Antón Gazenbeek

antongazebeekAnton Gazenbeek is a young professional tango dancer, teacher and choreographer whose love for the dance led him on an adventurous journey into the history of tango. From the age of 13 he has investigated tango like a scientist and has over many years formed the largest archive in the world of tango related material which includes over 2,000 videos from all time periods, old and rare books, photographs, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, LP records, music cassettes and CDs and all sorts of other historic memorabilia of great value related to the history of tango. He travels the world giving educational lectures in universities such as MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and St. John’s, prestigious festivals such as New York Tango Festival, Boston Tango Festival and World Tango Festival and has traveled as far as Japan, China, Korea, and Europe presenting his research.
He is a regular contributor to the magazines Tango Danza in Germany, Explore Dance and Reportango in the USA, El Tangauta in Argentina, among others.
In addition to his research and investigative work he has a successful career as a professional tango performer, choreographer and teacher. He is one of the creators, artistic director and choreographer of “Anthropology of Tango Dance. Anton is also co-director of the School of Traditional Argentine Tango, the leading school on authentic tango in New York City, has a series of five instructional teaching DVDs sold around the world and has performed and taught master classes in over 30 cities around the world.

Historian & Author

Antón’s passion for traditional tango lead him to start collecting all types of photographic and video material related to tango. After nine years, he has put together the largest and most important tango video collection in the world (now with well over 1,000 videos from all time periods).  He has written articles for many magazines including those of the Asociación de Maestros, Bailarines y Coreógrafos de Tango Argentino, Explore Dance in the USA, and Tango Danza in Germany. Antón is a highly recognized expert on the show “Tango Argentino” and on the life of Antonio Todaro and is constantly consulted by different types of media including Balletin Dance and El Tangauta to collaborate on articles about those topics. Antón gives lectures on the history of tango with videos from his private collection and has been invited to give lectures together with big tango personalities such as Gloria and Eduardo Arquimbau, Maria Nieves, and Juan Carlos Copes.  Recently he gave a presentation for the University of Carnegie Mellon, invited by the Pittsburg Tango Association. He is at the moment writing two books on the origins and evolution of tango and is finishing up two film documentaries filmed entirely on location in Buenos Aires.