Joe has been dancing now for almost 20 years. And to think, it all started at a church retreat up in the mountains. He had attended a social dance one evening at the retreat and was introduced to Country 2-Step and Swing. He was envious because all the girls were so infatuated with this one guy simply because he could dance. Joe then was determined to learn to dance. A friend of his was a student at a dance studio so after returning from the retreat, Joe asked him how he could get involved. He ended up at the guest open house and was hooked from then on out. He started focusing on Country 2-Step and was quickly known as their Country Western King. He would work all day and then spend time at the studio from 5:30p until closing time at 10p learning all the ballroom dances. Eventually he ventured out on the weekends to Salsa, West Coast Swing, and Country Western clubs. After being a student for about a year and a half he joined the studio’s teaching staff for about 3 1/2 years until he moved out to California in 2000 where he taught out in Lake Forest for 14 years.
He first discovered his love for Argentine Tango during a stint in Seattle when he decided to check out a Tango Milonga. It was in an underground cellar type establishment with large wooden rafters and Joe was completely captivated by the form of tango he was experiencing. He later discovered it to be known as Tango Nuevo, a new style of Argentine Tango. When Joe returned back to Orange County he quickly encompassed himself with other Tango dancers. He searched for the best teachers in the OC or in LA. His favorite classes were those taught by Varo Biagi. Joe said that even though the classes were an hour away, it was worth every minute. From there, Joe began to go to a milonga on almost a nightly basis for about 2 years straight.
Joe says that he has been dancing for 17 years as a professional and of those, 6 years straight has been on Argentine Tango...his current love.
Ask Joe for a dance, he can be found at ATOMIC on almost a daily basis. And definitely come find him on Sunday nights at Tango Invasion.