October 16, 1943 —
October 12, 1935 —
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.
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.
Oscar Hector Malagrino organizes the Friday night milonga in Gricel Club de Tango with Clely Rugnone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.