Diomar “Giraldo” Escobar
Giraldo graduated from the IPC Drama School in Colombia and for four years was a member of Danza Experimental de Cali (DECA). In 1993 Diomar came to London where he continued to study dance and choreography at Lewisham College until 1996. In 1994 he co-founded artLat and went on to become a lead-performer of the company. He has been dancing Argentinean tango since 1990 and travels frequently to Buenos Aires to further his training with recognised Masters like Roberto Herrera and Osvaldo Zotto.
Since 2001 Giraldo has been touring the UK with the acclaimed shows Subitango and Tiempo de Tango. Giraldo teaches Argentinean Tango throughout the UK and is regularly invited to teach abroad. He has appeared dancing in the films Evita and Dance, a Channel 4-commissioned film, and collaborated with Deborah Bull’s BBC dance season Travels with my Tutu.
Giraldo was a guest dancer performing Argentinean Tango at BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in the 2005, 2006 and 2008 series. In 2007 Giraldo performed in Carmen, directed by Sally Potter. An English National Opera Production. In 2009 Giraldo co-choreographed and performed in Transtango. Giraldo is a leading tango dancer in the new west end tango production MIDNIGHT TANGO with Vincent and Flavia BBC stars of Strictly Come Dancing, opening at the Strand Theatre in January 2012.
Alexandra has been teaching tango for 15 years, she trained in classical ballet and later contemporary dance, she worked professionally as a contemporary dancer. She trained in dance and other performing arts for 6 years, in the latter three she studied and gained BA hons degree in Dance. She continues to train and study all forms but her passions for Argentine Tango formed her career.
Her tango training took place mainly in Buenos Aires. She had the privilege of performing in many milongas in Buenos Aires. She studied with many masters including Miguel Angel Zotto (with whom she had the honour of teaching) Osvaldo Zotto, Los Dispari, and the incredible Misse family especially Andrea Misse as well as along with many other teachers.
Alexandra co- created the first Argentine tango school in London, Tango in Action in 2002.
She now runs ‘Alexandra Wood Tango school’ in London and enjoys travelling to teach and perform internationally.
She performed in the stage hit Midnight Tango, and was the dance captain and performed with the show for 2 years! she also performed for Milos Karadaglic for The BBC classic Brit awards, and on This morning. She danced on The Zingzillas! In 2013 she performed on Strictly Come Dancing. She tours currently in the UK performing with Tango Motion with Tango Siempre and creates Tango holidays. Www.alexandrawoodtango.com