David Mendoza

David Mendoza can’t remember a time when he wasn’t dancing. He started with Rancheros and other social and folk dances of his native Texas. He learned plenty of performing skills in various drill teams in ROTC and the U.S. Navy, where he also boxed (against the Marines!) and studied martial arts. David has also run marathons and is devoted to Pilates.

Upon moving to California, he became infatuated with Salsa in the early 90s and was a fixture at the hottest Salsa clubs. He has been dancing Argentine Tango since 1994, studying with a long list of greatest Tango maestros (see below). He was a dancer with Pampa Cortes’ “Los Tangueros de San Francisco.  David has a reputation for being a generous and easy-to-follow leader – one who can make any lady enjoy her three minutes on the dance floor. David is also a renown Tango disc jockey, playing music for the Belmont Milonga, the Peninsula Practica and making guest appearances at various Milongas.

Nancy Stevens Mendoza

Nancy Stevens Mendoza gave her first dance performance before she turned three years old. She learned tap and acrobatics as a youngster; studied ballet with the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; modern dance with Shawl Anderson Dance Center; Isadora Duncan dancing; Martha Graham technique; and dance teacher training at the Metronome Ballroom. She won first place in the Silver American Tango meet at the Grand Ball, a national ballroom competition. She was a principal dancer with Nora Dinzelbacher’s “Argentine Tango Folk Ballet” from 1989 to 1994 and performed with Pampa Cortes “Los Tangueros de San Francisco. (See performance highlights below.)

Nancy was one of the first Tangueras in the San Francisco Bay Area. After becoming enthralled by the original Broadway production of Tango Argentino, which Nancy saw while working for MTV in New York City in 1986, she began a long search for locals who could teach her authentic ARGENTINE Tango. After suffering through countless American Ballroom Tango classes pretending to teach Argentine Tango, Nancy met the late Jose “Pepe” Fernandez, who along with his partner Madelyn Deys, presented the first authentic Tango reviews in the Bay Area. Being a radio announcer, TV performer and video producer, Nancy helped Pepe organize his shows and narrated the live performances. Through Pepe, Nancy met the fledgling San Francisco Tango community, which consisted of fewer than 20 dancers – most of them absolute beginners. The more advanced included Jorge & Rosa LeDesma (San Francisco’s first Argentine teachers of Tango), Al & Barbara Garvey (Bay Area Argentine Tango Association originators), Jean and Charlie Stewart, Victor Nemeses (Mariposa Argentine Tango Club organizer), and Hector Villaba (Mansion Dandi Royal owner) and Nora & Raul Dinzelbacher, who had just arrived in San Francisco. After Raul died in 1990, Nora decided to carry on alone. She needed an extra dancer for her first full-length performance by her troupe, the Argentine Tango Folk Ballet and was introduced to Nancy by two of the troupe’s dancers. Besides performing in Nora’s troupe until it disbanded circa 1995, Nancy also helped Nora with fundraising, organizing, assisting in class and doing whatever else was needed to help grow the Tango Community. For example, Nancy tended bar and otherwise helped Nora organize the Bay Area’s first real Milonga at the Renaissance Ballroom in San Francisco. She has taught many local teachers their first Tango steps and was one of the original 30 dancers who founded the Bay Area Argentine Tango Association. Nancy continues her support for the Tango community by hosting various milongas, sponsoring visiting maestros and donating her time and talent to various local fund raisers. Most of all, she is dedicated to dancing with her husband and devoted to teaching her students how to enjoy themselves on the dance floor.

David and Nancy have studied with many of the great Argentine Tango dancers and teachers of our time, including cast members of the stage shows, “Tango Argentino” and “Forever Tango.” The Mendoza’s greatest influence is their first and long-time teacher, Nora Dinzelbacher. The Mendozas have studied most extensively with Nito & Elba Garcia, Luis Castro & Claudia Mendoza, and Fernanda Ghi & Guillermo Merlo.

Other teachers and influences include:
Eduardo Arquimbaud  & Gloria Barraud, Pedro “El Indio” Benavente, Olga Besio, Juan Bruno, Carlos Copello & Alicia Monti, Juan Carlos Copes, Pampa Cortes, Diego DiFalco & Carolina Zokalski, Los Dinzel, Carlos Gavito & Marcela Duran, Graciela Gonzales, Hector & Elsa Maria Majoral, Oscar Mandagaran, Fabio Narvaez & Lorena Yacono, Gustavo & Giselle Anne Naveira, Omar & Vivana, Orlando Paiva, Milena Plebs, Facundo & Kely Posadas, Mingo, Pablo & Ester Pugliese, Guillermina Quieroga, Roberto Reis, Nestor Rey, Carlos & Maria Rivarola, Fabian Salas, Michael Walker & Luren Berluci, Miguel Angel Zotto and Osvaldo Zotto.


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Address of our studio: 580 Grand Ave, Suite # 305, Oakland, CA 94601





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