UNSOLICITED Testimonials

  • From Chandi D. 2018. "Michael, I recall taking tango for two years and feeling totally "stuck" and frustrated because I wasn't going anywhere. I was shown "steps" with no understanding what I was doing and why. I was just following. But now, I am finally beginning to "feel" and "get" it and feel totally inspired, motivated and committed! Muchas gracias, y abrazos!"

  • From Desiree' D, 2018. visiting Santa Barbara. "Thank you Fardad and Lucia for your excellent teaching! I hope to join you again at a future date!"

  • From George C. 2018. visiting Los Angeles. "Thank you.  I enjoyed the class very much.  I will make sure to come by on my next visit to LA."

  • From Ravi R, 2014. "It has been almost a year since I started learning tango from you. I want to thank you for giving me such an enriching experience."

  • From Leaf M in Camarillo, 2013. "Thank you for taking care of us Michael! You have put in a lot of thought and effort into bringing something really fantastic to our doorstep and making it accessible to all."

  • From Cathrine in Santa Barbara, January 2010. "I have learned more from you in 2 hours than I have in my other tango classes in the last 6 months".

  • From Cathy E. in Los Angeles January 2010. "I have learned more from you in 6 classes than all that I have learned in other places so far" (Cathy E. was dancing for more than one year.)

  • From M. A. of Santa Barbara, CA, December 2010. "Thanks for making our year more musical and graceful.  I know I and my dance partners have thoroughly enjoyed your teachings and your wonderful sense of humor."

  • From A. A. Santa Barbara, CA December 2010. "Thank you for the gift of dance which you strive so hard to impart upon us. We are very lucky to have the quality of lessons and the consistency. Thanks for the special attention to both of us."

  • From L. T. in Somis, CA September 2010. "You are an exemplary instructor and we wish to continue with you; your attention to detail is outstanding."

  • From L. R. Santa Barbara, June 2009. "I've been working on my turns and exercises you showed us.  I'm improving and loving it. You are an exceptional teacher, very passionate about tango, articulate and precise.  I have great respect and admiration for you. Thanks, L."

  • From Dr. G. K. Santa Barbara. April 2009. "Dear Michael, Thank you for your passion and commitment."

  • From A. W. Los Angeles. Feb 2009. "Your passion in teaching tango makes me want to learn :)"

  • From M. J. D Los Angeles, October 2008. " ... You are both terrific teachers and dancers."

  • From D. H. June 2008. "... Many thanks for your great instruction, the personal attention, and the inspiration you always provide. "

  • From Kathy and Rick's website: "Friday. September 2, 2005 Tango and Milonga Class with Fardad Michael Serry and Julie Stillman. . . Rudenko School of Dance, Santa Barbara. Going to this class was a surprise present from my daughter. Fardad Michael Serry and Julie Stillman are exceptional teachers, with constantly watchful eyes. Thus they are able to assist each student individually, with the right thing said at the right time. Even as a one time visitor, there are several suggestions that Michael made to me that I will never forget!"

  • From S. A. May 2008. "... Thank you so much for your hospitality and great workshop and milonga. We really had fun and I must congratulate you for a nice group of dancers that you gathered around."

  • From K. C., Santa Barbara, 2006. "you are a caring person, which is one of the reasons why you are such a good teacher. With best wishes, Keith"

  • From L. R., Santa Barbara, 2007. "You are incredible teachers, and Michael, your passion for the dance touches something deep inside of me.. It brings the dance to life..."

  • From E. R. Westlake Village, May 2008 " ... Thank you so much for sharing Tango with me. I truly appreciate your excellent thoughtful and soulful teaching."

Fardad Michael Serry

Fardad is the creator of A Structural Approach to Tango rooted in the System of Turns, a program that premiered in Santa Barbara, CA, USA in 2005, in Reno NV, USA in 2007, and in Los Angeles, CA, USA in 2009. Fardad's students who learn this material well are among the best educated tango dancers in the world when it comes to the structure of the dance. They not only understand the dance at a deeper level, but can learn new material easier and faster, from any teacher.

In 2005, Fardad together with Julie Stillman won The Gold Award at World Council for Argentine Tango Events Competition in San Diego, both in tango and in milonga, where their highest score was in musicality. Competition was adjudicated by Miriam Larici, Hugy Patyn, Fernanda Ghi, and Guillermo Merlo.

