Hugo Belvisi

September 18, 2014

September 18, 1936 –

Hugo Belvisi en Centro Region Leonesa

A stroke in November has kept Hugo away from the milongas.  He told me he’s fine when we talked a few weeks ago.  He is eager to get back to tango and see friends in the milongas.



Troilo spotted on Avenida Corrientes

September 18, 2014


Roberto Segarra

September 16, 2014

September 16, 1920 –


Roberto is amazing at 94.  He is always smiling and flirting with the ladies.


Nisha Manglani (Mumbai, India)

Nisha Manglani from Mumbai danced salsa with Roberto in Lo de Celia


Nestor Gonzalez

September 14, 2014

September 14, 1936 –


One word comes to mind after dancing with Nestor — amor.  His passion for the tango is obvious.  His embrace is gentle.  His dancing is divine.


Desperate Milongueras

September 5, 2014

The milonga is still macho territory if you ask a milonguero viejo.  The code is a man invites a woman with a subtle head movement while seated at his table.  It’s been done this way since the early 1940s to avoid the public embarrassment of rejection.  This tradition has endured, but new dancers are revising the codes.

I overheard a conversation among several women in the ladies’ room.  They were upset they didn’t dance more tandas and complained about all the men who weren’t dancing.  They expected the men to dance all night long for them.  I don’t know if they even considered that the men choose when and with whom they dance.  The milonga isn’t a gymnasium with one machine to use after another for a physical workout.

I see desperate milongueras in action every week from my corner table.  I watched in disbelief as one of them got up from her table and walked over to the bar to persuade a milonguero viejo to dance the tanda with her.  Being the gentleman that he is, he accepted.  She didn’t consider that he is 20 years her senior, only that he was convenient when she wanted to dance.

On one occasion, I gave my table to two women and moved to the front row right next to a desperate milonguera.  I learned her secret technique.  As men pass by, she catches one’s attention and says in a low voice, isn’t this a nice vals, Francisco?  She rarely sits during four hours.

An Argentine with years in the milongas isn’t flattered by an invitation from a woman.  He’ll be a gentleman to a point.  I’ve seen others flatly refuse women who approach them, and women do the same to the men.  If only women knew how the men feel about this issue.

Milongueros have told me they don’t dance with women who invite them.  Recently, I had an opportunity to ask a milonguero for his opinion.  He said:  I don’t like it.  The women are too desperate.  I want to enjoy the music and dance only when I feel like dancing.  Sometimes I go to the milonga and don’t want to dance.  Then I spend the night avoiding eye contact with the women who expect me to dance with them.  Things aren’t the way they once were in the milongas.

Fernando Hector Iturrieta

September 2, 2014

September 2, 1937 –


Fernando is never shy about posing for photos.  He’s always at Lo de Celia for a few tandas, especially milonga con traspie.

Ismael Heljalil

August 30, 2014

August 30, 1929 –


He’s happy he can still dance every Wednesday and Sunday in Lo de Celia.


Jorge Uzunian

August 28, 2014

August 28, 1930 –

Jorge Uzunian

I had the pleasure of a tanda with Jorge in Lo de Celia on the day I took this photo of him.


He said, she said

August 27, 2014

He:  We’re going to have an orgasm together.

She:  Now with D’Arienzo?

Festival and World Cup 2014

August 25, 2014

There will be no posts about the Tango BA concerts or the world tango championship from me this year.  I didn’t attend any events at several venues in La Boca.

The finals for the championships at Luna Park will be available live to the world on the festival website.  Tune in a 19 hs BA time for the salon finals today and the stage finals tomorrow.  Flash Player 11 is required to view.  The screen opens automatically once the transmission has started.

I had intermittent transmission for the entire two hours, so I felt as though I was seeing slow motion with no sound.  It was a fashion show of fancy dresses and footwork.

Lorena González and Sebastián Acosta, who won the 5th place in the 2014 City Dance Championship, were crowned world champions in the “Dance-Floor Tango”


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