ANA PADRON & DIEGO BLANCO
Originally active as classical and modern dance performers and teachers, Diego Blanco and Ana Padron first met as teenagers in High school of the famous New World School of Arts, a hotbed of new artistic talent. At that age, both have been already accomplished professional performers and quickly discovered shared interest in combining the virtuosic artistry of classical dance with the emotional power of tango.
Ana Padron born in Miami to a family of Cuban decedents, has been studying ballet from the age of 4 and was well familiar with rigorous training required by classical studios and Cuban-influenced classical dance with its emphasis on virtuosity and high physical skill. A daughter of a professional musician, she has embraced musicality as part of her training since the earliest years. Upon graduating from New Word in 2004, she has been a company member of Martha Graham Dance Ensemble’s junior division.
Diego Blanco, born in Colombia, came to the U.S. as a nine-year old and quickly embraced dance which, because of his father’s passion for tango, has always been part of his upbringing. It became for him a means of expression and integration into the new culture. Trained in the traditional Argentinian approach filtered through multicultural influences of his new home, he has been performing the tango at milongas and arts centers since the age of 11, winning awards and gaining recognition as a skilled performer and choreographer with highly personal, evocative style. In 2001, Diego received from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Art first place in choreography from their ARTS (Arts Recognition and Talent Search) program.
Learning and evolving together, Diego and
Ana quickly raised to become world-class
performers, winning many accolades for
their tango presentations, including a 2008
Soka Gakkai Malaysia, a prize awarded by an
organization dedicated to championing art that
embodies Buddhist principles of humanism and
peace. It was presented in recognition of their
“dedication to Argentine Tango as a form of
They have been performing in many festivals
in the US and abroad, including appearances
in off-Broadway and Broadway productions
in NYC. They tour and teach at tango festivals
in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and they
have performed at Jacob’s Pillow, with the
New Generation Dance Company. They also
appeared recently with the Broadway Tango
Dance Company, at the DUMBO Dance
Festival with John Ryan Theater.