Archive for the ‘Milongueras’ Category

Milonguera sighting

January 10, 2020

I saw Marta yesterday while walking in our neighborhood.  We live only five blocks from one another.  We had several long chats in her apartment years ago.  Now neither of us goes to the milongas.  She probably went many more years than I did.  She admitted her age (82) to me for the first time.  Marta is the only one I know who talks with milonguero Beto Ayala.  I haven’t seen or heard from him in years.  She gave me good news.

Rosa Cove

August 30, 2017

August 30, 1928 —

photo credit Royce Chau (Hong Kong)

Rosita and Pocho (Roberto Rafael Carreras) met at a milonga when he was 59 and she was 61. She danced only with Pocho for twenty years.

I know that Rosita’s apartment is around the corner from Confiteria Ideal on Suipacha.  Since I go to concerts at the Gran Rex theater nearby, I rang her doorbell one day before going to a concert this month.  She didn’t answer the phone when I called, so I wanted to talk with the building janitor about her.  I rang her doorbell, and I was pleasantly surprised that her granddaughter Milva was there to tell me that Rosita is living with family in Martinez.  There is no gas in the building which prevents her from cooking.  Milva gave me a telephone number, and I called Rosita the next day.  We were on the phone for almost two hours, talking about her life with Pocho and the milongas.

This is my favorite video of Rosita and Pocho recorded on her 80th birthday in El Beso.  I can see why she doesn’t want to dance with another man.

Alito, Rosita and Pocho in Club Gricel (Dec 2005)

Martha Garcia

August 7, 2017

August 7, 19–

Martha is always elegantly dressed for the milonga.  She and Giovanna (right) are the glamour girls of any milonga.

Ilda Gutierrez

July 12, 2017

July 12, 194–

Lucy and Dany had a birthday cake for Ilda, and her friends gathered at the table.

Then she had a birthday dance with the men at El Maipu.

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 —



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


Yes, she’s 92 years young!

Nelida Fernando

October 12, 2016

October 12, 1935 —

Nelida Fernando

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.


Elba Pateiro

September 26, 2016

September 21, 1944 —


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


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.


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


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 —


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


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.