Michael Nadtochi & Elvira Lambo
Michael Nadtochi, "El Gato"
Giving priority and value to the most traditional form of this beautiful dance I do realize that Argentine Tango is first and foremost a social dance that cultivates improvisation, communication, musicality & elegance. However being a performing artist I believe that by fusing it with a more flexible and modern approach one can break the limitation of the style and use the body as an instrument for the ultimate expression of emotion.
Michael Nadtochi has been a professional dancer for more than two decades. His vast dance experience consists of performing, competing, choreographing and educating dancers and professionals all over the world.
Michael traveled the world and took part in major tango festivals where he taught and performed at some of the most spectacular venues. Germany, Italy, Denmark, England, Scotland, Turkey, Russia, Belarus, Cyprus, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, Canada & USA are among the countries that he visited as a teacher, special guest and performing artist.
His extensive list of teachers consists of Carlos Gavito, Osvaldo Zotto & Lorena Ermocida, Julio Balmaceda & Javier Rodriguez, Ricardo Barrios and many others who have been as an inspiration on a path of discovering his own Tango.
Currently Michael is the director of Argentine Tango Academy of New York & New Jersey and the founder of The Art Of Tango LLC. As an artist he believes that the most important aspect of becoming a greater dancer is the process of self-discovery. Classes and workshops are only tools that give the necessary technique and help dancers to discover who they really are.
Past dance experience
Michael started to dance at the age of ten in Moscow, Russia. Ever since, dancing has been the main focus of his life. By the age of eighteen, his success as a performer and competitor in the global ballroom dance scene granted him the Russian National Youth Champion title and an honor to represent his country in the World Championship held in Slovenia.
With extensive travels all over Europe (France, Germany, England, Denmark, Norway), Michael earned international recognition as a Ballroom Latin Dance competitor. In 1998, he moved to the United States and achieved even greater success and in two short years was awarded the title of "Top U.S. Professional National Dance Couple of the Year". As a worldwide recognized dancer, he regularly took part in dance festivals, major concert hall and theater shows all over the globe, as well as made numerous TV commercial and film appearances as a principal dancer.
For the past 15 years Michael focused entirely on performing and teaching the art of Argentine Tango and in 2013 he was one of the core dancers at Malbec & Tango House NYC - the first authentic nightly Argentine Tango show produced in USA
Elvira is professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. Mostly studied and worked in classical ballet. As well learned different styles of dance such as folk dance, contemporary, jazz-modern, classical Indian dance.
Into Tango Elvira transited through Contact Improvisation in 2009.
Important personalities in the formation of her tango are Alejandra Mantiñan, Julio Balmaceda, Vanesa Villalba & Facundo Piñero.
In 2016 started to work in Tango - first in Asia.
From 2017 in Russia.
In 2018 - took a part in a team organizing milonga "Bien Porteña" (Moscow).
In 2019 - won the championship of Russia in category Milonguero. And participated in Mundial de Tango.