Paul Akmajian has been dancing tango for 21 years and DJing for the last 16. In addition to being a regular DJ in Tucson, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, Paul has DJed at numerous major US festivals, marathons, and encuentros, including Portland, Denver, Albuquerque, Seattle, Chicago, Baltimore and many places in between. As a DJ, Paul strives to keep everyone energized and dancing long into the night by playing the best, most familiar, time-tested, and dancer-approved music from the Golden Age of Tango.
Jeanne plays music for the dancers, and the dancers’ energy guides choices made from tanda to tanda. She has a passion for the sound of Golden Age orchestras and relishes what each cortina offers to the whole. Jeanne turned 20 tango years old this April, and has been DJing for 13, beginning with Seattle’s Tango Magic Festival.
Vincent Lam is from Vancouver, BC, and has been dancing tango for 13 years and spinning tunes in the Pacific Northwest and at encuentros, festivals, and marathons throughout North America, Japan, and Sweden for the past eight years. He favors traditional tango, mixing his tunes with a sense of fun and romance. Vincent enjoys photography and travel, but of course, all revolving around tango.
Michelle McRuiz has been a tango DJ for 10 years, a tanguera for 12, and a dancer for most of her life. Michelle combines her innate musicality, deep love for golden-age tango music, and trustworthy ear to create tanda after tanda that keeps dancers on the floor, happy, glowing, and forgetting what time it is. She DJs regularly at milongas and practicas in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and has been a popular DJ at festivals, marathons, encuentros, and various milongas in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, California, Texas, Idaho, and England.
Christopher has been dancing, teaching, and DJing Argentine tango since 1993. He is a “traditional” DJ and social dancer in the strongest sense of the word, having learned about the music from old-school DJs and milongueros in Buenos Aires in the 1990s, during an era of tango when “alternative” songs meant playing valses and milongas. Christopher cares deeply about the musical arrangements, particularly those with unheralded bass lines (oh, those fantastic bass lines!) that help define and describe the followers walking and allow the couple to settle in to calm breathing and graceful dancing. If the dancers trust the DJ, and each tanda contains complimentary songs and energy and flows naturally into the next, then each new partner is a supportive fellow musician. Christopher believes the DJ should be invisible — especially at festivals that bring together dancers from different regions and tango cultures — so he plays the arrangements that experienced dancers know and love, so they can go out and effortlessly be their best, without having to rethink or reimagine the music.