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Andrea Misse died in a quad crash west of General Acha, La Pampa, Argentina


January 2, 2012 – A multiple collision occurred at noon today on National Route 152, west of General Acha.

The accident involved four vehicles, all driven by tourists, and as a result of the accident, tango dancer Andrea Misse, who was in one of the vehicles, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash was at the kilometer 34 mark of route 152. It was about 16.30 hours approximately.

According to the preliminary expertise, the Sandero may have tried to pass one of the vehicles and there the crash occurred.

The occupants of the Sandero were the most injured. The car was hit from the front and from behind. The woman on the Renault Sandero, identified as 34 years old tango dancer Andrea Misse, died instantly and was taken to the morgue of the local health center where an autopsy was performed to determine the cause of death.

Her husband, Diego Hernán Gienex, 38 suffered a fractured femur, and her 2 year old daughter is out of danger, at a hospital in the capital of the La Pampa. The same happened with the dancer’s mother in law, who was recovering from injuries she suffered as a result of the collisions. The family came from Tigre (Buenos Aires), where they live, but their destination was unknown.


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Andrea Misse’s true and unique philosophy of Argentine Tango

By Valorie Hart and Alberto Paz

It was a 1996 Autumn night in New York City. In fact it was a Thursday night. We made our way midtown to the restaurant Il Campanello, where Paul Pellicoro presented his Tango Nights show. We had seen this conglomerate offering before, mainly consisting of dynamic Paul and his striking partner Eleny and the professional dancers from his Dance Sport Studio. Raul Jaurena’s first class New York Tango Trio with excellent singer Marga Mitchell; a few expatriate local old timers from Argentina; and the visiting flavor of the month professional couple completed the ambiance. It was a pleasant night out in the world of the tango, a place to sit and eat dinner, have a few drinks, talk with our New York friends, dance a few tangos – you know, the kind of place where everybody knows your name.

As the show got underway, a ripple of excitement went through this very experienced audience as two young dancers from Buenos Aires were announced. In true tango world fashion, only first names were offered: Leandro and Andrea. They were going to dance to the music of Angel D’Agostino’s version of Cafe Dominguez. Two very young looking slim dancers held the audience spellbound as they interpreted the music in an entirely fresh, but authentic way. Lots of sighs from the women in the audience as they coveted Andrea’s precise, pretty and musical footwork. Lots of sighs from the women as they drank in the perfect face of Leandro and the way he lovingly and generously partnered his Andrea. Lots of pride in the eyes of the men as they watched this young man execute fantastic figures, combining the speed of youth with the maturity of someone who might have been dancing for thirty or forty years.

And then it was over, and in the din of the very enthusiastic applause, we asked a table mate “WHO are they? Are they a new couple in Forever Tango?” The reply was that they were just a couple of kids from Buenos Aires trying their luck on the teaching circuit. We can’t even remember if we had the chance to say hello to them that night and congratulate them. But they made a strong impression on us.

A year or so later we were invited to do an exhibition at Matej Oresic’s Tango Generations Weekend event in Ithaca, New York. New York teachers Danel and Maria, Buenos Aires milonguero Toto Faraldo, and “those kids” from Buenos Aires, Leandro and Andrea where the teachers representing the various Tango generations for a weekend of workshops. It was December 1997. We rode the bus from New York City and arrived in a flurry of fairy tale snowflakes to a snow covered Ithaca.

The workshops were almost over for the day, so after the various introductions, our lovely house hosts whisked us away to a group dinner and then home to change for the night’s gala milonga and exhibitions.

The next day we attended the workshops: first an excellent Vals workshop with Danel & Maria. Then we took an authentic milonga workshop with Toto Faraldo, with Andrea assisting and translating for him. Finally, we participated in Leandro and Andrea’s Tango class.

We really appreciated the way they ran their class. They were organized; they presented fundamentals in a fresh and fun way; they were caring and attentive to everyone in the class; they spoke perfect and fluent English. The weekend was over before it began, and the last meals were shared, the last dances danced, the good-byes said. We both agreed to keep “those kids” in mind for future projects.

Fast forward to Summer 1998. Final plans were in motion for our Labor Day Tango Getaway in Reno. A disappointing glitch occurred regarding one of the couples we had initially invited. We needed another couple to fill the position. We contacted “those kids” in hopes that they would be available.

