Archive for the ‘Milongueras’ Category

Meet the senior tango champions of 2017

June 22, 2017

When I learned that Nina Chudoba (82) and Oscar Brusco (90) would be dancing at Nuevo Chique Milonga del Corazon, I marked my calendar.  I’ve been viewing their videos since February when one of them was posted by the YoTango Festival in Salon Canning.  How could it be that in 18 years in Buenos Aires, I had never seen or heard of them?  Better late than never.  I was eager to share their video with students.  I didn’t know where they lived until I met them on Tuesday in Nuevo Chique.  They looked taller in the videos, but both are quite short — I felt tall next to Nina.  She designs and sews her tango dresses.

We thought they would be dancing for us at 8:00, but we waited until 9:00 to see them.  It was worth the wait.  I had my camera to record their exhibition.  I couldn’t hold back tears during the vals.  They prove that dancing keeps us young.  They are so happy to talk to people.  They told me where and when they’ll be dancing next month.

Blanca Biscochea

December 8, 2016

December 8, 1924 —

 

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Blanca attends the milonga of Lola and Dorita on Sunday in Obelisco Tango.  I recorded her dancing jazz with Carlos.

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Yes, she’s 92 years young!

Nelida Fernando

October 12, 2016

October 12, 1935 —

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I think Nelly has finally found the perfect replacement for Pocho.  She and Hernan Prieto will teach a milonga seminar on October 29 from 15-18 hs in LdC.

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Elba Pateiro

September 26, 2016

September 21, 1944 —

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I called Elba on her birthday, and she invited me to celebrate on Saturday night at Club Gricel.

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Nestor Leon, Elba, Perla, Nestor Jorge Castillo

Saturday night is couples night at many milongas, and that is the case in Club Gricel.  I arrived early during the class.  There was one man without a partner, so I offered to dance with him.  What a delight!  I asked him why he is taking classes and not dancing at the milongas.  He has taken classes for years.  When the milonga started, we danced the first tanda together.  After we danced, I encouraged him to attend evening milongas.  People from the class stayed for the milonga, but the man went home.

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It was more of a social night than a dance night, but still I arrived home at 3:00am.

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I resisted drinking champagne, but the chocolate cake was too tempting for this vegan.  If it’s on the table, I lose all my self-control.

Alicia Bustos

July 24, 2016

July 24, 1950 —

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Vilma Heredia and Alicia Bustos in Marabu

Alicia is a veteran milonga organizer who had Mondays in Regin (now El Beso), so she is known as Alicia de Regin.  She attended the Pro Milonga Law event.

Teresa Funes

March 1, 2016

January 4, 1944 — December 31, 2015

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Beto approached my table yesterday in Obelisco Tango.  He wanted to tell me something that I wasn’t expecting — that his dear wife Teresa died.  He asked me not to get emotional because he would do the same.  They met dancing tango and were married for almost 45 years.

Soledad Pacheco

December 2, 2015

December 2, 1950 —

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Ermelinda Elvira Riadigos

November 9, 2015

October 10, 1938 —

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Elvira once owned an apartment directly across the street from mine in Balvanera before she moved to Palermo, and occasionally the postman delivered her mail to my building.  I visited her in Palermo to give her a CD of the recording I made of her and Carlos Alberto Bustos in Club Bailable Juvenil.  They danced at Plaza Bohemia on Friday night, so I filmed them during the Pugliese tanda.

Nelida Fernando

November 9, 2015

October 12, 1935 —

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Friday night at Plaza Bohemia was full of nice surprises for me.  People I hadn’t seen in a long time were there.  As I was about to leave, I spotted Nely.  She told me about all the traveling she is doing at 80, and had a teaching tour this year to the USA and Japan.  There are lots of videos of her with Pocho on YouTube, and she even has a Facebook page.  Nely and Pocho met as teenagers, had lives with other spouses, and finally married in 2009.

Ada Peloso

November 5, 2015

November 5, 1929 —

Ada Peloso (Aug 2002 in Afiche BsAs -- photo by Jantango)

Ada is doing well at home. As she told me, I’m fine and have nothing to complain about. She was invited to the 6th anniversary of Milonga de Moran after a long absence from the dance floor.