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Argentina Representing at ESDC 2011

June 21, 2011 by Jo

Argentina put themselves on the map this past weekend at the European Swing Dance Championships. Six superb dancing came this weekend to compete and they threw down. Many of you already know Juan Villafane who has been teaching and traveling since Fall 2007 with his stunning partner Sharon Davis, but for many, this might be the first time you’ve seen many of the other talent from the other side of the world!

So take a look and see how well Argentina did to represent themselves on the world stage. I am so proud of all them and I’m so appreciate that they came to show the community how fantastic they all are.

Team – 2nd place Manuel Ignacio Bicain Goral, Juan Ignacio Villafane, Agustina Zero-Setién, Mariel Gastiarena and Tina Rizza

I don’t remember if Juan helped with the choreography or did all of it, but regardless, it’s a fantastic piece of choreo and they freaking danced it well. Did you see the Flying Lotus?!!! Tina & Gaston have some AMAZING photos of them doing the lotus….so jealous!!

Showcase – 3rd place Gastón Fernández & Tina Rizza


I am so happy that they decided to do their routine. I heard many people this past weekend backed out of competing because they didn’t feel ready enough, but luckily Tina and Gaston didn’t get caught up in that. Tina’s backflip near the end is a little exciting, but because she held her body strong, she landed it and kept moving. I love the choreography, how the use the floor, and their partner connection. I am so proud of you two.

Solo Blues – Agustina Zero-Setién

She freaking KILLED it. Plain and simple, she danced. She went out there, listened to the music, and just freaking moooooved. She was sexy, dirty, rhythmical, elegant, and sassy. Agustina, you were spectacular. Thank you for showing us how it’s done!

Strictly Blues Finals – 1st Place Gaston Fernandez & Mariel Gastiarena

What can you say except “Wow.”

Congratulations to all of you! Argentina, you should be proud; you’re crew threw down this weekend.


6 Comments »

  1. Breanna says:

    I love the way that Tina makes that jumping barrel turn look! Very neat.

    As if any of us needed more reason to want to go down to Bs As and hang out with the Argentineans :)

  2. gas says:

    thanks a lot Jo for dedicate to us this space. thank you so much

    i will see you in herrang !!!!

  3. Barbie says:

    We are very proud!!!!
    Great review!!!
    We will be waiting for you on Lhaif 2012 in Buenos Aires!!!

  4. Tina says:

    Thank you so much, Jo. For this article and for all the support and kind words during the weekend. Lots of kisses!!

  5. Aitor says:

    Wow, Congratulations to all the argentinian dancers…
    it was really awesome!

    Estoy muy contento de ver vuestra meteórica progresión gracias al tesón y al esfuerzo.
    Venga Argentina!! :-)

  6. Manuel says:

    Jo! Thanks for your words!
    Thanks for all the support during de competiton, and all the good vibra from you.

    Kisses!

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