Péter Stefanics started to dance in 1994, studying ballroom dancing, flamenco, Cuban salsa and modern dance. He soon realized that he is interested in the joy of dancing with a partner rather than competition. In 1997 he began to take tango classes in New York City in a variety of styles with local teachers (Rebecca Shulman, Fabienne Bongard), as well as European ones (Brigitta Winkler, Constantin Ruger, Eric Jorissen), and Argentine maestros(Fabián Salas, Mariano "Chicho" Frúmboli, Pulpo y Luiza, Cacho Dante, Pablo Verón, Omar Vega, Susana Miller, Esther Pugliese, José Garófalo). He quickly realized his second passion - tango music and soon became a regular DJ at the South Street Seaport and Central Park summer milongas in New York starting around 2000.
From 2006 until 2010 he was involved with the Argentine Tango community in Budapest, Hungary where he organized and DJ'd regular weekly milongas in addition to teaching group and private classes as well as workshops.
Péter also has experience with various bodywork and body awareness methods such as the F. M. Alexander technique, Moshe Feldenkrais's Awareness Through Movement exercises and the Pilates method, all of which inform his Argentine Tango teaching and dancing.
Michalina Patrzalek - Misia - discovered tango thanks to Paulina Policzkiewicz-Wozniak and Janek Wozniak, who founded the Argentine Tango scene in Poland. Fascinated by the beauty of this dance and music, Misia devoted herself to tango completely and travelled across Europe for numerous tango festivals. She took part in workshops with Polish and Argentine teachers in Poland and Europe, as well as spending several months in Buenos Aires during many trips there (2007, 2008, 2010). While emphasizing the meaning of passion, emotions and music in her dancing, she quickly realized the fundamental importance of the good technique. Primarily fascinated with the milonguero & tango de salon style, she became interested in tango nuevo and its improvisational possibilities. To broaden her skills she got into Moshe Feldenkrais's Awareness Through Movement technique, yoga, Pilates, contact improvisation and contemporary dance. In her teaching she combines these techniques with tango. The greatest influence on her dancing were Cecilia Garcia, Homer & Cristina Ladas, Mariano Chicho Frumboli & Juana Sepulveda, Jose Halfon & Virginia Cutillo, and Pablo Villaraza & Dana Frigoli.
Her passion apart from tango is cooking and baking - hence the idea to create Tango Café. Located in Malbork (Northern Poland), the cafe was designed by Misia, the main inspiration being - of course - Argentine tango. Misia also regularly writes her culinary blog.
Misia & Péter
Peter and Misia met in 2007 and soon they realized that there was real chemistry between them both in dancing and in real life. Coming back from her Buenos Aires trip in early 2008, Misia moved to Budapest. A few months later, they travelled together to Buenos Aires to further develop their dancing and teaching skills. For two years in Budapest, they taught classes and workshops as well as organized and DJ'd two weekly milongas and other tango events. In the spring of 2010 they went to Buenos Aires for 3 months to pursue their formal training in tango as dancers and teachers. Their constant inspiration are Homer & Cristina Ladas as well as Mariano "Chicho" Frúmboli & Juana Sepulveda.
They both see Argentine Tango as an improvised social dance and believe that it is the elegant, effortless movement and the connection between the leader and follower which leads to the enjoyment of the dance and the music. In their classes they teach their students the fundamentals - posture, embrace, musicality, creativity and body awarness. Besides exploring the world of nuevo tango, they also enjoy dancing in tango de salon style. They believe that while tango is Argentine in its origins, it belongs to everyone who understands its structure and feelings.