Monica Caivano came to Austin from Argentina in 1994. She co-founded Esquina Tango, a “mini cultural center” that teaches language and dance in East Austin.
Words by Sommer Brugal Photos by Eric Morales, EASTSide Magazine
April 8th, 2018
Monica Caivano didn’t think she was going to be the ambassador of Argentinian culture in Austin. Yet, as the co-founder and current director of Esquina Tango, she’s embracing her role, using dance and community gatherings to do just that.
Caivano was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to Austin with her parents at 17. Having danced tango for years prior, she continued to dance—and ultimately began teaching—upon arriving in Austin.
Operating as a non-profit dance studio since opening its doors in 2006, Esquina Tango initially set out to teach tango. Though the growth has been completely organic, the current schedule has expanded to offer samba, bachata, and salsa lessons… Read more
October 14th, 2011
One, two, three … one, two, three. Feel like your two left feet can’t possibly cut a rug? This nonprofit Eastside dance studio will fix that right up and get you moving. Tango, samba, salsa – pick your poison. Aerobics, yoga, film screenings, cookouts, and Hula-Hoop classes are on the menu as well. Above and beyond the trappings of a typical dance studio, EsquinaTango has become a bona fide Eastside cultural movement.
Esquina Tango dance studio a gateway to Latino culture
by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American Statesman
August 12th, 2011
Before the 15 children at Esquina Tango can get on with their samba party, there’s a little cultural quiz. “What are the colors of the Brazilian flag?” instructor Rebekah Fowler asks the squirming, pint-size dancers, decked out in costumed glory for a parents’ showcase.
Austin Post by Yadira Izquierdo
November 8th, 2010
Austin is a city that has a little bit of everything, even tango. To explore a bit of this fascinating culture and dance, I met with Mónica Caivano and Gustavo Simplis, the founders of Esquina Tango (Tango Corner). Located at 209 Pedernales Street, this colorful place has everything from tango classes to yoga, movie nights, conversational Spanish classes, salsa and more.
by Sarah Vasquez, Austin Vida
August 3rd, 2010
In the corner of a quaint neighborhood in East Austin stands a bright red and yellow building. What was once a church and former home of Church of the Friendly Ghost, now is home to Esquina Tango, a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of Latin American cultural activities.