Sunderland Performance with Maestro Carlos Copello

After the intense La Virtuta, Misterio Tango Festival performance, Carlos Copello gave me some very special opportunities. Should I have known this was about to come around, I wouldn’t have believed it. But you know, sometimes you win the lottery in life. Sometimes, there are things in life that are incredibly and amazingly “Dreams coming true”. And sometimes, all of it comes at you, all at once.
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Emotional, Performing with Maestro Carlos Copello

Very emotional.

 

I had an amazing opportunity to perform with the maestro Carlos Copello this past Sunday night in the Misterio Tango Festival’s closing milonga at La Viruta.

 

The opportunity came about on Wednesday night when he suddenly messaged me to call him. He then asked me whether I’m available on Sunday night to perform with him. I didn’t quite understand what he meant and he gave me the details of what it was. I wasn’t expecting this big news and my heart started pounding. I told him I’d think about it and I’d let him know within the hour.

 

The truth was I was scared to death. Sunday night was only 4 nights away and such a big event in Buenos Aires where there will be tons of people and maestros watching, on top of that, the closing night of the festival with him being the closing maestro. And again, this was the great maestro, Carlos Copello. I was flattered that he would even think of me and my hands were already shaking. I wasn’t sure I had the confidence to do that, and I wasn’t sure I would be able to handle my nerves. But then, I really wanted an opportunity like this, this was something I’ve always been dreaming about. After calming my mind, I decided I’d take this opportunity on, with all the fright that was seizing me, I wanted to do this. I was going to do this.

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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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Performance at “La Catedral del Tango” Sin Rumbo Milonga!

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

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Performance at Gricel Milonga!

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

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