Rebecca Shulman has been dancing tango full-time for over 20 years and is regarded by the international community as an expert with an encyclopedic knowledge of the dance and a gift for conveying it to her students.
Beyond her supernatural tango-memory that is finely tuned to the subtleties of this dance, Rebecca has the one quality that every tango dancer wants more than anything: a lot of people love dancing with her. Adam was kind enough to point this out one day. Someone was talking about how long she'd been dancing and her contributions to the tango scene and so on, and he said, "yeah, AND, she can really dance!" Men and women, leaders and followers, beginners to professionals, serious and playful, Argentines or not: all these partners find dancing with Rebecca to be somewhere between a lot of fun, and completely enchanting.
She had the privilege of dancing with a lot of wonderful old Argentine men in the 1990's, toured briefly with the great Omar Vega, and in this century has somehow managed to keep up with the young men of her home country who are all so creative and challenging. In the last ten years she was amazed to find herself performing with Jaimes, Homer, Alex, Nick, and Evan. From 2006-13 she absorbed a lot of ideas and skills from working with Evan Griffiths, and in the last year, from working with Robin Thomas.
Rebecca was born in New York, studied classical ballet all her childhood, and later, Contact Improvisation and yoga. She started to study tango in NYC in 1991 from Daniel Trenner, with whom she began to perform and to visit Buenos Aires. Daniel emphasized improvisation and lead-and-follow skills that are the foundation of social tango. Rebecca's teachers in Buenos Aires, from 1992-6, include Juan Bruno, Mingo and Esther Pugliese, Gustavo Naveira and Olga Besio, Tete Rusconi and Maria Villalobos, Antonio Todaro, Pupy Castello, and Graciela Gonzalez. At home Daniel and Rebecca were pioneers, bringing the first notion of tango to city after city. They also produced a popular series of instructional videos. Since then Rebecca has taught many workshops across the U.S., and all over the world, with brilliant partners and also on her own. She is a guest teacher at big tango festivals. Students everywhere seek Rebecca's clear instruction on improvisation, technique, adornments, and musicality.
Rebecca taught every level of tango class for Dance Manhattan from 1994-2014. She helped to develop the school's extensive tango curricula. She brought many of her respected colleagues there to create a rich tango program. Her beloved Monday night milonga, Luna, ran for 19 years there and she usually DJ'd it. When Luna ended she started a popular Thursday practica called Racing Club. More than a dozen of New York's current tango teachers are Rebecca's former students.
She's also a co-founder and artistic director of TangoMujer, an all-women dance company. From 1996-2006, TangoMujer performed a host of different choreographies telling various stories inspired in tango. TangoMujer performed at Symphony Space and Town Hall in New York, and at the Podewil Theatre in Berlin in 1998. In 1999, TangoMujer received a National Dance Production grant from New England Foundation for the Arts, which sent the company on tour to seven cities in the 2000-2001 season. In 2003 TangoMujer performed at Jacob's Pillow, Denver Tango Festival, Queens Theater in the Park, and University of Maryland. In May 2005 they took their show to the Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf, and in 2006 they were part of Leading Ladies of Tango. (tangomujer.org)