Nashville Tango Club

who we are

Our Focus

Nashville Tango Club teaches Social Tango that fuses a variety of styles. Almost anyone can learn to dance Social Tango, which can be danced via basic steps or more complex combinations.

At Nashville Tango Club, we teach open embrace, but encourage our students to learn and practice close embrace so they can comfortably dance in both embraces and shift between open and close to allow the integration of various styles of tango. In tango world, such approach to dancing is referred as liquid tango.

Nashville Tango Club is an Argentine Tango social club. Our group of dancers and instructors has a diverse dance background and has traveled across the U.S. to study with internationally renowned Argentine Tango dancers. We love dancing and teaching Argentine Tango.


Director and Head Instructor of Nashville Tango Club MariaPia De Pasquale, native of Milan, Italy, started dancing Argentine Tango in 2001 in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been so enchanted by this sensual and creative dance and so enraptured that learning, dancing and interpreting Tango became the main activity of her free time. "Argentine Tango is an elegant and sensual dance that makes two people connect thru its music. It is a hymn to seduction, which music, poetry and passion are a part of", says MariaPia.

She was the Artistic Director, Head Instructor and choreographer for former non-profit Tango Nashville. Currently she is the director of Nashville Tango Club. MariaPia has studied with internationally renowned Argentine Tango dancers such as the Broadway star Pablo Veron, Miriam Larici, Nito and Elba, Fabian Salas, Carina Losano among other Argentine Tango Master Instructors. She never misses a chance to fly anywhere an Argentine Tango festival or a workshop calls her, whether it be in the US, Europe or Latin America.

When she moved to Nashville in 2002 she made it her mission to bring Argentine Tango to Nashville. To accomplish her task, MariaPia co-funded Nashville Tango Club to expose and educate Nashvillians to the passion of this extraordinary art.

MariaPia choreographs and performs at special events and presentations, and she also hosts 'Milongas' (the Argentine Tango dance/social gatherings) for the growing and enthusiastic local community. As Head Instructor, MariaPia teaches individual and group classes, and workshops, and also trains a Dance Troupe on a weekly basis.

Additionally, she has performed at the Tennessee Latino Awards Gala, artistic events in Cheekwood, the Frist Museum, festivals and at local entertainment venues. She has been a faculty member of the Nashville Ballet, the Vanderbilt Dance Program and the Metro Nashville Arts Center, and currently teaches at the Global Education Center.

When not on the dance floor, MariaPia De Pasquale, who is Research Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, does research in the AIDS field.


Dance Troupe

Anna Kovalkova, born and raised in Moscow, Russia, is an investment professional at Pharos Capital Group, a local private equity firm. Anna has a broad dance background having danced many styles of dance from ballet to ballroom. She fell in love with Argentine Tango when she took her first lessons in 2004 and has been dancing Tango ever since. Anna has performed at numerous local entertainment venues and has become a tango instructor for Nashville Tango Club. Anna sees Tango through a prism of two dancers “who are like an artist's paint brush drawing a beautiful painting on the dance floor, expressing the changing colors of Tango music.”

Carol Quinn was born and raised in Claremore, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. She is a massage therapist, hypnotherapist, and neuro-linguistic programming master practitioner. Carol fell in love with the Argentine Tango after viewing the film "The Tango Lesson," and began dancing Tango in 2007. She is also an avid ballroom dancer. Carol is now a tango performer and instructor for Nashville Tango Club. For Carol, “Argentine Tango represents a breaking away from the conventional," and she "enjoys the expression it allows between the man and the woman, revealing more of an intimate nature”.

Doug White, a native of Nashville, TN, got swept into the Tango in 2007, when he took his first tango lessons. The more he danced tango, the more he got drawn to the dance and the tango community, becoming a regular tanguero at the milongas, classes, workshops and other tango events. Doug joined the Troupe in 2010 and has become an avid performer and instructor. “Tango is the only dance I can feel and connect with, but it is also the tango community that makes this dance so special,” says Doug.


Linda Mason has been actively involved in dance in the Nashville area, serving professionally as the past executive director of the Tennessee Dance Theatre and as a board member of TangoNashville. She presently enjoys competing nationally in Pro/Am ballroom dancing. Linda is also a tango dancer and active supporter of Nashville Tango Club. She brings to the Nashville Tango Club her knowledge and skill from a wide variety of arts and community organizations, including serving as a past panelist on the Tennessee Arts Commission Grants Review Committee and Nashville Metro Arts Commission Grants Review Committee.

Erin O'Brien moved to Nashville from Kansas in May 2002 to attend Vanderbilt where she received her M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering. After graduate school Erin joined the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Water Pollution Control as a permit writer. Erin started taking Argentine Tango lessons in September 2008 at the encouragement of a friend and quickly fell in love with the dance. To Erin, tango is more than a dance: "it's a way to actively stop thinking and start feeling as you become surrounded by the music, the dance, and their many emotions."

Andrea Danti is a native of Verona, Italy, where he received his degree in Economics and Master in Certification of Quality for global quality. Andrea moved to Nashville, TN in 2005 after meeting MariaPia and falling in love with her. He started learning Argentine Tango as part of his new life with MariaPia and now, when he is not riding around town on his red Vespa scooter, he is dancing tango. He is an active supporter of Nashville Tango Club and is known as “the ladies man”, always an available leader for the joy of our followers. Additionally, Andrea is a successful entrepreneur and business owner of 100% Italiano Inc, a fine Italian wine distribution company.

Legend for the group picture <> Legend for our volunteers: Andrea Danti, the "ladies" leader and Erin O'Brien, the "secretary" In addition to the group picture and headshot, the page should display some other pictures of the troupe All photos/pictures sent as separate files

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