Akil Hlioui and Yana Mouravieva

Dancers and teachers of Argentine tango.

Akil Hlioui (Paris)

Akil discovered dancing at the age of ten. After a long practice of Latin dances, he discovered Argentine tango through music in 1998 and has since developed a long-lasting passion for the dance.

Akil has trained intensively in different styles of Argentine tango with great figures in Buenos Aires and Paris. Over many stays in Buenos Aires, he has perfected his milonguero style with the masters Carlos Perez & Rosa Forte and Fabian Peralta.

He also worked on the fundamentals of his tango expression with Pablo Villarraza & Dana Frigoli, Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli, Pablo Veron and Sebastian Arce.

He has since applied himself to combining the right movement with the most sincere connection to his partner, a fundamental search that still drives him today.

In parallel with tango, Akil has trained as a comedian at the Jacques Lecoq International Theater School in Paris.

Yana Mouravieva (Paris)

Yana started dancing very young when she joined a ballet school at the age of five. Thanks to her many years of classical ballet practice, Yana had acquired a body of technique and experience which had already let her to develop her aesthetic expression in several dance styles: ballroom dancing, salsa, oriental dance, African dance...

When she discovered Argentine tango, Yana was immediately taken in by its elegance and the indispensable complicity between the dancers to allow them to improvise together.

Yana also saw in tango a path to building her own musicality and artistic vision.

She continually works on her sensitivity, reactivity and musicality to arrive at a harmonious tango that expresses her femininity.

Her favorite maestras are Mariana Montes for her elegance and power, and for the technicality of her figures, Virginia Pandolfi for her musicality and adornos, Juana Sepulveda for her flexibility and lightness.

Akil & Yana

Akil and Yana met in Paris in 2009. Their meeting presented a turning point in their lives as dancers.

Two years of intense rehearsals and joint research followed. They have formed a regular couple since 2011. Their work is focused on listening and connecting, to create an organic and fusional movement.

Thanks to their collaboration, several projects and shows have emerged. In 2013, they created the project Danse La Ville as part of the "dance-theater" movement, a performance that is visible on the web.

Among their other shows are Milonga Para Ocho, The Fountain, The Rose, The Three Ages of a Woman, Passion, and Choked by Your Absence (or Obsession).

Akil and Yana have performed in the following Parisian spaces: The Balajo, The Retro, La Casa del Tango, Esta Noche de Luna, Milonga BelTango, Milonga el Artisanale, Abrazo Tango, etc. They presented performances on the stages of the La Madeleine Theater, the Trianon, the Gymnase Marie-Bell Theater, etc.

As lovers of the milonga and the ball culture, they organize regular milongas at La Ruche.