Malevaje Tango


    Walter Perez                  917-496-7547

    Leonardo Sardella        646-669-4652



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About Us


Walter Perez began dancing tango in his hometown of Buenos Aires in 1993 and has dedicated his career to studying Argentine tango. Walter has trained with renowned tango instructors such as Juan Carlos Copes, Graciela Gonzalez, Puppy Castello, Pepito Avellaneda, Efrain Ordonez, Jose Garofalo, Rodolfo Dinzel, Osvaldo Zotto, Lorena Ermocida and Claudio Gonzalez. 

Walter has performed in Argentina both on stage and on television. He has toured Argentina and Uruguay with the show “Tangou” (A. Pachano).


In 2000, Walter moved to New York City, where he was featured in a national commercial for Coldwell Banker. He performed with several companies including "Let's Speak Tango", "All That Tango" &  "Tango Flamenco Fusion" (Thalia theater productions), “Tango First Century” & “Spotlight on Tango” (Romartis Productions). 

He created in 2010 "manoAmano" a tango company with which he performed at the 20th Annual Gala of "Latin Commision on AIDS" (Cipriani NYC), 6th Anniversary of "Cinemarosa" (Queens Museum) and "Bailando por una causa" (Teatro del Barrio).

Walter Perez co-founded Malevaje with Leonardo Sardella in 2011.

He also performed for the Mariella Franganillo Tango Company, and appeared in 'Tango Connections' in 2012 and in 'Recuerdo Tango' in 2013.

In partnership with IATI (a nonprofit arts organization that promotes Latino heritage), in 2009, Walter successfully introduced free weekly tango lessons at the Central Brooklyn Public Library.


Leonardo Sardella started dancing tango professionally in his hometown of Buenos Aires. He has trained with renowned tango instructors including Juan Carlos Copes, Rodolfo Dinzel, Osvaldo Zotto, Lorena Ermocida, Javier Rodriguez, Angel Coria, Jorge Firpo, Aurora Lubiz, Claudio Gonzalez, Maria & Carlos Rivarola and Cristina Cortez.

Leonardo has performed on the best stages in Argentina with several dance companies. He moved to New York City in 2011 when he co-founded Malevaje with Walter Perez. He currently teaches and performs at Dardo Galletto Studios in the heart of Times Square in New York City.

Leo is a principal dancer for the Mariella Franganillo Dance Company and appeared in its 2012 "Tango Connections" and 2013 "Recuerdo Tango" productions.  He also appeared with "A puro Tango" (2014 U.S.Tour), a Tango world champions company.

Walter and Leonardo

In 2011, Walter Perez and Leonardo Sardella formed the dance company Malevaje in recognition of their shared belief that Argentine tango answers the universal need to connect with others. They have taken part in the International Queer Tango Festivals worldwide and have performed and taught workshops in major cities in the United States as well as in England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Domenican Republic, Mexico, Bolivia and Argentina. They are ranked very high on the list of the world's leading Argentine tango dance partners who are able to flawlessly and creatively exchange roles as leader and follower.

In 2012, Walter and Leonardo created Atlantic Tango, in Brooklyn, where they co-teach tango group lessons and conduct a weekly practica. Twice a year, they host a Gala event, inviting renowned musicians and tango couples. 

In 2013, Walter created, with Leonardo as program director, Friends of Argentine Tango, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting Argentine Tango in all its forms.