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Chelsea Eng
 
Chelsea Eng is an Argentine Tango professional with over 20 years of experience in Dance: improvisation, choreography, direction, performance, curriculum development, teaching, and writing. She has made 23 trips to Argentina since 1994. She has performed 7 times (4 with CITA, the Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino, and 3 with Tanghetto) on the stage of the ND Teatro/Buenos Aires, and multiple times in famous Buenos Aires milongas (Confitería Ideal, Niño Bien, Salón Canning, La Viruta). She has taught and performed in cities across the U.S. (Portland, Las Vegas, Seattle, Philadelphia, Honolulu, San Diego, LA, NYC) and performed in major theaters of her home city of San Francisco. She participated in the 2018 International Tango Summit/Los Angeles as a performer, teacher, and officiating monitor of the US National Argentine Tango Association (USNATA) competitions. She was selected to be on the 2018-19 Board of Jurors of the Premios Tango, based in Buenos Aires. Through tango she addresses the social justice issues of embracing diversity and countering gender and LGBTQ-based oppression. She has been doing pioneering work in Lead-Follow Exchange and the portrayal of women in tango performance since the early 2000s. In traditional Argentine tango, the partner roles are gender-bound: one male leader leads one female follower. Chelsea's work as an artist for social change is grounded in her extensive training in, longtime experience with, and deep respect for, traditional tango. For over 15 years she has sought to open minds within the tango community around gender equity and LGBTQ rights. She has used the language of tango to tell fresh stories, to showcase women partnering women in duets and groups, to share tango within the LGBTQ community worldwide, and to evolve the tango language itself by developing and cultivating ‘all-genders-welcome’ Lead-Follow Exchange. Since 2013 Chelsea has ventured into new, related avenues, collaborating with a diverse-ability dancer and an actor who identifies as trans. Together with Philip Kan Gotanda she co-directed Tango Body ~ A Love Story (Cuerpo Tanguero ~ Una Historia de Amor), a 2017 short film, which screened at the 2018 International Tango Summit/Los Angeles. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

FILM & TV: DIRECTION, CHOREOGRAPHY & PERFORMANCE
  • Co-Directed with Philip Kan Gotanda 2017 short film Tango Body ~ A Love Story/Cuerpo Tanguero ~ Una Historia de Amor (Executive Producer Raymond L. Ocampo, Jr). Principal dancer-choreographer and actor with Rodney Bell in same. Screened at 2018 International Tango Summit/Los Angeles
  • Dancer in 2010 feature film Playground of Dreams (Director Shireen Daryadel, Golden Gate Artists Films). Screened at Balboa Theater/San Francisco. Official Selection, New Filmmakers New York 2012.
  • Dancer in 2009 feature film California Tango (La Honda Films). Screened at Roxie Theatre/San Francisco
  • Featured Dancer & Interviewee on Latin Eyes/national television

STAGE: IMPROVISATION, CHOREOGRAPHY & PERFORMANCE
  • Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino (CITA), Theater Shows 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015 at ND Teatro; Opening Night (2016) & Closing Night (2015) at Confitería Ideal; Opening Night (2018, 2017) at Abasto Hotel/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
  • with electrotango band Tanghetto in 2015, 2014 & 2012 Tanghetto shows (Artistic Director: Max Masri) at ND Teatro; 2016 at Salón Canning; 2018 & 2017 at La Viruta/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA; 2018 at Astoria Tango Club/New York City
  • São Paulo Tango Festival 2018 Theater Show at Teatro Gazeta; Friday Night & Closing Night milongas/São Paulo, BRAZIL
  • with Orquesta Victoria at Marines' Memorial Theater/San Francisco
  • Tango Addiction (Donna Sotiropoulos, Producer) mainstage show at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 
  • 2018 International Tango Summit/Los Angeles 
  • with Joe Powers, Trio Garufa, Seth Asarnow, Marcelo Puig, Tangonero & Claudio Ortega, Hugo Wainzinger, MonTango, and Tango No. 9
  • featured performer in Fashion Show by Buenos Aires-based fashion designer Viviana Laguzzi/Mimi Pinzon at USA Tango Championships 2015
  • Diálogos on theatre row/Hollywood, California
  • Co-founded (in January 2004) the all-woman collaborative dance company Tango Con*Fusión. Choreographer-dancer with TCF for almost 11 years 
         Highlights with Tango Con*Fusión:
- with electrotango band Tanghetto in 2011 at 
- theater Sala Zitarrosa/Montevideo, URUGUAY
- Salón Canning/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
- Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino (CITA) 2010 & 2014 at Niño Bien/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA *as the first all-female company to perform at this long-running event
- Lady's Tango Festival at theater La Usina Del Arte/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
-Confitería Ideal/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
- International Dance Festival/New York City
- GlamourTango (Artistic Director: Polly Ferman) at Logan Square Auditorium/Chicago
- Leading Ladies of Tango at Herbst Theatre/San Francisco
- WestWave Dance Festival at YBCA Novellus Theater/San Francisco

