Drew and Taryn started dancing some years ago with Sari Leverson and Jeff Allen in Glasgow. They have since studied intensively with world class maestros including:
Pablo Martinez & Veronica Rue, who where resident teachers for Paisley Tango for 3 months in 2019
Omar Quiroga & Veronica Palacios. Visiting teachers to Paisley Tango in March 2020
Damian Esell from Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1 month intensive training every day in Argentina.
Raquel Greenberg of London’s Tango Academy, Argentina & UK
Adriana Duré of the University de la Vida, Buenos Aires and La Milonga del Centro & Felipe Martinez, Argentina.
Judita Zapatero of Tango Salon Stuttgart and Enrique Grahl now of Tango Pop, Germany
Adrian and Amanda Costa of AA Tango, La Rochelle & Nantes,France
They have also attended workshops by highly acclaimed visiting teachers including:
Claudia Codega & Esteban Moreno
Horacio Godoy y Magdalena Gutierrez
Sebastián Achával y Roxana Suárez
Ricardo Oria y Jenny Frances
Pablo Rodriguez & Corina Herrera
Mariana Dragone & Gaston Torelli
Fausto Carpino & Stephanie Fesneau
Clarisa Aragon and Jonathan Saavedra
Guillermo Torrens and Alexandra Wood
Gustavo Ariel Colmenarejo
Sofía Saborido & Pablo Inza
Eleonora Kalganova y Michael Nadtochi
Diego ‘El Pajaro’ Riemer y Natalia Cristobal Riva.
Their passion from tango led to greater involvement within the tango scene. They have been instrumental to the planning and organisation of:
“How to Shoot a Tango Dancer” part one which was done in partnership with Glasgow Tango Studios, Steve Allen Images and the Classic Grand Glasgow
“How to shoot a Tango Dancer” part 2 at Kelvin Grove Museum in partnership with Glasgow Tango Studios, Steve Allen Images, Lee Harkness Photography, Buster Brown Photography and The Urban Tango Collective Band
Glasgow’s first Halloween Tango Ball in partnership with Glasgow Tango Studios, Steve Allen Images, Lee Harkness Photography, Adele Roberts of Make Up Academy and the Apassionados
Tango for Nepal Charity Event in partnership with John McGibbon.
Red Hot tango in partnership with Swing Night Club, Hope Street, Glasgow.
Drew and Taryn have also taken part in many tango performances including:
Fire and Ice at the O2 Carling Academy
Lindor’s Production of The British Art Council funded Mirror Mirror
Hardrock Café’s Argentine themed promotion
Glasgow’s West End Festival
Various other charity and social events.
As Paisley Tango, Drew and Taryn have organised:
The first outdoor Milonga in Renfrewshire
They were especially proud to organise and host the first ever Paisley International Tango Festival 2017 which received rave reviews. The event was over three days and included workshops by Diego ‘El Pajaro’ Riemer y Natalia Cristobal Riva and Eleonora Kalganova y Michael Nadtochi. Music by Juanjo Lopez Vidal and his orchestra. Beginner taster Lessons were provided by Alistair MacDonald and Shona Barr Virgo or Glasgow Tango Classes. Tango clothes boutique by Carmela Esposita Faraone. Tango shoes by Handan Tanir, accessories by Moira Hall and photography by Steven Allen Images. The event was sponsored by Paisley 2021 bid for the city of culture and took place a Thomas Coats Memorial Hall
Due to the incredible demand for tango in the local community after the 2017 Paisley International festival, Drew and Taryn created a vibrant Tango community in Paisley. They run regular classes for residents of Paisley and beyond with people travelling from Ayrshire and Glasgow
Partnership work has taken place between Paisley Tango and Elma Whyte’s Performing Arts Studio
Paisley International Tango Festival 2018
Paisley International Tango Festival 2019
In partnership with Academia De Salsa and Maracas Restaurant in Cambridge Street Glasgow, Drew and Taryn organised and hosted the first Milonga Meal in Scotland with Traditional Argentinian food and live music to compliment the dancing.
In partnership with Odeon Cinemas Paisley Tango presented a screening of “Our Last Tango” the tango story of the most famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes
As well as lessons Paisley Tango now run regular social events; both informal practicas and formal milongas. Paisley Tango believe that tango is a social dance and therefore have encouraged group outings to other organiser’s events including those run by Glasgow Tango Classes, The Glasgow Tango Collective and Yira Tango (Stirling).
Since 2013 Drew has also been studying Tango Therapy and formed the company Tango Therapy Scotland in 2015. This is an evidence based approach to help people who experience problems with their motor skills, such as Parkinsons Disease. Inspired and supported by Dr Madeleine Hackney, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.
Drew has extensive experience in events management both in the hospitality and the music industry. This includes diverse and varied roles including organising weddings for the peerage and bands for T in the Park.
Taryn is a Doctor of educational psychology which is the branch of psychology concerned with the scientific study of human learning and teaching.