Archive for the ‘Milongueros’ Category

A long search for a milonguero

January 21, 2019

His daughter Veronica reported him missing November 22.  Friends  announced his disappearance on social media.  He was found hospitalized in a coma.  He’s recovering.  What a relief.  Veronica was searching for him for almost two months.  Juan Carlos is 81.


Pedro Faroldo

January 13, 2019

January 3, 1929 —

Pedro (Toto) FaraldoToto celebrated 90 years dancing an exhibition at Club Gricel.

Video    Interview

José Guillermo Salurso

January 10, 2019

May 17, 1934 – November 22, 2009

I remembered the feeling, dancing in his embrace.  I was only dreaming this morning.  El Tano Guillermo, as he was known in the milongas, was the first milonguero with whom I danced.  That was in Milwaukee where he was living with his family for decades. Eventually he returned to his roots in Buenos Aires.  His teaching and dancing had a tremendous impact on me.  El Tano was a character who I will never forget.  I’m glad he appeared today in my dream.

Alberto Luis Ayala

January 5, 2019

July 2, 1941 — ?

I saw Beto this morning.  He was smiling and gave me the news that we were going to dance together very soon.  I was so happy to see him after such a long time.  I think of him every so often.  Seeing him today was significant, even if it was only a dream.  It proves he is still in my thoughts and in my heart.  I don’t know where he is and have no way of finding him.  He doesn’t answer his cell phone or call me.

I joined Beto and his wife Teresa at their table in the milongas for several years.  Beto and I gave private classes together in my apartment.  I loved dancing with him.

Francisco Gysel

December 18, 2018

September 26, 1940 – December 17, 2018

I have only one video of Francisco dancing with Elba in Lo de Celia.  He was one of very few milongueros who taught tango.

Roberto Segarra

November 23, 2018

September 16, 1920 – November 21, 2018

Roberto con su novia Olga Gomez en Club Fulgor de Villa Crespo

Roberto con su novia Olga Gomez

Carlos Herrera

October 12, 2018

October 12, 1934 —

I almost didn’t recognize Carlos when I saw him on Wednesday at El Beso, but I did recognize his embrace.  I didn’t know if he recognized me since we have not danced together in more than two years.  I was happy to see him, and he invited me for two tandas.

Mario Hector Camartino

October 10, 2018

October 10, 1928 —

It’s been two months since I went to a milonga.  Mario invited me to celebrate his birthday at El Beso, and I didn’t want to miss seeing him.

There are two chandeliers hanging over the dance floor adding an elegant touch to the salon.

Viviana with Mario in El Beso for the 90th birthday party

Dora with Mario in El Beso for his 90th birthday party

I was so happy to see Mario for the first time since his birthday party in 2017.

Mario with his friend Carlos who always wears a suit and tie for the milonga. My wish came true when Carlos invited me to dance. It was so comfortable dancing with him. Later he invited me again for the Troilo tanda. Lucky me!


Milongas are no longer on my agenda

August 20, 2018

I used to go to a milonga three or four times a week.  I’ve gone only five times this year to a milonga.  It’s not that I don’t love the music and dance as always.  My incentive was knowing that I would dance tandas with two or three milongueros.  They are gone from the milongas for various reasons.  The milongas aren’t the same without them.

Roberto was one of my favorites.  We danced at El Arranque and Lo de Celia.  I haven’t seen him for a long time and don’t know if he is still dancing. What I wouldn’t give for another tanda with him!  I feel his embrace just thinking about him. We shared tango.

I had a weekly meltdown with Hector Giocci in Lo de Celia Tango Club.  But he dances all night long with Sarah.  How lucky she is.  I would love to dance all night with him.

It was a privilege dancing with Ismael Heljalil.  Every woman who had the pleasure of a tanda with him knows tango is all about feeling and sharing the moment.

I loved dancing Anibal Serena (who turned 86 on August 3).  He was a regular on Sunday at Lo de Celia, but now…

Carlos Herrera was another one of my favorite partners in Lo de Celia.  I knew his kind heart from his embrace.

Tito Aquino is gone, but not from my heart.  Every tango by Carlos Di Sarli evokes the memory of his embrace in the many tangos we shared for years.

Clodomiro (Tito) Ortega is another man with whom I would love dancing all night long.

Certain tangos always bring Alito to my thought.  I miss him so much.

Roberto danced differently to each orchestra, and proved to me tango is a feeling.  We taught together for several years.  I share what I learned from him in free private classes to anyone who is interested.  I danced all night in Lo de Celia with Roberto.  Lucky me.

A free concert agenda at the Centro Cultural Kirchner, Usina del Arte, Congreso de la Nacion Argentina, and other venues now replaces my milonga agenda.

Hugo Diaz

July 19, 2018

January 18, 1948 – July 18, 2018

Hugo started dancing tango late in life.  He was too busy working long hours as a bus driver.  Then he bought a service station on the highway and turned it over to his sons to manage. They live very well, thanks to Hugo’s hard work.

He loved tango so much that he went every evening to the milongas at Obelisco Tango, Lo de Celia, Club Gricel, Nuevo Chique and others.  Smoking was another habit of his.  He had a heart attack at home.

It is unfortunate that Hugo couldn’t realize his dream of organizing a milonga in the lower level of his historical landmark house on Chile in Montserrat.  The project was  started years ago with an architect, but his sons, who are joint owners of the house, didn’t have any interest in it.  Hugo rented rooms to foreign tango visitors.