Yatma Diallo, born in Senegal, has lived in Italy for over twenty years. His first dance experiences in Dakar, belong to the world of salsa and hip hop, disciplines that he continued to cultivate for many years in Europe as well.
In tango, after the first study experiences in Europe with Monica Maria Fumagalli, current partner, with Susana Miller, Ana Schapira, Jorge Firpo and many others, he spent a period in Buenos Aires to deepen his studies, reaching, in a few years, interesting professional awards.
Having earned many awards in competition, together with Monica Maria, he carries out an intense didactic activity with a permanent school in Milan, and workshops in different towns of the world. Since 2014 he has been president of the ASD "Mundo Milonguero". As a TDJ with the name of El Africano Bien milonguero, also with solid professional training as a sound engineer, he worked for international events in Italy, USA, Turkey, Slovenia, Greece, Belgium, Latvia, and Guadaloupe as a DJ and instructor.
Steven Thull is a tango dancer, DJ, and photographer. He lives in Rochester, NY, where he has been organizing milongas and teaching classes since 2017. As a tango photographer, he is known for capturing the special moments that happen on the dance floor. As a DJ, his focus is to provide the right music to create those moments. Steven approaches every milonga with an attentive eye on the ronda, a keen ear for the music, a large collection of quality recordings, and a passion to put it all together for the dancers.
Avik began his tango journey in Ann Arbor in 2002 and has since become a highly sought after DJ, playing at many of the major tango events in North America. Some of his more interesting adventures include DJing Monday night at Salon Canning, teaching tango to a Bollywood actress in Mumbai, and touring the U.S. with tango band Trio Folias. Avik's musical selections are grounded in the Golden Age classics, but he also enjoys pushing the boundaries of the familiar (in small doses) and offering dancers a chance to explore something new.
Jae Youn Grisham
Jae has DJ’d, by invitation, at festivals, milongas, marathons and encuentro milongueros in: Calabria (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Milan (Italy), Tel Aviv (Israel), Tenerife (Spain); Albuquerque, Asheville, Atlanta, August, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbia, Knoxville, Louisville, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newport News, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Salida, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Tucson, Washington DC.
As a DJ, Jae loves the challenge of keeping dancers on the floor to the very last tanda. Her music selection is responsive, guided by her sensitivity to the energy of a milonga. Her music library is focused on the traditional masters.
Edmond was inspired to start DJing as a result of his early passion for tango music. DJing regularly in Ann Arbor and nearby communities, he has developed a rich style full of rhythmical presence and lyrical complexity. Edmond attentively manages the flow of energy to enhance the dancers' connection, while keeping the crowd invigorated with playful cortinas and milongas so fast, they’ll make your feet hurt. Edmond is frequently invited to DJ at various festivals, marathons, and milongas, including Ann Arbor, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Tampa and Toronto.
Milton “El Gallo” is not your regular DJ. He is a true professional, an exuberant entertainer, a thoughtful romantic, a mischievous character, a dynamic dancer, and a magic-maker who understands that every moment of an event matters. His approach to DJing mirrors his approach to tango. He looks to deeply connect with the people in the room, carefully and thoughtfully selecting songs, tandas, and even cortinas to create a mood that accentuates the experience for each dancer present. Expect a carefully curated journey of musical emotion that inspires you, keeps you dancing, and leaves you satisfied.
Milton hails from Boston-ish (MA, USA) where he is the resident DJ of the popular and long-standing monthly event, Milonga Nueva, which he co-hosts with his lovely wife, Corin. He has frequently DJ'ed throughout the United States and Canada, and at major events in Europe!
Intrigued by the beauty of the music and intensity of the dance, Jun discovered the world of Argentine Tango when studying at Yale University, and started her DJing journey at Yale Tango Club. Her incessant quest for great tango music led her to invitations of DJing by popular milongas in New York City, the vibrant tango community that nourished her growth and blossoming into a mature dancer and DJ. She aspires to create an engaging conversation with the dancers through her tunes where dancers could ease into their personal truth of tango with their emotions safely unfolding and expressed through the dance. Known for her impeccable delicacy of storytelling, Jun’s music is instrumental to creating some of the most blissful, energized and passionate milongas for the dancers that have heard her.
She has been sharing her music selections at renowned marathons internationally, like Abrazo Tango Marathon (Montreal), San Diego Tango New Year Festival, Atlanta Tango Marathon I & II, Buscandote Houston Tango Marathon, Las Mujeras Tango Marathon, Santa Maradona Marathon (Napoli, Italy), Pandora Tango Marathon (Greece), Caras de Tango Festival (Turino, Italy), etc., as well as Milongas in China, Italy and Argentina. Currently residing in California, her journey as a tango dancer, DJ, and community-builder continues to grow and expand through her persistent study of tango music and her consistent tango travels to Europe, Argentina and Asia.
As an explorer of Argentine Tango since 2004, Ken enjoys playing tandas of sensual tango, melodic vals, and playful milonga in both traditional and alternative music. Watching a dance floor filled with dancers who share a common passion for the creative art of dance excites him.
Since he began playing music for dancers, Ken has been the primary house DJ in three different tango dance venues in Columbia, SC between 2007 and 2017. He has also been featured in events like Spoleto’s Tango on the Beach (2006 to present), Columbia’s Mad Hot Tango Marathon (2010-2012), Columbia’s Argentine Tango Regional (2014-2015), Charlotte’s Candlelight Alternative Milonga (2016), Queen City Tango Marathon (2018 to present), Dancing with the Stars (9 seasons), Las Carolinas Tango Marathons, SouthEast Tango Festival, and Milonga La Pantera along with several ballroom grand openings and numerous private tango events.
As an audio engineer, Ken has mixed live music for such artists as: Alejandro Ziegler, Osvaldo Barrios, Athens Tango Project, De La Noche, Orquesta MaCuba, and Palmetto Latin 9.
He also enjoys hosting events, such as: Tango by the Lake, WinterHeat, and The Columbia Tango Marathon as well as performing tango and other genres of dance.