Eleonora Kalganova is a dance artist and teacher who focuses on the study of improvisation, flow and communication as a process and performance in Argentine tango. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Eleonora has been fortunate to learn extensively from an early age many different and unique forms of dance: folk, ballroom, character, historical, ballet and contemporary. This combination – a wonderful and rare educational experience – has shaped Eleonora as a very special and excellent dancer, tango dancer and improviser. After successfully completing 9 years of rigorous study, Eleonora graduated from the State Dance Academy in Tashkent and became a ballet dancer at the Opera and Ballet Theater.
As a professional dancer, she gained a solid understanding of movement, anatomy, music, performance and dance composition. Over time, Eleonora became more and more involved in the social aspects of Argentine tango. After years of study, with intelligence, passion, professional dedication and her unique dancing background, Eleonora began to develop a unique style of Argentine tango. Combining many disciplines and influences allows Eleanor to create and develop her own distinct and unmistakable style of dance and pedagogy.
Overcoming the rigidity of steps and memorization, Eleanor encourages students to develop improvisational skills through simple and dynamic methods, achieve a relaxed and released style, and most importantly, find new and liberating ways to connect, express and communicate without words with others. A generous, sensitive and kind teacher, Eleanor finds special “keys” in each student. Eleanor lives in both Russia and the United States. She travels extensively nationally and internationally and conducts seminars. She continues to be a student of life and tango.