Originally from Kiev (Ukraine), Ilona is no stranger to music and dance. Growing up in the former Soviet Union she was exposed to dance and music from the age of four. A classically trained pianist, Ilona has a deep understanding and appreciation for music and rhythm. Prior to her immigration to the US in 1979, she was trained to accompany dancers with the world-renowned Ukrainian dance troupe, Virsky Ukranian Dance Ensemble. This is where Ilona developed her true passion and reverence for discipline and form, qualities that sets all great dancers apart from the rest.
Over the last 20 years Ilona has expanded her artistic expression once again, discovering Latin dance – Salsa, Mambo and Argentine Tango. Trained by Perry Rogovin, Sandor, Mariano Chicho Framboli and Juana Sepulveda , Geraldine Rojas and Ezequil Paludi, Fabian Salas and Lola Diaz among other acclaimed Tango instructors, Ilona has a strong foundation and deep respect for the “fundamentals” upon which this dance is structured.
Meet Ilona Glinarsky
As a passionate advocate for social partner dance and a Tango community activist, Ilona is always seeking new ways to share her passion and make a difference in the world. She often offers free introductory classes in various communities throughout Los Angeles, appears on various radio talk shows and works hard on getting her message out into to world. She is presently organizing fourth annual LA Tango Marathon, that is created to bring the entire LA Tango community and the entire West Coast Tango communities together.
In March 2012 Ilona became an organizer of a new beautiful monthly Milonga @ LAX , which has quickly become one of the most popular places for Tango dancing, just steps from LAX (at the Elks Lodge, Playa Del Rey)
Ilona is also a founded and hostess of the Tango Experience, a weekly practica/milonga taking place every Wednesday night at The Woman's Club, El Segundo.
Most recently Ilona has dabbled in film-making by writing and directing an award-winning short film A Tango for Joe, featured here: PAH Nation – Hollywood, by Christopher Coppola.
Her passion lies in introducing ordinary people to Argentine Tango, the most extraordinary dance based on connection, mindfulness improvisation and non-verbal communication.
Ilona sees Tango as a dialog between two equal partners, therefore her emphasis is on developing and expanding ones capacity to communicate authentically from the heart, to trust and surrender, to lead and follow, to be fully present in the moment – skills and abilities essential to creating a conscious, fulfilling relationships, both on and off the dance floor.
Her studies in Spiritual Psychology (University of Santa Monica) as well as her own yoga practice, are additional valuable skills Ilona brings into her holistic teaching approach.