An expat Californian building a new life via the tango in Buenos Aires since 2003, including information on learning the tango and where to dance it in Buenos Aires.

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Taste of Tango

A glamorous restaurant in Palermo, a group of over one hundred New Yorkers, a fabulous set menu with cocktails and wines, and what else...Ruben y Cherie!

The organizer of this very special tour had contacted us from the States more than six weeks ago to organize a presentation for the group of the "real" tango Argentino. He wanted the group to see more of tango than the tango cena-show at the Faena hotel in Puerto Madero, where they went on their first night. He completely won my admiration, not only for this educated and broad-minded point of view, but for finding and hiring us!

We contracted another couple, Vilma y Osvaldo, and planned our presentation to include a little history of tango, milonga codigos, and exhibitions--a lecture-demo, if you will. And then complete the show with a tango class for volunteers.

It was a little difficult because we had to be flexible about when and how long to do the various segments. But because we had done our homework and had DJ Dany make us two CDs with all of our music in order, including Tango Negro and La Chacarera, it went great! And the mini-class was so popular we had to repeat it three times.

Kudos to the organizer, and especially to this amazing group of Americans who participated fully and with enthusiasm in a delicious Taste of Tango!

(Que lastima that there are no photos of the show--but I was really busy! Here's Ruben with Osvaldo.)


n a n c y said...


But........did you keep your clothes on?

Elizabeth said...

Cherie, People really DO want the real tango, and are hungry for it!
What a beautiful event and venue for you and Ruben to show your stuff.

Do you think that the real tango is so much "on the indoors" (as Luciana Valle said in a class here) that it is not so much visual, not seen from the outside by the viewer, as being so exciting? I can't tell anymore, because I feel it in the "indoors".

Well, from the sound of it, your audience seemed to get it. For some of them, their lives will never be the same.