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Loisa Donnay has a long history of supporting partner dance. She teaches, performs, choreographs and promotes all types of partner dancing in Minnesota, and has been specializing in teaching Argentine Tango for over 17 years. She has choreographed and performed at the Mall of America, State Theater, Pantages Theater, Guthrie Theater, Northrup, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Ordway Theater, St. Scholastica in Duluth, in Buenos Aires and at many events throughout the Twin Cities. She also performed in an America's Got Talent commercial. Partner dancing is her full-time profession.
She has been invited to teach in Fargo, ND, Madison and Ashland, WI, Duluth and Rochester, MN, Dallas, TX, Mobile, AL and Buenos Aires. She has organized and DJ'd at many dances, including St. Petersburg Restaurant, KrungThep Thai, Hotel Ivy, Abetto's, Black Dog Cafe, Nicollet Cafe, Loring Kitchen, Mai Village, Erte, and Loring Pasta Bar, 42nd Ave, at Pat Pears Dance Studio. She arranges tours to Buenos Aires. She travels every year to Buenos Aires, where she also teaches and performs, and also acts as tour guide to the students who accompany her there.
She was a founder and first president of the Tango Society of Minnesota, which has just celebrated its 19th anniversary. She is also a member of many dance organizations in Minnesota. She DJ's and performs regularly, and of course dances every chance she can!
PHILOSOPHY of ARGENTINE TANGO
When Loisa started learning Argentine Tango, the introduction of this dance to the United States was still very young. It is typical to think of Argentine tango dancing as just another ballroom or swing dance, but it is not. It is a way to interpret the richness of tango music, it is a way to share that interpretation with a partner, it is a way to connect to another human being in way that is deeper and more meaningful than any other dance. Until the student realizes this, and puts away their desire to learn more steps or to be showy to other dancers, they will not "get" tango. Tango is "a sad feeling danced". One must be willing and able to share their feelings in order to understand tango!
Argentine tango must be danced in close embrace. Loisa has seen many teachers attempt to introduce students to tango with "open embrace", and has seen that this causes the student to fail. Lois wants you dancing for a lifetime, and will not let you fail! If you are not learning tango in a close embrace, you are not learning authentic Argentine tango. You will have to start over when you want to learn authentic Argentine Tango in a close embrace. There are a lot of teachers who claim to be able to teach Argentine tango, but it takes a lot of dedication, knowledge, and time in Buenos Aires to teach effectively. Loisa has been immersed in tango, studying the correct way to teach Argentine tango for over 19 years, and has turned out countless excellent dancers. You can be one of them!