Jay Rabe started learning Tango in 1998 after an introductory lesson with Clay Nelson at the Crystal Ballroom. He has been addicted to Tango since then, studying with Clay and with the dozens of masters who've passed through Portland in that time. He has also made three trips to Buenos Aires to practice and study.
He has been most strongly influenced by Chicho Frumboli, Norberto "el Pulpo" Estevez, and Portland's own Alex Krebs and Dan Timmins.
Jay teaches group and private lessons at a variety of venues.
His dancing and teaching focus on developing a deep connection between the partners by emphasizing fundamentals of posture, balance, axis, and intention.
Principles of centering and grounding, influenced by his years of study in Qi Gong energy practices, create a holistic approach that is not only effective, but can also be transforming and healing for individuals and couples.