In 2010, Fardad and Lucia Ma won the first-place prize at the Tango Mundo Festival in Palm Springs, CA, USA in 2010.


Since 2003, Fardad has studied tango in 200+ hours of one-on-one coaching sessions and private lessons with world-class tango dancers, including some with the gift and the passion for teaching tango. The result is that Fardad is able to teach his students with an awareness that is unique in breadth and depth.


As a Jazz artist, Fardad was used to improvising long before he danced the tango. He is a musician who played the classical piano for 8 years before switching to the Jazz trumpet and the flugelhorn for another 10. He emphasizes musical sensibility and the structure of the dance in his teaching, educating his students about different genres of tango the dance and tango the music, and making them aware of how the dance and the music have evolved together. Fardad is the creator of the class series Tango Dancing with Freedom in which creativity, originality, good navigation, musicality, and adornments are approached in a fresh perspective which draws heavily from the structure rooted in the system of turns.

Fardad's first and most influential mentors were Alberto Paz and Valorie Hart. Serendipitously, very early in his tango career Fardad met Alberto and Valorie, who shared with him a goldmine of knowledge and experience. Alberto Paz was the teacher who taught Fardad not only how to dance tango, but also how to correctly identify a good tango teacher. Fardad is currently studying tango exclusively with Gustavo Naveira and Giselle-Anne, the world's preeminent tango couple.

In private lessons, Fardad has studied tango as a dancer and as a teacher, including with:

  • Alberto Paz & Valorie Hart 20+ hours New Orleans and Santa Barbara 2003-2006.

  • Julio Balmaceda and Corina De La Rosa 20+ hours Buenos Aires, Argentina; Denver, Austin, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Seattle, USA. 2004-2008.

  • Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne 2 hours San Francisco. 2008.

  • Miriam Larici and Hugo Patyn 20 hours Los Angeles. 2004-2006.

  • Yolanda Rossi 15+ hours Los Angeles. 2004-2005.

  • Graciela Gonzales 2 hours Buenos Aires and Santa Barbara. 2008.

 

Fardad has completed the following workshop and Seminar programs with the world's preeminent tango couple, Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne:

  • Open Seminar 20 hours Boulder, CO, 2007.

  • Nora’s Tango Week 12 hours, San Francisco, CA, 2007.

  • Program “C” Seminar 20 hours Boulder CO, 2008.

  • Nora’s Tango Week 12 hours, San Francisco, CA, 2008.

  • "Rhythm, Phrasing and Musicality" Seminar “B” Seminar 20 hours Buenos Aires, 2009.

  • "Tango Milonguero" Seminar 20 hours Boulder, CO. 2009.

  • "Colgadas and Volcadas" Seminar 20 hours Boulder, CO. 2010.

  • "Boleos and Sacadas" Seminar 20 hours Emeryville, CO. 2011.

  • "All Turns Details and Secrets" Seminar 20 hours New York, NY. 2012.

  • "Embrace: Distance and Posture" Seminar 12 hours Santa Barbara, CA 2013.

  • "Changes of Turn Direction" Seminar 12 hours Santa Barbara, CA 2014.

  • "Ganchos" Seminar 12 hours Boulder, CO, 2014.

  • "Deep Basics" Seminar 12 hours, Santa Barbara, CA 2015.

  • Workshops (6 total) in Los Angeles, CA 2016.

  • "The Great Four" Seminar 12 hours, Santa Barbara, CA 2017.

  • Workshops and Vals short seminar, 12 hours, Santa Barbara, CA 2019.


And the following workshop programs with Julio Balmaceda and Corina De La Rosa:

  • 4 hours Tango Fireworks Los Angeles, CA 2003.

  • 10 hours Fandango De Tango, Austin, TX 2004.

  • 10 hours Memorial Day weekend, Denver Co, 2005.

  • 10 hours Fandango De Tango, Austin, TX 2005.

  • 8 hours in Seattle, WA 2006.

  • 10 hours Fandango De Tango, Austin, TX, 2006.

  • 9 hours in San Francisco, CA 2006.

  • 8 hours in Denver, CO 2006.

  • 10 hours Fandango De Tango, Austine, TX, 2007.

  • 12 hours Santa Barbara, CA, 2007.

