Meet Christy Coté (co-director)
Christy Coté has been teaching, performing and choreographing Argentine Tango since 1996 and is one of the most respected teachers of Argentine Tango in the United States today. Her teaching method has been published in the Argentine Tango manuals by Dance Vision which are complimented by a series of 21 instructional videos with partner, George Garcia. Christy’s popular Tango Boot Camps have attracted thousands of students since 2007. She is also one of the featured teachers and performers at CITA, the annual International Tango Congress in Buenos Aires. In 2012 she became the first ever American judge for the Official USA Tango Championships, an annual event sanctioned by the Argentine Government. Christy has been featured on San Francisco’s KTVU Segment 2 Report, KPIX/Channel 5 Evening Magazine, nationally in Dance Spirit Magazine as well as numerous San Francisco/ Bay Area publications.
Christy is one of the founding members of Tango Con*Fusion which was created in 2004. She is currently Co-Director and one of the main choreographers for the company. Performance credits with Tango Con*Fusión include Leading Ladies of Tango at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater in 2006, Polly’s Ferman’s Glamour Tango in Chicago in 2009, tour with Latin Grammy nominated band Tanghetto in 2011, the annual San Francisco Queer Tango Festival from 2009 to 2012 and numerous performances in Buenos Aires since 2008 including CITA (International Tango Congress) shows, the Queer Tango Festival and Johana Cope’s Lady’s Tango Festival shows.
Christy’s other choreographic credits include Los Diablos Ganchos cruise ship show, Teatro ZinZanni’s Love, Chaos, and Dinner with Joan Baez, and Tango del Cielo featuring harpist Anna Maria Mendieta. Christy has also coached Cheryl Burke (of Dancing with the Stars fame) for her performance in the iconic show Forever Tango, as well as the Smuin Ballet dancers for their production of Tango Palace.
In addition to her many performances with Tango Con*Fusión, Christy’s performance credits include NCL’s Tango at Sea Cruises, TANGO X 3 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, The Elegant Era, The Latin Show at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, The 28th Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, 49er’s Half Time Show, La Notte Canta with Pasquale Esposito at Guglielmo Winery, U.S. tours with Orquesta Victoria of Buenos Aires & MonTango and ongoing dinner shows since 2001 at Pena PachaMama Restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach. Christy has partnered with United States based partners George Garcia, Darren Lees, Chelsea Eng, Debbie Goodwin, Count Glover, Daniel Peters, Eugene Theron and with internationally acclaimed dancers from Buenos Aires including Eduardo Saucedo, Facundo Posadas, Daniel Lapadula, Marcos Questas, Marcelo Molina and Pampa Cortes. Her greatest influences and teachers have been Carlos Gavito & Marcelo Duran, Fabian Salas.
Christy is based in San Francisco where she teaches weekly classes at La Pista and Boot Camps at various locations around the Bay Area. Like Christy’s Facebook page or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.