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Gato started learning tango in the milongas in 1980, first by watching the old “milongueros” dance (the ones who danced the authentic style popular in those years), and later, by taking many lessons with the great masters: Antonio Todaro, Raúl Bravo and Mingo y Ester Pugliese.

In 1985, he performed professionally for the first time with the Osvaldo Pugliese orchestra in the film “Tangos, el exilio de Gardel”, directed by Pino Solanas, a film that got the best film award in Venecia Festival, 1985.

Gato has also appeared in many films, such as:

"Muchas Gracias maestro"

(an Argentine film directed by Luis Segura and dedicated to the life of Osvaldo Pugliese)


directed by Alan Parker with Madonna and Antonio Banderas

"The Tango Lesson"

directed by Sally Potter

"El Exilio de Gardel"

directed by Fernando Pino Solanas

He has also studied drama, performed in many productions as a dancer, and has acted in several one act farces.

Gato has been teaching tango since 1989, the same year in which he went on his first European tango tour.

In 1994, he founded the group “La Postango” together with the singers Pablo Banchero and Cardenal Dominguez.

Between 1996 and 2000 Gato regularly visited Sweden, Norway and Denmark each year teaching courses in Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Kristiansand, Bo, Trondheim, Stockolm, Goteborg, Malmo, Simrishamm, Copnehagen, Aarhus among others. Also Spain in Sitges and Germany.

In 1998 Gato met tango dancer Andrea Monti, with whom he formed a professional tango couple. Since then, they have been dancing and teaching together very successfully both in Argentina and around the world, being the most visited countries England, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil, Costa Rica and in the last few years the USA.

  • "Alberta First 12 Day Argentine Tango Extravaganza FESTIVAL" in Calgary, Canada in September / October 2012;
  • "Tango and Folklore Show" with the Society of Argentine dance "Tango & More" in October 2011, in Emeryville, California, United States;
  • "Moonlight Tango Festival" in Vermont, United States, September 2011;
  • "Pulpo's Tango Week", in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2005, 2006 and 2007);
  • "Rio de Janeiro Tango Festival" in Brazil (2005)
  • "PortlandTangoFest" Portland, Oregon, United States, and
  • "Second International Meeting of Tango" in Spain, May 2004, among others.

They also choreographed and performed in numerous dinner-show events as guests of honor in Bali, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in 2004 and 2006. In Singapore, they staged a TV commercial for the Ministry of Tourism of Singapore, which was broadcast throughout Asia. (2004-2005)
They also participated main tango couple in different international shows: "Voices of the World" at the National Auditorium and the "Gran Hotel Costa Rica" in San Jose, Costa Rica; "Las Estrellas del Tango" in the Costa Brava, Spain; "Tango a Media Luz" in Sonoma, California, United States and "Tango Takes Two" in Cremorne theater in the city of Brisbane and the Playhouse Theatre in the city of Perth, Australia.

They have recently achieved their most chanllenging project: Argentine Tango USA Festival and USA Official Championship in San Francisco, which is an official branch of Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup, organized by the Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires.


In 2015 and 2016 Gato organizes and directs the "Florida Tango Festival" in the city of Fort Lauderdale and Miami in Florida, USA
Gato has been as an official Judge of the “Mundial de Tango de Buenos Aires” (Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup) which is yearly organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.



See beautiful images the most important moments in Hugo "Gato" Valdez Career.
Los Angeles CA tango

Con Mirian Larici, Leonardo Barrionuevo

in Los Angeles, CA

Fred Astaire studio

Gato & Daniela Arcuri in Fred Astaire Studio

in Los Angeles, CA

Milonga in Bologna


Milonga "Negracha"


Gato & Horacio Gabin at "La Nacional" milonga

New York City

with Leroy, Andrea y la Rusa


Gato and dancers, Brandon Festival

Vermont, USA

Gato and Fabian Belmonte in Brandon

Vermont, USA

Gato with Osvaldo Pugliese at San Martin teather

Buenos Aires 1992

at Café de las Artes

Barcelona 2002

with dancers in milonga "La Nacional"

Buenos Aires 2005

El Tano, Rulo, José y Gato in Porteño y Bailarin

Buenos Aires 2010

"Muchas gracias maestro" movie scene

with Master Osvaldo Pugliese

gracias maestro film

"El exilio de Gardel" movie scene with Osvaldo Pugliese at the piano, in the background we are dancing.

2012 "Niño bien" milonga

Buenos Aires

Gato & Leo, Milonga "El Porteñito"

London, England

Milonga in Sidney

Australia, 2000

Gato & Rulo

Milonga de Buenos Aires

Soccer at the Sitges Tango Festival, 2003. Among the dancers Gato Valdez, Nito, Osvaldo Zotto and Gonzalo Robinson

Sitges Tango Festival 2003


England 2007

Advertising campaign Versase 1996

Web Design

Advertising campaign Versase 1996


Advertising campaign Versase 1996


Advertising campaign Versase 1996

Sans Souci Palace, Victoria, Buenos Aires

Flyer Republica tango Show - Couples

14 - 15 abril 2016

Flyer Republica Tango Show - Los Ocampo

14 - 15 abril 2016

Seminario de Tango al Piso

5 Great Masters Porteños!!!

Gato & Marisa 1994

Buenos Aires harbour

1995 - Gato & Patricia

San Telmo neighborhood, Buenos Aires

1995 - Gato & Patricia

San Telmo neighborhood, Buenos Aires

Gato & Agnes 1996

Stockholm, Sweden

Gato & Margarita 1996

Copenhagen, Denmark

Gato y Estrella 1987

Mediomundo Varieté dancing & show, Buenos Aires

Gato & Cecilia 1994

Nueva Pompeya neighborhood, Buenos Aires

Gato & Cecilia 1994

Nueva Pompeya neighborhood, Buenos Aires

Gato & Cecilia 1994

Puente Alsina station, Buenos Aires

festival de tango de estocolmo

Stockholm Tango Festival, with Patricia Segovia

Sweden 1997

tango en estocolmo

Stockholm Tango Festival, with Patricia Segovia

Sweden 1997

1998 Gato & Andrea

Lanus city, Buenos Aires

The signature room at the ninety fifth


Gato & Andrea 2011 Selarón stairs

Lapa, Rio de Janeriro, Brazil

Gato & Andrea 2011 Selarón stairs

Lapa, Rio de Janeriro, Brazil

South waterfront

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires neighborhood

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Barrio Porteño neighborhood

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

festival de tango

Sono Io

Gato 2014 Festival en Atenas

Gato 2014 Tango Festival Athens

Gato 2014 Festival en Atenas

Gato classes Athens, Greece

tango clases in Rio de janeiro

Gato classes in Rio de Janeiro

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