Archive for the ‘Milongueros’ Category

Ariel Romero

August 1, 2017

August 1, 1934 —

Ariel and Liliana are living in Mar del Plata for the last ten years, and their visits to Buenos Aires milongas are infrequent.  They came over the independence day weekend.  I was glad to see them after more than a year.  I have a good memory for milongueros’ birthdays and asked him if I could take photos for the blog.  Then a vals tanda began, and I wasn’t surprised that Ariel was almost dashing to the dance floor with Liliana.  I captured part of the vals here.

Miguel Antonio Figueroa

July 31, 2017

July 31, 1937 —

Miguel danced with an American friend during her once-in-a-lifetime visit to Buenos Aires several years ago.  Dancing with him was special for her during her three-week stay with many happy memories.

Miguel likes to hug after every dance, and they feel wonderful.

Ricardo Franquelo

July 14, 2017

July 14, 1944 —

This was another case of being in the right place at the right time for a photo.  Ricardo arrived at El Maipu as I was talking with Hector (left).  I remembered that his birthday was in two days.  He’s celebrating tonight in Obelisco Tango.

Roberto Besone

July 13, 2017

July 13, 1936 —

His milonga routine included Wednesday at LdC and Thursday at El Arranque in Nuevo Salon La Argentina.  Now that both milongas closed, I want to know where Roberto is dancing these days.  I miss his embrace.

Antonio Ignacio Cejas

July 12, 2017

July 11, 1934 —

Today, I was in the right place at the right time to take this photo.  I arrived at El Maipu around 7:30pm, and there was Antonio at the table next to mine.  I don’t have his phone number, so I couldn’t call him yesterday for his birthday.  He told me he is still working a few hours every afternoon.

Alberto Luis Ayala

July 11, 2017

July 2, 1941 —

Beto has a corner table every Monday at El Maipu in Obelisco Tango.  Since his wife Teresa of 43 years passed on the end of 2015, he has lost weight and doesn’t dance very much.

I belatedly acknowledged his birthday when I passed by his table last night at El Maipu.  He doesn’t talk much or smile these days.  Hugo remarked that Beto hasn’t danced since Teresa passed on, and he wanted me to get Beto to dance for the Fresedo tanda.  I said, Hugo, that’s Tigre Viejo, Beto’s favorite tango by his favorite orchestra.  I absolutely wouldn’t ask him dance with me, even though we are friends.   I know that’s the orchestra he danced with Teresa.  It’s very emotional for him.

Later on when I passed by Beto’s table, I asked him, aren’t you dancing anymore?  He responded, shall we dance?  I explained that I wasn’t inviting him to dance, only that I wanted to know if he isn’t able to dance anymore.  It’s been a long time since we danced.  A milonguero needs to dance.  I got Beto to dance one tanda last night before he went home.



Rafael Caffé

July 11, 2017

January 8, 1936 – ? 2016

I took this photo in LdC a few days before Rafael’s 80th birthday.

It’s been months since I’ve been able to reach him by phone at his Montserrat apartment.  I didn’t want to assume the worst without confirmation.  Sunday was a cold, rainy day for an outing, but I went anyway.  When I arrived at Venezuela 770, there were two women in the entrance.  I motioned that I wanted to talk with them.  One lady knew that the apartment was vacant.  She rang a neighbor’s bell and asked about Rafael.  The lady said, he passed on last year.  That confirmed what I thought was the case.  I asked the woman to give my card to his daughter so that she could call me.  A dreary Sunday got even worse for me.

Jorge Rubén Orellana

July 8, 2017

July 8, 1931 —

I called Jorge to wish him a happy birthday as always by saying “I love you” in English.  That’s what he has said to me every time we met at a milonga.  Today, he asked, who is this?  I’ll forgive him at 86.  He’ll have a gathering with the family tonight at home where he lives with his daughter.

I remember the first time I danced with Jorge.  It was at Viejo Correo in Caballito, only months after I had moved to Buenos Aires.  His friends at the table are gone.

Juan Lencina

July 5, 2017

March 24, 193? – July 4, 2017



Interview with English subtitles

Video – Juan rocks

Blas Baamonde

July 3, 2017

October 14, 1937 — July 3, 2017

Video of Blas dancing in Centro Region Leonesa.