Teacher & DJ
Jake Spatz has been teaching Argentine tango since 2005 and DJing since 2006. He has brought his enthusiasm for the dance, music, and culture of the tango to cities up and down the East Coast, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, and Baltimore, and is an energetic captain of the tango scene in his hometown Washington, DC. Jake currently runs events at The Saloon on Wednesdays and at Local 6 on Sundays. He has been house teacher at the popular Eastern Market milonga (Thursdays) since 2006, where he also DJs every other week; he DJs every 2nd Saturday at Milonga Porteña at Chevy Chase Ballroom as well.
As a performer, Jake has appeared on stage at the Kennedy Center, Disneyworld, and ArtScape, as well as in two television commercials and a full-length stage play. Alongside his work as a DJ, he collaborates with music collectors from around the world to find the best possible LP sources, which he then restores digitally. Jake is also a noted translator of tango lyrics, and in addition to the 80 verse translations on his website he contributed 30 texts to the book In Strangers' Arms by Beatriz Dujovne.
Jake's teaching is bright and full-bodied, with a peppery bouquet and a lasting finish. He makes it a point to present the dance comprehensively and objectively, giving equal attention to men and women, so that dancers can step onto the floor, develop a personal style, and excel at this lifelong passion—el tango.
Providence New Year's Marathon (DJ)
Editing of In Strangers' Arms by Beatriz Dujovne (McFarland)
Winter Program at Eastern Market (Dec.)
Princeton Tango Festival (DJ)
Performance (w/ Dasha Khripkova) & DJ at "You Should Be Dancing" (NYC)
Workshops at Buttonwood Studio (Philly)
University of Maryland Argentine Tango Club (thru 2011)
Performances with Cecilia Gonzalez (Washington, DC)
Summer Program at Eastern Market (Aug.-Sept.)
Philadelphia Tango Festival, teacher, performer (w/ Mariana Galassi), and DJ
"How Philly Moves" Photo shoot & mural project
Performances with Monica Paz (Washington, DC)
WPAS Gala Performance, with Mariana Galassi, Andrés Amarilla & Meredith Klein
Asheville Spring Weekend (DJ)
Milonga at Robert Duvall's house (DJ)
Milonga "La Pausa", Philadelphia (DJ)
New York milongas (DJ): TangoLounge, Practilonga, Ukranian, TangoLoft
Workshops & performance (w/ Dasha Khripkova) at TangoHop (Media, PA)
Questions? Comments? Email Jake.