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The Dancer: Michael and the Tango (Crellin_Profile_08_20_2013_Mixdown)

Olivia Crellin on August 22, 2013 11:20

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    My first radio project, produced in an afternoon, during Columbia J School bootcamp.

    In a little corner of Argentina on Lafayette Street a new tango club has just opened. Olivia Crellin met with one of the stars of the show.

    In the shady basement of The Malbec and Tango Michael Nadtochi is warming up on stage. He’s rehearsing for the opening show at the new tango house and restaurant. The show opened 3 months ago and plays six nights a week from Tuesday to Sunday to live music.

    Michael began dancing in his home country of Russia and at first it was something social.

    “Well, the first time that I formally danced I was about ten years old and I took my first ballroom class. I didn’t really want to play sports much or play a musical instrument but the idea of movement and connecting to music and connecting to another group of kids was a great idea for me,” he said.

    After deciding to make dance his profession Michael left Russia and came to the States ten years ago. In Russia the competition was too fierce. Now he and his fellow Russian dance partner, Zoya, are the stars of The Malbec and Tango’s first show - along with five other couples.

    “The particular style that I like is a quiet tango. A tango salon, we call it. A style where a man and a woman are gliding across the floor slowly with no rush.”

    The couple have been dancing together for a year and a half now and if you want to catch a glimpse of the show tickets cost $50 or more.

    I’m Olivia Crellin for Columbia Radio News.

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