Vale Julio Balmaceda


The tango world is shocked by the recent death on November 16 of popular maestro Julio Balmaceda at the very young age of 54.

Many Australian dancers will remember Julio's visits in 2013 for the Sydney Tango Festival with Corina de la Rosa and in 2015 for the Essence and Evolution Festival with Virginia Vasconi. Others will remember him as one of their teachers in Buenos Aires - for many he was a friend as much as an amazing dancer.

 Julio was taught to tango by his father, the legendery Miguel Balmaceda, and for many years he accompanied and assisted him in tango practices. After his father’s death in 1991, Julio took over the classes attango schools in Buenos Aires: Canning, Grisel, El Parakultural, Almagro, and La galleria del tango.

Julio was known internationally and at home for his naturalness, quality and musicality that made his dance and his walk synonymous with tango.

 Some of the highlights of his career are - performing in the 1998 Broadway production of 'Forever Tango'; - performing at Carnegie Hall in a tribute to Astor Piazzolla together with Pablo Ziegler, Paquito de Rivera and Gary Burton. - “Corazon a Corazon” choreographed by Julio in Tarbes, France. D - 2011, Julio performed and choreographed the musical “Tita, Una Vida en Tiempo de Tango” directed By Nacha Guevara in Buenos Aires. For this he was nominated by the ACE Award as the best choreographer of the musical.

 Since 2003 Julio was an official Judge of the Tango Buenos Aires Festival & Dance World Cup (Mundial y Festival de Tango de Buenos Aires.

 Julio continued to tour and dance with his partner Virginia Vasconi until very recently. He will be sadly missed by tango communities around the world. You will find many tributes and memories on Facebook,

 Vale Julio Balmaceda
 This is one of the last youtube videos we could find at the Catania Tango Festival in August 2019.

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