Lynne Schmitt, Director
I started dancing Argentine Tango in advance of attending a destination wedding Buenos Aires in 2009. I currently dance as much as possible and serve as the Board Director for Tango del Barrio. As Director, I work to help Tango del Barrio provide a home for people to learn and dance tango by providing class instruction and social events (Milongas and Practicas) in a way that builds interest and skills in a growing and vibrant Cincinnati tango community so that we support personal growth and a feeling of inclusiveness and energy for dancers at all levels.
After I was invited to my first Argentine tango event, a Milonga, I watched all night and immediately fell in love with the dance. I was quickly made aware when it was my turn to try, that I’d have to learn how to walk again. From there, my tango journey took off. I now enjoy serving on the board and teaching beginner classes at Tango del Barrio. It has become my tango home – I have shared many dances, made many new friends, and continue to learn so much.
About 10 years ago my husband Reid & I decided to take advantage of a Tango del Barrio groupon and learn to dance. We discovered a welcoming community, wonderful teachers, and a great way to keep active. I help to teach the beginner class -Reid enjoys being a DJ.
In 1999 a group of friends and I decided to take a tango class together. I danced for awhile, stopped for a few years and in 2004 returned to tango with a vengeance. It became a passion and a lifestyle. I teach with Jake, my dance and life partner, serve on the board of Tango del Barrio, and often cohost our Saturday milongas.
My involvement with tango started with the music, which I remember hearing at home since childhood. I started dancing in 1999, stopped for awhile and resumed in 2004, dancing continually into the present. Around 2009 I began teaching with Ella, my dance and life partner. Around the same time we joined the board of Tango del Barrio. In addition to teaching, which I really enjoy, Ella and I often host our Saturday milongas where I also DJ.
Charles (Chuck) Reder
Sometime in the late 20th century, I stumbled into Argentine tango along with a group of similarly unwitting middle-aged pilgrims. For the next year, I wandered aimlessly into the dark and arcane world of this mysterious dance. Then, out of the east came my talented learning and subsequently teaching partner, Debby. Along with and apart from her, I studied with many tango legends, some of whom no longer dance in this dimension. I love to share my passion with other extant and somewhat sentient beings.
Anthony (Tony) Seta
I have been dancing tango since 2002. I was introduced to Argentine Tango through a friend from the salsa community and a good tango movie. I dance for enjoyment in the context of practicing and continually improving on Tango fundamentals and protocols. I am the Treasurer for Tango del Barrio and an Instructor for Level I classes.
I have an enormous passion for dancing. I have been exposed to tango since I was a child in my hometown of Medellin, Colombia, but it wasn’t until I moved far away that I decided to learn how to dance it. Since I began this exciting journey with this amazing community I have been fascinated with this dance. It completely changed my perspective on dancing, and tango keeps me enchanted because I learn something new every time I dance tango.