Armando Orzuza, Master teacher, dancer and choreographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Assassination Tango, Movie by Robert Duvall, Armando dancing with Luciana Pedraza.
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.
Armando Orzuza moves with ambling urgency and SILKY SMOOTHNESS?
Tango Passion, Broadway - Anna Kisselgoff. The New York Times
?The male dancers ware particular good... above all, Armando Orzuza deserves special mention?
Tango Passion, Broadway - The New York Post
AS MASTER TEACHER
Guest Master teacher for the First and Tenth Year Anniversary of Tango in Reijkyavick / Iceland (1991, 2001), and Aurhus / Denmark (1992, 2002).
Master Classes in over 300 cities worldwide during the past 20 years.
Tango Festival and Competition, San Pablo / Brazil (1995); Tango Folie, Lausanne /Switzerland (1997- 98); Big Apple, New York / USA (1997); Tangueando, Toulouse / France (1998); Feria del Tango, Ales / France (1998, 2003); United States Tango Congress, Miami / USA (1997-99); Tango Get Away, Reno / USA (1998-99); Primer Festival de Tango en Valencia, Valencia / Spain (1999); Tango Universo, Hamburg / Germany (1999); Los Mejores del Tango, Madrid / Spain (1999); C.I.T.A., Buenos Aires / Argentina (2000); Paris Tango Festival, Paris/ France (1999-2000); Tango Winter Festival, Bologna / Italy (2002); Festival de Ete, Nimes / France (2003); L'Aquila Tango Festival, L'Aquila / Italy (2004); Les Alumes de Tango, Nantes / France (2004); The Boston Tango Festival, Boston / USA (2004/06); New Orleans Tango Festival, New Orleans / USA (2004); The New York Summer Tango Festival, New York City / USA (2005-06); Festival de Tango Al Mare, Senigallia/ Italy (2006/10); Tango Holiday Pescara/ Italy (2007); La Crema del Tango, Crema/ Italy (2009); / Tango Woche, Zurich/ Switzerland (2009).
TANGO PASION, Coconut Grove Play House, Miami, Florida, 1992
TANGO PASION, Longacre Theater, Broadway, New York City, 1993
SUEÑOS DE TANGO , Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1996
TANGO MUNDO, Berlin, Germany, 1997
PARIS TANGO FESTIVAL, Champ d' Elise Theater, Paris, France, 1998-2000
AVANTANGO, Tour USA , 2005-07
CUARTETANGO, Tour USA, 2005-10
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER, New York City, 2007
TANGO SENSUAL, Anfiteatro Antico ?Teatro Greco?, Taormina, Italy, 2008
Y BORGES CUENTA QUE, Opera Production, Orchestra della Toscana, Music by Luis Bacalov, Siena Italy, 2008
AS DANCER & CHOREOGRAPHER
BUENOS AIRES TANGO SHOW, Switzerland & Iceland, 1991
SOLO TANGO SHOW, Denmark & Sweden, 1992
TANGO, THE SHOW, Japan Tour, 1997
TANGO MAGIC CONCERT, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, 1998
TANGOING DANCE CONCERT, West Coast Tour, 1999
TANGOS FROM THE SOUL, New York City, 2000
TANGO BACK STAGE, Europe & USA Tour, 2002-04
ROMANCE DE TANGO with CUARTETANGO, New York, 2009
SOLO TANGO CHANNEL, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1995
OPRAH WINFREY?s SHOW with JULIO IGLESIAS / promotion of his tango CD, Chicago, 1997
EVITA, directed by Alan Parker, Hollywood, 1996
ASSASSINATION TANGO, directed by Robert Duvall, Hollywood, 2001
AWARD FOR THE BEST YOUNG TANGO DANCER, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1995
RE-INVENTION SHOW by Madonna, WORLD TOUR, Hollywood, 2004-2005
LANGUAGESSpanish, English, Italian, and French spoken fluently