Dec 8, 2014

BLACK & WHITE WINTER BALL @ PARADISO_DEC. 26, 2014

THE LAST MILONGA OF 2014! 

JOIN US FOR THIS SPECIAL ANNUAL EVENT AT PARADISO!

PLEASE RSVP: paradiso-tango@rogers.com 
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Sep 21, 2014

A FLASHBACK: HOMAGE TO PUPI CASTELLO

This is a curious video (the quality is not very good, unfortunately): one of Buenos Aires tango teachers – Sergio Cortazzo, who we brought to teach at Viva Tango and Paradiso about 10 years ago – is doing a little parody on the dancing style of a great tango maestro Pupi Castello. Pupi (for those who don’t know) was a teacher of my teacher Graciela Gonzalez – and later made her his assistant and dance partner. They have developed an amazingly warm father-daughter relationship: Graciela has been watching over him when his health started to fail but he still attended milongas where he enjoyed a shot or two of his favourite gin (straight). In 2007 when Graciela and I were at the airport in Moscow waiting for her flight back to Buenos Aires after tango festivals in St. Petersburg and Moscow, she was talking about Pupi being very ill. She wrote to me from Buenos Aires a couple of weeks later letting me know that Pupi died (I knew him well, too) – she wrote “he died soon after I returned to Buenos Aires, as if he was waiting to see me to say good-bye”.

In this video Sergio captures Pupi’s unique dance style which is more “robust” than the dance styles of new generation of tango teachers and dancers: the style from before the tango became a precious money making commodity demanded by tango aficionados all over the world.

Here is a video of Graciela and Pupi dancing on a beautiful floor of Salon Canning in Buenos Aires:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcSfsBQDmjE&index=4&list=PLhX_nvwqJSv610TFSpe1UcfL71BmW0sY-

And here is Sergio doing his very talented parody:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=844330848919168&set=vb.100000267811244&type=2&theater



Aug 26, 2014

LOVELY DEMO_Noelia Hurtado y Sebastián Arce


I think you would enjoy watching this video – Berenice Gonsen posted it on Facebook and I picked it up there. I have been keeping my eye on Sebastian Arce’s dancing for a while and, I must say, I really like what he is doing. Noelia is lovely and alive – she is an active participant in this dance and not just an attractive attachment. Together they show great musicality, taste and sophistication. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS9oOa4zCoU

Aug 11, 2014

AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE_RECOMMENDED READING


This is an excellent article by Veronica Toumanova on “Gancho” blog – courtesy Steve Yee’s Face Book post. The author is trying to answer many questions that every tango dancers starts asking him/herself sooner or  later. Sometimes we try to talk about it with my tango friends and students – but we rarely have time to “get to the bottom of it”. I certainly appreciate the effort made in this article to answer these questions – that’s why I am placing it here in my blog. I also welcome your thoughts/comments.

http://gancho.info/why-years-of-tango-will-not-make-you-an-advanced-dancer-and-what-will/