Tango Fusion Dance Company synthesizes latin dance, argentine tango, ballet, jazz, modern dance and theater by combining the styles and backgrounds of the company's dancers. This mix creates fun, passionate, innovative movement that is both beautiful and evocative of Tango's cultural origins.
Tango Fusion emerged in the dance world as a showcase created by Diane Lachtrupp. Tango Fusion went on to perform at the American Theater for Actors in Manhattan and received rave reviews from The New York Times. The Times reported, " Tango Fusion must be the happiest celebration of that dance to arrive in the city for a very long time...production values, music and imaginative staging were first rate." Tango Fusion's success continued to grow when it was invited to perform in New York City at the Town Hall Tango Fest and the Fifth Annual Tango Congress in Argentina.
Originally from Galway (NY), Diane Lachtrupp sold her NYC studio and relocated to Saratoga Springs with her husband Johnny Martinez. "In New York we produced the Tango Fusion show and now Johnny and I have time to develop the Tango Fusion Dance Company," Lachtrupp explains enthusiastically.
In spring of 2006 Tango Fusion Dance Company premiered in Saratoga Springs at the Saratoga County County Arts Council. The show incorporated both new and local professional talent and was a huge success, playing to sell-out crowds. The Post Star wrote, "The fast- moving program is ablaze with the dancers artistry, enthusiasm, originality and touches of humor." Following their Saratoga debut, Tango Fusion Dance Company performed for Ballet Manchester's summer series, TangoFest NYC, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 's evening of Astor Piazzolla, National Racing Museum's Backstretch Latin Festival and the 2007 and 2008 Saratoga Arts Fest, which featured regional, national and international performers. Recent Spring Season Shows 2007: "Encuentros Intimos", John Houseman Theatre (HMT) of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center(SPAC); 2008: Nocturna, Saratoga Music Hall and Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls NY. Wendy Liberatore, award-winning dance critic for the Schenectady Gazette wrote that the 2008 Spring Show was a "Must-See".
Click here for Gazette review; 2009: Timeless, Charles Wood R. Theater in Glens Falls NY and The Fort Salem Theater.