Guardia Vieja

Pooja

Pooja

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She started dancing tango in 2010.  Shortly after graduating from law school, her best friend mentioned that he wanted to make a documentary about Tango and thought it might be a good idea to take a class if he was going to make a movie about it.  He asked her to take the class with him.  She agreed.  

At the end of the first class, he said, "I still want to make a movie about this, but I hate doing it!"  She replied, "Well, I didn't know what I was getting into and now I love it!"  He hasn't made that documentary, yet, but somehow Tango chose her that day and almost eight years later, she founded Guardia Vieja.    

Pooja has spent several years studying Argentine tango.  Her formal training is primarily influenced by Ciko (Cigdem Tanik), Mauro Peralta, Cecilia Garcia, Corina de la Rosa, Corina Herrera, Guillermo Cerneaz, Gaby Mataloni, and Noelia Hurtado.  In order to further enhance her dance, Pooja engages in a number of different movement modalities, most notably the Garuda methodology of Pilates, Gyrotonics, and Feldenkrais.

However, she believes the true study of Argentine Tango comes from learning about the deeper social aspects of Tango.  She has spent several years traveling, dancing, and DJing throughout the United States and Europe, and visiting Buenos Aires.  These are the lessons she hopes to share and experiences she hopes to recreate in her home:  Austin, Texas.