Antonio Busto

September 29, 1936 — June 28, 2018

Antonio started dancing when he was 14 or 15 years old, practicing with other boys in the neighborhood. His favorite orchestras were Anibal Troilo (with Francisco Fiorentino) and Osvaldo Pugliese. It’s difficult to talk about the milongas without making comparisons about the way they were and the way they are today with so many foreigners. He said there is so much mediocrity in the milongas. He mentioned the places he went to dance in his younger years: Club Buenos Aires, Club Oeste, Club Premier, Club Social Rivadavia, and Palacio Rivadavia. Everyone danced well in Club Buenos Aires, his favorite place. He is sorry to see men wearing sneakers in the milongas. Although he says that many foreigners dance well, they are completely changing the milongas of Buenos Aires.  How true.

Antonio was one of only two milongueros who went to visit Alito in the hospital and the geriatrico.  He stopped dancing in the milongas six years ago after a stroke and dealing with Parkinson’s.  Video

His son Ruben wrote me through this blog to let me know of Antonio’s passing.

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6 Responses to “Antonio Busto”

  1. tangogeoff Says:

    Thank you, Janis 😘

  2. jantango Says:

    Thanks for reading the blog. I’m not writing as often as I used to do, but I will post when I have something to share. I’m on sabbatical from the milongas for an indefinite period of time.

  3. Ruben Busto Says:

    Gracias Jantango, por dedicar este póst para mi viejito, que tanto amaba el tango.
    Solo conocí algunos amigos que tenia del ambiente del tango como Juan Esquivel que lo veo actualmente, Tito Roca (cantante) que nunca más supe de él y también a Alito que en paz descanse.

  4. Felicity Says:

    Antonio’s remarks on the milongas are interesting. It reminded me how much having a good time in the milongas is about finding people who like it similar to the way one does oneself. That is, the dancing, the music, the conditions, the way people are

    Otherwise, someone once said, you’d be better off staying home.

    Finding a place like that is not necessarily easy.

    The other thing that struck me from the video was his real embrace. You’d think that would be the first thing in dancing tango – that a couple can’t begin to dance well without an embrace and yet it can be rare (depending where you go) to find couples who do in fact embrace.

  5. jantango Says:

    Milongas are all unique. The organizers set the tone. The dancers go where they are comfortable and enjoy the music.

    The conditions are different, if I may speak for Antonio and other milongueros. The conversation nowadays overpowers the music, often to the point one can’t hear the music while dancing. The music is no longer the focus that brings people together in a social environment. Conversation has taken its place. That fact is evident when couples talk while dancing, and continue two minutes into the next track that lasts only three minutes. The music doesn’t have the same importance as it once did. The foreign invasion has made that change. The misconception is that talking between dances is obligatory, when it’s not. The music continues, and so should the dancing. People certainly don’t have to pay admission and buy a drink if all they want is to talk with someone. That can be accomplished at the corner cafe.

    Learning steps is easy. But learning to surrender to the music and a partner’s embrace is not. Intimacy with a stranger is scary. That’s what tango offers. We know another in the embrace and feel the music in the present moment. That’s what tango offers, but it’s kept a secret. There is more money in selling fancy footwork than showing two people how to make a connection with each other.

  6. Janet Rieck Says:

    I don’t know. If you really focus on the music and your partner, which is what you are suppose to, then just ignore what goes on around you. There are small milongas away from the tourist traps, where you can do that. If you don’t have a partner…good luck on that one…anywhere. I may change my opinion when we go back…see what happens.

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