Leigh Rogan is the founder of Tango Tambien, a tango dance school that has been operating in Melbourne for over 15 years.
Leigh is one of Australia’s best tango technicians with over 20 years of experience dancing tango. Leigh’s expertise is drawn from her strong understanding of body movement and dance technique which has developed from her work and training in dance, pilates, acupuncture and self learning to recover from a problematic back injury caused by a motorbike accident.
Leigh trained as an acupuncturist, is a qualified pilates instructor and is currently training to become a fascia release/trigger point therapist and to become certified as a yamuna ball rolling practitioner. Teaching and working with all of these modalities, plus having always studied and danced both the follower and leader role, gives her an excellent depth of understanding of the dance. In both dance and pilates, Leigh teaches with an emphasis on posture, breath and body awareness to ensure that one is moving with ease and grace.
Leigh first learnt ballroom, salsa and ceroc, and then started Argentine tango with Graciela Heredia, one of the teachers who introduced Argentine tango to New Zealand. Leigh moved to London in 1999 and was fortunate to learn with some of the best known and respected teachers in the industry who were regularly and frequently teaching in Europe at that time.
In 2001 Leigh moved to Melbourne and established her own Argentine tango classes focusing on the development of dancers at all levels. Leigh’s students receive a sound foundation of technique learning how to dance which establishes a smooth transition for students into more advanced levels as they progress.
At the same time as creating her own classes Leigh has also enjoyed a long teaching association with Bill Jarman of Tango Bajo (also known as L'Affaire de Tango). They now regularly collaborate with monthly workshops.
Both schools host international dancers and teachers, organising workshops and performances for their students.
In past years Leigh has travelled to Buenos Aires to undertake courses with Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne and to Istanbul to study with Murat and Michelle Erdemsel. More recently Leigh was in Buenos Aires and once again had intensive study with Moira Castellano and Gustavo Rosas y Gisela Natoli.
To find out more about taking tango classes with Leigh, please view the class timetable page.