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Tango and Buenos Aires: A Living Tradition Evolving with Time

Marcelo Solis and Nestor La Vitola at Argentine Tango Tour to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the World Capital of Tango and its birthplace.

I wish to share with you the friendship and appreciation of the milongueros that I am lucky to enjoy. We all feel Tango in our bodies. Each move, each new milonga we go to, each partner we dance with, and each new learning experience reveals that Tango belongs to us, and we belong to Tango. It is a beautiful feeling, and one of the key reasons why Tango is so appealing is its haunting rhythm. However, Tango also belongs to others, to the people we share it with. 

Argentine Tango dancer milonguero Chino Perico with Marcelo Solis at the entrance of a milonga in Buenos Aires in 2023

If we do not pay attention, we may take an egotistic, self-centered, selfish approach to Tango. That would leave us with nothing or with something we may call Tango, but it is not.

Among the others we share Tango with are those who have danced it before us.

Most of them are not with us anymore, but many are still alive and dancing in the milongas of Buenos Aires. Would you miss the opportunity to meet them, see them dance, chat with them, and dance with them? If you let it pass you by, it will be a significant loss for Tango, especially for “your” Tango, the one in your turn you will share with those who come after you.

Argentine Tango dancer milonguero Jorge Kero with Marcelo Solis at a milonga in Buenos Aires

Originally published in September 2013, this post celebrated the enduring vibrancy of Tango and the unique cultural fabric of Buenos Aires, the world capital of Tango. At that time, the city was alive with the spirits of several milongueros—veteran tango dancers who had been the custodians of this rich tradition for decades. These seasoned dancers shared their passion and mastery in the milongas (tango dance events) of Buenos Aires, offering a direct link to the historical roots.

As of today, the scene has evolved. While the essence of Tango is deeply embedded in the city’s art, the ranks of these elder milongueros have thinned significantly. The remaining few carry an even greater responsibility: they are not just transmitters of dance techniques but living symbols of Tango’s soul and history. 

The image features three men of different generations, all notable Argentine tango creators and milongueros, posing for a selfie in a room with a red light ambiance. From left to right, Marcelo Solis with gray hair, Blas Catrenau in the center wearing a dark suit and light blue shirt, and Brian Mujica on the right with a buzz cut and black shirt. All three are smiling at the camera, symbolizing a joyful connection across generations within the tango community.

Their presence at milongas has become a rare treasure, offering invaluable experiences to both locals and visitors who seek to connect with the true spirit of Buenos Aires.

Despite the dwindling number of original milongueros, the tango community continues to thrive, driven by a blend of reverence for its origins and a spirited determination to ensure its future. New generations of dancers bring their interpretations and innovations while still drawing on the deep well of tradition that makes the Argentine Tango unique, memorable, and universally admired.

The continuity and change within the Buenos Aires tango scene reflect a broader narrative of cultural preservation and evolution. As the cityscape shifts and modernizes, the Tango remains a steadfast emblem of Argentine identity, celebrated not just in Buenos Aires but worldwide.

Whether you are a seasoned dancer or a curious observer, engaging with this living tradition is a profound way to experience the soul of Buenos Aires.

Each dance, song, and encounter at a milonga offers a heartfelt insight into why Tango is much more than a dance—a way of life that continually adapts, resonates, and inspires.

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