Karina Romero is a professional tango dancer and instructor. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Dardo Galletto Studios and the New Generation Dance Company.
Karina has studied with the most influential tango teachers in the world: Graciela Gonzalez, Mingo and Ester Pugliese, Gustavo Naveira, Osvaldo Zotto, Luis Solanas, Vilma & Fernando Galera, Pablo Veron and Omar Vega.
She was awarded a certificate by the Maestra de Tango Graciela Gonzalez in recognition of her status as an official teacher of the Gonzalez technique.
Originally from Argentina, Karina arrived in New York City in 2000 as an ambassador of Argentine tango. She has taught at such renowned schools and cultural centers as the 92nd Street Y, the Sandra Cameron Dance Center, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the United Nations, The Metropolitan Museum, the Lincoln Center Festival and the Harvard Club.
She has also performed in many tango shows and festivals – including Glamourtango in Canada , China and New York and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with New Generation Dance Company
As a skilled organizer and motivator, Karina is known for coordinating tango workshops and seminars and tango shows with the best in the business. Most recently, she organized events with exceptional tango stars from Argentina — including Carlos Copello, Graciela Gonzalez, Guillermina Quiroga, Junior Cervila and Guadalupe Garcia, Leandro Oliver and Laila Rezk, Francisco Forquera and Natalia Hills and the superlative dancers Gabriel Misse and Analia Centurion. Major dance critics have reviewed these performers/teachers (and Karina) with great enthusiasm:
· Two exemplars of Argentine tango, Gabriel Missé and Guillermina Quiroga, danced spectacularly together for the first time anywhere in New York on Nov. 21. Perhaps we should call them the Fonteyn and Nureyev of tango (Alastair Macaulay New York Times 12/13/2015.
· The studio glowed with extreme elegance and romance when Gabriel Misse and Analia Centurion danced three tangos….That’s what they were doing at Dardo Galletto at half past midnight, when the students stopped practicing, and their enthusiastic hostess, Karina Romero, announced “Showtime!” (Brian Sebert, New York Times, 10/15/2012).
In October, 2016, Karina was featured, along with Gabriel Misse, on NBC’s “Date Night” episode of “1st Look” teaching hostess Ashley Roberts and comedian Francisco Ramos to tango (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t5WUxSANcY). She was also the subject of an interview for Revol, the online dance magazine, sharing her views on the passion and beauty of tango (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe6THp6WjQc).
In the spring of 2016, Maestra Karina was invited to be the tango coach for movie star Liam Neeson in preparation for his 2017 film, “Felt”.