About NURIA MARTINEZ
Nuria Martinez, Argentine Tango Dancer, Modern Dancer, Model and Actress
Was born in Spain, trained in ballet at Madrid’s National School of Ballet and piano. She received a Certificate in Dance Studies at London’s Laban Centre with a course of study including ballet, contemporary and jazz dance, Laban movement observation, pedagogy, Pilates, and improvisation. She completed the Diploma in Cunningham Technique at the Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC, with a Spanish Ministry of Culture fellowship. She has taught master classes in Modern dance and performed a wide range of world dance approaches in NYC and Europe including those of choreographers working in various modern dance techniques, Afro Cuban dance, Tango, and musical theatre.
In 2004, Ms. Martínez became an apprentice for Jennifer Muller/The Works, an extra cast member of the Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House, and a highlighted cast member of the Washington Opera Ballet. She has also appeared in documentaries, theater, film and TV in Spain and The United States.
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 knowkedge and performing experience, as well as the inspiration gathered from concepts by Graciela Gonzalez and Rodolfo Dinzel after her trip and stay in Buenos Aires in the year 2007.
She has designed and implemented K-12 dance curriculum in NYC area public schools and colleges, taught Master Classes to professional dancers at prestigious dance schools in Spain and at the London Contemporary School, and has served as an invited juror at the Carmen Senra annual choreographic showcase in Madrid. She served as a mentor for the mentoring pilot program as well as a peer panelist through the Center for the Arts Education’s Parents As Arts Partners Program. She has been a mentor for new teaching artists through Mark DeGarmo & Dancers in New York City.
Ms. Martínez graduated at Empire State College with a BA in Dance and Education.
She currently performs and teaches Tango with Armando Orzuza throughout the US, Europe, and Buenos Aires.
About ARMANDO ORZUZA
Master teacher, dancer and choreographerfrom Buenos Aires, Argentina
Was born in "La Boca", a suburb of Buenos Aires, known as the birth place of the Tango. His first professional contact with the Tango was at the age of fourteen as a sound technician for a "Tangueria" (Tango Performing House) 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. Together with his then partner Daniela Arcuri, and for 16 years they have had numerous guest appearances: as dancers, they performed in the Broadway show of Tango Passion in New York and Miami, as well as in the promotion of the album "Tango" by Julio Iglesias; As dance consultants and choreographers they worked in Alan Parker's movie "Evita" and in the 2004 Madonna's Re-invention touring show. Armando 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. Armando also appeared as principal dancer in the movie Assassination Tango directed by Robert Duvall.
With Nuria Martinez, his current partner, they have developed a unique style of dancing and teaching which represent a contemporary style of dancing the social argentine tango.