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david & nancy mendoza
Dancers, Performers, Teachers and Choreographers
David and Nancy Mendoza performing Argentine Tango

We've had an extensive history in dancing, performing, teaching and choreographing Argentine Tango and Salsa Romantica. Tango and Salsa have influenced our lives for over 20 years. Having fun and staying young at heart are the benefits that we enjoy. Dancing extends the quality of life by providing us a means to release the stress we experience in our lives. Networking with a variety of people from all walks of life and professions is inherit to dance. Doctors, teachers, lawyers, authors, students, nurses, housewives, sales people, real estate agents, professional dancers, government workers, personal trainers, web designers, engineers have participated in our classes and events. We consider ourselves very blessed that many of them have become our friends - professionally and personally.

An invitation to join us in promoting and learning the fun art of dancing Argentine Tango and Salsa Romantica is open to you.

Give us a call at 415-468-9226 or click the contact us button if you have any questions, comments, or requests.

– The Mendozas, Our Story –
We have been dancing, performing, teaching and choreographing Argentine Tango and Salsa Romantica as a husband and wife team since 1994. We consider ourselves as dedicated instructors, who devote teaching our students on how to enjoy themselves on the dance floor.
our argentine tango
David and Nancy Mendoza posing in front of Argentine Tango posters
We dance a traditional style of authentic Argentine Tango called "Salon" Tango, which stresses the social and partnering aspects of the dance - spontaneity, smoothness, soft embrace and close connection - over choreography. We have received high praise for our generous teaching method, which simplifies this most sophisticated of all social dances. We consider ourselves as experts at breaking down complicated Tango patterns into simple steps, so our students can focus on feeling the music and connecting with their partners, instead of memorizing steps and counting. In group classes, we teach social dancing, reserving choreography and stage craft for private lessons.
our salsa romantica
David and Nancy Mendoza posing in front of Argentine Tango posters
We call our particular style of Salsa dancing "Salsa Romantica." The label is borrowed from the type of Salsa music we prefer - modern arrangements, suave melodies, and spicy rhythms. It also comes from the fact that we met dancing Salsa. Our Salsa style is best characterized as "club" style - one that emphasizes their strong points - flashing feet, dizzying spins, and warm smiles. In our classes, we teach everything from the basic step to complicated patterns and partnership techniques. Primarily, we concentrate on what we consider to be the two most important elements of dance - individual style and fun. We have an expression, "If you're not having fun-you're not dancing Salsa!"
We perform at conventions, hotels, corporate parties, weddings, charitable functions and gala events. We have traveled the globe to teach and perform in dance festivals such as the "Tango Rosa Ball" in St. Louis and "Caminito Tango" in Italy. Performance highlights include a West Coast tour with the quartet, Tango No. 9, which culminated in a performance at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco; and a spotlight performance at "A Tribute to Tito Puente" at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco. We teach group Argentine Tango classes at the Beresford Recreation Center in San Mateo. We conduct private lessons for Salsa and choreograph "first dances" for weddings in our San Francisco dance studio. For lessons or appearances, click on the CONTACT US button and send a message or call us at 415-468-9226.
– Nancy Mendoza, Her Story –

Nancy Stevens Mendoza gave her first dance performance before she turned three years old. She learned tap and acrobatics as a youngster; studied ballet with the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; modern dance with Shawl Anderson Dance Center; Isadora Duncan dancing; Martha Graham technique; and dance teacher training at the Metronome Ballroom. She won first place in the Silver American Tango meet at the Grand Ball, a national ballroom competition. She was a principal dancer with Nora Dinzelbacher's "Argentine Tango Folk Ballet" from 1989 to 1994 and performed with Pampa Cortes' "Los Tangueros de San Francisco".

Nancy was one of the first Tangueras in the San Francisco Bay Area. After becoming enthralled by the original Broadway production of Tango Argentino, which Nancy saw while working for MTV in New York City in 1986, she began a long search for locals who could teach her authentic ARGENTINE Tango.

