Club Pinocho

How was Pinocho Club founded?
In the evening of Monday, July 20th 1925, Mr Felix Zugazti, who was then a 16-year-old boy, got a dozen kids together who were all between 10 and 12 years old. He met them at the backyard of his house, at 3433 Colodrero St., claiming that he had read an announcement on the Spanish magazine PINOCHO. Such announcement encouraged every single Spanish-spoken city to found a club carrying the name of the adventurer Pinocchio.

Club Social y Deportivo Pinocho was located on Colodrero 3451 for this dance with Orquesta Tipica Juan D’Arienzo on July 4, 1943.  The club location today is Manuela Pedraza 5139 in the barrio of Villa Urquiza.

One evening of March 1996, our tango tour group at the Castelar Hotel on Avenida de Mayo made the long trek in several taxis to Club Pinocho, at the recommendation of Carlos Copello.  We all sat together at a table and watched the senior couples dance to recorded music. It was my first chance to see a club de barrio on a Saturday night.  The only time I danced that night was to rock ‘n’ roll music with my roommate.  I didn’t know enough about tango and the clubs to appreciate what we witnessed that night at Club Pinocho.

I was delighted to find these ads that give us a glimpse of the tango history at Club Pinocho.

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