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Juan Carlos and Alicia Suarez

Juan Carlos and Alicia Suarez, husband and wife, were born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina—the birthplace of the Tango. They have dedicated their lives to developing their skills and mastering this artistic dance. Juan Carlos learned how to dance at a young age in schools of the Barrio and devoted his youth to performing the Tango in the dance academies of his beloved city. He was soon able to teach both men and women how to combine their dance skills with style and elegance.

When she was 17, Alicia fell in love with both Juan Carlos and the Tango. Several years later, they moved to the United States. While living in Houston, they became members of the “Casa Argentina” and danced the Tango at social events and other special celebrations in the Hispanic community. In 1994, they won the “Houston Tango Competition”—hosted by Casa Argentina.

The following year, Juan Carlos was awarded the title of Academico Correspondiente, or “Corresponding Academician”—a distinctive honor bestowed by the Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina (National Academy of Tango in Argentina). In 1996, Juan Carlos and Alicia were awarded first place in the “Tango Champions of Houston” dance competition, which was sponsored by Recordando con C.A.F.E. Soon thereafter, they began teaching the Argentine Tango to groups of people of all ages at several venues around Houston.

In 2009, they moved to Austin, Texas, where they continue to enjoy teaching Tango with the same Argentine passion. In 2010, Juan Carlos and Alicia started a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the development and cohesion of the Argentinean Community, providing awareness and promotion of the Tango as a cultural heritage of humanity in Texas: The Academy of Tango-Texas. The Academy of Tango-Texas is an official correspondent of la Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina.

Today, Juan Carlos and Alicia promote Tango culture in Houston and Austin by teaching Argentine Tango, sponsoring Milongas (social dances), and hosting Tango exhibitions, including the annual Day of Tango festival. For more information, please contact Alicia at 512 695 1024.

Juan Carlos and Alicia’s immense talent is evident by their many dance exhibitions, awards, and honors:

Shows and Accolades
 

1994

  • Winners of the “Houston Tango Competition”—hosted by Casa Argentina.

 

1995

  • Juan Carlos honored with title of “Academico Correspondiente” – Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina

  • Centro Colombiano at the JW Marriott, Houston Galleria

  • The Casa Chilena, “Fiestas Patrias”

 

1996

  • 1st Place Winners of the “Tango Champions of Houston” dance competition, sponsored by Recordando con C.A.F.E.

  • Channel 48’s “Our People” and “Buenos Dias Houston”

  • The University of Houston “Dia de la Hispanidad”

  • University of Houston – Clear Lake – Dance presentation for “Discover Latin America and Spain”


1996-1999

  • M.D. Anderson Hospital’s Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International


1997

  • LULAC/Women’s Leadership International Conference

  • Argentine Gala Celebration at the Embassy ballroom

  • Westin Oaks Hotel “Day of the Americas Dance”

  • First Unitarian Universalist Church

  • Sixth Annual Hispanic Heritage of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

1998-1999

  • Forum Latino Americano

  • Enron’s Human Race Event

  • Tango Choreography for Play – “Va Dar Que Hablar” – Playwright and Director: Emilia Arce

2000

  • Continental Airlines Wellbeing 2000.

  • Talento Bilingue de Houston – “Nuestra Palabra”

  • H.I.S.D. Professional Development Department Leadership Excellence Consortium on “Hispanic Heritage” 

  • Native American Chamber of Commerce Hope & Harmony Unity Forum, Rice University Grand Hall 

  • Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston – “Ecuadorian Association for Muscular Dystrophy”

  • “Celebration of Rioplatense Tango Culture” – presentation with La Casa del Tango students and the John Cooper School

  • “Casona de Moron” Tango presentation in Buenos Aires, Argentina with famous Tango Singer, Horacio Casares (Carlos Di Sarli’s orchestra)

  • “The Corner of Oscar Ferrari” Tango presentation across the Carlos Gardel Monument in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • La Casa de Anibal Troilo - Buenos Aires, Argentina Tango presentation.


2001

  • “Human Race” event for the Houston’s Holocaust Museum – Tango presentation

  • International Conference – “A Shift of Power Latinas”- Provided “Tango Workshop” and “Tango Exhibition”

  • Rice University – Latin World Festival – Provided “Tango Exhibition”

  • St. Thomas University – Tango Concert with Oscar Ferrari

  • Rice University – Poems by Oscar Ferrari and Tango Dancing

  • Petroleum Club of Houston – Tango Presentation

  • Hot Latin Rhythms – Tango Workshop & Exhibition – Hilton Westchase Hotel

  • Association for Hispanic Fine Arts and Theatre on Broadway Houston – Tango Exhibition

2002

  • 3rd Annual Singles Expo 2002, Houston Tango Exhibition

  • New York City (Manhattan Center) – Tango Presentation

  • Human Race Festival – University of Houston – Tango Presentation with students of Always Tango

  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center – Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International - Tango Presentation


2003-2004

  • Harris County Breastfeeding Coalition – Tango Presentation, Houston

  • Tango Choreography for Play “O.O.O. Tango!”. Director and Playwright: Mike Evans / Poet: Dolores Humphrey

  • University of Houston -  Always Tango Student Presentation

  • Pan American Round Table – Tango Exhibition, Houston

2010 – 2017

  • Day of Tango Festival – Sponsored by the Academy of Tango – Texas in Austin, Texas