Colombian-born Patricia “Gigi” Jensen has danced Argentine dances for more than 21 years, with additional studies in ballet, modern, and ballroom dances. She has taught Argentine tango for 12 years, both her own classes and with Pampa Cortés. She has been a guest lecturer at several universities, and taught dance and performed multiple times in Guatemala for the ArteCentro Cultural Graciela Andrade de Paiz. She assisted Pampa in workshops in Seattle, Portland, Houston, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, and the greater Washington, DC, area, and at the 65th & 66th annual Stockton Folk Dance Camp.
Ms. Jensen partnered Pampa Cortés, in folkloric & tango stage presentations, including the 25th Argentine Festival in Washington, DC. With Ballet Pampa Argentina they performed in the 2012 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. She directs and performs in the all-woman folkloric troupe Las Estrellitas, continuing Pampa's legacy.
She founded Tango A Media Luz (1998-2006) with Cortés, and went solo with Tango & More Argentine Dance (2006 to date). Jensen has directed three stage shows (2005, 2008, 2015), a major tango festival in Houston, Texas (2010), and the New World Tap Festival (2015), as well as numerous Latin American programs.
Gigi is well known for her role as an emcee in various productions including programs at the California Academy of Sciences, “Music at Noon” series at Santa Clara University, BATango’s “Tango in the Square” and in “Asi se Baila el Tango”, broadcast several times on a San Francisco television station. She was interviewed on Univision’s KDTV Channel 14, as a guest on AM1010 multiple times, and her work in English and Spanish has been published in magazines and newspapers.
Ms. Jensen has also received various awards, including 1998 Grand Prix Champion at the San Francisco International Ballroom Competition and in 2011 at the Seattle Tangoearth Immersion competition. She and her partner, Ken Brown, competed in the 2014 USA Tango Championships making it to the Semi-Finals. She has received several ballroom first place awards as an amateur performing Argentine tango.