Dragan was born and educated in Serbia, where he developed his interests in dance—ballroom and ballet—alongside a professional formation in engineering. It was the dancing, however, that brought him to New York City in 1991, where he exclusively devoted himself to a career in dance, teaching International and American style ballroom, salsa, hustle, West Coast swing, tap, jazz and ballet. His first encounters with Argentine tango occurred soon after his arrival in New York, at the very time when the dance was beginning to be reintroduced as part of a developing world revival of the dance. He lingered in that rapidly evolving tango world for over 10 years, and eventually came to focus almost exclusively on this dance.
Why Tango? The music, the passion, the elegance, the natural embrace, the freedom of movement and expression, the lifestyle, the people who are drawn to it…there are many elements that mark tango as uniquely compelling, not only as a dance, but as a culture, a culture that often becomes an obsession.
Dragan teaches ongoing weekly group classes, monthly workshops and daily private lessons at the New York City studio YSBD. He often performs with his tango partners and private students. He hosts a weekly milonga, Milonga Loca at Mamajuana, UWS, NYC (570 Amsterdam Avenue, Between 77th & 78th Street), every Thursday night, 6 pm – 1 am. He is a frequent guest DJ especially known for animating the Alternative Tango Rooms at leading milongas in the city, including the All Night Milonga and the Tango Café, with a cocktail of American and foreign-language popular musics and jazz mixed with traditional and Nuevo tango music. For the past seven years, he has conducted monthly tango workshops for the tango community of northeastern Pennsylvania in Stroudsburg, PA. He is also a guest teacher and DJ for Nash Dancenter in Randolph, NJ and Le Pari in Fanwood, NJ (monthly events), and a guest teacher for pre-party tango events in New York City.
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