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT & TEACHING
  • was one half of the first all-female pair and the first American pair, to teach (and to present Lead-Follow Exchange as a topic - in 2010, 2014 & 2015 - and to teach 2 levels of same in 2016 & 2017; 2018) at the Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino (CITA)/Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
  • was one half of the first all-female pair and the first pair representing the United States, to teach 2 levels of Lead-Follow Exchange (and to present Lead-Follow Exchange as a topic) in 2018 at the 1st São Paulo Tango Festival/São Paulo, BRAZIL
  • the only solo female teacher to serve on the faculty of the 2018 International Tango Summit/Los Angeles; one half of the first all-female pair to teach Lead-Follow Exchange at same
  • founder/creator (in 2000) of the popular Argentine Tango Program at City College of San Francisco; regularly teaches semester-length credit courses in Argentine Tango through CCSF's Izzy award-winning Dance Department: www.ccsf.edu
  • has substitute-taught Intermediate Ballet (full semester), Dance Conditioning and Yoga at City College of SF
  • delegate from City College of SF to the 2017 California Federation of Teachers statewide conference in Sacramento
  • since the mid-1990s - has taught at workshops & festivals in many U.S. cities {Portland (7 TangoFests), Las Vegas, Seattle, Philadelphia, Honolulu, San Diego, Los Angeles}, and at multiple international festivals in Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

RADIO, WRITING & VOICEOVER
  • interviewed on radio station La 2 x 4 - program Tangos en la Madrugada/ -Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
  • wrote and voiced the voiceovers for Trading Places, a DVD on lead-follow exchange released by Tango Con*Fusión in celebration of the company's 10-year anniversary
  • dance writing has been published in The Queer Tango Book: Ideas, Images and Inspiration in the 21st Century; and in IN DANCE, San Francisco's long-running dance newsletter 
  • animal advocacy writing has been published in Best Friends Animal Society's Sanctuary Stories (online), House Rabbit Journal (print), and Small Pet Select (online)
  • training in voiceover & on-camera at Voice One/San Francisco

GRANTS RECEIVED
Recipient of a CA$H Grant in Dance (a grants program of Theatre Bay Area, in partnership with Dancers' Group) for a collaborative project with dancer-choreographer Rodney Bell

2-time recipient of a City College of SF Faculty Travel Grant to attend ATUSA (Argentine Tango USA Festival)

DANCE AWARDS 
FM La Tribu radio station - 2nd place in tango competition/Buenos Aires
California Winter Festival - Supreme Dance Award, Theater Arts category

EDUCATION
Master of Arts Curriculum Studies & Teacher Education - Dance Specialization
Stanford Graduate School of Education Stanford, CA, USA

Bachelor of Arts French, Dance Minor
Stanford University Stanford, CA, USA

Dance Scholarships awarded by audition/application as a student: 
Friends of Dance Summer Study Award/Stanford University
Stephens College Summer Dance/Columbia, MO  


Reiki practitioner with the Center of Living Light/New York City; 
Also trained through Reiki Center for Healing Arts/San Francisco  

CPR/AED/First Aid certified