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After suffering through countless American Ballroom Tango classes pretending to teach Argentine Tango, Nancy met the late Jose "Pepe" Fernandez, who along with his partner Madelyn Deys, presented the first authentic Tango reviews in the Bay Area. Being a radio announcer, TV performer and video producer, Nancy helped Pepe organize his shows and narrated the live performances. Through Pepe, Nancy met the fledgling San Francisco Tango community, which consisted of fewer than 20 dancers - most of them absolute beginners. The more advanced included Jorge & Rosa LeDesma (San Francisco's first Argentine teachers of Tango), Al & Barbara Garvey (Bay Area Argentine Tango Association originators), Jean and Charlie Stewart, Victor Nemeses (Mariposa Argentine Tango Club organizer), and Hector Villaba (Mansion Dandi Royal owner) and Nora & Raul Dinzelbacher, who had just arrived in San Francisco.

After Raul died in 1990, Nora decided to carry on alone. She needed an extra dancer for her first full-length performance by her troupe, the Argentine Tango Folk Ballet and was introduced to Nancy by two of the troupe's dancers. Besides performing in Nora's troupe until it disbanded circa 1995, Nancy also helped Nora with fund raising, organizing, assisting in class and doing whatever else was needed to help grow the Tango Community. For example, Nancy tended bar and otherwise helped Nora organize the Bay Area's first real Milonga at the Renaissance Ballroom in San Francisco. She has taught many local teachers their first Tango steps and was one of the original 30 dancers who founded the Bay Area Argentine Tango Association. Nancy continued her support for the Tango community by co-hosting with her husband the Belmont Milonga, the Peninsula Practica, La Milonguita del Camino Real, La Milonga de los Mendoza. They currently host the Friday Night Milonga at Boogie Woogie Ballroom in Foster City, Ca. In addition to milongas she sponsors visiting maestros and donate her time and talent to various local fund raisers. Most of all, she is dedicated to dancing with her husband and devoted to teaching her students how to enjoy themselves on the dance floor.

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– David Mendoza, His Story –

David Mendoza can't remember a time when he wasn't dancing. He started with Rancheras and other social and folk dances of his native El Paso, Texas. He learned plenty of performing skills in various drill teams in ROTC and the U.S. Navy, where he also boxed (against the Marines, no less!). David has also run marathons and has been a student of Pilates.

Upon moving to California, he became infatuated with Salsa in the early 90's and was a fixture at the hottest Salsa clubs. He has been dancing Argentine Tango since 1994, studying with a long list of greatest Tango maestros. He was a dancer with Pampa Cortes' "Los Tangueros de San Francisco". David has a reputation for being a generous and easy-to-follow leader - one who can make any lady enjoy her three minutes on the dance floor. David is also a renown Tango disc jockey, playing music for the Belmont Milonga, the Peninsula Practica, Shall We Tango dance studio, La Milonga de los Mendoza, La Gran Milonga de los Mendoza and the Friday Night Milonga at Boogie Woogie Ballroom while making guest appearances at other milongas and events.

His lastest accomplishment has been participating at the International Grand Ball (IGB) Pro Am competitions in San Francisco with one of his students. The competitions are focused on ballroom dancing but has slotted Argentine Tango as one of their competitive categories. David and his student have captured 2 first places in solo choreographed routines. They qualified for the "Best of the Best" competition at the IGB Finale which only the top 3 solos are asked to compete. He continues to enhance their routine for future competitions.

