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Do you know this tanguero?

posted Apr 8, 2014, 3:15 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Apr 16, 2014, 8:08 PM ]
Came across this lovely photo of Nelson Martinera in an article in the Huffington Post. 

Wow! Nelson is certainly making his mark in the tango world, and international press! 

The article is about a program that uses tango therapy for psychiatric patients in Buenos Aires.  Nelson has been assisting the program as a tango dancer. To read the article click on

Nelson, who originates from Uruguay, has been an important member of the Sydney tango community for many years. He has undoubtedly attended more milongas in Sydney than any other tango dancer I know, and is living proof that tango keeps you young in spirit!

Several years ago he migrated to Buenos Aires to retire in the Mecca of tango. It's certainly a very active retirement for Nelson as he immerses himself in social dancing and teaching tango, particularly Canyengue1, which his specialty dance. Nelson regularly returns to Sydney for short trips with his Australian partner Liz. He is currently in Sydney where he has been giving very well received Canyengue lessons.

I love this photo which, for me, captures Nelson's gentle soul, playfulness and heart of gold. His red bow tie and the gold statue are perfect!

1A very old style of tango from the 1900s to the 1940s. The music from this era had a faster or peppier 2/4 tempo so the dance had a rhythmic flavor similar to that of modern milonga. A very close embrace was used as well as some unique posture and footwork elements. (