  • 9 hours Phoenix, AZ, 2007.

  • 4 hours Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008.

  • 9 hours Intensive Seminar, Seattle, WA, 2010.

 

Fardad has studied in private lessons with some 50 different teachers, many from Argentina: Alberto Paz and Valorie Hart, Gustavo Naveira and Giselle-Anne, Julio Balmaceda and Corina De La Rosa, Graciela Gonzalez, Eduardo and Gloria Arquimbau, Diego Di Falco and Carolina Zokalski, Pablo Pugliese, Nito and Elba Garcia, Nora Dinzelbacher, Guillermina Quiroga, Natalia Hills, Francisco Forquera, and the late Carlos Gavito.

 

Lucia Ma

Lucia connects to the tango most strongly through her musicality. Starting at the age of eight, Lucia demonstrated exceptional talent for playing the clarinet. As a teenager, she coached the entire woodwind section of her school, conducting alongside her music teachers. Lucia started dancing tango in 2008. She won the first-place prize at the Tango Mundo Festival in Palm Springs, CA, USA in 2010 dancing with Fardad Michael Serry. Lucia has chosen for her master teachers first and foremost Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne. She has also studied in private lessons with Corina De La Rosa, Graciela Gonzalez, and Guillermina Quiroga.

Seminars with Gustavo and Giselle Anne

  • "Colgadas and Volcadas" Seminar 20 hours Boulder, CO. 2010.

  • "Boleos and Sacadas" Seminar 20 hours Emeryville, CO. 2011.

  • "All Turns Details and Secrets" Seminar 20 hours New York, NY. 2012.

  • "Embrace: Distance and Posture" Seminar 12 hours Santa Barbara, CA 2013.

  • "Changes of Turn Direction" Seminar 12 hours Santa Barbara, CA 2014.

  • "Ganchos" Seminar 12 hours Boulder, CO, 2014.

  • "Deep Basics" Seminar 12 hours Santa Barbara, CA 2015.

  • Workshops (6 total) in Los Angeles, CA 2016.

  • "The Great Four" Seminar 12 hours, Santa Barbara, CA 2017.

  • Workshops and Vals short seminar, 12 hours, Santa Barbara, CA 2019.

 

Seminars with Julio Balmaceda and Corina De La Rosa

  • Seminar 12 hours Seattle, WA. 2011.

Guidance for followers from Lucia Ma:

From my experience dancing the tango for 10 years, one thing that helps with progress and enjoyment of tango dancing is patience with the leader (it usually takes longer for leaders to learn to lead well and develop maturity in the dance than it takes for followers to do the same). A good, non-judgmental attitude, and smiles go a long way to experience the joy of the connection to the music, the partner, and the dance.

Performances

  • * BASSH Stage Dance Show in Santa Barbara, CA; Lucia Ma Serry with Fardad Michael Serry 2018.

  • * By invitation at the BASSH Dance Show in Santa Barbara, CA; Lucia Ma Serry with Fardad Michael Serry 2017.

  • * By invitation at the 200th anniversary celebration of Argentina's independence day at the Argentine Association of Los Angeles Area; Lucia Ma with Fardad Michael Serry 2016.

  • * By invitation at the First Annual Argentine Festival of Santa Barbara, Lucia Ma with Fardad Michael Serry 2014.


  • By invitation at Argentine Association of Los Angeles, Lucia Ma with Fardad Michael Serry 2012.*


  • * By invitation at The Tango Room, Los Angeles, CA Lucia Ma with Fardad Michael Serry 2012.


  • * By invitation at Argentine Association of Los Angeles, Lucia Ma with Fardad Michael Serry, March 2011.

  • * By invitation at El Encuentro, Los Angeles, CA, Graciela Gonzalez and Fardad Michael Serry, June 19, 2010.

  • * By invitation at Cal Tech All-night Milonga, Pasadena, CA, Guillermina Quiroga and Fardad Michael Serry, Jun 18, 2010.

  • * First Place winners, Professional-Amateur Competition, Lucia Ma and Fardad Michael Serry, at TangoMundo Festival, Palm Springs, CA, May 29, 2010.

  • * By invitation at El Encuentro's 11-year anniversary milonga, Los Angeles, CA, Jane Ren and Fardad Michael Serry, April 10, 2010.

