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.
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
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
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
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
March 28th marks one year since the US Tango Championships that Laurent and I participated in. One year ago, we were working so hard, rehearsing night and day to compete in both Salon and Stage categories. We were very determined, and we were working around our schedules to do our best. Tomas and Gimena were there supporting us and pushing us forward. Angel and Julie were like our guardians, as we practiced hours at the Tango Room. We would train at the gym and rehearse, and rush to a restaurant afterwards to get food into our starving bodies. Good times, when everything was about passion, blood, tears and sweat. Never would I have imagined myself one year later in Buenos Aires. If we focus on the present and live fully, you really never know what life has in store…! Continue reading
The night we performed at Gricel was a great reminder of all the wonderful opportunities I have been experiencing here in Buenos Aires. Monday was exactly 2 months since I had arrived to Buenos Aires. It’s been quite an adventure of getting used to the new life style here with emotional, psychological, and physical ups and downs. Some days I miss Los Angeles, friends, Japan and family, more than I want to. But I know, that is what comes attached with the fun and excitement of starting in a new environment. On Monday, I felt happy and excited to perform at Gricel organized by Miguel Romero. Continue reading