Archive for the ‘Milongueros’ Category

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.

Tito talks about his years in the milongas with Marina.

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.


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.