visited the Netherlands for the Amsterdam Salsa Festival.
We interviewed them in their hotel in Amsterdam, right before the premier of their new bachata show Odio.
We also spoke with the third member of the Island Touch Team: player.
Tanja was born in Germany and her nickname is “La Alemana” (The German).
She doesn’t speak Spanish although people sometimes mistake her for Hispanic. Her mother would take her to tap, jazz and ballroom classes.
Tanja immigrated to the USA in 1996 by way of the military.
In 2006, while still studying, Jorge first came across Salsa when going clubbing in Tampa.
He started taking lessons and after just eight months, he started teaching Salsa himself.
After graduating from Saint Leo University with a degree in premiered in 2008. En als hij een dier was, zou hij naar eigen zeggen een aap of een vogel zijn.
Als hij één ding mee mocht nemen naar een onbewoond eiland, zou hij zijn telefoon meenemen. El Tiguere grew up with music – as his father was a musician – and his mom took him dancing in the New York night life at a young age.
and since a young age, Tanja took classes in ballet, jazz, rock&roll, etc. A year later, she was already teaching around the world. Besides his love for dancing Mambo and Bachata, el Tiguere is also a El Tiguere’s favourtie snack is pizza.
Tanja and Jorge have been a dance couple since 2008. He said that if he were an animal, he’d be a tiger (of course! If he could bring one thing to a deserted island, he’d take is fiancé Juliana.