Portland Tango Teacher Adam Cornett
Tango Teaching Journey
Adam Cornett has been teaching and dancing tango for over 20 years. As a teacher Adam began as an assistant to Rachel Lidskog in 2001. He assisted in many privates and classes around town. Adam also assisted Alex Krebs with his classes at Tango Berretin in 2002. After a couple years of working with these two foundation teachers, Adam began teaching on his own in 2003.
Boston Tango Teacher
In 2013 Adam bought a studio of his own and began a local tango program. After one year he got a great opportunity to move to the east coast where he became the primary tango teacher at MIT, Brown, and Yale and guest instructed at Harvard. In 2016 Adam, and his partner at the time, Tilly Kimm, competed in the US Tango Championships and won first place. Adam and Tilly are the official 2016 US Tango Champions.
Adam partnered with the World Champion Maria Ines Bogado for a small tour around the US in early 2018. Adam was suggested as a partner to Ines by world champions Jonathan and Clarisa. World Champions Jonathan and Clarisa suggested to Ines that she partner with Adam in the US.
Chicago Tango Teacher
Starting in August of 2018 Adam moved to Chicago to partner with World Champion Jesica Arfenoni. This was an opportunity of a lifetime as Jesica and her partner Maxi were the reason why Adam changed his style from the North American blend of Milonguero and Nuevo mix to Salon Style. Adam made that change in 2013 before moving to Boston. Adam and Jesica taught and traveled for a year around the US while teaching weekly classes in Chicago.
Beijing Tango Teacher
In 2019 Adam moved to Beijing to pursue an opportunity to teach at the famous Beijing Dance Academy (the Juliard of China). Adam lived in China for five months only to move back to the US because his mother was ill. Adam is now back in Portland and once again teaching classes where his tango roots began, at Rachel Lidskog’s Dance with Joy studios.
Adam has an entire online tango learning program which you can find by clicking here.
Adam Cornett Tango Teacher
In Portland, the main style of tango is a mix on Milonguero style and Nuevo style. Here in Portland, as well as the rest of US, we were heavily influenced by Nuevo tango which is the evolution of Tango starting in the 80’s and 90’s. Tango had an explosion in the US during the late 90’s and early 00’s. Many teachers in the US still teach the movements of nuevo tango as a primary source of tango understanding.
I began tango by learning the Nuevo movements as well as the Milonguero style. I wasn’t introduced to the Salon style of tango (Villa Urquiza style) until 2012/2013. I watched some big name dancers of this style perform (Sebastian Archaval and Roxana Suarez, Jesica Arfenoni and Maximiliano Cristiani, and others) and none of them looked like the nuevo performances that had been etched into my brain as what tango was “supposed” to look like. After seeing the elegance, precision, posture, and technique, I decided to seek out this information. I traveled to Argentina in 2013 and every year since (sometimes 2x’s in a year) up until the pandemic. I focused my training in Argentina on what I didn’t know, the movements of old Milongueros and Villa Urquiza style tango. In 2014 I learned that we had a US Tango competition sanctioned by the official Buenos Aires Tango competition and in 2015 I decided to enter with Tilly Kimm. We took 5th place and in 2016 we won. The style danced in the competition is Salon style where the judges are looking for technique, elegance, vocabulary, connection, and musicality. I believe most teachers in Portland would say they either don’t teach a “style” of tango or they teach Milonguero, Social, or Nuevo tango. I teach salon style tango and focus on technique, connection, musicality, and the old figures from the viejo milongueros of the 1940’s.
As a dancer, I never stopped learning. I have taken hundreds of private lessons and been in thousands of hours of classes. I still take private lessons TO THIS DAY!
Places Adam Has Taught
Cancelled due to the pandemic
Workshops in Rhode Island with Maria Ines Bogado
Workshops in Rochester