Sophia de Lautour
Sophia is a national Tango Salon Champion. She has been teaching Tango and hosting Tango events since 2001. Prior to setting up So Tango, Sophia was a director and principal instructor of the Sydney based Tango school - Patio de Tango.
Sophia is passionate about promoting Argentine Tango in Sydney, and has performed and taught at many dance and arts festivals and events across Australia and New Zealand.
Sophia's dance style of Tango evolved from many hours of dancing at her favourite tango clubs in Buenos Aires and extensive training with Tango maestros. Whether dancing simple or complex moves she always infuses her dance with the accent and cadencia evoked by the music, dancing with deep connection, elegance and subtlety. Sophia has been dancing Tango since 1999.
Through her classes and events Sophia has reached and taught literally thousands of people. Her past students include the actor Sam Neil, second place winners of the 2006 Dancing With the Stars – Arianne Caoili and Carmelo Pizzino, and winners of the ABC Channel’s Strictly Dancing competition 2004, Linda de Nicola and Adrian Seib, the internationally renowned dance choreographer Meryl Tankard, dancer and choreographer Dale Pope, former dancer with the Australian Ballet Liz Rogers, Lydia Sanchez, former dancer Cirque de Soleil, former Australian Ambassador and MP John Spender.
Sophia has initiated and hosted tours in Australia and NZ of many internationally renowned tango teachers including Roberto Herrera, Sebastian Achaval, Roxana Suarez, Fabian Peralta, Virginia Pandolfi, Tamara Bisceglia, Diego Alvaro, Ney Melo and Jennifer Bratt.
Sophia is passionate about dance and movement and, in addition to Tango, has trained in classical ballet and street salsa. Sophia regularly practices 5 Rhythms dance and yoga (Jivamukti and other forms) and finds this complements her tango dancing.
Prior to becoming a Tango teacher, Sophia worked as an adult educator and rehabilitation counsellor in the corporate, government and community
sectors. Her training includes a Grad Dip Health Science from Sydney University and Cert IV in Training & Assessment. She is also qualified in accelerated learning techniques, Neuro Linguistic Programming and has partially completed a masters of Education in Adult Education.
Paul (Pablito) Warren
Pablito takes over from Pavel Wagner who has since returned to his home town of Berlin.
Pavel, who I had the immense pleasure of teaching with from 2013 to April 2016, truly inspired So Tango students with his dedication, immaculate precision and passion for tango - gained from his background in martial arts, Russian heritage, and hundreds of hours of dancing in Buenos Aires and around the world.
Pablito now brings to So Tango his own unique blend of magic - an extremely heart-centred approach to dancing and teaching tango, sensational musicality, the meltiest of embraces, and creativity off the richter scale!
Whenever Pablito is not dancing tango you'll find him applying his artistry to the film industry as a camera-man, film-maker and photographer, playing the guitar and writing songs, getting physical with Tai Chi, yoga and other eclectic pursuits, or manifesting the next Pablito milonga (the most fun and popular tango parties in Sydney!).