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– Dance Instruction Credits –
(All locations in San Francisco, CA unless otherwise noted)
  • Allegro Ballroom, Emeryville, CA
  • Belmont Milonga, Belmont, CA
  • Barrio Tango Studio
  • Beresford Recreation Center, San Mateo, CA
  • Boogie Woogie Ballroom, Foster City, CA
  • Border Cantina (night club)
  • Burlingame Women's Club, Burlingame, CA
  • Cafe Cocomo Milonga
  • "Caminito Tango" Catania, Sicily, Italy
  • "Chic to Cheek" Ballroom Dances
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Coyote Point Yacht Club, San Mateo, CA
  • Dance Through Time, Mill Valley, CA
  • Desde de Alma Milonga, Aptos, CA
  • Federal Building (7th and Mission)
  • Finlandia Foundation, Foster City, CA
  • Five Star Productions
  • Humboldt Tango, Eureka, CA
  • International House, Berkeley, CA
  • Jewish Community Centers of San Francisco and San Rafael
  • Kaiser Hospital, Richmond, CA
  • La Gran Milonga de los Mendoza
  • Lake Merritt Dance Center, Oakland, CA
  • La Milonga de los Mendoza, Redwood City, CA
  • Mariposa Tango Club
  • Metronome Ballroom
  • Milonga de Mis Amores
  • Mission Cultural Center
  • Motion Pacific, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Napa Dance Club, Redwood City, CA
  • Noe Valley Ministry
  • Oyster Point Bar & Grille, S. San Francisco, CA
  • Peninsula Practica, San Mateo, CA
  • Penn State University, State College, PA
  • Portrero Hill Neighborhood House
  • Renaissance Ballroom
  • Saint Thomas More Church
  • San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA
  • Santa Cruz Milonga, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Shall We Tango, San Mateo, CA
  • Stanford Tango Club, Palo Alto, CA
  • Finlandia Foundation, Foster City, CA
  • Steppin' Out Dance Studio, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Strawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley, CA
  • Tamalpais Community Education, Mill Valley, CA
  • Tango a Media Luz, Oakland, CA
  • Tango Magdalena, Oakland, CA
  • Tango & More, Oakland, CA
  • Tango Forum, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Tango Mendocino, Fort Bragg, CA
  • Third Wave Dance Studio
  • Tulip Hills Winery, Lake County, CA
  • Verdi Club
  • William Walker Recreation Center, Foster City, CA
– Dance Performance Credits –
(All locations in San Francisco, CA unless otherwise noted)
  • Absynthe Restaurant
  • Academy of Sciences
  • Adult Social Dances, Foster City, CA
  • Alberto's Night Club, Mountain View, CA
  • Argentine Tango Folk Ballet, Oakland, CA
  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting Stanford Court Hotel
  • "A Tango Gala in Black & White", Oakland, CA
  • Berkeley Ballroom Dancers, Berkeley, CA
  • Bodega Catena Zapata (Premium Wines of Argentina)
  • Café Cocomo
  • California Aids Run, Golden Gate Park
  • Caribbean Gardens, Burlingame, CA
  • "Celebration of Tango and Guitar" with Cem Duroz, Presidio Chapel
  • Cesar's Latin Palace
  • Chinese-American Business Women's Association, Burlingame, CA
  • Circulo de Argentina, San Jose, CA
  • City Club of San Francisco
  • Columbian Earthquake Victims Benefit, Barcelona (night club)
  • Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station, CA
  • Festival de la Familia, Sacramento, CA
  • "9 de Julio Celebration," for the Consul General of Argentina
  • Sheraton Palace Hotel
  • Finlandia Foundation, Foster City, CA
  • Flamenco Society, San Jose, CA
  • Folk Dance Festival, Stockton, CA
  • Gap Café, The Gap, San Francisco Headquarters
  • Greater Mission Rotary Club's Children's Charities, Cathedral Hill Hotel
  • "Hispanic Film Festival," San Jose Civic Center, San Jose, CA
  • "Hispanic History Month," sponsored by the IRS of Oakland, CA
  • Juke Box Saturday Nite
  • Kookla Salon
  • La Pena, Berkeley, CA
  • "Last Tango in Paris Gala" Mission Hospice of San Mateo, CA
  • Lagunitas Country Club, Ross, CA
  • Latino Heritage Luncheon, San Mateo Senior Center
  • Los Tangueros de San Francisco
  • Marin Solos, Ross, CA
  • Macy's, Downtown San Francisco
