Authentic Argentine Tango in Ireland



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RTE documentary on 4th ArgentineTango Festival (2005)

RTE News on Argentine Tango Festival 2010 (11th August 2010)


COMPADRITO on the Radio

RTE Radio on the Tango Festival 2008 (->podcast 21 Aug 2008)

Phil Cawley from Today FM gets tangoed..: watch & listen (podcast July 2009)












Established by dancers Simona Zaino and Hernan Catvin in 2004, Compadrito Tango is a community group that was set up in Ireland with the intent of offering people the opportunity to learn and dance Argentine Tango through a variety of event such as classes, milongas, workshops, festivals and more. We collaborate with local and international artists, all sharing the same passion for Tango, to bring you the best of Tango dance and music.

While offering you the authentic Argentine Tango experience, we intend to dispel the belief that Tango’s sensual and elegant movements can only be achieved by professional dancers. But above all, we intend to bring Tango off the stage and make it once again what it was in its origins: a social dance for people of all ages and backgrounds, in the real Buenos Aires spirit!

Tango Classes

Hernan and Simona are highly experienced tango instructors and wish to share their passion for tango dance. They have been teaching in Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and the U.S.A. Together with their colleagues, they volunteer their time to run regular classes for all levels. Please click here to see the current timetable.

 Performances and events

Since they started Compadrito
Tango in 2004, Simona and  Hernan have performed regularly at numerous dance and music events around Ireland such as  Dublin Fringe Festival, the Oxegen International Music Festival,  the Olympia Theatre with Camille O’Sullivan, the Solstice Arts Centre and the National Concert Hall with Fionnula Hunt, the Ballina Arts Festival, the Rathmines Arts Festival. They have collaborated as dancers and tango choreographers in the opera  'Maria De Buenos Aires' by Astor Piazzolla, staged at the Cork Opera House and directed by Conor Hanratty.

Simona and Hernan have also choreographed and appeared as main dancers in the short film "Tango in D minor" by Maurizio Usai.

They are regular guest teachers at the Cork Tango Festival as well as founders and directors of the International Tango Festival in Ireland  a non-profit event which is one of the most successful festivals of its kind, with hundreds of people joining every year from Ireland and abroad to dance, experience Argentine culture and share joyful moments on the dance floor.

Click here to see a list of past and upcoming events and recent videos



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