Leonardo comes from a very traditional Tango family and was introduced to Argentine Tango when he was about 7 years old by his father who also organised Milongas and taught Tango in Buenos Aires. Being exposed to Tango at such an early age, Leo was able to learn and appreciate Tango and its way of life in a way which is not possible for many of us. All this is reflected in his style of dancing and teaching.
Leonardo's style of Tango is unique and authentic and it reflects these years of being brought up and living amongst family and friends who themselves loved Tango - not only as a dance but also it's music, poetry and philosophy. His approach to Tango is not only technical but also sentimental. His teaching methods reflect this as he believes that every individual person should develop his own style and personality in the dance.
He has developed his own unique methodology of teaching Tango and with his partner Tracey, are the only professional Argentine Tango teachers to have created and produced their own book to reflect this.
Leo's CV is a long one as it spans over 50 years but amongst his numerous achievements are the following:
He worked as a dancer and singer in numerous theatre pieces and shows in Buenos Aires: “Teatro Alvear, San Martin”, “Teatro de la Rivera”, “Teatro Margarita Sirgus” in San Telmo and Teatro Roma, Avellaneda (to name but a few).
As a choreographer Leonardo worked in the “Teatro Gral San Martin” in works (sainetes) of Alberto Bacarezza named “Su cuna fue un conventillo” and “El conventillo de la paloma”, in which he choreographed both the actors and singers.
Leonardo danced with Orchestras “Fernandez Branca, Tipica Imperial” and “El Quinteto” directed by Eduardo Malaguarnera (Violin player in “Orquestra de Tango de Buenos Aires”). In this formation he danced together with his former dance partner in famous places such as “Café Tortoni”, “El Viejo Almacen”, “Salon del Congreso de la Nacion Argentinas” and in different provinces.
In Buenos Aires Leonardo was director of the School of Tango called “Alma de Fandango”, whose aim was to spread the Tango amongst secondary schools. This project was approved by the Secretary of Education in Buenos Aires.
Leo has taught in the UK since 2001 and was based in London for 16 years before moving to Dorset 2 years ago.
He has taught hundreds of people Argentine Tango in the UK and ran the successful long running milonga 'el Portenito' in Balham for 16 years and currently, the popular Putney based milonga 'La Perla'.
Tracey has danced Argentine Tango for over 15 years. Her background training of Ballet, Ballroom and Latin American Dancing, allow her to understand the confusion of people trying to adapt from other dance styles to Argentine Tango and she is therefore able to help people adjust so that they dance the real Tango not a mix of styles!
She has had extensive tuition with Leo over the last 10 years and they have formed a popular partnership running classes, workshops, dances and holidays throughout the UK and abroad. Together they have performed in numerous places including Negracha Tango Club, the International Tango Meeting in Sardinia, at the prestigious London Waldorf Tango Supper, and the Blackpool Tower Ballroom to name but a few. They have also taught abroad in Vienna, Sicily and Sardinia but prefer to concentrate on their activities at home in the UK.
Their journey together...
Their teaching methodology together
In 2013, they were the first professional Argentine Tango couple to create their own Teaching Methodology, Syllabus and Diploma under the name of 'The London Argentine Tango School'. The 'Leonardo Acosta Methodology', (named after Leo's father, Leonardo, also a Tango Teacher), is now being taught throughout Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Northamptonshire and Dorset by themselves and their trainee teachers.
Through the London Argentine Tango School they defined their own teaching methodology based on the teaching of Leo's father and Leo's experiences which is the first of its kind to be presented in the UK. This culminated in Leo and Tracey writing and publishing their own book - The ABC of Argentine Tango - which can be purchased directly through them or via Amazon.
Leo and Tracey have worked together for over 10 years and during that time have taught 100's of students throughout the UK how to dance the social, improvised art form of Argentine Tango. This is something they both passionately believe in, to the extent that every single one of their performances are also improvised. They dance exactly as they teach and are committed to preserving and teaching this wonderful art form of the social dance so that many more people can enjoy it in the future.
The ABC of Argentine Tango
Written and produced by Leo & Tracey
The book has been produced and is available in 2 formats - a 56 page A5 printed book full colour throughout and spiral bound or a 66 page iBook with 13 video clips to illustrate key points which is available to buy on iTunes - the iBook format is only available on Mac platform.
The book is clear and easy to read and gives useful clarification about terms and technique used in the Argentine Tango. It uses a mix of line illustrations and photographs to clearly show technique and the basics of the methodology used by Leonardo and Tracey. The iBook as mentioned previously has the same content but is also supported by some small video clips.
The book can be purchased directly through Leo & Tracey for £15pp or if bought via Amazon, there is an additional £3 post and packing charge.