Craig & Regine Barkwith's hearts were captured by Argentine Tango in 2006.
At that time they were living in Palmerston North, and had been studying ballroom and latin dancing. After a basic tango course, fell in love with the dance and music of tango.
They moved to Wellington in 2007 and began with classes taught by Neville Waisbrod, the original founder of Tango del Alma, and then joined the Tango del Alma teaching team in 2013.
They have travelled to Buenos Aires multiple times, and their dancing style is very indicative of their time spent studying under Alicia Pons, whether she is in Buenos Aires, USA, or NZ.
Their love of travel has been combined with their deep passion for tango and this has meant they have danced tango in Italy, Germany, USA, Australia, and Argentina.
During their travels, they have taught classes in the USA, in Charleston and Augusta.
In 2019, Craig and Regine will begin their 7th year of teaching tango, (as the primary teachers and managers of Tango del Alma), and will be supported by a great team.
Tess has always loved dancing, starting jazz ballet as a teenager progressing to salsa and tango in the salon style in 1998. Neville inspired her to start close embrace tango in 2014 and after a 10 year break has found her passion. "Tango is a such a beautiful graceful expression and way to communicate with another person in an extraordinary way."
Mike started dancing in 2013 and has a very smooth style with great musicality and a real feel for the music and the connection with his partner. He has a great understanding of what this style of tango is about.
Mike and Tess have been teaching with Tango del Alma since 2017.
Their tango travels and tango experiences, mean that they bring a great range of additional skills to the team.
They are both looking forward to their 3rd year of teaching tango.
Merran has been dancing tango since 2012, and has been with Tango del Alma since 2013.
She is a very popular dancer, whether it is in NZ or Argentina.
Her personality means that she will bring wit, cheerfulness and a lovely personality to the team.
Victor started as a new student with Tango del Alma in 2014.
His tango travels both in NZ and Buenos Aires, give him a deep sense of the tango style he loves to dance.
During 2018, he has enjoyed assisting the team each week in the beginners class.
His calm, quiet, and encouraging personality make him an excellent teacher.
Both Merran and Victor are keen and well travelled tango dancers, and will bring an excellent set of skills to assist the 2019 Tango del Alma team.