GAYLE MADEIRA began her performing career with the Loudoun Ballet Company in Virginia at the age of five. She was graduated from the dance conservatory at the State University of New York, College at Purchase with a B.F.A. (cum laude) in performance and choreography in 1992. While at Purchase, she worked with members from various companies including Paul Taylor, José Limón, David Parsons, Neil Greenberg and Kevin Wynn and received a faculty award upon graduating.
In her professional career, she has performed with many companies including: Gleich Contemporary Ballet, Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, David Gordon’s Pick-Up Dance Company, Antonio Ramos, Thingsezisee’m Dance Theater (David Grenke), Shapiro & Smith, DanceCompass, Phffft Dance Theater, D.D. Dorvillier and Matthew Nash Ballet, among others. She also performed the can-can with choreography by Denise Dalfo-Zay on Bastille Day at Restaurant Florent in New York City from 1992-2007 and a variety of other burlesque dances in the same venue, some of which were her own choreography. Gayle’s choreography has been produced in numerous venues including: Dunois Theater (Paris, France), Spoleto Festival USA, Here Theater, Joyce SoHo, Ohio Theater, PACE University and SUNY Purchase. She has also choreographed for well-known theater director Sam Helfrich on a variety of projects including “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” (Opera Boston), “The Transparency of Val” (New York City), “In a Pig’s Valise”(Bard College), and “Mirandolina” (Manhattan School of Music).
In 2006, Gayle made the transition from ballet and modern to Argentine tango. She has had the great pleasure to perform tango with Carlos Vera, Sid Grant, Lexa Roséan, Artem Maloratsky, Carlos de Chey, Anton Gazenbeek, Raul Cabral, Jorge Juanatey, Monica Paz and Walter Zylinski. In addition to benefits and other special events, she has performed at various tango venues in New York City including the Black and White Ball, the All Night Milonga, Milonga Rosa, RoKo, various milongas at Lafayette Grill, La Belle Epoque, Armenonville, Tango in Colors and Studio 101 among others. In 2012, Gayle and Sid Grant taught and performed in “A Taste of Latin Flavor!” at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Colorado. Gayle holds the champion titles for both the 2008 U.S. Tango Championship in stage category with partner Lexa Roséan and the 2011 U.S. Tango Championship in salon category with Sid Grant.
Primary studies: Janet Panetta (ballet), Willie Bermann (ballet), David Howard (ballet), Richmond Ballet (ballet/kinesiology), North Carolina School of the Arts (ballet/modern), Merce Cunningham (modern), Dance Conservatory at Purchase College (ballet/modern/more things than can be written about!), David Grenke (modern), Cyrus Khambatta/Wendell Beavers (contact improvisation/body mind centering/release technique), Nicolas Rodriguez (modern/salsa), Daniel Shapiro & Joanie Smith (modern, body language), Rebecca Tuffey (Alexander technique), Jivamukti and Integral Yoga (yoga), Studio Riverside and Lauren Puente (Gyrotonic), Guilia Raccosta (Pilates), Kiyoko Kashiwagi (tai chi).
In Argentine tango, she began her studies with Jeni Breen at Sandra Cameron Dance Center and continued with many wonderful teachers including Alicia Cruzado, Silvina Valz, Mariela Franganillo, Alejandra Zavala, Artem Maloratsky, Lexa Roséan, Graciela González, Gabriel Misse, Daniela Pucci and Luis Bianchi among others.
Teaching experience: Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City, professional ballet in New York City and Virginia, modern technique at the following institutions: Bard College, American Dance Festival (Seoul, Korea and Durham, North Carolina), Duke University, Dunois Theater (Paris, France), University of Massachusetts, Baltimore School for the Arts, Lyceum Summer Program for the Arts (Virginia). Gayle has also taught various dance workshops in Washington DC, Pennsylvania and New York City and body language and improvisation nationally and internationally. She has taught tango with Artem Maloratsky,
Carlos Vera, Sid Grant, Anton Gazenbeek, Lexa Roséan, and Raul Cabral.
ARTEM “TIOMA” MALORATSKY started his studies of tango in Miami, Florida, in 1994, where he later performed in the show “Tango Fever”. In 1996 he moved to New York and began frequent visits to Argentina, studying with such masters as Pupi Castello, Nito and Elba, Raul Bravo, Omar Vega, Guillermina Quiroga , Graciela Gonzales, Jorge Nel, Mariano Frumboli. His dancing is inspired in large part by the classic salon style of the 1940’s, which he has seeks out and studies during his prolonged stays in Buenos Aires.
As a teacher, Tioma is known for making the authentic salon style of tango accessible to his students. He concentrates on musicality, balance, connection between the partners, and improvisational techniques for social dancing. To enhance and refine his dancing, as well as to deepen his approach to teaching, Tioma has studied the Alexander Technique, Tai Chi, Nei Kung, Yoga, and Mindfulness meditation. He has been successfully applying his understanding of body dynamics to helping students improve their general movement coordination while learning how to dance. Tioma has authored the internationally acclaimed website tangoprinciples.org, which is used by tango teachers and enthusiasts around the world.
Tioma currently resides in New York City, teaches and performs at various tango venues, produces and DJs at the weekly tango event Ensueño, and also DJs at milonga La Nacional and various other tango events in New York City. He has taught at The International Ballet Dance Center at Carnegie Hall, Stepping Out Ballroom and Latin Studios, Champions Dance Studio, New York Health and Racquet Club, and at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing. Tioma has given tango workshops in Washington, DC, Cleveland, OH and Boston, MA. He has performed in The Tango Lesson program with the Symphony Orchestra of Eugene, Oregon, starred in “Tango Fusion” Show at the American Theater of Actors, in “Tango Fest” at the New York City Town Hall, club Sunderland in Buenos Aires and in the World Tango Congress in Rosario, Argentina.
On Tuesday, January 28th, the radio show "Recuerdo Radio" aired an interview with Tioma and the interview is now available on their archive. Click here for the English interview and click here for the Spanish interview
Notable Performing Engagements:
“El Cumbre Mundial del Tango” (World Tango Congress), Rosario, Argentina
“Tango Fest”, Town Hall, NYC
“New York – Buenos Aires” festival at the World Financial Center
“Tango Fusion” show, American Theater of Actors, NYC
“Tangoteca” show, club Melao, NYC
“Tango Lesson” program with the Symphony Orchestra of Eugene, Oregon
Tango exhibition at club “Sunderland”, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tango program at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Tango Lessons and Demonstration at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing
Tango Classes at the Broolyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Tango Show for the President of Argentina at the Metropolitan Opera Club
Tango Showcase at the Argentine Consulate, NYC
“Tango Para Todos” show at Barnes Hall of Cornell University
Performance at the Latin Dance Festival at Cornell University
“Tango Fantastico” at the Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount, New York
Lessons and Performance at SOB’s, NYC
Tango night at Ole club, NYC
Tango Nights at Il Campanello milonga, NYC
“Tango Mundo” show, New Haven, CT
“Standing Room Only” Plaza Performance Series, NYC
“Tango Fever” show, Miami, FL