Guillermo Thorp

October 16, 2016

October 16, 1943 —



Nelida Fernando

October 12, 2016

October 12, 1935 —

Nelida Fernando

I think Nelly has finally found the perfect replacement for Pocho.  She and Hernan Prieto will teach a milonga seminar on October 29 from 15-18 hs in LdC.


Carlos Herrera

October 12, 2016

October 12, 1934 —


Mario Hector Camartino

October 10, 2016

October 10, 1928 —


Mario was absent for months, so I called him at home.  He had a back problem and had to spend a month in bed, which must have been torture for this milonguero who dances at two milongas every night of the week.  Mario is back to his normal routine.

Tuesday at Gricel Club de Tango

October 5, 2016


Last night was the opening of La Negrita Milonga Popular hosted by Alicia Bustos, a veteran milonga organizer.  It’s been four years since her last milonga.  Hector Chidichimo is the owner of Gricel Club de Tango.


Jorge Gonzalez provided excellent tandas for us.


Luis and Alicia



Soledad and Jose Maria


Oscar Hector Malagrino organizes the Friday night milonga in Gricel Club de Tango with Clely Rugnone.


Jose and Elena

I haven’t seen Elena in five years when she sat at the next table in LdC, so it was a pleasant surprise to see her at Alicia’s opening milonga.  After so many years, a milonga feels like a family reunion.


Roberto – Susana

Susana told me she came to the opening because she met her late husband at Alicia’s milonga in Regin some twenty years ago.  That’s how long I know Alicia.


I can’t believe I stayed until 1:30 in the morning and then walked home.

Alfredo Weber

October 1, 2016

October 1, 1938 —


Sunday at Obelisco Tango

September 29, 2016


Lola and Dorita joined forces last year when the latter lost her milonga space in Club Oeste.  They are a great duo of hostesses on Sunday from 19-2 hs for Alo Lola & La Yumba de Dorita in Obelisco Tango on Entre Rios 1056.  I stayed later than usual until 11:30 when the late shift of dancers arrived.  The retired don’t need to rest for work in the morning!


I had another enjoyable night at my new milonga home, dancing with several milongueros I know from my old milonga home on the corner.  After 17 years in Buenos Aires, I doubt I could go to any milonga without seeing a familiar face.

Gricel Club de Tango

September 29, 2016


The way to look around a milonga is by going early when it’s empty.  I did just that last Saturday night when I joined Elba for her birthday. I never noticed this framed announcement for the opening of Gricel Club de Tango in 1995.


Tables for four or six people are around the dance floor.


The bar and kitchen are in the rear of the salon.


There is an exhibition of tango art on the walls.



The suspended floor is easy on the legs.


This is a view of the salon from the entrance.


The deejay booth was above the dance floor until the city inspectors wanted it moved to the main floor a few months ago.  The deejays have an even better view of the floor this way and more contact with dancers, not out of view above it.

Wednesday at El Maipu

September 29, 2016

Diego – Roberto – Jorge

From the moment I entered, I knew where I wanted to sit — near these three milongueros.  It was the first time I danced with Diego.  I was so pleased that Roberto and Jorge changed their milonga routine, too.


Rodolfo – Luis – Jorge


Rodolfo – Carlos – Luis – Dany – Jorge


Antonio Busto

September 29, 2016

September 29, 1936 —

Antonio Busto

I called Antonio last week and got an update from his wife.  He hasn’t danced in more than five years after a stroke.  He’s also dealing with Parkinson’s.  Antonio was one of only two milongueros who visited Alito at the geriatric home.