Welcome to Tango Utopia
Jae Youn is an internationally recognized dancer, teacher and DJ of Argentine Tango. Her goal is to promote and teach Argentine Tango. She is based in “The Triangle” (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) in North Carolina.
- Placed Second in the Milonga International category at the 2021 European Tango Cup (with partner Yatma Diallo). She is the only American to have placed in the competition’s history.
- Has taught, by invitation, in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Milan (Italy), Tel Aviv (Isreal); Asheville, Atlanta, Augusta, Brattleboro, Charleston, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Chicago, Knoxville, Minneapolis, Washington DC.
- Has DJ’d, by invitation, at festivals, milongas, marathons and encuentro milongueros in: Calabria (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Milan (Italy), Tel Aviv (Israel), Tenerife (Spain); Albuquerque, Asheville, Atlanta, August, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbia, Knoxville, Louisville, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newport News, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Salida, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Tucson, Washington DC.
- Jae has been teaching Tango in the Triangle since 2011, where she also organizes a weekly practica, and a monthly milonga.
Training. Tango maestros Jae has studied with include: Alicia Pons, Brigitta Winkler, Tomas Howlin, Alex Krebs, Nick Jones & Diana Cruz, Fabian Salas & Lola Diaz, Chicho Frumboli & Juana Sepulveda, Sebastian Arce & Mariana Montes, Sebastian Jimenez & Maria Ines Bogado, Javier Rodriguez & Noelia Barsi, Andres Monlia, Homer & Christina Ladas, Virginia Pandolfi, Luis Rojas, Oscar Casas, Ana Miguel.
Teaching. Jae’s approach emphasizes, and seeks to blend, the physical and mental connections, and musical properties of the dance. She embraces tango as a medium through which we may express ourselves, communicate with our partners and immerse ourselves in the music and ambient energy that is the social tango experience.
DJ-ing. As a DJ, Jae loves the challenge of keeping dancers on the floor to the very last tanda. Her music selection is responsive, guided by her sensitivity to the energy of a milonga. Her music library is focused on the traditional masters.