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Masha Abapolnikova

Executive Director and Events Program Manager

A Russia-born interior designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from George Washington University, Masha started dancing tango at a Weekend Bootcamp with Tango Mercurio in 2010. She began assisting with classes in 2011, became a teacher and event host in 2013, and took the position of Executive Director in 2014. Masha has always been attracted to Argentine tango as a vehicle for social connection, as the dance brings together people of all origins and backgrounds in a creative setting. Part of her mission as Executive Director is to bring the best tango teachers to Washington, DC to nourish and inspire her home community. She also seeks to bring the joy of tango to as many people as possible, with a special focus on underserved populations such as older adults, youth, and veterans. 

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