  • * By invitation at La Milonga Querida, Los Angeles, CA, Naomi Hotta and Fardad Michael Serry, April 2, 2010.

  • * By Invitation at B.A.S.S.H Festival, stage production at the Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, CA. Naomi Hotta and Fardad Michael Serry, March 13-14, 2009.

  • * At "La Milonga Del Cine" in Los Angeles, CA, by invitation. Mary Fu and Fardad Michael Serry, February 8, 2009.

  • * SOHO Santa Barbara. Argentine Tango performance by invitation of SalsaLolita. Mary Fu and Fardad Michael Serry 2008.

  • * Argentine Tango and Polo! Santa Barbara, CA. Fardad Michael Serry, Julie Stillman, Marcelo Caceres (Guitar) Pablo Motta (Double Bass) Cocco Trivisano (Bandoneon) July 16, 2008.

  • * B.A.S.S.H Festival, stage production at the Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, CA. Barbara Salas and Fardad Michael Serry, April 11-12, 2008.

  • * Argentine Tango at the Topa Tower. Oxnard, CA. Fardad Michael Serry, Julie Stillman, Daryl and Sarah Race, and The Marcelo Caceres Trio. February 29, 2008.

  • *A Structural Approach To Tango. Created by Fardad Michael Serry. Santa Barbara, CA, USA, August 31 - Sept 3, 2007, At Truckee River Tango, Reno, NV, Teachers and performers by invitation May 10-13th, 2007.

  • * At El Adoquin, Teachers and performers by invitation of Miriam Larici and Hugo Patyn, December 22nd and December 29th, 2006.

  • * "Route 66", a stage production of the Rudenko School of Dance. Marjorie Luke Theater, June 4th, 2006.

  • * Carlos Gardel Tango Festival, Los Angeles, CA. May 21, 2006.

  • * AT&T Telecommunications "Igniting the Night" An evening of Argentine Tango, at The Bacara Resort and Spa, May 12th, 2006, Santa Barbara.

  • * The BASSH festival, April 8th-9th, 2006, Santa Barbara.

  • * The 7th Annual Tango Ball. Sunday November 13th, 2005, San Diego, CA, by invitation, Julie Stillman and Fardad Serry.

  • * "Red Hot Tango", by invitation, floor show original production at the New Orleans Tango Festival, August 5, 2005.  Julie Stillman and Fardad Serry.

  • * "The Flappers", by invitation, June 4, 2005. Stage production at the Marjorie Luke Theater, Santa Barbara, CA. Julie Stillman and Fardad Serry.

  • * Sunday May 15, 2005, Hollywood, CA, by invitation. Stage show at The Fourth Annual Carlos Gardel Tango Festival. Julie Stillman and Fardad Serry.

  • * B.A.S.S.H Festival, stage production at the Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, CA. March 2005. Julie Stillman and Fardad Serry.

  • * World Council for Argentine Tango Events, February 2005. Winners of The Gold Award in Tango and in Milonga competitions, Professional, Rising Star Division: Julie Stillman and Fardad Serry.

  • * California State University Northridge Department of Music, by invitation, floor show and tango music and history class, Nov 2004. Yolanda Rossi, Julie Stillman, Fardad Serry.

  • * Romance in the Air Music & Dance Festival, by invitation, stage show in Los Angeles, CA, October 2004. Yolanda Rossi, Julie Stillman, Fardad Serry.

  • * New Orleans Tango Festival, floor solo show, 2004. Julie Stillman and Fardad Serry.

  • * B.A.S.S.H Festival, stage production at the Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, CA. 9,10 April 2004. Yolanda Rossi and Fardad Serry.

  • * "Tango", floor show, by invitation, at the California State University Northridge Music Department April 2004. Yolanda Rossi and Fardad Serry.

  • * Teacher and performer, by invitation, Las Vegas International Tango Festival, 2004. Yolanda Rossi and Fardad Serry.


  • * Argentine tango floor show at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 2004, Los Angeles, CA. Yolanda Rossi and Fardad Serry.

  • * Valentine's Day Argentine Tango, floor show at The California Club, 2004, Los Angeles, CA. Yolanda Rossi and Fardad Serry.

  • * 2004 Opening Gala, floor show for the Long Beach Opera, by invitation, Long Beach, CA. Yolanda Rossi and Fardad Serry.

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