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Enrique Cadícamo. Música en Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

Enrique Cadícamo. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.Enrique Cadícamo

Poet, lyricist, composer, writer and theatral writer
(15 July 1900 – 3 December 1999)

“An everlasting boy —wrote León Benarós—, Cadícamo seems to live counter clockwise. He keeps his hair intact, of a pale blond color, that becomes square at the back of his neck and rather long in a juvenile fashion… He wears light-colored ties —once we saw him with one of a subtle yellow color— and his sports coats add him youth. He wants to forget about time because he knows that time —“that dark enemy that sucks our blood”, according to Baudelaire’s lines—, feeds on our illusions, on our life…” Continue reading.

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Dancing Argentine Tango at milongas

I will give you a direct answer: to be able to go to milongas you need basic social skills.

Dancing Argentine Tango at milongas

When you are invited to a party, a friendly social gathering, you present yourself with a pleasant attitude, clean, well dressed, and you balance your way of addressing other guests at the party, formally or informally, based on your relationship with each person.

If you’ve never been to a milonga before, I recommend procuring an invite from a regular attendee. This will be a bridge to help you integrate with the crowd of participants.

Often, you have opportunities to meet people in class who could serve as your link to milongas: other students that started before you and now go to milongas.

If you only take private lessons, your teacher is your connection to milongas. The main task of an Argentine Tango instructor is to prepare you to go to milongas.

You should not expect to dance at your first milongas. Try to set yourself at ease by removing any anxieties caused by feeling obligated to dance. Going to a milonga does not imply that you “ought” to dance. A milonga is a social gathering that has the main goal of facilitating the dance of Argentine Tango among its participants. Still, this is the end result of a self-calibrated socialization process. This process starts in your classes. You will do well at milongas if you have this in mind from the beginning of your learning path, in your class. We dance because we are free to dance. It is not possible to dance, for real, under the pressure of obligation. Therefore, it is also important to be considerate of others and not make anyone feel obligated to dance with you.

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Milongueando with Suzanne

My desire to get better was shaped through decades of patient learning, careful observation of dancers who inspired and guided me, and passionate dancing in milongas, to challenge others to dance better and to be challenged to better myself. Learn to dance!

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Ricardo Tanturi. Argentine Tango music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires

Ricardo Tanturi: El caballero del tango

Pianist, leader and composer
(27 January 1905 – 24 January 1973)

The turn for records came in 1937 with an unforgettable piece recorded for Odeón, containing the instrumental version of “Tierrita” tango by Agustín Bardi, and “A la luz del candil”, with music written by the talented Carlos Vicente Geroni Flores, cruel lyrics by Julio Navarrine, and sang by Carlos Ortega. But Tanturi’s great success would come in 1939 when he incorporated Alberto Castillo, a great attraction for the public. Castillo, with his perfect tune, master ability in the use of pitches and mezza voce, seduced the audience in many possible ways: with his exaggerated gestures, his masculine elegance and neat hair style, his gynecologist degree (obtained in 1942) and that sometimes intimate sometimes lively mood, all of which made a show of each and every tango. Continue reading.

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