Meet Debbie Goodwin
A dancer since childhood, Debbie began teaching and performing Argentine Tango in 1996. She studies continuously both here and in Buenos Aires with a variety of renowned Argentine Tango masters.
On a foundation of early training in jazz, tap and musical theater, Debbie earned her Bachelors Degree in Dance from California State University, Sacramento in 1998 and her Masters in Dance Education in 2001. Her Masters Thesis Project, the show “¡Tango! A Story of Sacramento’s Argentine Tango Community” played to sold-out houses in October 2001 followed by ¡Tango! Rhythms of The Heart (October 2002). She continues to create and produce sold out dance productions such as, “Tango, A Romantic Ritual” (Feb 2008 & 2009, available on DVD) ,“Tango House” (July 2009), “All About Tango” (April 2011), “Tango Tales” (Feb 2012) and “Close Embrace, A Tango Love Story” (Feb 2013), Tango Magic (2014) and Tango Dreamscapes *2015). She is the Argentine Tango representative for the San Francisco International Arts Festival and produced “Me Llamo Tango (2015), “Tango Night” (2016) and “Sex, Women & Tango” featuring Tango Con*Fusión for May 2017.
From American Swing to Argentine Tango
Before establishing Social Dance Cultures (known as Alma del Tango) , a non-profit supporting development of community through dance, she created the highly successful “Rugcutter” dance program in Auburn, California. Focused on adolescents, her classes in social swing, performance skills, jazz technique and choreography for vocal performers were extremely popular. She instilled a love and respect in her students for the social origins of American Swing just as she does for the Argentine Tango by integrating authentic movement, music, and social customs in both her teaching and choreographies.
Debbie is the organizing force behind the formation of the all-women Tango Con*Fusión Dance Company where she devotes her artistic attention as co-director, choreographer and featured dancer. Since its inception in January 2004,Tango Con*Fusión has performed original choreography in two ground-breaking all-female tango stage shows with live music and international casts (Leading Ladies of Tango – December 2006, Herbst Theatre/San Francisco; and Glamour Tango – May 2009, Logan Square Auditorium/Chicago). Tango Con*Fusión has been featured in a documentary playing on the international tango film festival circuit and on national television networks (Latin Eyes & Univisión).
Other projects include the 2nd International Queer Tango Festival/Buenos Aires, the 1st International Queer Tango Festival/San Francisco, and the International Dance Festival/New York City and in modern dance venues (i.e. WestWave Dance Festival at YBCA Theater – August 2008) of the San Francisco Bay Area. The company was selected from over 70 applicants from the US and abroad to receive a grant via Dance Mission to premiere Vorágine, a half-evening length work, in the Down & Dirty Dance Series at Dance Mission Theater/San Francisco – January 2010. And, they accepted the prestigious invitation to perform at Congress Internacional de Tango Argentino in Buenos Aires March 2010 and 2014 as well as perform with Tanghetto in 2011 and 2012 in both Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
From 2013-2017 a cultural exchange was developed – teaching and performing in Johana Copes’ annual Lady’s Tango Festival in Buenos Aires held in March and organizing the San Francisco Lady’s Tango Festival held in the fall since 2012.
Currently TCF is planning a European tour to the Berlin Queer Tango Festival in July 2018 and the milongas of Barcelona.
Connect with Debbie
Debbie Goodwin’s website: Alma del Tango (Marin County)
Private Lessons: firstname.lastname@example.org
Group Classes: beginning through advanced classes, private lessons, a weekly práctica, a monthly milonga, and student theatrical productions!