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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“25 de Mayo” Celebration in Plaza de Mayo

Time flies when you’re busy! Thanks to all my friends who have started to worry about me since I haven’t been posting much recently. I am alive and doing well ūüôā The days have been completely full with taking a lot of classes for the past two months or so, rehearsing for the past few weeks, going out to the milongas few nights of the week, and then maybe some few outings with friends to get a bite of yummy stuff. I am currently focused on Tango Escenario and running around various studios to take advantage of the challenging yet exciting classes that are given out here. Continue reading

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“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.” ‚ÄstCiempi√©s 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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