Cheryl Borkum dancing 16 years ago after seeing highly-trained dancers in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A. In Johannesburg she studied in a commercial dance studio and gained Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Ballroom and Latin
In 1996 she went to Argentina for the first time and studied under Juan Carlos Copes, the first maestro to put Tango on the stage. She had studied tango in London, New York and Switzerland.
In May 2002 and 2003 she was awarded a certification of Participation for attending a 7 day United Stated Tango Congress "Tango Fantasy on Miami Beach"
She had private lessons with the following Masestros, Miguel Zotto and Soledad Rivero, Osvaldo Zotto and Lorena Ermocida, Fabian Salas and Carolina del Rivero, Fecundo and Kely Posadas, Carolina Zokalski and Diego di Falco, Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo. She also attended group lessons mixing with tangeuros from all over the world
In October 2004 she went to Tokyo and studied under Lillana Nakada and Kenje Ndzowa especially known for the "Tango Comico"
In December 2003 she went to Buenos Aires and had private lessons with Osvaldo and Lorena, and again in 2004
On the 22nd August 2005 in Buenos Aires she received a certificate of participation from the teachers Gustavo Naveiro and Giselle Anne for attending a special seminar for advanced dancers and professionals (a total of 20 hours of study)
"The Tango Lesson", (the first tango film I saw) so inspired me, that I joined the Tango Speakeasy studio. The tango music and dancing is so passionate and sensual. Social tango is not designed nor choreographed. The movements, dictated by the music, and simple and creative. It is unlike ballroom dancing where the structure of learning the dance is ordered and regulated. Tango is art, tango is life. Adolph Dillner Teacher and student forever 7th December 2005
In October 2004 Cheryl visited Japan where she studied under Kenji and Liliana. A profile of Kenji says that “he is the only Japanese dancer able to authentically express the flair of Buenos Aires, (and that) he enjoys a high reputation in Argentina and Europe…” Liliana’s “beautifully flexible body radiates a variety of expressions of Tango”
Link to their website
Member of the South African Dance Foundation