Archive for the ‘Milongueros’ 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.

José Lopez

June 12, 2017

March 28, 1932 – June 12, 2017

Ernesto Hector Garcia

May 8, 2017

May 8, 1936 —


The videos of Flaco Dany show him dancing an exhibition, but I managed to record him during a milonga in Obelisco Tango.

Mario Allan Candamil

May 6, 2017

May 13, 1929 — May 4, 2017

I will write more about this great milonguero viejo soon. These are a few of many photos I took of Alito.  He was always happy, never complained or argued with anybody about anything, and enjoyed life, reading, and the milonga.  The last time I saw him was the day he had cataract surgery in a clinic near where I live. They called to remind me of the appointment although I wasn’t the person in charge. I went to see him there for the last time, September 3, 2014.


Hector Giocci

April 21, 2017

April 21, 1936 —

Hector is en pareja for the last several months, so there is no chance I’ll dance with him. He reserves his embrace for his sweetheart. I can’t wait to see them dancing together.  Hector’s embrace defines tango.

Osvaldo Vicente Centeno

April 1, 2017

June 15, 1937 — March 30, 2017

I received a message last night from Italy asking me about Osvaldo. I saw him three weeks ago in the hospital after surgery.  He called to let me know where he was.  I spent two hours with him. I wrote another friend last night for confirmation.

This great milonguero is gone.  I lost a dear friend.

Fernando Hector Iturrieta

March 19, 2017

September 2, 1937 – March 16, 2017

Video of Fernando dancing with Muma.

Video of Fernando dancing with Myriam.


Antonio Pisano

March 12, 2017

March 12, 1931 – February 2017

On Friday I went to visit my friend Osvaldo Centeno in the hospital. He shared the news that Tonino passed on recently.  I’m grateful I saw Tonino two years ago when I videoed him dancing in Salon El Pial.

Romeo Ferramosca

March 10, 2017

March 10, 1946 –

I see two become one when Chiche and Pocha dance to the music of Carlos Di Sarli.

Humberto Morales

March 7, 2017

March 7, 1935 —


I followed Humberto and Claudia as they were leaving the grand finale of El Arranque in Nuevo Salon La Argentina on February 25th.  I don’t see them regularly since I changed my milonga routine.  I wanted another photo of them for this post.