Posts Tagged ‘Salon Canning’

Milonga review: A Puro Tango

November 30, 2015


For about 35 years, Dario Rodriguez organized three weekly milongas at Salon Canning in Palermo until his recent passing.  His daughter Patricia is now in charge, and the new name is Tango en Canning.


Floor:  The wood floor is showing wear.  Some cracks aren’t filled, and a heel tip got caught.

Sound system:  Speakers hang over the dance floor for sound where it needs to be.  Level was enough to overpower the conversation on the dance floor.

Deejay:  Mario Orlando, probably the most experienced in Buenos Aires after Oscar Hector Malagrino.

Entrada: 75 pesos; bottled water is 28 pesos.

Seating: The tables have two chairs facing the floor. Aisles between the tables allow  access to the dance floor.  Two persons  occupy each table, and very few have three.  My friend and I sat near the patio doors, directly under the air-conditioner. Bring along a jacket if you get cold like I do.

Dancers:  Serious dancers (60+ years) who have their reserved tables for many years.  Newcomers should not expect to get a front row center seat, but a large tip to a waiter might achieve results.

Waiters:  They are responsible for seating.  I arrived at 19 hs and stood at the bar waiting to be seated. Finally, I sat at a table near the bar to wait for my girlfriend to arrive. The waitress (who knows me in Lo de Elsita) moved me to the other end of the room. When my friend arrived, I went to join her in another corner, but the seat was reserved.  We asked the waiter  in that section if there was a table for us.  It was a night of musical chairs for me, as I bounced from one corner of the room to another.  I’m used to a friendly greeting with a smile and good service by the waiters in Lo de Celia.

I enjoyed listening to the music and watching the dancing.  There were many familiar faces.  The last time I attended was May 2013, so I felt like an outsider at a milonga I once attended regularly.  I remembered a few milongueros viejos who once occupied the front row chairs and are now gone.

Video of the dancing the evening I was there.

Ariel Romero

December 8, 2008

ariel-romeroAugust 1, 1934 —

Ariel was the person who greeted everyone at the door on Wednesday evenings in Salon Canning.  In recent years he stayed most of the week in Mar del Plata and came every week to work in Canning.  I asked about him recently and heard that he is living in Mar del Plata and is no longer in Buenos Aires. 

I enjoyed dancing over the years with Ariel.  I’ll remember his turns in vals.

If you visit the milongas of Mar del Plata, be sure to look for Ariel.  He’ll be dancing if a vals is playing.

Nilda Araceli

November 22, 2008
Adan and Nilda in Lo de Celia (June 2004)

Adan and Nilda in Lo de Celia (June 2004)

November 22, 1936 —

They are one couple who I enjoy watching on the floor.  Their tango is all feeling and being with the music.  I haven’t seen them in Lo de Celia since I took this photo of them.  Nilda told me today that knee problems are keeping her from dancing.  She wants to dance but suffers afterwards with pain.  I thought they might be going to Salon Canning tonight to celebrate her birthday, but instead they will be spending time with friends.

Ada Peloso

November 5, 2008

Ada and Ricardo Suarez

November 5, 1929 —  
I called Ada today to wish her a happy birthday. She says that it’s not only her health that keeps her from the milongas, but the shortage of good dancers. Recently she was asked to dance an exhibition in Salon Canning with El Chino Perico, but she declined. The last time she danced was at the ceremony on April 28, 2008, honoring Maria Nieves Rego as an illustrious citizen. Ada didn’t know she would be invited for a tango with Julio Duplaa.
I went to Club Akarense only once, but it was there that I first saw Ada dancing with her companion Armando Giocovelli.  I have footage of Ada dancing with El Chino Perico in Salon Canning and with Miguel Angel Balbi in Afiche.

Ada learned to dance when she was a teenager. Her husband wasn’t a dancer so she didn’t go to the milongas until after his passing. She went to dance in her early 50s at Sin Rumbo and Club Sunderland, but hasn’t danced at all in the past year. She said in part:

“Tango is a feeling. Every one dances what they feel. All one needs to learn is how to walk and the salida. After that, learning steps isn’t important. I can tell if someone is dancing with feeling or not.

