That was quick

I saw a sign on the street today announcing the opening of Smart Fit Congreso on Bartlome Mitre 1759, so I went to check it out for myself.  I wrote about the demolition of Nuevo Salon La Argentina in December, and its conversion to a gymnasium.

Smart Fit, a Brazilian company, opened its first site in Argentina on February 9th, two blocks from the national congress.  What was once a spacious dance salon with stage was quickly turned into a modern fitness facility with wall-to-wall machines.  The place is open from six in the morning until eleven at night.  I noticed only a handful of people on the premises today at 7:00.  Membership is $800AP per month.

My next investigation will be Club Gricel on La Rioja.  Yes, it is another milonga venue that has permanently closed its doors, and all the milonga organizers found new places.  I’d like to know what plans Hector Chidichimo has for the place.  Stay tuned.

5 Responses to “That was quick”

  1. Janine Says:

    What a shame!

  2. jantango Says:

    Yes, I agree it is a shame that the number of decent venues for milongas is taking a rapid decline in Buenos Aires. There are no new ones replacing them. The future of tango is at stake.

  3. Stephen Twist Says:

    The loss of the grand salon. Suipacha 384, Maipu 444, Humberto Primo 1462, Bartolome Mitre 1759, La Rioja 1180. Argentine tango will survive, but perhaps not in the way that we have known it – the grand salons being replaced by smaller venues. What is left of the salons? Scalabrini Ortez 1331, Armenia 1336, Riobamba 416, Adolfo Alsina 1465, Entre Rios 1056, Cordoba 5064, San Jose 224, Sarminento 4006, Humberto Primo 1753, Carlos Calvo 3745.

  4. Mamborambo Says:

    Sad to hear… the architecture and acoustics of the grand venues were a vital part of the tango experience for visitors.

  5. Felicity Says:

    Gosh, how sad. When you have seen it so vibrant it is hard to believe. I loved Daniel and Juan’s milongas in that club.

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