Erin Malley & Doruk Golcu are an internationally touring teaching couple. Partners on the dance floor and in life, they have been dancing together since 2004, and have a combined 50 years of dance experience. They are known for their smooth dancing, their turns, unique musicality, and connection to one another. Erin and Doruk are generous teachers, known for the approachable way that they share their knowledge of both the body in motion and the structure of the dance. They have taught and performed extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern and Southern California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Seattle, Hawaii, Colorado, Utah, Michigan, Ohio, Arizona; outside the United States: Buenos Aires Argentina, Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. Erin and Doruk have taught classes and courses at Western Michigan University (MI), University of Hawai'i at Manoa (HI), California State University East Bay, and Stanford University (CA).
In their teaching, Erin and Doruk prioritize partnership, concentrating on what makes true leading and following, and making the dance work together. They use structural analysis to facilitate understanding. They believe that this analysis can be used to build the foundation for any aesthetic styling you choose.
Erin and Doruk greatly encourage exploration and experimentation in their students. They have lived in several very vibrant communities containing a broad variety of dancing styles. Thanks to that exposure, they can strongly contextualize their teachings to different styles and approaches of dancing tango.
Erin Malley began studying tango to complement her extensive training in contemporary dance and classical ballet, and broaden her skills as a professional choreographer. Prior to her life in tango, she received her BFA in Dance and French from Western Michigan University (magna cum laude), studying a range of dance styles, history, music, pedagogy, choreography and production. Erin has also performed professionally in dance and theatre productions in NYC and San Francisco.
She studied tango in New York with Metin Yazir, Jak Karako, Maria Jose and Vanessa Gauch; subsequently on the west coast with Pampa Cortes, Gustavo Naveira y Giselle Anne, Federico Naveira y Sabrina Masso, Ariadna Naveira y Fernando Sanchez, Carolina del Rivero y Donato Juarez, and Guillermo Cerneaz y Marina Kenny. Erin has danced and taught extensively on both coasts of the US and in Europe. An experienced leader and follower, Erin uses her thorough knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to create and teach beautiful and seemingly effortless tango. She has an extensive background teaching Pilates around the country, which gives her a unique and beneficial lens on the mechanics of tango.
Erin is also a dance film & video artist. She has been creating work in this genre since 2013, her work reaching all corners of the globe. Please visit erinmalley.com to learn more.
Doruk Golcu started dancing tango in Ankara, Turkey. After moving to the US, he extensively studied with Jak Karako, Metin Yazir, and Vanessa Gauch. He also considers Pampa Cortes, Gustavo Naveira, Giselle Anne, Federico Naveira, Sabrina Masso, Ariadna Naveira, Fernando Sanchez, Carolina del Rivero, Donato Juarez and Guillermo Cerneaz his teachers and inspirations. He has danced and taught extensively on both coasts of the US and in Europe. His dancing is characterized by rhythmic musicality, strong connection to the partner, and creative vocabulary; his teaching focuses on clarity of lead, and structural understanding of the dance.
Doruk is also an illustrator specializing in concept art and character design. Please visit dorukgolcu.com to learn more.