DJ‘s October 7 - 9, 2022 - Encuentro Elegante Seattle!

Welcome to the 2022 line up for the Encuentro Elegante Seattle
Here are your DJ‘s from around the world, each one bringing you something special.

Former DJ's




Paola De Venezia  -Noci (Apulia- Italy)
Known as PAOLA De Venezia - from Noci (Apulia- Italy). Paola is a Tango dancer who has lived and worked in Argentina. As a music lover, particularly of tango music, she has become one of the most admired and popular Tango DJ‘s in Italy and throughout Europe. Paola is known for creating the energy that keeps tangueros dancing. Her care and sensitivity inspires and stimulates the enthusiasm of the dancer which is essential in a Milonga. Paola has DJ‘d in various Tango milongas and most importantly, Encuentros Milongueros and Marathons throughout Italy and Europe.
She is also one of the organizers for NOCITANGO, Encuentro Milonguero TanGOaGOGO (Verbania- Italy), Avventura Milonguera Peace & Love in Noci (Ba-Italy)


Jae Youn -Durham, NC
Jae is the founder of Tango Utopia in the greater Raleigh/Durham area. She is recognized as one of the premier teachers, dancers and DJ's as well as the organizer of the monthly Milonga Utopia and the weekly practicas. As a DJ, Jae loves the challenge of keeping dancers on the floor to the very last tanda. Her sensitivity to the energy of a milonga influences her music selection. Her music library is focused on the traditional masters, and this is also reflected in her musical choices. She has been invited to DJ at festivals, milongas, marathons and encuentros around the US and Europe.


Andy Stein, -Newport News, VA
In support of the tango community during the pandemic, Andy provided virtual milongas on Zoom each Saturday in place of the evening milongas in Europe and USA: Virtual 6 Milonga, Tandas Around the World and Milonga as a Service (MaaS).
Andy DJ'd at US Encuentros and Tango Marathons and is the organizer of the Newport News Encuentro (E+).

Vincent Lam, -Vancouver, Canada
Vincent has been dancing tango for 16 years and spinning tunes in the Pacific Northwest and at 33 Encuentros, Marathons & Festivals throughout North America, Japan and Europe for the past ten.
He favors traditional tangos, mixing his tunes with a sense of fun and romance. Vincent enjoys photography and travel, but of course, all revolving around tango.

Vivian Konstantakos, -Port Townsend, Wa
Vivian started her first steps in the tango arena almost two decades ago and has been Dj‘ing since 2009. She has been very active in the tango scene of Seattle before the pandemic both in dancing and Dj‘ing.
Vivian describes her Dj‘ing as her love affair with the dancers. She loves to be present with the whole floor, being right there with them at the moment. Therefore, she creates her milongas on the fly, being only one song ahead of the dancers, trying each time to tune in with the dancers and create the magic.
The PNW has her heart, and she is happy to call Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula home.


 

DJ‘s Oct 2021 - Encuentro Elegante Seattle!



Ashvin Iyer -San Francisco, CA.
Ashvin recently returned from an impromptu DJ tour of Buenos Aires, invited to play at the world‘s most iconic venues such as Gricel, Salon Canning (Parakultural), El Beso, Villa Malcolm and others. Ashvin deejays primarily in the rhythmic style of Golden Age tango music. He believes in keeping the mood generally happy, and that tango flow for dancers happens from song to song as much as over periods of time. For this reason, his tandas are considered unpredictable. He is as adept at following the crowd as he is leading it. What makes his work stand out is the depth of emotion he manages to evoke from his dancers.
Ashvin is also invited at tango festivals worldwide to give seminars on the art of DJ-ing.


Marcelo -Rosensaft, Israel
Marcelo was born in Uruguay and has been living in Israel since 1977 where he has been DJing since 2011. He is considered to be one of the best DJs in the area. He is not only a DJ, but also a devoted ‘milonguero’.
Since 2014 Marcelo travels to North America frequently, several times a year. His main tango DJ home in the US is NYC but he‘s also DJed with success in the San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, Denver, Boston, Vancouver, Seattle, DC, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, and more. In NYC, where he visits regularly, he has played his music in most of the milongas and is appointed again and again. The same has been happening lately in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2018, Marcelo started DJing in larger events. As he becomes more known among the event organizers and the milongueros, he is getting more and more invitations.
Two turning points in Marcelo‘s DJ carrier are his appointment as the official DJ of the ATUSA championship in 2021 and his DJ appointments in Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the beginning of 2020 at eight well-known milongas.
His music is very traditional and well balanced. People cannot stop dancing and as he gets to be better known in the USA and Canada, more and more people attend milongas because he is the DJ. Though he starts with a pre-arranged playlist, he makes sure that the music matches the situation on the dance floor and the ambiance of the milonga. When possible, being the DJ does not prevent Marcelo from dancing a lot during the milonga while feeling the dance floor.
In support of the tango community during the pandemic, Andy provided virtual milongas on Zoom each Saturday in place of the evening milongas in Europe and USA: Virtual 6 Milonga, Tandas Around the World and Milonga as a Service (MaaS) tinyurl.com/milongas.
Andy DJ'd at US Encuentros and Tango Marathons and is the organizer of the Newport News Encuentro (E+).


Jae Youn -Durham, NC
Jae is the founder of Tango Utopia in the greater Raleigh/Durham area. She is recognized as one of the premier teachers, dancers and DJ's as well as the organizer of the monthly Milonga Utopia and the weekly practicas. As a DJ, Jae loves the challenge of keeping dancers on the floor to the very last tanda. Her sensitivity to the energy of a milonga influences her music selection. Her music library is focused on the traditional masters, and this is also reflected in her musical choices. She has been invited to DJ at festivals, milongas, marathons and encuentros around the US and Europe.


Ken Brown -Seattle, WA
Ken‘s favorite saying is: “I fell in love with the music first; then I learned how to dance”. With Ken‘s love of tango music, he begun a quest that led to the creation of the workshop “Musicality and the Brain” which is a journey on how music affects the brain and how it effects your dance. Ken has been teaching this for over a decade and brings this knowledge to his DJ style. Currently the House DJ for one of the oldest running Milonga in Seattle, WA. Ken is known for listening to and playing for the crowd. Not believing in a playlist, he chooses his music on the fly by the energy created by the dancers in the room. You will often see him standing to feel the music and sense the crowd during the Milonga.
Ken has traveled all over the United States and Internationally DJing at different Milonga‘s and dancing. Being a person who practices what he preaches, you will always find Ken looking for ways to improve his dance and his DJing.