“Fermin” The Movie, In Every Embrace There’s a Story And That’s What We Dance

“Those Arms embraced Tango. They embraced pain, repentance. Sometime soon they will embrace death. In every embrace there’s a story and that’s what we dance.” – Ciempiés in the Movie “Fermin”

The embrace is magical. A tango is more or less 3 minutes per song. We come together to embrace someone for 3 to 4 of these 3 minutes songs. To be able to embrace someone is a gift. We all come with different walks of life, some younger, some older, and from all around the world. When we embrace, we share a part of ourselves, our lives, and the stories we have lived. For the precious 3 minutes, we share “the moment”. The meeting of two people’s energies in an embrace, for me, is one of the most beautiful things in the world. If we are open to giving and receiving, the moment can be intense, the moment can be profound, the moment can be life changing, and it is magical. There are times, when the song comes to an end, and we linger… because we don’t want that moment to finish. And there! That is the beauty of tango, it does come to an end. For that reason, it’s important to be so fully present in the moment of the embrace. To embrace with everything you have, to give and then to be completely open to receiving from the other. The two energies flow and then merge. And once in a while, you encounter those unforgettable embraces, of a sensation of eternal connection. Where it feels like the drapes that cover the heart, sways open with the embrace, and the light comes flowing through to bring the inside and outside world together. Where the boundaries of yourself and the other doesn’t exist anymore, where everything in the room disappears and location and time doesn’t matter anymore, where everything else is forgotten and what is present is just simply that “moment”. That beautiful sensation of being “exactly and simply present” in complete unity. That is the magic of the embrace. That is the magic of tango. What a blessing and joy to be able to dance tango every single day. Sharing our embraces. Sharing our stories.

Yesterday I went to see the movie “Fermin” (aka “Glorias del Tango”) produced by Oliver Kolker. Continue reading

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US Tango Championships, Congratulations to Nicholas Tapia and Steph Berg!

This past weekend the 2014 US Tango Championships was held in San Francisco. I could not be there to cheer for you all in person but I was surely there in spirit. I want to congratulate all of you for your dance, for your courage, and for sharing your passion. It was a tremendous experience for me last year, and I am more than enthusiastic to know that this year’s competition was another successful one with many more participants taking part of this great experience.

We all know that to be there on the competition floor doesn’t come over night. It comes from hours and hours of sweat, tears, and love. It takes a lot of courage to share your work being present on the dance floor. Because tango is a very subjective thing, results of the competitions are most likely not what you expect. It is not a competition, for example, where there are clear scores by a ball going into the goal or someone reaching the goal line, in Tango competitions, results could be quite unexpected.  Continue reading

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The Rojo Tango Show at the Faena Hotel

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There are many great Tango shows all around Buenos Aires. There are just simply A LOT of tango shows here. It’s a bit hard to choose if you had only one night to see a Tango show. To be honest, some are not as good as others, but there are several that are my favorites. Amongst one of my all time favorites is the Rojo Tango Show at the Faena Hotel in Puerto Madero. I’ve seen the show about 4 times in the past 5 years and the quality of the show has always been great. There are shows that lose the quality when some of the dancers leave but that is the reality of the tango show business here.

Last week, we went to see the Rojo Tango show. We taxied over to the Faena Hotel which is a very high end, fancy and stylish hotel. Continue reading

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Alberto Podesta, A Living Legend

with Alberto Podesta

with Alberto Podesta

Few days ago, Thursday, there was a big National Strike in Argentina over the high inflation. There was no transportation around the city. Some taxis going around but in general the city was very quiet all day. Even hospitals, regular businesses and schools had closed due to this strike. This kind of National Strike happens about once a year in Argentina. The shocking thing for some of the Tangueros was that even the “Viruta” Milonga finished about an hour early…! We made it only to hear the last two songs of the night when we arrived there after the “Royal Pigall” Milonga at El Beso.

Regardless of the strike, we had a magical night at the “Royal Pigall” milonga. We went there because the legendary singer Maestro Alberto Podesta was singing accompanied by Guitarist, Julian Hermida and singer, Ariel Ardit. What a grand night it was. Continue reading

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Breath Taking Performance by Pancho Martinez Pey and Alejandra Gutty

I’ve seen many performances and beautiful amazing ones over the years that I’ve been dancing. Like pressing your finger into unbaked cookie dough, there’s some that really leave an indefinite impression in your memory. I remember the amazing dance that Geraldine Rojas & Javier Rodriguez danced in Sunderland one day in 2003. I remember, I was holding back tears of emotion watching them dance. Her sister, Samantha, was crying and I am sure there were others as well. Their connection and passion was so evident. They pulled in the audience to the point that the audience became a part of their dance. The performance finished with an instantaneous standing ovation. That was a dance that left me emotional that I would never forget the feeling that I got when I saw this particular performance.

This past Sunday, I would like to say that the cookie dough got another finger print. At “Viva La Pepa” Milonga, Pancho Marinez Pey and Alejandra Gutty performed. Continue reading

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Forever Tango Audition, a Dream to Dance on Stage

Forever Tango Audition

Without shame, I will admit that I went to the Forever Tango Audition this weekend. I know that my chances of them even remembering me with all the amazing applicants, is like close to 0%, but I went there just because: (1) it will be a great experience to know what a Tango audition is like (2) if you go on your own, you get to dance with someone from the company (3) it has always been my dream to do stage tango (4) and well, it’s always good to think that “You just never know”…

To exaggerate on my statement (4), I ended up living in Los Angeles because, in 2001 when I was about 9 months into salsa dancing, I saw a notice of an audition for the Salsa Brava Dance Company in Los Angeles. Continue reading

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Closing doors

Closing doors is never easy. We all step in through new doors with aspirations, hopes, dreams, and excitement. Everything has its moments of ups and downs, and it’s never easy to know when it is time for the door to close. Many times, we are not expecting that moment, we expect that we won’t have to close that door. Sometimes that moment is clearly marked with an incident and sometimes it is a process of a conscious decision. Generally, whether the next door is visible or not, a lot of thought and emotions are involved. As many times as I have experienced it through, moving places of residency and leaving friends behind, ending relationships, ending jobs, losing close ones to death, or just knowing you may not be coming back to the same place or experience, there is always a sense of sadness to a door closing, even if we learn to cope with it better. That is why each and every moment of life a special moment. Continue reading

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