  • Mariposa Tango Club
  • Metronome Ballroom
  • "Mid-Summer Sizzle," Santa Cruz, CA
  • Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CA
  • Mill Valley Street Fair, Mill Valley, CA
  • Mission Language and Vocational School Gala Benefit, Grand Hyatt Hotel
  • Morgan Hill Playhouse, Morgan Hill, CA
  • National Hispanic University
  • Noe Valley Ministry
  • Nordstrom's, Downtown San Francisco
  • Pacific Stock Exchange
  • Paloma Picasso Perfume
  • Paul Joe's Italian Restraurant, San Mateo, CA
  • Pena Pacha Mama
  • San Jose DanceSport Center, San Jose, CA
  • San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA
  • San Francisco Lawyers Guild, U. S. Reserve Bank
  • San Francisco Opera Society, Sheraton Palace Hotel
  • Scharffenberger Cellars, Sonoma, CA
  • Sierra Club Singles, Fairfax, CA
  • Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa, CA
  • "Summer in the Park" Concord, CA
  • "Tango in the Park", Yerba Buena Center
  • Tango in the Square", Union Square
  • Tango No. 9 CD release party, El Valenciano & Café du Nord
  • "Taste of Tango," Bethany Center Fund Raiser, Medjool Restaurant
  • "Totally Tango," Falkirk Mansion, San Rafael, CA
  • "Tribute to Tito Puente," Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
  • Union Espanola
  • Warfinger Theater, Eureka, CA
  • Woodside School, Woodside, CA
  • Women's Sports Festival, Golden Gate Park
  • WorldFest, City of San Jose, CA
– Dance Choreography Credits –
A History of Tango
Performed at the San Francisco Academy of Sciences
An Evening of Dance and Tango
A 2-hour concert showcasing new Tango compositions by members of the California Composers Consortium. Two new choreographies were set to live music performed by Tango No. 9, a San Francisco-based quartet, specializing in the music of Astor Piazzolla.
Mi Tierra
Original choreography created for the hit by Gloria Estefan at a showcase of Latin music and dance that opened the Hispanic Film Festival in front of a crowd of over 3,000 at the San Jose Civic Center.
Carnation Coffee Mate
A 15-minute video for the Carnation Company's sales force, aimed at inspiring them to sell a new line of products. The video required choreographing a "spoof" on Tango for non-dance professional actors. The video was produced by Crowley & Associates, San Francisco.
Hot Peppers!
A Salsa musical produced and co-directed by Antonio Madrigal and performed at local theaters in San Francisco and San Jose in 1992.
Club Granada
A 2-hour program of original dance and music, including Argentine Tango, Salsa, modern dance and ballet, produced for Stanford University by Professor Charles Ferguson.
Tango in the Gardens
An hour-long program in Yerba Buena Park with other performers, featuring the music of Tango No. 9, visiting bandoneonista Norberto Vogel from Argentina.
Tango Through Time
A 90-minute lecture/demonstration of the history of Tango music and dance styles for the Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. The program was researched and written by Nancy Mendoza.
Salsa Lunch Breaks
A half-hour lunchtime workout for office and hospital workers at the Kaiser Permanente in Richmond, CA that utilized music and basic dance steps from Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Rhumba and other Latin dances to create an exercise program that was fun, unusual and aerobic.
Gap Cafe
An hour-long, lecture/demonstration of the history of Tango dancing, compared to modern dance styles, and lunchtime lesson for employees at The Gap, celebrating National Hispanic Month.
Benefit for Breast Cancer Research
A two-hour performance with Lineage Dance Company, a modern dance company from Los Angeles and local ballet/jazz dancers from Morgan Hill.
San Mateo Spring Show
An afternoon event in Central Park in San Mateo showcasing our Tango and Salsa students taking our group classes at the Beresford Recreation Center.
Boogie Woogie Ballroom
An evening of dance performances with a Milonga being performed to "Se Dice De Mi" by Color Tango to celebrate the grand opening of Boogie Woogie Ballroom in Foster City, CA.