Brian Nguyen & Yuliana Basmajyan

In August 2011, Brian Nguyen and Yuliana Basmajyan won third place 2011 Mundial de Tango Salon (World Salon Tango Competition) in Buenos Aires.  They represented the US as the 2011 US Salon Tango Champions.

Brian Nguyen’s dance career started as early as age 8 with karaoke videos of the well-known King of Pop, Michael Jackson. For many years he pursued the arts of break dancing and popping in Los Angeles, California where he was born and raised. After being introduced to Argentine Tango, he quickly fell in love and since then has dedicated his time to mastering the seductive art form. As a tango dancer, he has performed in many well-known venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Thousand Oaks Civic Center, Lobero Theatre, Royce Hall, Nokia Theatre and many more. His tango masters include Javier Rodriguez, Gabriel Misse, Jorge Dispari, Fabian Peralta, Graciela Gonzalez, Francisco Forquera, Geraldine Rojas and many others. Today, he continues to influence others with the quality of his movement and the devotion he has for the traditional style of Argentine Tango.

Born and raised in Armenia, Yuliana Basmajyan immigrated to the US in her early adolescent years. She took dance classes in her college years in hopes of one day becoming a dancer on stage. Her background includes some modern, jazz, flamenco, and extensive training in Salsa. She discovered her talent in tango after years of salsa and switched careers to pursue what she believed to be more ‘daring’ and ‘rewarding’. She studied under world-class dancers such as Natalia Hills, Romina Levin, Andrea Misse, Melina Brufman, and Geraldine Rojas to name a few. While living the dream, she performed in tango shows and concerts that took place in Nokia theatre, Wilshire Ebell theatre, and many high-end banquet halls around CA and Mexico. Aside from tango, she has been a model, actress, and host for different functions. Currently, she resides in Glendale, CA and continues to teach weekly group classes.

Here is a link to find out more about Brian:

  • Brian and Yuliana

brian and yuliana@neta

Brian and Yuliana will be teaching workshops on April 21st and 22nd.  They will be available for private lessons from Wed. Apr. 18 through the 22.

To schedule private lessons, email

The workshop schedule is posted here.


2011 Salon world competition in Argentina

Brian and Yuliana finished 3rd.  He is wearing a red tie, and she is in a red dress.

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