Jacqueline was born in Chile where tango is heard and danced socially.
She discovered tango in 1995 in Australia and immediately identified with the music and its lyrics, taking no time for her passion to sink in. Since then she has invested her time in becoming an accomplished dancer, which involves and intimate knowledge of the dance structure, musicality and transmitting the essence of tango as a dance.
As well as perfecting herself as a dancer, one of her major contributions to tango has been that more Australians engage with tango and in doing so are able to transmit the essence of tango as an art; ensuring dancers enjoy its magic and power.
Jacqueline as an official representative of The World Tango Festival for Australia and New Zealand worked for The World Tango Festival in Buenos Aires and translating the classes of the most prominent teachers in Argentina which gave her a deep understanding of tango in its different styles.
Jacqueline is one of the directors of Tango Entre Amigos, which is one of the first traditional milongas in Sydney since 2001.
She is also one of the founders of Sydney Tango
website, a website which lists all tango related events in Sydney.
In year 2008, Jacqueline participated as a tango teacher in the first empirical study on tango in Australia conducted through the University of New England. The research showed tango as a possible complementary therapy for depression. Jacqueline carried out a six-week tango lesson program for 30 people who have suffered from depression. See and hear the transcript from ABC PM: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2288325.htm
Jacqueline has been teaching tango since 2001. Her teaching focuses on the technique and musicality of the dance ensuring her students experience the magic and power of the dance. Her style of dancing is elegant with precise and fluid footwork and a strong connection.
With great knowledge and passion for tango I offer an unforgettable evening for those who really appreciate tango. "...I am a Tango Music enthusiast which is a never-ending mission: constantly on the lookout (listen-out) for new music..."
I am the regular DJ at The City Tattersalls Club “Celebrity Tango” Milonga, and "Tango Spirit" Milonga in the heart of the Sydney CBD.
2008: I played at the “Welcome Milonga” at International Tango Festival in Sydney,
2009: The Australian Tango Festival 2009 – Grand Milonga.
2010: Santaigo De Chile (El Cachafaz),
2010: Sydney Tango Salon Festival.
2011: Seoul (Korea) Tango Festival (Singles Milonga).
Keep music live
A good DJ is in a dialogue with the dancers on the floor. I respond to the energy of the floor, the dancers, and the night. I do have my initial idea and the initial playlist for the night and prepare it very carefully, however I watch and respond to the floor.
My main aim is to have you dance the whole evening. I do have my own PA, my own studio quality mixer and even a subwoofer. I am enthusiastic about the sound and don’t compromise in quality.
I play music in tandas - sets of tracks of the same style and orchestra. A tanda is a set of pieces of music, usually between three and five. This is how it is done in Buenos Aires, this is how I learned from my great DJ teachers, and it's indispensible for deepening into the mood of each orchestra. I play cortinas between tandas. A cortina (curtain) is a short piece (between 20 and 60 seconds) of non-dance music that is played between tandas at a milonga. The cortina lets the dancers know that the tanda has ended. The partners can then without insult thank each other and return to their own tables, to find a new dance partner at the next tanda.
First I learned tango in Europe in 1979 from a teacher A.Davidov. Moving to Australia caused to stop dancing till late 1990s when I re-discovered the tango passion in me.