Although Humberto is an artist in various disciplines of art, this interview pertains to the preforming art of Tango dancing. BajaArtists.com was able to interview Humberto Rivera with a few question, this is how the interview went:
At what age did you start dancing?
In my twenties, I started to dance because it was a way for me to be near the woman that I liked, and I was always very shy. I started dancing tango because I liked a particular woman that danced Tango and it was the least complicated way to be near her. Over time I started to understand and enjoy dancing for what it was.
Who are your favorite Tango dancers?
There are currently several dancers that I admire very much, and are a strong influence on my dance. Some of them I had taken classes from when I was in Buenos Aires. I could give you a long list, but I’ll try to be brief, but do not want to limit. Carlos Gavito, Carlos Copello, Gustavo Naveira, Geraldine Rojas, Chicho Frumboli and Juana Sepulveda, Hojman Anabella Diaz, Cecilia Gonzalez, and finally Ernesto Carmona and Norma Tomassi, who were my main teachers in Argentina.
So you went to school in Argentina to learn, In what city was the school in?
Buenos Aires. But, I learned the basic Tango moves and practices in Vancouver. At that time my main mentor, among others, was Willie Xue, a great dance instructor. When I realized that Tango had become an addiction, I traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to study formally.
Do you give Tango lessons in Rosarito?
Yes I do, I teach classes in different places in Rosarito: The Institute of Culture of Baja California, Restaurant Bar “El Torito”.
Where can someone go to get private lessons?
The locations vary depending on the availability of student’s schedule and of course mine. Well privates can be given at “El Torito” and the ICBC, and a couple of other location are available for private lessons.
I have heard that there are different types of Tango. What type do you teach?
I teach Saloon Tango. The Saloon Tango is danced in a social environment. Many people are confused because they think the tango is acrobatic and when they come to realize that my class, we start with basic things like walking and to be aware of our body, etc.. Almost always people come to dance Tango classes because they saw a movie with tango or on TV and when they come to learn they find something very different. The popular tango that is seen on TV or the movies is the tango that is taught in Buenos Aires and is only sold to tourists. It is a Tango made for entertainment. The Tango Dancing that local people dance, is very different.
What actually takes place in your classes?
It is complicated to explain to people who do not dance tango. But I will try. Class begins with a warm-up. Then the student review the issue that will take place in class, which is usually a move preformed in tango. After each student learns that movement then we begin to work on their technique to preform the move, we continue until every student can preform the move of that day successfully.
What are the normal hours you teaching?
Most classes are held:
Tuesday: 15:00 to 18:00 hrs. ICBC in Rosarito
Friday: 19:00 to 20:00 hrs. El Torito
How many students do you to teach at one time?
Private classes of course is 1, maximum 2 students. In group classes, I normally have 5 to 20 students at one time.
What do I need to take to learn Tango?
In terms of clothing, dress comfortably, I give lessons “free” at the ICBC, for private lessons or more information please contact me at:
Phone: 661 107 3867