about us

WHO WE ARE

 

Annapolis Tango welcomes all those interested in learning and dancing Argentine Tango as danced in the traditional milongas of Buenos Aires. We are an active and growing community offering regular classes, practicas, and milongas (social dances).


Since January 2016, we have built a strong, welcoming and friendly tango family here in the heart of Annapolis. Through the passion and support of our members, we have hosted many of the best teachers from around the world as well as having our own cherished resident teachers, J Abling and Rachel Moon, for 5 years. As Annapolis Tango moves towards 2022, a new chapter begins through our exciting partnership with DC's Fabrica Tango School run by the highly esteemed and adored teachers Aja Fenn and Masha Abapolnikova.

 

Masha and Aja have been serving the Washington metropolitan area and the global tango community as teachers, performers and event organizers for conjointly 20 years. They have run popular milongas, brought high quality instructors to town, worked with musicians, built a non-profit, trained new teachers, appeared in documentaries and theater productions, and taught hundreds of people how to dance tango! Their student base spans the full spectrum of beginner through to teachers-in-training. During their time in the non-profit sector they served populations such as veterans, seniors, kids and the LGBTQ+ community. Masha and Aja met in 2010. Their combined vision, skills and creativity have been explosive ever since --- and will undoubtedly bring about an exciting new chapter for Annapolis Tango!

Aja and Masha have on-going tango events in DC as well, so we hope the collaboration will introduce many in our community to the greater DMV tango community, meeting new friends and expanding your tango horizons! Be sure to check out their other events on the FABRICA TANGO website.


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Julie

Julie McCormick

Founder & CEO, Chief Embellishment Officer

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Julie is the founder of Annapolis Tango. Before tango overtook her life, she had previously danced professionally with Hubbard Street Dance Company, FELD Ballets/NY and Twyla Tharp Dance Company. She is an ABT® (American Ballet Theater) Certified Teacher and has been on the faculty of The Washington Ballet School, Ballet Royale (Columbia), Towson University Community Dance Program and many others.

 

In 2015, after sailing with her husband for years and a recent trip to Buenos Aires, they returned to Annapolis where her excitement for tango and desire to introduce it to others manifested in the creation of 'Annapolis Tango'. Although new to the dance, within 6 months, she was stunned to find among her a wonderful group of new friends - an entirely new tango community!

 

Julie has brought some of the most renowned Argentine tango teachers to Annapolis including Monica Paz, Juan Cantone & Sol Orozco, Rebecca Shulman, Brigitta Winkler, Susana Miller and then, finally, J. Abling and Rachel who became resident teachers until October 2021. Julie is a consummate student of tango (a life-long endeavor) and counts J. Abling as one of her most influential teachers thus far. She hopes to continue to inspire those in and around Annapolis to learn this beautiful dance in between her sailing excursions with her Captain and husband, Glenn McCormick, aboard the good Schooner Mistress.

MEET THE TEAM

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Aja Fenn

Fabrica Tango

Aja Fenn discovered tango in the year 2000 and has since made countless trips to Argentina to deepen her understanding of this intricate and interpersonal dance. One visit involved a year of study in both roles with master teachers, and nightly dancing in the milongas and practicas of Buenos Aires. Aja is authorized to teach various embodiment practices including the Justisse Method, and the Non-Linear Movement Method®. These practices have awakened her to the profound interplay of feminine and masculine, which lies at the heart of all things. Her work with tango is one which reveals and embraces this symbiotic polarity. Her career has taken her to London, Berlin, throughout the United States and Australia.

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Masha Abapolnikova

Fabrica Tango

Masha Abapolnikova is a professional tango dancer and teacher with over a decade of experience. Masha is known for her clarity, musicality and connection as well as a warm, engaging teaching style. To fully embrace this dance Masha has immersed herself in studying both leading and following roles and is often seen switching between both on the social dance floor. She is passionate about finding the unique key to improvement for each student and she emphasizes individual technique and natural movement as the foundation for a deep tango connection. Masha has traveled all around the world to study and dance tango, including the US, Argentina and Europe.