Christy Coté

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Christy Coté is an Argentine tango dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She is best known for her Dance Vision[1] Argentine Tango manuals and over 400 instructional videos with partners George Garcia, Ney Melo, Marcelo Molina and Eduardo Saucedo. She is one of the featured teachers and performers for CITA (Congreso Internaciónal de Tango Argentino), a judge for events such as the World tango dance tournament Argentine Tango USA Championship, and a founding member of the all-female tango company, Tango Con*Fusion.


Early Training & Performing

After early training in ballet, jazz, and tap dance, Coté began her professional dance career as a member of the Poole Dancers (1978-1979) directed by American Bandstand national USA disco champions Gary & Gloria Poole. She went on to teach atArthur Murray Dance Studios (1979-1981) where she met ballroom dance partner Dante Bernardini. From 1987 to 1992 Coté & Bernardini danced with the The Ritz Dancers performing vintage dances of the 1920s at Art Deco Society of California and other events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. From 1991 to 1994 Coté performed with The Ricco Italian Dancers at festivals in Reno, Portland, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She competed in the Professional American Rhythm category on the ballroom competitive circuit (1991-1995) with dance partner Larry Janssen, earning top five placements at many U.S. competitions.

1990s through 2010s

From 1999 to 2011 Coté directed the Argentine Tango program at The Metronome Ballroom in San Francisco. In 2007 she began the program "Tango Boot Camps" offering intensive training for dancers in Argentine Tango. Coté co-hosted the Verdi Club Milonga (also known as The Mariposa Tango Club) with Victor Meneses (1996-2007) and Adolfo Caszarry (2009-2014).


Coté is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches weekly classes at La Pista and other studios. She continues her Tango Boot Camps with Eduardo Saucedo at various locations around the Bay Area. She performs with various partners for special events, co-directs Tango Con*Fusión dance company, and works with various artists to choreograph film, television, and special events.

Coté has been featured in Dance Spirit, TangoZapa and La Milonga Argentina.

Festivals and Performances

Event Notes Ref.
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival 1997 - performed with Pampa Cortes and Los Tangueros de San Francisco

2006 - as performer and director of The LiberTango Dancers

Portland TangoFest 1998 - taught and performed with Pampa Cortes

1999, 2001 - taught and performed with Daniel Lapadula

San Francisco 49ers 2005 - performed at Halftime Show in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Tanghetto's Hybrid Tango II & Progressive Tango tours 2014, 2016 - performed on tour at ND/Teatro (Buenos Aires, Argentina) with Chelsea Eng [3]

Tango Con*Fusion

Coté is a founding member, co-director, and choreographer of the all-female tango company Tango Con*Fusion.[4]

Festivals and Performances
Event Notes Ref.
Leading Ladies of Tango 2006 - Executive producer Ted Viviani of Extreme Tango Production. Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA [5]
Tanghetto's Más Allá del Sur|Mas Alla del Sur tour 2011 - performed on tour at Sala Zitarrosa (Montevideo, Uruguay) and Salon Canning (Buenos Aires, Argentina) [3]
Berlin Queer Tango Festival 2018, 2019 - taught and performed at festival in Berlin, Germany [6]
The San Francisco International Arts Festival 2016, 2019 - Tango Night! Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

2017 - Sex, Women & Tango. Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Year Title Notes Ref.
2005 Tango Con*Fusión Documentary Documentary of the early days of Tango Con*Fusión
2013 Trading Places DVD demonstrating lead-follow exchange with performance [8]

Theatrical Choreography

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2001 Teatro ZinZanni’s “Love, Chaos, and Dinner” tango choreographer Directed by K. Scott Malcolm, starring Joan Baez. October 3-28, 2001. Pier 27/29. San Francisco. [9]
2003 Tango Palace tango trainer/specialist working with Artistic Director Michael Smuin World premiere for Smuin Ballet 10th Anniversary Season. Oct. 10-Nov. 2, 2003. Cowell Theater, San Francisco. [10]
2018 The Lady Matador’s Hotel tango choreographer Directed by Gary Graves. Oct. 25-Nov. 10, 2018. Central Works at Berkeley City Club, Berkeley. [11][12]


Year Title Role Ref.
2000 California Tango Dancer
2003 Big Band Magic! A KQED production Dancer [13]
2004 Swing Dancer [14]
2021 Tango Shalom Tango judge [15]

Judging Appearances

Event Location Years
Argentine Tango USA Official Championship and Festival (ATUSA) San Francisco, CA 2012-2015, 2017
April Follies Queer Partner Dance Competition Oakland, CA 2013, 2019
The Gay Games 9 Cleveland, OH 2014

Television Appearances

Year Show Notes
1997 Segment 2 interview with Bob MacKenzie for KTVU
2001 Evening Magazine guest co-host with Jonathan Karsh - CBS Channel 5

Other Interviews

Publication Title Author Date Ref.
Dance Spirit Three to Tango Christian M. Chensvold July/Aug 2003 [16]
In Dance Tango Con*Fusión: Not Your Mother’s Tango Lanny Udell November 2018 [4]
TangoZapa San Francisco Tango Cornucopia Tammy McClure 2010 (vol. 1 issue 1)

In the media



  1. "Dance Vision".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Berman, Janice (June 13, 2006). "Fleet feet, cultural beats glory in universal spirit at Ethnic Dance fete". San Francisco Chronicle.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Tanghetto: past tours".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Udell, Lanny (November 2018). "Tango Con*Fusión: Not Your Mother's Tango". In Dance.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. Howard, Rachel (Dec 9, 2006). "The leading ladies of tango think men are just dandy. The thing is, men are used to leading". San Francisco Chronicle.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "QueerTango Festival Berlin: Festival Teachers 2019".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Tango Con*Fusión premieres Sex, Women & Tango at SFIAF, May 26-28". May 15, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Tango Con*Fusión Dance Company".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Joan Baez Joins Teatro ZinZanni Oct. 3-28".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. Hauck, Tom (Oct 9, 2003). "Smuin company tangos, twirls and taps through sexy program". San Francisco Chronicle.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. Fancher, Lou (October 15, 2019). "Sizzling Tango, Dizzying Story". East Bay Express. [...] But none of that outweighs what is some of the best choreography and stage fighting I've seen this season. Choreographer Christy Cote and fight direction by Dave Maier shine in not only the aforementioned tango...{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. Mandel, Emily (Oct 25, 2019). "'The Lady Matador's Hotel' is a hit for Central Works". Berkeleyside. The sensuous tango (choreography by Christy Cote) and realistic fight scenes (fight staging by Dave Maier) add excitement to the performance.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "KQED: Big Band Magic!".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "IMDB: Swing".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "IMDB: Tango Shalom".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. Chensvold, Christian (July–August 2003). "Three to Tango". Dance Spirit.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: date format (link)

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