Tango Fusion Dance Company – Directors Johnny Martinez and Diane Lachtrupp Martinez offer three distinct educational programs in partner dancing.
1) PERFORMANCES – We can come to your educational institution to purely entertain with one of our various shows. We offer two contrasting shows for your group.
FIESTA – An interactive 40 minute show of Salsa, Tangos and Swings including the number "Design your own Dance" where students design a dance for the dancers to perform. If space allows, the performers can get everyone up to dance as well.
DANCING VICTORIANS – A forty minute show set in 1902 Saratoga Springs based on historical events and characters of Saratoga Springs. This performance was created with a grant from the Saratoga Arts Council and features the Waltz, Tango, Polka and Quadrille.
2) RESIDENCIES – We offer two different 3 to 5 day long residencies.
INTENSIVE – Company Directors come to your school for three to five days to work with a selected group of students on several dances. The end of the residency could conclude with a dance with all the classes coming together and dancing with each other and a demonstration by Johnny Martinez and Diane Lachtrupp OR students could learn a routine and perform it in a short show with company directors Johnny and Diane.
WORKSHOP SERIES – In our three to five day residency, we work with all the students in the school once or twice. The week could end with a performance by Johnny and Diane. The content of the residencies can be decided upon with the school's staff to co-ordinate with a Language or History Class, to focus on fitness or teamwork or just for fun! Pricing – Please look at our pricing below for One Day Workshops. We put together a discounted package for three to five day residencies.
3) ONE DAY WORKSHOPS – All day dancing with Tango Fusion
Company Directors Johnny Martinez and Diane Lachtrupp come to the school for a day to work with a variety of classes on a dance. Instructors will give some history on the dance, work with students on musicality, step patterns, partnership and end with a demonstration.
An added bonus is that Johnny and Diane speak Spanish and can include that in class if requested. This is very popular with Spanish classes; we either work for one period with each class OR we will do a three hour intensive with one group including a question answer period and a practice time when students use their Spanish while they are dancing.
Quieres Bailar? Si - Quiero Bailar.
Tango Fusion has taught workshops for students at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Lake George High School, South Glens Falls High School, Saratoga's Division St. Elementary School, the Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville, Vermont, Skidmore College, Siena College, St. Gregory's School, Saratoga's Lake Avenue Elementary School and Maple Avenue Middle School. When Tango Fusion was located in New York City, they taught dance in the New York City school system, created a children's program at their studio Stepping Out and were invited to teach in Bogota, Columbia as guest artists.