Tango at Sea Cruise Director
I have been a ballroom dancer since my teen years and American Tango was always my favorite. In 1995, Bob Moretti brought Argentine Tango instructor, Nora Dinzelbacher, to Chico, CA for a series of workshops which lasted several months. Bob and I lived in Chico at the time and we took every opportunity to practice to improve our skills. After private lessons with Nora and the late Nestor Ray, then with El Indio, Oscar Mandagaran and Nito & Elba Garcia in San Francisco, Sacramento and New York, my Tango skills grew quickly. Other instructors who have had an impact on my love of Tango are the late Orlando Paiva, Sr. and Carlos Gavito, and more recently Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo, Carlos & Maria Rivarola, Luis Castro & Claudia Mendoza, Natalia Hills, Jorge Torres, Daniel Rodriguez and Valeria Carmel.
In January 1996, a terrific tango dancer and a professional skier, Mark Wolford, lit the spark within me with the idea to cruise the world with Tango instructors and dancers. Mark and I shared this idea for over 18 months. In 1997 our dream came true as we prepared to embark on our first Tango at Sea cruise to the Western Caribbean in March 1998. Initially, Nora Dinzelbacher and Nito & Elba Garcia were our headliners along with other Argentine and USA instructors.
Tango dancers from across the world are invited to join our cruises. We have had guests from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Japan, Shanghai, India, Viet Nam, South Africa, Russia, Israel, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, United Kingdom, Estonia, Romania, Canada, Columbia, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.
We have since cruised to Eastern and Western Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, twice to Alaska, twice from Venice, Italy to ports in the Adriatic Sea, the Panama Canal. April 2011 took us on a Caribbean Argentine Tango and Swing cruise organized along with Norway's Kom og Dans with 129 dancers. Click on our tab “Cruises” to view our many tour destinations.
We had planned an outrageous and exciting 2013 "ON LAND" 5 day Tango Festival in Barcelona prior to sailing on an 8 night cruise on Costa's Favolosa. In Barcelona we had planned 2 days of Touring with a 3 day Tango Festival with 5 Argentine Tango Professionals, two live orchestras and hold a great Argentine Tango Show for all of Barcelona. Due to a total lack of male bookings this event was canceled April 2013.
Visit our web site to view future adventures in cruising where fun times will be announced. Also, please take a moment to look at the group photos from past cruises in our galleries.
Francesco "El Actor" was born in Italy and now resides in Switzerland.
I have been a tango protagonist for 15 years of my life; providing tango music for dancers throughout Europe and various countries.
This is how Massimo di Marco, the tango writer, describes me: Francesco Tagliabue, well known in tango circles, puts the tanda together in a harmonious way, bringing together tangos from the same root but which cannot be confused with each other; this is why it's such a pleasure to listen to him. The music is imbued with a "porteno" tone which inspires the imagination and induces the couple to intense interpretations. Female tango dancers appreciate his sensitivity and this is why he is in such demand at Milongas internationally.
For my complete story: http://francescoelactor.com/english
This will be Francesco's second tour with Tango at Sea.