Alexandra Kotelnitskaya Dj Tangess (Kiev, Ukraine)

 I don't believe it's possible not to play at least one tanda of Troilo in 3 hours. I love to watch people dancing to my favorite music and saying 'thank you for the music' with eye-contact afterwards, and I suffer from the usual Tango-DJ mental disorder of separating non-tango music into just two categories: suitable for cortinas, and everything else ;)

I enjoy being a tango DJ so much that I started to organize a special festival Tango Remolino where DJs are the main and only stars. So now I am looking for them everywhere in the world.

After my long experience as a Tango DJ, I pretty much know what tango to play at what moment, simply based on the smiles and reactions from the dancers. I use all the well known tangos from the Edad de Oro to fill the dance floor with energy and passion.

Dj classes and classes about tango music:

  1. How to be a tango DJ? (Only for DJs)

Before deciding to be a tango-DJ it’s vital to understand for yourself: if it’s going to be a job or a hobby (that eventually can grow into the job). I want you to think over following questions:

What are you thinking about when you play music and the milonga? What do you ask yourself from time to time?

How to be a part of DJ team at the event? Why is it necessary?

How to obtain your DJ style? Why do you need it?

How to make a carreer out of it? What and who can help?

This conversation will not include working on your playlists or drawing chart, we won’t talk about tango music history — we will drink wine (mate?) and talk.

2. How to listen to tango music? (For everyone)

So you started tango and your teacher told you to get some tango music and listen to it at home. I’ll provide some helpful advices on how to get going, how not to get bored, where to start. If you want to know where this music is coming from, why it sounds like this, how to get used to listen to it and how to love it — this lecture is for you. After all these years in tango I still get goosebumps listening to small particular details of it and it will never get old or boring to dance it.

3. The bandoneón: inhale and exhale. (for everyone)

If we can find a bandoneonist player with an instrument we can do a lovely lecture about bandoneón — “the soul of tango”. Why it’s called like this? In my opinion it’s very important to hear it and distinguish in music. We’ll talk and listen how different tango orquestas used it’s power in musical arrangements. It can help you understand music better even without understanding lyrics.

Countries where I played:

  1. Argentina
  2. Austria
  3. Belarus
  4. Belgium
  5. China
  6. Estonia
  7. Finland
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Israel
  11. Italy
  12. Nothern Cyprus
  13. Poland
  14. Portugal
  15. Romania
  16. Russia
  17. Spain
  18. Sweden
  19. Switzerland
  20. Turkey
  21. Ukraine

Festivals and marathons:

2018

September – Timisoara tango marathon, Romania

June – Tango Sauna marathon, Finland

May – Tango Festival, Tel-Aviv, Israel

April –Tango Viejo Tallinn Marathon, Estonia

April – UK Tango Festival and Championship, London, UK

April – Trasnochando: 3 days & nights of tango, Berlin, Germany (peña)

March – “Night and day” Tango marathon, Kyiv, Ukraine

March –  Minsk Tango Festival, Belarus (peña)

February - Tango Frostbite, Helsinki, Finland

2017

September - Lodz Tango Festival, Poland (peña)

