June 25, 1944 —
Quique didn’t learn to dance from the age of 14 as the milongueros, but that doesn’t mean he loves tango any less than they do. He began learning tango late in life in 1990. He attended the classes of Virulazo in Centro Cultural San Martin on Corrientes as well as those of Antonio Todaro. Quique couldn’t get enough of tango. He taught many who became teachers and traveled to Italy and France to give classes.
He was the first “taxi dancer” I knew in the milongas long before they were as popular as they are today. Quique earned his living giving private tango classes. Women wanted to dance with him in the milongas, so he charged them. There was nothing wrong with that. He was a favorite partner of many women who didn’t mind paying him for dances.
Quique danced for years with pain in his legs. Doctors told him to give up smoking, but he stubbornly refused. Eventually, he paid the price for the habit having one leg amputated and then the other. Quique loved to dance and has to deal with the fact that he’ll never dance again.
He misses all the people he knows in the milongas. His greatest desire is to visit a milonga one day to see everyone. Quique is living in Hospital Israelita (room 368), but on weekends with the help of a friend, he manages to travel by bus and train to his house in Villa Domenico, where he can enjoy the outdoors. A very generous friend provided him with a wheelchair which he is learning to manuever in the hospital corridors and on colectivo lifts. Quique’s cell number is 15-3656-4500.
A benefit hasn’t been held in a milonga for Quique yet, but I feel it is long overdue. He deserves financial support now that he is unable to work.