Lev 2 Thursday
In the Beginning:
(pronounced hidelbee) was born in Caracas, Venezuela, April 10, 19??(she would kill me). Her interest in dance came at an early age. She was three years old standing in front of a TV and saw Shirley Temple dancing in one of her movies.
Instantly she began to dance or at least she tried. From that moment her mom said all she wanted to was dance. In addition Jairelbhi had very, very, very curly hair and her nickname became “Shirley”. A name many still today use for her, mainly because no one can say her real name.
At the age of nine she joined a dance school called Las Voces Blancas in Venezuela. During this time she became an assistant instructor teaching primarily children. She learned mainly tap dance but had other dances as well.
She eventually became part of a dance group that traveled performing in many places including a television performance. (As a side note, this group did not only dance but sing as well. However, even I as her husband, have never heard her sing.)
She arrived in the United States at the age of 17 to visit her sisters. Lucky for me that visit became permanent.
And speaking of me, I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Why? To learn Tango off course! No, not really. Both of my parents are from Buenos Aires. My performance background comes from music. I played oboe for many years before switching to percussion. I attended the University of North Texas as a music major. After two years I changed my major and received a degree in Kinesiology(study of movement).
After high school I began to take Shaolin Kung Fu. I eventually became an instructor. To this day I continue my studies in Kung Fu which I believe helped me with Argentine Tango. (The only thing I had to change is I am not allowed to throw my partner in tango as I do in Kung Fu.)
Unlike Jairelbhi I had no interest whatsover in dance growing up. However we had something else in common. Tango music was in our household. My dad plays tango music and her dad would sing Carlos Gardel’s songs around the house. We both knew what tango was but had no clue about the dance.
Which brings us to our relationship with Argentine Tango and how we were introduced to this wonderful dance. Jairelbhi bought a pack of three videos from Best Buy. One of the tapes had Flamenco dancing (the reason she bought the videos). We did not like that one very much. But the other two were Argentine Tango.
We watched them and thought “hey that's something we could probably do together,”(and the addiction started.) In slow motion we tried to pick up the steps these professional couples were performing and that is how we started to dance(or at least tried).
One day my wife googled Argentine tango and we came across an instructional video.
It was a follower’s technique video belonging to Diego DiFalco and Carolina Zokalski whom eventually after several of our visits to New York City, became our instructors (And I am happy to say they considered us their students.)
Our first professional gig was with the Fort Worth Symphony in 2002. Since then we've been traveling throughout the states and we've had the fortune of dancing in many shows with some of the best tango dancers today and because of them we have grown tremondously in our dance.
Our style of dancing is Salon Tango(click here to read about different styles). We enjoy both the performance, or stage tango, and social dancing. In the majority of our classes we emphasize social dancing(we also have a performance class which focuses on stage techniques).
Many say Argentine tango is an improvisational dance, but we like to take that further. We believe it is improvography, a term coined by the late great tap dancer, Gregory Hines; a combination of choreography and improvisation. It is very hard to improvise something that you did not work on over and over.
For example: we learn to count with the number 1. Then we add 2 and 3, and repeat those numbers in order again and again. Then we take the number 3 away, add number 4, and work on the order 1,2,4,again and again. Finally we give you the option(improvisation) of counting 1,2,3 or 1,2,4(choreography). The more numbers we add, the more options you have; however, you still have to practice the new numbers over and over.
All of this within the basic elements of what Argentine Tango is: the embrace, elegance, the walk, and the rythm of the music. Here is an example of our teaching.
If you would like to try one free class at Studio22 please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us: 469-939-4120.
Born to an Argentinean family, Tango was a presence in George’s life since his early childhood. Thanks to a highly musical family, he started his musical training at age 10 and continued through high school and college.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Jairelbhi began her dance training at age 9, joining Las Voces Blancas, one of the top dance schools for children in the country. Because of her graceful movements and perseverance, she became part of the school’s dance troupe, making television performances and traveling frequently.
Recognized for their musicality, George and Jairelbhi Furlong have performed and taught in cities throughout the United States, as well as in Buenos Aires (Argentina), and are seen as one of the most promising Argentinge Tango couples of their generation.
They have performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, Lisandro Adrover’s Quinteto,Opus Cuatro, and with bandeonists Horacio Romo and Daniel Binelli. They toured the USA in 2007 as part of the cast of ‘Tango Buenos’, and Mexico in 2008 with the Hugo Patyn Dance Company. Currently they are part of the cast of "This is Tango Now" created by Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo.
Often invited to be part of the most renowned Tango festivals in the United States, George and Jairelbhi created ‘Evolutiontango’ in 2005, a dance group based in Dallas, Texas, and have produced, directed, and choreographed ‘Tango: Now and Then,’ and ‘Evolutiontango,’ among several other shows.