Our DJs

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Dj Robin Thomas (New York, NY)

When Robin came back from his first trip to Buenos Aires 16 years ago, he realized that if he wanted to continue to dance tango every night, he would have to find a way to attend milongas for free. At the time, the concept of a tango DJ didn’t exist. Organizer’s would put on a CD, and often it would repeat to span the length of the milonga. Robin wanted to play music as he had heard it in Buenos Aires: in tandas of tango, vals, and milonga with cortinas in between. He began to DJ doing exactly that, despite being told not to play cortinas as people would dance to them. Initially some people did dance to the cortinas, but Robin persisted until this format became the standard. Over the next 10 years, he was invited to DJ in D.C., L.A., Denver, Portland, Miami, and some of the biggest festivals in North America, as well as, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Berlin, Seoul, Shanghai and Buenos Aires. Currently Robin co organizes Gallo Ciego and a Tuesday practica in NYC.

 

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Dj Jun Yi (San Diego, CA)

Intrigued by the beauty of the music and intensity of the dance, Jun discovered the world of Argentine Tango when studying at Yale University, and started her DJing journey at Yale Tango Club. Her incessant quest for great tango music led her to invitations of DJing by popular milongas in New York City, the vibrant tango community that nourished her growth and blossoming into a mature dancer and DJ. A gentle and sensitive soul, Jun actively listens to the dance floor and she creates such a music space that speaks to dancers’ emotions absorbed in a warm embrace, elegant steps, and playful movement. She aspires to create an engaging conversation with the dancers through her tunes where dancers could ease into their personal truth of tango with their emotions safely unfolding and expressed through the dance. Known for her impeccable delicacy of storytelling, Jun’s music is instrumental to creating some of the most blissful, energized and passionate milongas for the dancers that have heard her.

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Dj DK Quinn (Albuquerque, NM)

 

DK Quinn has been a tango dancer since 2006, a DJ since 2012, and has been delighting dancers at events around the country with his extensive collection of vinyl tango records since 2017. In case you haven’t heard, vinyl is back! DK has brought the turntables to the Albuquerque Tango Festival, LA Endless Summer Tango Marathon, International Tango Summit, Las Vegas All-You-Can-Tango Marathon, and most recently the DC Tango Holiday Marathon. DK combines classic hits with exciting new material and energetic cortinas to keep the floor full from beginning to end.

 

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Dj Sabah Chammas (San Diego, CA)

Sabah Chammas (better know as Yak Tut Baba) got addicted to Tango in the late nineties. It started with dancing and grew into being a DJ.
“…Tango music occupies my thoughts and energizes my spirit and I am in constant search for good music. Although I try to vary the music I play and sometimes DJ alternative music, I am heavily influenced by the close embrace style of tango so feel free to call me old fashioned. I live for Golden age music. The emotional impact of the music is what I look for in addition to the complexity.”

 

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Dj Olga Bogatova (San Fransisco, CA)

 

When Olga took her first tango class she immediately discovered that this dance was a meaningful language with endless possibilities to create and interact. She became addicted to the dance and started collecting traditional and alternative tango music right away.

 

DJing has opened new doors for her to entertain dancers and connect with the community. With a diverse music taste, Olga combines tandas that tap into the mood of the milonga. Her is to keep everyone dancing and let the dancers experience the range of emotions that tango communicates. You can catch Olga at the milongas in San Francisco and East Bay.

 

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Dj Brick Robbins (San Diego, CA)

 

From San Diego, Brick has been DJing for dancers over a decade in both Tango and other genres. He DJs at festivals around the world and in his home town. With a love and deep knowledge of golden era tango for traditional milongas he uses the music to maintain a perfect energy level in the ballroom. Brick also brings his extensive library of dance music from outside of traditional tango to the Alternative room to create a fun and energetic dance experience for those inclined to push boundaries. 

 

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Dj Chris Peake (Los Angeles, CA)

 

Chris has been DJing traditional and alternative tango events in San Francisco, Sacramento and Southern California since 2006. 

 

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Dj Sofia Home (Albuquerque, NM)

 

In 2010, when Sofia took her first tango class at the age of 1.5, she instantly fell in love with the Tango dance and the music. Since then, she has aspired to absorb not only the intricacies of this dance, but the beauty of the music. Today, at the age of 13, a gifted dancer and a tango DJ, Sofia creates a dancing environment where the music inspires dancers to establish an emotional connection with both, their partners and the music, by enjoying the delicate flow of energy, a warm embrace, playful movements, and endless possibilities of co-creative movement! 

 

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Host of Welcome Mixer:

Stephen Bauer (Ojai, CA)

 

Stephen has been improvising Tango on the social floor since 1998, typically averaging 200 tandas per month. He also hosts "Tuesday Night Tango" in Ventura, one of the longest running weekday milongas on the West Coast.