known for his smooth and seductive style, studied
Argentine tango in the United States and Buenos
Aires under the world's greatest tango masters.
His personal style is heavily rooted in the techniques
of traditional Salon tango and also utilizes some
of the freedom and creativity of Tango Nuevo.
Ector is based in the New Orleans area, but his
dancing and teaching talents take him around the
region and across the globe, including workshops
as far away as Beijing and Hong Kong.
Ector's partners for performances include Michelle
Erdemsel, Carrie Whipple, Laura Pellegrino, Melissa
Summers, Lesia Lebeaue and Sarina Cupo. With Susana
Collins in Houston, Ector performed in Crisalis
Music Project's Cuatro Estaciones Portenas in
2006 and Maria de Buenos Aires in 2007. Also in
2007, he was a principal dancer in Collins' stage
show Luna Argentina and performed with her at
Casa Argentina de Houston's Night of Tango.
McCaffety, well-known in New Orleans as a writer
and photographer, is Ector's regular partner and
has learned from instructors including Fabian
Salas, Mariano "Chicho"ť Frumboli, Daniela
Arcuri & Armando Orzuza, Carolina Zokalski
& Diego Di Falco, Daniel Lapadula, Julio Balmaceda
& Corina de la Rosa, Mario Consigliere &
Anabella Diaz-Hojman, Susanna Miller and many
teaches in and around New Orleans, imparting to
his students his sensual combination of old and
new styles. He continues to learn and to attend
workshops and travels to Buenos Aires regularly
to submerge himself in the richness and culture
. . .
Gutierrez grew up in Corinto, Nicaragua, where
his early childhood was filled with the sound
of the radio his mother listened to as part of
her daily housekeeping routine. Tango was one
of the styles featured regularly on the radio,
along with Bolero and other Cuban music. Mrs.
Gutierrez preferred "tango cantado"
because she loved the poetic lyrics. This was
Ector's first exposure to the music that would
later change his life.
the age of sixteen, Ector moved to the New Orleans area
where he would be educated and build a successful business.
Over the years, Ector became an active member of the
Latin dance community, learning from local instructors
including Javier Olondo, Troy Anthony and Georgette
Alcocer, and eventually becoming a teacher of salsa
Ector's interest in dance was developing into a
serious endeavor, New Orleans dance instructor and
choreographer Yvette Ecuyer became a very influential
person in his life. She nurtured his thirst for
knowledge about all kinds of dance, and Ector performed
many times over three years as Yvette's partner,
performing hustle, salsa and cha-cha-cha, among
credits Yvette with a very important transition in his
understanding of the form. She planted the seed of discovering
what happens between the steps, of musicality
and feel, of going from just knowing the technique to
achieving artistic expression.
first experience with Argentine tango came about by
accident at a club in New Orleans. The music was not
what he would usually listen to, and the style was very
different from Latin and ballroom, but he found it intriguing.
Although Ector had doubts about whether Argentine tango
was for him, he returned several times to watch, never
setting foot on the dance floor. One night, he decided
to try it and was instantly hooked by the beauty and
the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of tango.
sought out the best local instructors including
Alberto Paz from whom he learned a great deal
about the fundamentals of traditional Salon tango.
He also took lessons from Sara Viser. He later
spent years learning with local instructors and
Tango Nuevo proponents Fuad Adra and Kathie Sanborn.
the dance skills he learned before paved a path to tango,
Ector believes. It is the dance with the highest level
of improvisational possibilities and the most challenging
adventure of his life. He has developed a personal style
heavily rooted in the techniques of traditional Salon
tango that also utilizes some of the freedom and creativity
of Tango Nuevo.
all great destinies, tango was foreshadowed in Ector's
earliest memoriesâ€”in his mother's kitchen in Nicaragua,
listening to Carlos Gardel.
Ector is a sought-after teacher and performer of
both salsa and tango. In October, 2006, he traveled
and Hong Kong
to teach tango workshops with Yan Guo. For the last
three years, he has been the featured instructor
at New Orleans' White Linen Night, leading a mass
Latin dance class of several hundred guests at the
Contemporary Arts Center.