Posts Tagged ‘Centro Region Leonesa’

Centro Region Leonesa

January 28, 2009


Centro Region Leonesa, located at Humberto Primo 1462 in Constitución, was built in 1916, and it has been a dance venue for many decades.   Luis Calvo and Gaby Artaza started their milonga “Niño Bien” on Thursday nights in 1998, when the five peso entrada included a glass of champagne.  Many refer to the place as “Niño Bien.” 

A saxophone quartet was performing the night I took this photo (November 1998).  Salon Leonesa has one of the best dance floors in Buenos Aires.  The ballroom was redecorated a couple years ago and improved with air-conditioning and an elevator.  I recall the hot summer nights dancing there before A/C was installed and the ceiling fans kept the air circulating without much relief.

The first apartment I rented was located three blocks from Leonesa.  I go there regularly for either Atilio Verón’s milonga “Mi Refugio” on Monday, or Luis Trapasso’s milonga “Entre Tango y Tango” on Wednesday and Friday or  Enrique Rosich’s “Milonga de los Consagrados” on Saturday afternoon.  It’s a convenient 25-minute walk for me.   Enrique started seating women on the east side of the room and men on the west side–the other organizers have followed his lead. 

Centro Region Leonesa is one of only a handful of milonga venues with a stage for live orchestra.  You occasionally might notice strange sounds coming from the downstairs room where bagpipers rehearse.  At least their piercing sounds don’t reach the milonga upstairs.


Roberto Bonavato

October 12, 2008

October 12, 1938 —

Roberto and other milongueros hang out at a men’s club a block from my apartment, so we often see one another and have a brief chat about the milongas.  A few years ago, he danced regularly at Lo de Celia and goes to El Beso and Centro Region Leonesa.  One tanda of Carlos Di Sarli with Roberto is all I need to feel content.  One night a couple months ago at Lo de Celia, I had several tandas with Roberto.  One of them was a tanda of Miguel Calo.  After the first tango, he commented on the music of Osvaldo Pugliese.  I said, “Roberto, we’re dancing to Miguel Calo.  I don’t dance to Pugliese.  As you have pointed out to me several times, the music of Pugliese was rarely played in the milongas of the 1950s.”  Even milongueros who know the music so well can make a mistake.  Roberto is one who talks about the music and nothing else between dances.


Nelida Fernando
Roberto Angel Pujol, Nelida, Roberto Carreras
Roberto Angel Pujol, Nelida, Roberto Carreras (10/12/03)

October 12, 1935 —

Nely has danced tango since she was a teenager.  She traveled to Chicago in April 2008 to teach at the Chicago Mini Tango Festival at the University of Chicago with Pocho.  They danced tango together as teenagers, so there is a long history in their dancing.
I have attended birthday celebrations at Nely’s house when conversations about tango last into the wee hours of the morning.