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Melbourne Maestro Intensivo – Changing Roles – with Marce Ospina and Elena Zaléz

September 18 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

– with Marce Ospina and Elena Zaléz

Step into someone else’s tango shoes and learn the other role to add depth and enjoyment to your dance.

Marce Ospina and Elena Zaléz, each experienced teachers, engaging performers and much-loved social dancers in their own right, have highly developed skills in both leading and following that they will share in this special Intensivo.

So we invite all Leaders who want to experience following and all Followers who want to develop leading skills to join us and take a walk on the wild side!


Topic:              Changing Roles
Date:               Sunday 18th September
Time:               1.00-3.00pm  (Please arrive 15 minutes prior)
Venue:             Mark Street Hall
Cost:                FREE for MST Members ($40 value)

Recommended for intermediate to advanced dancers.
Please note, this Intensivo topic will require changing partners during the session.

There are Limited places available.
You may to book as an individual or a couple but please note, all participants will take turns at Leading and Following in this session.

MST Practica will follow the Intensivo in the same venue – 3pm-6.00pm – $5 MST members – payable at the door

ALL Melbourne Maestro Intensivos are FREE for Members of Melbourne Social Tango.

Please ensure your membership status is Active before booking

If you are not yet a Member,
Join MST here
$25 annually/$20 concession or Interstate member

For more information, email: events@melbournesocialtango.com


Marcela Ospina (Marce) is originally from Colombia. While growing up she developed her passion for Tango by listening to her father singing and playing to the guitar. When Marcela was 17 she began studying Ballet, gymnastics and Tango. The combination of these three disciplines, as well as her bubbly Caribbean background, has contributed to her unique style. Since then, she has studied the followers’ technique in depth and perfected her own Tango embellishments and poetic rhythm. Her teaching philosophy consists of developing confidence in the social dancer to express their identity while incorporating specific movements in their own body based on their abilities and conditions.  

Her participation in different festivals, championships and performances in  Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Germany, has enriched her dancing and teaching skills. 

She currently lives in Melbourne and is a talented figure in the Tango community. She is passionate about contemporary dance and is also interested in exploring the change of roles in the dance and the many social values that can be incorporated into tango from this practice. She also runs Followers’ Tango Technique workshops throughout the year and is regularly invited as a guest teacher and DJ by different dance schools in Melbourne and other cities.

Elena Zaléz  You could say tango is in Elena’s blood.  Born in Argentina, she was raised on music as a child. She became fascinated with this mystical art form, and at 21, decided to study tango dance with some of the country’s most famous teachers while at the (UNA) National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires, the capital of tango.

As a dancer, Elena is practiced in both the classic and nuevo styles, but is most drawn to the authentic social tango of the milongas in Buenos Aires. 

She has lived in Europe, where she worked as a tango teacher, dance performer and organiser of tango events and has danced widely at tango festivals, marathons and encuentros there.

While living in Lisbon in 2008 with her partner Tom, her desire to fully understand the other side of the tango embrace led them to develop their skills in switching roles, together. 

As a long time teacher, Elena emphasises the connection of the tango embrace,  encouraging her students to find their own style and express that in the dance. She also focuses on musicality and as well as the cultural social aspects of tango. 

She loves to teach tango through the changing of roles as, through her own experience, this speeds the learning journey and it is also a symbolic representation of equality in our contemporary times.

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ABOUT Melbourne Maestros

Melbourne Social Tango is proud to present the Melbourne Maestro Intensivos featuring some of our most accomplished tango teachers – a program of one-off workshops, exclusive to and free for MST members.

The 2-hour Melbourne Maestro Intensivos are a great opportunity for you to challenge yourself, experience different teachers’ styles and have fun socialising with fellow tango lovers along the way.


September 18
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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