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Anibal Lautaro & Valeria Maside

Tango teachers and dancers with their own school in Brussels, Belgium.

Anibal Lautaro and Valeria Maside "The Hug"

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We are a couple of Argentine dancers and teachers of international recognition. We promote Social Tango and the values of this CULTURE to maintain the traditions of Argentine Tango.
Our “The Hug” Academy has locations in Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges.

We have developed a unique teaching method that allows students to enjoy this dance. This method has opened the doors of many festivals and some of the most important in Europe (see CV).

We know that the technique provides control of our own body, makes us feel free and thus allows the connection with the dance partner to finally have control of the dance floor and enjoy the music and magic of the Embrace of Tango.


Since 2019 “El Abrazo” has formed a team of volunteer assistants and students who help organize events and projects to bring more people closer to tango and grow our passion for Argentine Tango. Everyone is invited to participate, collaborate.

We represent the traditional style of Buenos Aires with a great personality and a touch of youth. 
We belong to the latest generation made up of true milongueros and great masters.

Our method and personal style of dance has taken us to travel the world with different shows or as teachers in prestigious festivals (Russia, China, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, Holland, United Kingdom, Brazil).

Cast of the show "TANGO X 2" by Miguel Angel Zotto in 2016, 2018 and 2020. 
Choreographers, producers and directors of the show “100% Tango” and since 2015 directors, organizers and producers of the “Antwerpen Tango Festival”.
In ten years we have worked together to create a teaching method that aims to simplify difficulty, comfort, embrace, naturalness, but without neglecting aesthetics.
Our curiosity made us take classes with many teachers and very different styles, making us experience different types of hugs, energies, techniques and interpretations that are now very useful to exploit the abilities of each student.

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