Ask Armando: Introduction


Hello everyone!!

I am very happy that the studio has asked me to write a regular column on the studio blog, titled “Ask Armando.” I hope that it allows people to get to know me more, as dancer, teacher and even as a regular person. Please use this opportunity to ask me anything - let’s talk about tango and its history, the costumes, manners, and more.  After almost 23 of dancing professionally, there is much that I hope to be able to share.  Please send me questions at my email address,, or post them to the feedback page.

At this moment Nuria and I are very exited about our trip to Buenos Aires which will be from March 1st to the 18th, because our daughter, Anahi, will meet her grandparents for the first time.  Also I am very happy because the students and friends coming with us will have the opportunity to see for themselves tango in its birthplace.

I hope in the future many of you can experience the magic of tango in Buenos Aires, my culture, and my people. Tango as you know is a cultural dance, so if you don’t go to Buenos Aires some time in your process of learning, you are really missing an integral part of the dance.

- Armando

As the Resident Master Instructor, Armando Orzuza teaches regular classes (Monday through Wednesday) at the New England Tango Academy. Look here for his biweekly column, and don’t hesitate to email in or submit any questions you have.

One comment

  • armando

    Let me respond to this questions from my point of view:
    1) In practicas you do not need to come with a partner, but if you have one, you can do so.
    2) The teacher is at the practicas to help the people but not to spend too much time with one person, or one couple, he may clarify questions they may have, but people should respect the teachers’ time.
    3) of course if you dance with people with better level than yours, you will learn much better, but that does not always happen, so when you are practicing with some one, you have to focus in what you really want to work on, and asking him to work in your questions too.
    4) what happens is that a practica is not a milonga, where you dance with people you choose. In practicas, every one is supposed to be practicing, you can ask someone to try something with you if you want, not to dance but to practice. At a milonga is different, women do not ask a guy to dance. We normally use cabeceo unless we really know each other and we want to dance together.
    Determining the level of a dancer, depends on the big concept that you have about the dance. For us, it is determined by the ability to respect the embrace, to be with each other, to feel comfortable, to understand and be with the music, and to respect the other couples on the dance floor.

    I hope I was able to answer you questions, and please let me know what you think.

    March 20, 2012

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