September – Sueño de Varsovia tango marathon, Warsaw, Poland

June – Midnight light tango marathon, Umeå, Sweden

May -  Atlântico, Porto, Portugal

April – Tango Viejo Tallinn Marathon, Estonia

April – Trasnochando: 3 days & nights of tango, Berlin, Germany

April – Secreto, Budapest, Hungary

March – “Night and day” Tango marathon, Kyiv, Ukraine

February - Tango Frostbite, Helsinki, Finland

February - Flores de Invierno, Moscow, Russia

January - Tango Remolino DJ Festival, Lviv, Ukraine

2016

November -  Tango Ritual, Istanbul, Turkey

September - Lodz Tango Festival, Poland

May -  Tango Viejo Tallinn Marathon, Estonia

May - Festivalito Tango Primavera Zürich, Switzerland

May -  Atlântico, Porto, Portugal

March - Trasnochando: 3 days & nights of tango, Berlin, Germany

February - Kyiv Encuentro, Ukraine

2015

November - Tango Ritual, Istanbul, Turkey

September - World of Tango Festival, Tampere, Finland

May - L’Aquila Tango Festival, Italy

May - Festivalito Tango Primavera, Zurich, Switzerland

May - Viejo Tallinn Tango Marathon, Estonia

April - Berlin Trasnochando 3 days and nights, Germany

2014

December - Tango Remolino, Lviv, Ukraine

October - Kiev Tango Festival, Ukraine

September - World of Tango Festival, Tampere, Finland

September - Lodz Tango Festival, Poland

September- Kiev Tango Seasons Marathon, Ukraine

July - Odessa Tango D'amore festival, Ukraine

June - El Huracan tango marathon, Moscow, Russia

June - TangoRio Fesival, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

May - L’Aquila Tango Festival, Italy

May - Kiev Tango Seasons Marathon, Ukraine

May - Viejo Tallinn Tango Marathon, Estonia

April - OsterTango Festival, Basel, Switzerland

March - Minsk Tango Festival, Belarus

January - Tango Remolino, L’viv, Ukraine

2013

November - Shanghai Tango Marathon, China

October - Kiev Tango Festival, Ukraine

September - Lodz Tango Festival, Poland

September- Kiev Tango Seasons Marathon, Ukraine

September - Chill-out tango marathon, Antalya, Turkey

September - Westcoast Tango Marathon, Gothenburg, Sweden

July - Kiev Tango marathon, Ukraine

July - Odessa Tango D'amore festival, Ukraine

June - El Huracan tango marathon, Moscow, Russia

May - Milonga El abrazo del tango, Rhodes, Greece

May - L'Aquilla tango festival, Italy

May - Berlin 'Nou' milonga, Germany

May - Kiev Tango Seasons, Ukraine

February - Warsaw Tango Marathon, Poland

January - Tango Remolino, Lviv, Ukraine

2012

December - Krakow Tango Marathon, Poland

October - Tango Riviera Marathon, Lloret del Mar, Spain

August - Idustrial Tango Exchange, Svyatogorsk, Ukraine

July - Tango D’Amore Festival, Odessa, Ukraine

June - El Huracan Tango Marathon, Moscow region, Russia

May - Wawel Tango Festival, Krakow, Poland

2011

November - Tango Marathon ParaVos, Moscow, Russia

October -  Tango Marathon ParaVos, Moscow, Russia

September - Tango Caliente, Opatija, Croatia

July - Tango D’Amore, Odessa, Ukraine

June - El Huracan Tango Marathon, Moscow, Russia

February - Tango Frostbite, Helsinki, Finland

February - Argentinian Holidays, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

January - Tango Remolino, Lviv, Ukraine

2010

September - Sabor del Tango, Yalta, Ukraine

July - Tango D’Amore, Odessa, Ukraine

June - White Nights Tango, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

June - Capri Tango Festival, Italy

April - Ankara Tango Festival, Turkey

April - Malmoe Tango Festival, Sweden

January - Tango Remolino, Lviv, Ukraine

2009

October - Tango Kiev Style, Kiev, Ukraine

September -  Tango Remolino (pilot), Lviv, Ukraine

July - Tango D’Amore, Odessa, Ukraine

May - Tango Camp, Crimea, Ukraine

Regular milongas and special tango-events:

2017

Regular milongas and peñas in Kyiv, Ukraine

2016

November - Milonga La Ronda, Warsaw, Poland

February - Buenos-Aires, Argentina

2015

October- La Noche de la Morocha, Vienna, Austria

May- Tango Salon Kiev, Ukraine

April - openning milonga of La Ronda de Kiev, Ukraine

2014

September-December - regular milongas in Kiev, Ukraine

August - El Ocaso tango cafe, Berlin, Germany

May-October - regular milongas in Kiev, Ukraine

2013

November - Milonga Abrazo, Tel-Aviv, Israel

October - milonga “Tango Harmony”, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

April - milonga “El abrazo del tango”, Rodos, Greece

February -  Milonga San Juan, Basel, Switzerland

2012

November - “My House” Milonga, TangoIst Tango school, Istanbul, Turkey

August - Piano Cafe milonga, Kiev, Ukraine

August - Esta Noche Milonga, Kiev, Ukraine

July - Milonga de Mis Tiempos, Bucharest, Romania

July - Galeria Ideal, Vienna, Austria

July - A Bailar milonga, Lviv, Ukraine

May - Zlota Milonga, Wasrsaw, Poland

May - Milonga A Bailar,  L'viv, Ukraine

April-December- Milonga Panorama, L'viv, Ukraine

April - Casa Cubana, Kiev, Ukraine

March - “My House” Milonga, TangoIst Tango school, Istanbul, Turkey

2011

December - New Year Mascarade milonga, Odessa, Ukraine

October - Milonga “Rendezvous”, Moscow, Russia

September - Otros Aires concert/milonga, Moscow, Russia

September - TIR openning milonga, Moscow, Russia

September - “Jacqueline Bouvier”, Kiev, Ukraine

August - Milonga at Rynok square, Lviv, Ukraine

June - Milonga at Ekaterininskyy Sad, Moscow, Russia

May - Milonga with presentation of Murat and Michelle Erdemsel, Kiev, Ukraine

May - Milonga at CafeCafe, Lviv, Ukraine

April - Milonga in Odessa, Ukraine

April - “Jacqueline Bouvier”, Kiev, Ukraine

April - Milonga Bandoneon, Lviv, Ukraine

April - Milonga at Garmoniya, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

February - Milonga Cherchez la femme, Moscow, Russia

February - Milonga Entre Amigos, Moscow, Russia

2010

December - New Year Mascarade milonga, Odessa, Ukraine

November - after-party at praktika 333, Istanbul, Turkey

October - Milonga Bandoneon, Lviv, Ukraine

September - Marriage Party Milonga, Moscow, Russia

August - Tango Cafe at Ekaterininskyy Sad, Moscow, Russia

August - Milonga Desvan, Moscow, Russia

May, July, August -Milonga Fidelio, Kiev, Ukraine

June - Milonga del Rio, Rome, Italy

June - Milonga Tanguera, Rome, Italy

June- Milonga La Luna, Moscow, Russia

June - Milonga Dos Corazones, Moscow, Russia

May - praktika 333, Istanbul, Turkey

May - Levent Milonga, Istanbul, Turkey

May - Milonga on Cyprus, Girne, Northern Cyprus

March - La Viruta, Buenos-Aires, Argentina

March - Canning,  Buenos-Aires, Argentina

March - FlanPraktika, Buenos-Aires, Argentina

February - after-party Planetango, Moscow, Russia

February - TangoBar, Brussels, Belgium

2009

November - Milonga Neva Palas, Ankara, Turkey

November - Milonga TangoIst, Istanbul, Turkey

November - after-party milonga at Tango Ritual, Istanbul, Turkey

November - Milonga Cherchez la femme, Moscow, Russia

July - Milonga in Minsk, Belarus

July - Milonga with Ozhan Araz and Serkan Gokcesu, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

June - Milonga with Graciela Gonzalez, Kiev, Ukraine

June - tango-weekend Milonga in Beregovo, Ukraine

2007-2009

June 2007 - April 2009 regular milongas in Kiev