Compania Roberto Herrera’ directed by Roberto Herrera. Ivan and Sara have appeared, among others, in the shows Romper el Piso (Israel Dance Festival; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Vail International Dance Festival; New York City Center), Obsesion Tango at the Borges Cultural Center, Connectango, Roberto Herrera’s tango company at La Estancia, the Rhythm and Passion Show, and Borges and Piazzola Tango, and with the following: the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Romulo Larrea Tango Orchestra, the Washington Pan-American Symphony Orchestra, the Eternal Tango Quartet, and Avantango.
In 2016 Ivan and Sara created their own unique dance company, FMT Dance. The purpose of FMT Dance Company is to 1. explore ideas about the intersection of technique and expression among different dance styles, 2. provide opportunities to up-and-coming dancers worldwide and 3. create wonderful original productions, including original music, and share them with the world. We are looking forward to our inaugural production, Entre Suenos, in the fall of 2017.