Claudio took his first steps at an early age. His roots come from his grandfather, Hector Contreras, who was his mentor in the early stages of his Tango training. He then followed teachings by Juan Aurelio, Juan Carlos Copes, Virulazo, Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Gloria and Eduardo, Dinzel, N. Guichanduc,- world-famous recognized “Maestros “ who contributed extensively to his training.
After dancing in various tango shows in Buenos Aires, such as CASABLANCA, LA VENTANA, MICHELANGELO and El QUERANDI, he began his international career abroad. Claudio has performed in several important venues in the world such as the Walter Kerr and Marquis on Broadway New York, for 2 years; Olympia in Paris, Colon Theatre, Luna Park Auditorium Astral Theatre and Cervantes Theatre in Buenos Aires and the National Auditorium and Fine Arts Theatre in Mexico.
Has worked with the most famous and recognized Tango orchestras such as Osvaldo Pugliese, Mariano Mores, Sexteto Sur, El Arranque, Sexteto Mayor and Color Tango, among others.
His talent has earned him roles in the most renowned international stages in Broadway, Europe, Asia and America in shows alongside major companies such as Tanguera, Tango Seduccion, Tango Argentino and Forever Tango.
Based on this knowledge and experience he later formed a new project, his own show “Latin Tango” where he is the director and choreographer. His excellence led him to different countries teaching classes and being invited as jury of the most important championships and festivals of Tango around the world.
During his career Claudio participated in important events with recognized dancers. Today he is partnered with Helena Fernandez. They form one of the most prestigious Argentine tango dance couples for their artistic versatility that allows them to interpret the most diverse styles, from tango salon, fantasy and traditional to the most modern and innovative.
Currently they are part of their own show “Tango’s Heart” on Tour through Europe, North America and South America.
Classical dancer since she was 3 years old, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in London (2000), with great experience in many styles of dance (classic ballet, jazz, ballroom dance, samba, flamenco), Helena Fernandez becomes an international tango dancer and choreographer after 10 years of study and dedication to this dance. She was on tour to teach workshops and to perform in several shows in Europe, Asia and America. She also graduated in Physiotherapy specialized in neurological patients, which gave her extra tools to include tango-related concepts in her women´s technique classes.
Helena participated in many televisions programs in Rede Globo de Televisão; she mounted choreographies for renowned actors and actresses (Cristiane Torloni in Dança dos Famosos, Paulo César Grande, Louise Cardoso) and performed on board of MSC Música being the main dancer of Tango season (Europe 2012-2013) for six months. She performed at important theaters abroad (London: Leicester Square Theatre, Korea: Lotte World Theater, Brazil: Teatro dos 4, Liceu de Artes e Oficios etc); made special participations in shows such as “Tango Glamour” (sponsored by Aparecida Belloti) and “Baila Brasil” (sponsored by Edu Cigano) in Brazil, where she was a judge at several dance competitions: Festival Nacional de Dança – Brasil; Belém do Pará em 2009 e 2010. She also performed at “Tango Seducción” dance Company directed by Gustavo Russo, in 2014.
Helena was an official Judge at the World Cup branches in Greece, Italy and Brazil.
She also performed at well-known milongas in Buenos Aires: Confitearia Ideal, La Marshal, Grisel, and danced to well-known traditional orchestras such us “Sexteto Milonguero”, “Carla Algeri” orchestra, and “Color Tango” among others Currently she performs at dance shows, and is working both as a tango and latin rhythms teacher in Brazil, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Helena partnered with one of the best dancers and artist of the tango world, “CLAUDIO VILLAGRA”. Together they form one of the most prestigious Argentine tango dance couples for their artistic versatility that allows them to interpret the most diverse styles, from tango salon, fantasy and traditional to the most modern and innovative.
Helena is the owner and director of two tango schools in Europe named “C&H Tango”.