Aníbal Serena

August 3, 2015

August 3, 1932 —

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Every milonguero has his own way of inviting a woman to dance.  Anibal tilts his head back to invite me from his corner table in Lo de Celia.  I get the message and do the same.

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After a tanda of Juan D’Arienzo

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during the tropical tanda in Lo de Celia

during the tropical tanda in Lo de Celia

Hold me in your arms

July 30, 2015

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I’ve posted many photos to show the variety of embraces.  Most men use the standard hold like the couple on the left.  I can’t come up with any good reason for the one by the couple in the center other than just to be different and stand out.  It’s certainly unique in the milongas, but his protruding elbow is hazardous to others.  He changes the embrace depending on the music.

Antonio Gallesio

July 25, 2015

July 25, 1948 —

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Tono shares his view about the tango embrace on his blog, part of which he writes in Spanish and English.  He shares more about his life in tango in this interview.

Rubén Harymbat

July 22, 2015

March 1, 1939–July 20, 2015
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Stella Maris Vestillero

July 17, 2015

November 30, 1950 – July 13, 2015

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My heart sank when I read the news of her passing. I first met Stella when she organized a milonga in Club Bailable Juvenil. She set the standard for hosting a milonga. She worked as cashier at several milongas for many years, but never wanted to organize one. Her daughter Carla continues the family tradition working in the milongas.

Milonga closures

July 17, 2015

The first one that I heard about was El Arranque held in Nuevo Salon La Argentina on Bartolome Mitre and Callao.  Then several other milongas closed after city inspectors found irregularities.  Everyone remembers the tragedy of Cromanon in 2004.  City inspectors are just doing their job keeping dance halls safe for all.  Fire extinguishers with expired dates don’t function in case of an emergency.

Tango dancers have another view and went to protest in the street on July 3.

“Inspectors have eight objectives each night and know what to do. On the other hand, in a world of 450,000 establishments in the city –– from clubs to bars, — legal milongas do not exceed 80 and are not problematic,” said the Directorate General of Inspection and Control. “That does not mean they should not meet basic conditions of safety and hygiene.”

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I walked by Nuevo Salon La Argentina on Wednesday afternoon where there is ongoing work in progress to improve the conditions of the salon to meet standards.  A few weeks ago I saw an El Arranque waiter painting walls in the salon.  The milonga organizer has no say about how the building owner maintains it.  In the meantime, El Arranque dancers  go Thursday and Saturday afternoons to Lo de Celia Tango Club.

15 years of Lo de Celia Tango Club

July 16, 2015

I feel so comfortable and welcome at Lo de Celia that I call it my “second” home in Buenos Aires, only ten blocks from my apartment.

 Celia and Johnny (waiter)

Celia and Johnny (waiter)

Celia and Erwin Quispe Zapata (Deejay, house photographer, beverage manager, and videographer)

Celia and Erwin Quispe Zapata (Deejay, house photographer, beverage manager, and videographer)

Celia and Ruth Quispe Zapata (waitress)

Celia and Ruth Quispe Zapata (waitress)

Celia and Daniel Borelli (Wednesday deejay)

Celia and Daniel Borelli (Wednesday deejay)

Celia and Jimena Giordano (former hostess)

Celia and Jimena Giordano (former hostess)

 

Celia and Anna (kitchen attendant)

Celia and Anna (kitchen attendant)

 

Celia and Alejandra (security)

Celia and Alejandra (security)

Celia and Jose (fireman)

Celia and Jose (fireman)

Celia and Silvia (ladies' room attendant)

Celia and Silvia (ladies’ room attendant)

Celia and her team (including Mario, cashier)

Celia and her team (including Mario, cashier)

It’s nice going to a place where everybody knows your name.

Juan Carlos Oviedo

July 16, 2015

July 9, 1935 – July 9, 2015

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I learned the news of his passing on Wednesday in Lo de Celia.

Roberto Besone

July 13, 2015

July 13, 1936 —

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Roberto greeted me from his table at Lo de Celia, and then I went over to take this photo of him.  He’s dancing more tandas these days.

Anyone can dance

July 10, 2015

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I met Rick and Lily only a week ago when we met for tea and a chat at Café de los Angelitos.  He asked, so where can we see tango dancing?  I recommended Lo de Celia on Wednesday.  Rick was born in Argentina, but the USA is his home for many years.  They never dance together.  The reason given was that he doesn’t have any rhythm, which I didn’t accept.  Rick watched the dancing for more than an hour.  I went to their table and mentioned that the orquesta was Carlos Di Sarli, my favorite.  Then Rick stood and invited Lily to dance to Di Sarli.  I watched with delight as they danced together in the embrace.  I was so moved, I cried.  They danced only one tango together, and it was their first.  Rick was smiling the entire time.

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Later they danced a complete tanda.  I saw what I never expected that night, yet I know that it is possible for anyone to dance.  Rhythm is natural.  When we connect with the music, our dance comes out of us.   Rick and Lily proved it can be done.  And I was there to see it happen!


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