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Nuria Martinez                                                                               
Argentine Tango Dancer, Modern Dancer, Model and Actress

Nuria

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.

REVIEWS

“Another good performance was turned in by Nuria Martinez Mendez, as Tsvetaeva’s lesbian poet lover Sophia Parnoc, who danced a mystical tango based on Tsvetaeva’s poem, “I’m glad your sickness isnot of my will.”

December 15, 2007, New York - By Deirdre Donovan for The Brooklyn Paper

“Part way through a solo performed by Nuria Martinez, Galletto emerged upstage in partial lighting, shadowing her beautifully controlled movements with his own”.

March 6, 2005, New York. By Abigail Gehring for ExploreDance.com

HISTORY

AS TANGO DANCER

Opera Production “Y Borges Cuenta Que”, Orchestra della Toscana, Music by Luis Bacalov,  Siena (Italy) 2008

Tango Sensual - Anfiteatro Antico “Teatro Greco”, Taormina (Italy) 2008

Sunderland, Buenos Aires (2007)

Bien Porteño, Buenos Aires (2007)

Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC (2007)

Café Tango, Santander, Spain (2007)

La Guardia Community College, New York (2006, 2007)

Columbia University, NYC (2005, 2006)

Runway, Tango model, NYC (2006)

Boston Tango Festival, US (2005),

Avantango, US tour (2005, 2007)

Cuartetango, US tour (2005/09)

 

AS TEACHER & TANGO DANCER

Tango Workshops and Exhibitions: Modena, Milan, Rome, Rovigo, Trieste, Treviso, Siena, Naples, Florence, Pisa (Italy); Malmo, Simrishamn (Sweden); Ales, Nimes, Lyon (France), New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles (USA), Szczecin (Poland).

 

TANGO FESTIVALS

La Crema del Tango, Crema, Italy (2009)

Festival Tango Woche, Zurich, Switzerland (2009)

Festival de Tango Al Mare, Senigallia, Italy  (2006/11)

Tango Holiday, Pescara, Italy (2007)

Tango Vacanza “Tangosci”, Italy (2009,10)

 

THEATER

“The Past is Still Ahead” –  directed by François Rochaix and Sophia Romma - NYC

“Shoot Them in the Cornfields!” by Sophia Romma – directed by Yuri Joffe - NYC

 

MUSICAL THEATER

“Luisa Fernanda” – Spanish Zarzuela – Washington National Opera – Corp dancer

“West Side Story” – Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Soloist dancer – Scotland   

    

TELEVISION

“Tango Passion” – Film directed by Manny Wittels – NYC    

Fox channel – Featured Tango Dancer - NYC

“Global Tango” – Documentary film directed by Marta Bautis - NYC

“Calles y Sueños” – Documentary for Spanish TV – Choreographer and dancer - NYC 

“Erika” – Lincoln Center Film Festival – J. Mandle Performance – Dancer - NYC

       

OPERA PRODUCTIONS

"Nabucco" - Corp dancer - Washington National Opera

“Andrea Chenier” – Highlighted Corp dancer – Washington National Opera

“Maid of Orleans” – Corp dancer – Washington National Opera

“Samson & Dalila” – Corp dancer & Principal cover – Washington National Opera

Extra cast dance member for the MET – 2004/05 season - NYC

Lincoln Center Festival –  De Nederlandse Opera –  “Writing to Vermeer” – NYC

      

MODERN DANCE

“New Generation Dance Company” – Modern & Tango dancer - NY

“Jennifer Muller/ The Works” – Apprentice member - NYC

“Guest Artist Series” at Steps Dance Studio – Assistant to Jennifer Muller - NYC

Deli Dances in Times Square – Emma Hogarth – NYC

“Assokere Dance Company” – Afro-Cuban & Modern – Dancer & Assistant toChoreographer - NYC

“She sec. 3” – Merce Cunningham Foundation – Glen Rumsey - NYC

“Erika” – Cooper-Hewitt Museum – J. Mandle Performance - NYC

“Los González” – Afro-Cuban & popular Cuban – UK

Independent Choreographers in NYC –  Nadine Helstroffer, Sari Nordman


MODEL/DANCER PHOTO, PAINTING, SCULPTURE

Fernanda Hubeaut - Photography

Georgia Kokolis - Photography

Julia Nitsberg - Sculpture

Juan Manuel Martinez - Photography

Edward Goytia - Photography

John Mussal - Painting

   

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The Place at The London Contemporary School – Workshop in Cunningham technique

Jury member for the Choreographic showcase at Carmen Senra Studio - Madrid

Modern Dance Workshops for Professional Dance Training - Madrid, Santander (Spain)   

Private instructor in Cunningham technique - NYC

Panelist for the ParentsAsArtsPartners Grant- Center for Arts in Education - NYC

City Lore, Mark DeGarmo & Dancers/ Dance-in-Education PreK through 12 - NYC        

ECDE- Dance-in-Education director Pre-K through 12 - NYC

LaGuardia Community College- Summer Enrichment Programs and Saturday Program                         

Assistant to Meg Harper - Cunningham Repertory Workshop - NY

The Berkeley Carroll School - Gymnastics Assistant - NY

Chelsea Adult Day Health Center - Dance & Creative Movement - NY

Children’s Aid Society - Ballet teacher - NYC

Stagecoach School of the Performing Arts - Modern Dance - England

Masbro Civic Center - Body Conditioning - London

 

GRANTS RECEIVED

Richard Porter Leach Fellowship, Doris Goldberg scholarship – Empire State College

NYSCA scholarships to attend ESP Summer Institutes - NYC

Merit scholarships - Merce Cunningham Studio - NYC

Continuing Education Grants for Dance and Music Studies - Spanish Ministry of Culture, Marcelino Botin Foundation & Santander Borough and County Council - Spain                                       

Scholarships by the International University of Menendez Pelayo - Spain

 

TRAINING

BA in Dance and Education from Empire State College - NYC

Certificate in Cunningham technique

Certificate in Dance Studies - Laban Center - London

Tango with Master teacher Armando Orzuza; Influenced by Cacho Dinzel and Graciela  Conzalez approaches

Advanced level Examinations in Ballet and Music - National School of Ballet, Madrid

Klein technique, Limon technique; West African, Afro cuban, and Spanish Dance; Yoga 

Acting Classes - Tony and Maria Greco Casting

 

PROFESSIONAL DANCE WORKSHOPS

Jennifer Muller, Cunningham, Elisa Monte & Mark Morris - Repertory, Technique, and Choreography Workshops

   

LANGUAGES

spoken and written fluently: English, Spanish, Italian