Those who went to Reno know that the connection was successful. So now we all knew that Andrea Misse and Leandro Palou were professional dancers and teachers.

They both began dancing tango at a very young age, Leandro at 14 and Andrea at 11. Before that, Leandro studied acting for five years and Andrea studied Argentine folklore dances, appearing in many performances and television specials in Buenos Aires. Andrea began her tango studies with Carlos Rivarola, one of the stars of “Tango Argentino.” She studied for several years with Miguel Angel Zotto (Tango X 2) and later with Osvaldo Zotto and Antonio Todaro, considered by many to be the greatest teacher of tango choreography of all time. Leandro also studied with Miguel Zotto and with numerous milongueros. Leandro and Andrea’s partnership began in 1995.

They danced with the Color Tango Orchestra and toured in the show Milonga Boulevard. They presented successful workshops on both the East and West coasts of the USA, and also in Europe. As well as being a top rated professional dancer and Andrea had her degree in simultaneous translation.

They had a true and unique philosophy of Argentine Tango being danced as a fifty-fifty proposition for the man and the woman. Andrea had been in the presence of many important teachers and dancers, but she felt that something was lacking in the information provided for the woman dancer. She took it upon herself to investigate a system of techniques that enable the woman to create a beautiful head to toe body line, to be completely responsive to la marca, and create the possibilities for musical interpretation through embellishment. One of the teachers of technique that she greatly admired and appreciated was Graciela Gonzalez.

Andrea with Leandro dance to La bordona at the 1998 Labor Day Weekend Tango Getaway in Reno, Nevada

Standing (l to r), Daniela Arcuri, Armando Orzuza, Andrea Misse and Leandro Palou
In front (l to r), Maida Zanaboni, Alberto Paz and Valorie Hart at the 1998 Labor Day Weekend Tango Getaway in Reno, Nevada

To compliment Andrea’s approach for the woman, Leandro had developed a series of men’s techniques that also stressed the importance of body alignment and balance. He taught the men clearly and easily to mark the woman’s steps in a precise, understandable and generous way that allows her the time and the option to simultaneously interpret the music along with him. For him, this is the way to dance with the woman, which he contended is the reason men want to dance tango in the first place.


Curtain call at the 1998 Labor Day Weekend Tango Getaway in Reno, Nevada

Both young, but already world famous and acclaimed teachers from Buenos Aires, Leandro and Andrea teach in the tradition of best teachers from the Golden age. They remain faithful to and teach Tango de Salon, the most elegant style of tango dancing.

In 2005 Andrea became the professional partner of Javier Rodriguez and together they traveled all over the world with great success. In 2008 she and her husband Diego Hernán Gienex were blessed with the birth of Guadalupe. Her daughter and her husband both survived the crash that took the life of one of the most exquisite tango dancers of the new generation.


Posted January 2, 2012 by Alberto & Valorie in IN MEMORY OF

2 responses to “Andrea Mise

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    La conoci cuando llego a Nueva York. Tuvimos momentos muy lindos, cercanos. Incluso bien recuerdo una noche cuando salimos de una Milonga y los llevaba en mi coche a su paradero que un Taxi nos roso y golpeo un tanto el auto. No paso nada. Siempre quise bilar como ella. Cuan ligereza de movimiento de piernas,de pie! Cuan precision y pasion. Fue mi modelo en el Tango. Ha sido muy fuerte para mi el deceso de Andrea. Mucho mas de lo que creia. Una bebita sin mama. Una joven.. 34 anos.Un pueblo sin una extraordinaria persona y bailarina cuya tecnica en el baile es impecable. Muy fuerte… muy fuerte esta verdadera perdida.. por ser tan inesperada. Un beso y un abrazo muy fuerte desde lo profundo de mi corazon a su esposo, la bebita,la Familia Misse y a su hermano Gaby. Andrea… te extranio. te he llorado. Dios te tiene en su reino.. Estas bailando con los Angeles.. Siempre fusite aca, uno de ellos y ahora te reclamaron. Para mi muy doloroso el reclamo

  2. I miss Andrea. I´m shocked ! Yo extraño a Andrea y su calidad humana y de bailarina, Sólo la vi bailar pero nos transmitía algo inefable. Que esté con Dios y que su familia halle la paz espiritual en su memoria

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