Mariana Ancarola, raised in Spain by her Argentine parents and family, grew up listening to Tango music from infancy. As an adolescent she was studying ballet and modern dance when she began in 1996 to dance Argentine Tango. In 2002, she met David Orly-Thompson in Buenos Aires and they began intensively practicing and studying tango as a couple. They focused their training with Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Ann, as well as Mariano (Chicho) Frumboli. They moved together to Spain, where they began their teaching career. Four years later, in 2007, she and David relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. Here, they continue a very busy teaching schedule while still making time to host several popular milongas.