German Cornejo, choreographer & lead dancer of Tango Fire- Flames of Desire Smash Hit, is regarded as one of the world’s best tango show choreographers and dancers today. Worldwide critics such as The New York Times, Ottawa Citizen, The London Times, and Financial Times among other top newspapers have consolidated him as the current “hot young choreographer” and highlighted the excellence as well as the quality of his work.
German was born in Zárate, Buenos Aires Province on 31 May 1986, and at the early age of 10 he started studying Tango dancing. At 15, he graduated from Gatell Conservatory of Dance with a honorable Master of Tango degree. During the following years, German broadened his skills by studying classical and contemporary ballet, jazz and acrobatic techniques. He then qualified for Master of Choreographic Composition at the National Institute of Arts. German had the opportunity to be trained by a wide variety of teachers; however, the most important one was Nélida Rodriguez, whom he refers to as his “Artistic Godmother”. She was one of the legendary Tango Argentino’s first ballerinas and a star who succeeded in Broadway in the 1980s. She imparted her knowledge of not only dancing but also yeites (“the secrets of the Tango steps”, early XX century Tango jargon). Regarding German’s awards and acknowledgements, in 2003 he won the “Gold New Talent” prize, and in 2005 the “Competition of Gold Dance” at the well-known primetime TV show “Susana Gimenez”, hosted by the most popular Argentine star, broadcast by TELEFE channel and Production Company. After obtaining his first gold medal 1999, German went on to win a total of seven of these awards at a series of contests for the youth in Buenos Aires Province and more than 20 first place prizes at national level. In 2005, German became World Champion of Tango dancing.
German has performed at many famous Tango houses in Buenos Aires including Mambo, Chiquin Buenos Aires and El Viejo Almacén. Also, he has conducted dance performances at some of the most important milongas in Buenos Aires, such as La Viruta, Porteño and Bailarín, Parakultural and Confitería Ideal. His long list of massive performances includes top rating TV shows in South America: Susana Gimenez, Showmatch, La Noche del 10 (hosted by Diego A. Maradona), Desayuno, Por Siempre Tango, Mp3 Musica del Tercer Milenio, Afectos Especiales, Bailando 2012. Around the world, some of the TV shows that enjoyed his magnificent dancing are: Por el Mundo, Programa do Jó (Brazil), The CW11 Morning News (USA),Fox News (USA), Good Day New York! (New York), Espejo Público (Madrid), Televisión de Cataluña (Barcelona), Sky News (London). Last but not least, German’s professional talent was once more highlighted and consolidated in Jennifer López & Marc Anthony’s reality TV show "Q' Viva- The Chosen", where he was winning finalist (USA, Canada and Latin America).
German was also a dancer for the productions Bien de Tango with El Arranque Orchestra, Vamos al Tango with Osvaldo Berlingeri (which obtained 4 Starfish prizes), El Viejo Almacén Brazilian Tour together with Ariel Spandrio’s Orchestra, Tango Inferno with Quatrotango, and Tango por La Igualdad. In 2006, he traveled extensively around Japan to perform Buenos Tangos under Musical Director Fabio Hager. In 2008, he rejoined Tango Dance Premium and Fernando Marzán’s Orchestra.
After years of touring around the world, in 2008 the Department of Culture of Zárate, German’s home town, paid homage to him for his outstanding achievements in the show Evocación at the Coliseum Theatre.
Germán was guest dancer and participated in many local and international festivals such as: ''VI International Tango Festival'' (Argentina), ‘’I Santiago International Tango Festival” (Chile), ''Tango Buenos Aires 2011'' (Argentina), and ‘’Grec 2011’’ (Barcelona) to name a few. Renowned theaters which have also showed his art are: Shanghai Oriental Arts Center (Shanghai), Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Malaysia), Badminton Theatre (Athens), Sydney Opera House (Sydney), The Joyce Theatre (New York), Peacock Theatre (London), The Esplanade Theatre (Singapore), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Luna Park Arena (Buenos Aires), GEBA Arena (Buenos Aires) and Mandalay Bay Arena (Las Vegas), among others. As previously stated, German was participant of the reality TV show “Q’ Viva- The Chosen”, which was a prelude to “Q’ Viva Live” starring JLo and Marc Anthony and directed by the acclaimed entertainment director Jamie King. The final performance, “Q’ Viva Live”, was a box office success at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas in May 2012. Later, in June 2012, Germán joined JLO's once agaian as a special guest artist at her “Dance Again- World Tour”, the first concert at GEBA Arena in the city of Buenos Aires.
Germán was also part of the dance group “Sentimientos Tangueros”, which was under his own direction to perform for the Ex President of Vietnam Tran Duc Luong upon his visit to Argentina. Since then, Germán has been the choreographer of both Mission Tango show under the musical direction of Lisandro Adrover and Tango Inferno- The Fire Within.
To date, German’s Tango dance tours have visited the following countries: Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Canada, Korea, Turkey, Malaysia, South Africa, Chile, Singapore, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Philippines. The shows were also extensively performed throughout the USA, Brazil, United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, China, and Japan.
At present, Germán is Director of Choreography and Lead Dancer in Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires which he joined since 2006. He has been a performer in M!longa since 2013’s premiere directed and choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Regarding choreographing and couching, German’s experience has been enlarged by his work with a contestant couple at the Latin America equivalent of Dancing With The Stars, 'Bailando 2012'. In 2011, German's students Max Van de Voorde & Solange Acosta won the World Tango Championship. Other students became 2nd, 4th & 5th place getters. In 2012, Cristian Correa & Sabrina Amuchastegui, and Nicolas Schell & Nair Schinka got the 3rd and 4th places respectively; Ariel Leguizamon & Yesica Esquivel the 9th place, all of them under German’s choreography and strict guidance. Finally, in 2013 Nicolas Schell & Nair Schinka became runners-up, and Facundo Ruiz Diaz & Agostina Tarchini got the 7th place.
The fact that many of his students have been reaching top positions at the Tango World Championship since 2006 has made German one of the most recognized and requested couches in Buenos Aires. He has become one of the best tango show instructors.