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.”
Today is her 82nd birthday! She is in good health and dancing regularly at Cachirulo and El Beso.