Tango was created for us to dance. Even though my husband didn’t dance, he felt what I transmitted when we danced together. Once at a milonga, the tanda ended and I asked “where am I?” I didn’t know with whom I was dancing or where I was. I was present in the music. I felt the music and danced the silences.

I’ve had a good life and traveled around the world. I have my family–two daughters and two grandchildren. I am content.”

Noche de Milongueras in Salon Canning (Sept 21, 2004) Pocho, Ada, Nely and Coco

Noche de Milongueras in Salon Canning (Sept 21, 2004) Pocho, Ada, Nely and Coco



Adan Deslous

October 8, 2008

October 8, 1940 —

Several years ago Adan and his wife Nilda went regularly to Lo de Celia on Saturday nights.  I had the opportunity to talk with them about tango.  Adan told me that his tango doesn’t include more than five steps.  Watching them dancing together was a pleasure.  They live in Villa Urquiza, and Salon Canning in Palermo is their favorite place for Saturday night.  I’ll never get to dance with Adan, because all his tandas are reserved for Nilda.

Ernesto Ramon Delgado

May 30, 2008

May 30, 1935–
I called him today at his upholstery workshop in Boedo to wish him a happy birthday. He sounded as cheerful as always.  Ernesto has made furniture practically his entire life, and his fingers are proof. He and his son Sergio do all the work.  The youngest in a family of ten children, Ernesto still has four older siblings. I’ve been to family parties at his Valentin Alsina home. The family photo below was taken at his brother Hector’s 70th birthday party in July 2000. Ernesto raised three sons and has been widowed since May 30, 1989. He grew up in the Almagro neighborhood where played soccer and learned to dance in his teenage years.
Salon Canning is Ernesto’s second home on Sunday evenings. When the milongueros occupied a corner table on Friday nights in Club Gricel, Ernesto was always there with his friends. It’s where I first danced with him in 1999. Those were the days when everyone smoked in the milongas. It was difficult for Ernesto to breathe since he had tuberculosis as a child. He runs out of air, but that doesn’t keep him going to the milongas.
His other favorite pastime is singing tango. I’ve heard Ernesto at parties and penas de tango over the years. He sings regularly at two amateur sessions with live accompaniment in Afiche and La Biblioteca.


Dos flacos milongueros

May 8, 2008

Rodolfo Cesar Indegno (May 8, 1931 –September 23, 2008)

He is small and very thin, has never married and has no children to his knowledge, as he likes to joke. He has a reserved front row table in Lo de Celia where he danced regularly at least twice a week. He lives in the neighborhood of Chacarita. Two weeks ago, we danced a vals tanda before the floor was crowded. It was fabulous. All we could do was smile at one another.  At least he can still smile.  He is dying of inoperable lung cancer due to a heart condition. 

P.S. 9/23/08 –I danced for the last time with him on July 9, 2008.  Shortly thereafter, he was hospitalized and died on September 23.  His friend and companion Beatriz was with him.  She went faithfully every day to see Rodolfo in the hospital.  He had good days and bad days.  I saw him for the last time three days before he died, and he didn’t recognize me.  I knew that he was close to the end. 

We had conversations during times when he was feeling better in the hospital.  I learned that Rodolfo served for 25 years in the Air Force.  His favorite orchestra was Juan D’Arienzo with Alberto Echague.


Ernesto Hector Garcia (May 8, 1936 –)

He’s known as “El Flaco Dany” and could be called the Fred Astaire of Tango. He is slim and always smartly dressed in a double-breasted suit and tie. His specialty is milonga con traspie that he has taught in Italy and the United States. I saw him last Friday night at Salon Canning where he was singing more than dancing. I listened while he and Eduardo “El Nene” Masci sang the tangos they know and love so much. When the Miami festival organizer wrote me about inviting a milonguero, Dany was the one I arranged for her to hire. He went for three consecutive years to the Miami Beach festival to teach and perform. He lives in the family home in Villa Urquiza, not far from Club Sunderland, where he celebrates his birthday. Dany may be 72, but his dance partners are usually less than half his age.