Tango 21 Dance Theater uses the language of Argentine Tango to tell original, contemporary stories through live theater. Our productions combine traditional tango technique with contemporary dance styles, live music and actors.
T21DT was founded in 2014 by Jorge Niedas and Liz Sung who write and choreograph each original show, drawing on tango’s poetic lyrics and the rich variations in this classical dance form. The company started as an extension of Niedas’ Argentine Tango dance school, Tango 21, and is now comprised of Chicago-area dancers, actors and musicians. Our shows tour year round throughout the Chicago area and Midwest.
Artistic Director & Co-founder
Jorge Niedas is co-founder, artistic director and choreographer of Tango 21 Dance Theater. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, he is credited with introducing Argentine tango to Chicago, and has been teaching, promoting and performing the art form in the city since the 1990s. He is the founder of Tango 21, T21DT’s companion organization, which provides classes and milongas (social dances). He is also co-founder of DanceArt, a not-for-profit dance education outreach program for Chicago Public Schools.
Niedas professionally trained in classical ballet at the Instituto Superior del Arte del Teatro Colón. He has performed and worked all over the Americas, including Teatro Colón and San Martín Official Ballet Company of Argentina, Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Teatro Teresa Carreño of Caracas, (Venezuela), and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Managing Director & Co-founder
Liz Sung is co-founder and managing director of Tango 21 Dance Theater. Sung originally trained as a classical dancer and first fell into Tango’s embrace in 2007. She has been teaching and performing with T21DT’s companion company, Tango 21, since 2010. She has written, co-choreographed and performed in all of T21DT’s original shows to date and is constantly striving to expand the boundaries of the art form.
Sung has a diverse creative background as a photographer, video producer and graphic designer. Her work ranges from producing documentary projects for clients such as The Field Museum, Equality Illinois and The Weather Channel to creating video projections for shows presented at theaters such as Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater and The Public Theater. She is currently owner and principal of Liz Sung Productions, LLC.
TANGO 21 DANCE THEATER ARTISTS
Alumni Ensemble Members
Chicago Tango Jam
Juan Carlos Castellon (Ensemble Español)
Katie Thayer (KT) McCammond
Jonathan & Valentina Ropiequet-Serna
Phaze II (Micah Jefferson, DJ Maclin, Eren Pedraza)