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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
Owner Amanda Accica an acclaimed tango dancers who in 2016
2021 and 2023 awarded the title of USA Tango Champions in a nationwide competition.
Amanda was introduced to the tango art form through her mother, former owner Lori Burton, and
later spent many years of study in Argentina, considered the birthplace of the tango.
In Argentina and US, she worked closely with distinguished teachers in disciplined study
and exchange programs in Tango and other Latin dances. Amanda Accica is among the most sought-after teacher and performer in the area.
Instructor Donato is one of the most talented in the last new generations of tango dancers in Argentina from the end of 1999. Musical, elegant, precise, driven, Donato teaches tango as he dances it: with energy, passion and sensitivity. From his hometown of Mar del Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he has been part of a group of enthusiastic young dancers that has continued to tirelessly explore the intricacies of this dance. He has studied with many renowned teachers who were quick to notice his impressive technical skills; thus earning the respect of all of them . Donato has been invited to international tango festivals in the United States, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Europe (Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Finland), Mexico, Brazil and among many other countries. He has performed in many theaters in Argentina. He has been invited to perform at the International Argentine Tango Congresses (CITA) in Buenos Aires, since 2006. One of the most prestigious tango congresses in the world.
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.