Esquino Tango is the premier tango studio in Austin

When Monica Caivano, the co-founder of Esquina Tango, moved to the States, she quickly found that nobody was offering tango classes. So she got to work.

AUSTIN, Texas – Central Texas continues to grow and become more diverse every day. As part of KVUE’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, we wanted to highlight a Latina who brought a little Argentine flavor to East Austin.

Monica Caivano, the co-founder of Esquina tangobegan teaching tango in Austin in 1997. However, her tango career began as a teenager in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“I really love anything that has to do with the expression of the body connecting with other people,” Caivano said.

When she moved to the Lone Star State, Caivano quickly discovered that no one was offering tango classes.

“We couldn’t find anyone,” Caivano said. “We found some dancers and started meeting up in someone’s living room and practicing.”

Over time, more and more residents joined them, resulting in the living room where they practiced becoming too small. Eventually, after the class moved to a larger studio, Caivano started her own company in East Austin.

“East Austin feels most connected to our roots,” said Caivano. “Has more life, more culture, more diversity, feels more urban.”

Before Esquina Tango was in its current building, Caivano said it was originally a church.

“It took a lot of love,” Caivano said.

As part of the renovation process, the floors were changed and the walls patched and painted to become what it is today.

When Caivano first moved to the US twenty years ago, their business was nothing but a dream. After making her tango studio what it is today, Caivano realized it had become a gem in East Austin.

“It’s like it’s part of the Austin landscape,” Caivano said.

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