LORI BURTON-KASSIN

Former Owner and instructor Lori Burton has over forty years of teaching experience, and has been specializing in Argentine Tango for the last twenty plus years. She was a soloist with the Metropolitan Ballet Society and has earned numerous top teacher awards in competitive ballroom, Latin, and rhythm styles. Lori is also a former two-time state body building champion.

Lori’s tango dancing has been featured on ESPN and local television, including a tango exhibition on PBS. Lori and the ATD studio have appeared in various other news sources including the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Macomb Daily, Crane’s Business News and many local papers.

Lori has studied Argentine tango extensively in Argentina with many of the greatest Argentine masters. Among her teachers are Carlos Gavito, Mingo Pugliese, Osvaldo Zotto, Fabian Salas, Graciela Gonzalez, Gustavo Naveira, Miguel Zotto, Juan Carlos Copes, Johana Copes, Aurora & Jorge Firpo, Facundo & Kely Posadas, Pablo Veron, Sergio Cortazzo & Gachi Fernandez, the Dinzels, Georgina Vargas and Oscar Mandagaran and others. Lori’s ties to the Argentine tango community have made it possible for her to host many guest visits from world renown masters, right here at her Michigan studio.

The legacy continues with her daughter, Amanda Accica which holds the title of 2016 USA Tango Stage Champion along with her husband Daniel Moreno

 

AMANDA ACCICA AND DANIEL MORENO

Owners Amanda Accica Moreno and Daniel Moreno are acclaimed tango dancers who in 2016
were awarded the title of USA Tango Champions in a nationwide competition.
The two were introduced to the tango art form through their families, and
later spent many years of study in Argentina, considered the birthplace of the tango.
In Argentina and US, they worked closely with distinguished teachers in disciplined study
and exchange programs. Amanda Accica and her
partner Daniel Moreno are among the most sought-after teachers and performances in the area.

 

YELENA MURRAY

Yelena has a background as a music instructor and Russian language instructor. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience and has studied music since the age of nine.

Yelena fell in love with Latin music for the first time when she walked into a salsa club over 10 years ago. She hasn’t stopped dancing since. She continues to take classes and workshops with various instructors and attends salsa congresses all over the U.S. and internationally.

Yelena currently teaches the Salsa, Bachata and the Club Style Latin classes

at Argentine Tango Detroit. Her courses include salsa, bachata, merengue, and cha cha. All ages and levels are welcome. Her classes are filled with fun, energy, and the firm belief that dancing is not only about technique. It is also about a passion for music.

 

TERRY HASTY

Terry began his training at the Fred Astair Dance Studio in Saginaw, MI in 1972. From there he continued on a lifelong career in dance instruction. Terry works with both singles and couples. At ATD he specializes in latin and ballroom dance.

 

DIONNE WASHINGTON

I am a passionate and committed hip hop dancer that would love to share my passion of dance with others. I teach a non judgemental class and try to make sure every dancer can come in, have fun and always want to come back for more. I dont only teach dance, I teach dancers to be confident, to perform and to have dedication in their movements. I like to challenge dancers because I always say “If it is not a challenge, you are not learning”. I have trained at Marygrove College and realized that dance is something I actually loved to do. I started taking classes outside of school with professionals that I know would get me better as a dancers and all the hard work paid off. I joined dance companys where we performed and competed in cities like here in Detroit, Pontiac, Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta and Los Angeles. One of my biggest accomplishments is competing in World of Dance Chicago. Our hard work qualified us to make it to World of Dance Finals in California. The experience was amazing were we was able to enjoy not once but twice. That being said, growing is number one. I did it and I want other to do so as well! – Dionne