Posts Tagged ‘Club Monte Carlo’

Miguel Angel Balbi

November 28, 2008

miguel-angel-balbi2Nov. 29, 1937–

I wouldn’t be writing this blog if I hadn’t met Miguel on October 15, 1999, in Club Gricel where I was seated next to the milongueros’ table.  Miguel invited me to dance vals.  Although I had never seen him dance, I took a chance and accepted.  That was the beginning of our relationship and my milonga training.

As a young boy, Miguel Angel was exposed to tango in the conventillo where his family lived.  He learned tangos listening to family members sing and began dancing at 11 with his mother.  His uncle Carlos escorted him to his first dance at a downtown confiteria on his 14th birthday. 

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Isabel Garcia y Miguel Angel

Miguel Angel met Isabel Nelida Garcia (“Chuni”) at Club Monte Carlo on Corrientes and Libertad where afternoon dances were attended by school teachers.  They married five years later in January 1962 and had two sons Nestor and Aldo. 

Miguel Angel has sung in Oscar Hector’s show “Milonguisimo” at Confiteria Ideal for several years.  During June/July 2002, he recorded a CD which I encouraged him to do.  When he sings “El Conventillo,” he is singing what he has lived.  Miguel Angel sings more than he dances these days now that his milonguero friends are no longer dancing regularly. 

His favorite orchestra is Carlos Di Sarli.  Miguel went to the cabaret Chantecler when Di Sarli celebrated twenty-five years with his orchestra.  When he hears a vals by Di Sarli, Miguel Angel is inspired to dance.  I had the pleasure of dancing every Saturday night with him at Club Bailable Juvenil on Corrientes during the year 2000 where I filmed the dancing.