Ricardo Vidort

Sixty years in tango--December 2003

Sixty years in tango--December 2003

August 30, 1929 – May 21, 2006
Ricardo was one of only two milongueros who learned English. He had the opportunity to teach classes and organize a milonga in New York City for a couple years. Ricardo said that people didn’t need more than eight classes with him– then they had to find their own tango.
I recorded Ricardo talking about his life in tango. He was also filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico during his last few months for a documentary. He had many important things to share.
“You move with the grace that the music gives you to do it in the way you want to. We put that into a few steps in which there are infinite possibilities. We hold a woman with strength but softly so she feels safe. She feels you are taking her. The priority is the music and the woman. I have been asked to do exhibitions, but then I have to change my style and dance for others. I dance for my partner. No one can teach you feeling. I can show how to be better through movement, but you dance your way, your feeling, and your thoughts. You can copy my steps but you can’t copy what I feel. You can love ten people in your life with passion, but you’ll love each one differently.”

Miguel Angel, Ricardo, Alito and Ivonne Laens in Leonesa (Aug 30, 2001)

Miguel Angel, Ricardo, Alito and Ivonne Laens in Leonesa (Aug 30, 2001)

Rosita
Today is her 82nd birthday!  She is in good health and dancing regularly at Cachirulo and El Beso.
Alito, Rosita and Pocho in Gricel (Dec 2005)

Alito, Rosita and Pocho in Gricel (Dec 2005)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Ricardo Vidort”

  1. Tango en el Cielo Says:

    what Ricardo said here about exhibition dances reflects what he did exactly. Whenever he was asked to dance for the audience at a milonga, he danced exactly as he would have done without the audience. On one occasion I remember we danced together at the Crypt in London, where there are pillars across the long side of the room away from the audience. We spent at least half the dance in the shadows at the back of the room, largely behind the pillars, where we couldn’t be seen! When I mentioned it later, the look on his face said it all: ‘So?’

  2. Felicity Says:

    Very nice story!

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