Alicia Juan

October 23, 194? —

Alicia is known as “La Turca” although she is Armenian, not Turkish.  She organized the milonga Pavadita with Juan Carlos La Falce when it was held in Club Monte Carlo on Corrientes.  When the club ownership changed, she moved to Confiteria Ideal where she has run her Monday matinee for the past eight years with her daughter Laura.  Alicia opened a second milonga for a short time at Mi Club, a club where tango was danced in the 1950s.  Today it has salsa dancing.

When the peso was devalued in 2002, Alicia was the first organizer to charge a higher entrada to tourists and allowed her regulars to pay the same as always.  This ensured that the locals would be able to continue dancing–milongas wouldn’t be the same without local dancers who make they what they are.

Alicia and her daughter Maria Laura (Jan 2001)

Alicia and her daughter Maria Laura (Jan 2001)

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