Makela Tango

"I had my first lesson at Makela's practica last night and it completely re-invigorated my passion for Argentine Tango." -Adrian RoupMore Testimonials

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About Makela Tango
Established in 1996

Makela Tango specializes in Argentine Tango. Lessons and classes are located in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Beginners are always welcome and Makela Tango offers private and semi-private classes at all levels.


About Makela Brizuela
founder of Makela Tango

Makela Brizuela is a visionary creative force in the Los Angeles tango community.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she trained for ten years in modern dance and ballet, receiving her degree from the National School of Ballet of Argentina.

Since 1995 she has taught, danced, performed, and choreographed tango around Argentina, Mexico and the U.S. in prestigious venues such as the Alex Theater, Red Cat, and The Ford Amphitheater as well as creating, producing and directing Tango Cabaret at the Museum of Latin American Art and the critically acclaimed Urban Tango at Electric Lodge. In addition to performing Makela provides group and private tango instruction and hosts Makela's Practicas, some of Los Angeles' most popular weekly social practice sessions.

Known for her outstanding technique and grace, Makela stresses that tango comes from the heart as well as the body. For ladies, she focuses on what makes a woman dance more beautifully and easily. For men, she concentrates on what makes a man a confident and clear leader so that women will love to dance with him.

Makela has trained with some of the most respected figures in tango in Argentina and often brings some of the most talented tango dancers from Buenos Aires to teach and perform with her, including Fabian Irusquibelar (from Tango Metropolis, and Copes Troup), Javier Rochwarger, Marcelo Molina, and others.