ALL ABOUT NURIA MARTINEZ
Nuria Martinez, Argentine Tango Dancer, Modern Dancer, Model and Actress
Nuria Martinez was born in Spain. Her first training was received at Madrid’s National School of Ballet under the direction of Maya Plisetskaya. Nuria completed a Dance Diploma at the Laban Center in London and the Merce Cunningham Studio in NYC with various fellowships from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Cunningham Studio.
Ms. Martinez’s first international appearance was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the production of “West Side Story”. In NYC, she performed as a modern dancer for the Dance on Camera Film Festival, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the NY State Theater. In 2004, Ms. Martínez became an apprentice for Jennifer Muller/The Works and a highlighted dancer of the Washington National Opera. She has appeared in theater as a dancer/actress in off-Broadway productions, the Midtown International Theater Festival, and at the Cherry Lane Theater, in NYC.
In 2005, Nuria Martinez began to study Tango professionally with Armando Orzuza, achieving an important place in the professional tango world. To the precious and valuable experience of learning, sharing and dancing with Armando, she also brings in to her work the vast previous knowledge and performing experience, as well as the inspiration, gathered from concepts by Graciela Gonzalez and Rodolfo Dinzel after her first trip and stay in Buenos Aires in the year 2007.
As a Tango dancer, she appeared in numerous shows in the US, Europe, and Argentina such as: “Jazz at Lincoln Center” with Avantango, “Cuartetango”, “Tango Fusion”, “Y Borges Cuenta Que…” directed by Luis Bacalov, “We” with Jon Secada in the Broadway-style show directed by Neil Goldberg, “Tango Nuevo Cabaret”, “C’est Rouge” directed by Blanca Li, “Once Upon a Tango”, and “Baires Tango”, directed by Armando Orzuza & Nuria Martinez.
Ms. Martinez has taught master classes and courses of study in Ballet, Modern dance, and Tango at Tango Festivals, public and private events, cultural organizations, private and public schools, universities, dance studios, and theaters throughout Europe and the United States.
Ms. Martínez graduated from Empire State College with a BA in Dance and Education.
ALL ABOUT ARMANDO ORZUZA
Master teacher, dancer and choreographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Armando Orzuza was born in "La Boca", a suburb of Buenos Aires, known as the birthplace of the Tango. His first professional contact with the Tango was at the age of fourteen as a sound technician for a "Tangueria" (Tango dance hall) in Buenos Aires. This enriching experience surrounded him with the foremost dancers, singers and orchestras of the Tango world.
Ten years later, he began to study the Tango himself. Armando learned to dance from the original "Milongueros" and began his professional career in 1990 with Daniela Arcuri.
Armando have had numerous guest appearances.
As dancer, he has performed in the Broadway show of “Tango Passion”; in the promotion of the album "Tango" by Julio Iglesias; “Jazz at Lincoln Center” with Avantango, “Cuartetango”; “Tango Fusion”; the Opera “Y Borges Cuenta Que…” directed by Luis Bacalov; the Broadway-style show “We” with Jon Secada, directed by Neil Goldberg; “Tango Nuevo Cabaret”; “C’est Rouge” directed by Blanca Li; “Once Upon a Tango”; “Tango Maestro”, and “Baires Tango”, directed by Armando Orzuza & Nuria Martinez. As dance consultant and choreographer, he worked in Alan Parker’s movie "Evita", and in the 2004 Madonna’s “Re-invention” touring show.
Armando also appeared as principal dancer in the movie “Assassination Tango” directed by Robert Duvall.
Mr. Orzuza has self-produced “Tangoing” in the West Coast, “Tango, the Show” in USA and Japan, and coordinated and supervised the recording of the double CD album of “Quilombo” in Buenos Aires in 2016.
He has performed and taught the tango at Tango Festivals, public and private events, cultural organizations, embassies, consulates, schools, universities, and theaters, throughout Europe, Japan, South America and the United States.
Mr. Orzuza currently teaches and performs with Nuria Martínez internationally.