The Bustelo SisterS
Sol and Mariana Bustelo were born in Buenos Aires, where they became acquainted with the great representatives of the golden age of tango. Both sisters danced together since their childhood and developed a teaching approach for Argentine tango which enable people of all ages and styles to dance the tango on the dance floor. They propose discovering a tango that places foremost the relation with one’s partner, anchoring in the floor, listening to the music and mastery of space and improvisation. They teach together and organize workshops, balls and practices. Their studio is in Paris, France.
Sol Bustelo teaches Argentine tango with intensity since 1993. She is the author of a dissertation entitled “Le tango milonguero, une pratique de l’art et de la vie” (The tango milonguero, a practice of art and life) which has been commended by the Jury at the University of Paris. For several years, she taught at the most prestigious tango places (Club Almagro, Grisel, Michelangelo) alongside great tango musicians. She has performed in tango shows as dancer, singer and choreographer. Since 2008 she develops her artistic and teaching activities with her sister Mariana Bustelo.
Mariana Bustelo transmits her passion for tango over a long period of years in her tango lessons and in her writing. Her dissertation “Les écrivains argentins en France” (Argentine writers in France) was commended by the Jury in the University of Paris. Her articles on tango have been published in specialized magazines and her texts and tango lyrics have been set to music for shows. She has performed as dancer in tango shows. A graduate of the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, she has written a dissertation on Argentine poets in France for the University of Paris. Since 2008 she carries on her artistic and teaching activities with her sister Sol Bustelo. They are known in the tango universe as the Bustelo Sisters – Las Hermanas Bustelo.
Perspective – Our teaching approach
The Bustelo Sisters propose discovering the tango danced on the dance floor. The porteño style ( of the city of Buenos Aires ) is danced in the milongas of Buenos Aires and of the whole world. It is called in several ways : tango milonguero, tango de pista, social tango, tango porteño…
This choice expresses their will to teach tango in the respect of the tradition that their grandparents and the great dancers of the golden age of tango have transmitted to them in Buenos Aires. On the other hand, the tango for the stage, as its name indicates, is spectacular, is produced by the dancers for those who are looking at it. The tango milonguero emphasizes harmony in the couple, improvisation on music and moving in the space of the dance floor. It is a social tango in which it is of utmost importance to dance with the partner and also in harmony with the rest of the dancers on the dance floor. This tango dance is not meant to amaze the spectator but rather to serve as a means of expression and communication other than the word. “In the tango milonguero we are all protagonists” explain the Bustelo Sisters.
OUR TANGO LESSONS IN PARIS
The courses are directed toward all those who wish to dance tango in the milongas, on the dance floor. We privilege conscious movement, not automatic repetition. Our teaching approach offers the elements composing tango and permits dancers to find combinations arising from their own creativity.
Aspects studied in the courses of Sol Bustelo and Mariana Bustelo :
Flexibility, work on posture, notion of axis, notion of weight
Balance, leading and listening to the partner
Mastery of space
Listening to and interpreting music
Qualities and dynamics of movement
Choreography and technical elements
Improvisation and coherence
Codes and rituals of tango
An introduction into tango culture and the culture of the Rio de la Plata
The teaching approach is based on play and interactivity, on the pleasure of learning