So many thanks for you for your site. In Russia navigation problems in milongas are very important. I have translated these chapters into Russian and I wish to place from in Russian sector of the Internet. Certainly I will refer to your site. I hope you will not object. With huge respect and thanks,
Just happened to breeze through your navigation pages, and I found the hilariously interesting diagrams you included to explain navigation, and some of the do's and don'ts of the social dance floor. (Scenes From a Milonga in Chapter 6) You can take it from me that your website will be requested to enter Wiki! Great job and keep up the good work.
This is just to tell you how grateful I am that I can participate in the results of all the research you have been doing. It’s been about 4 months ago that a friend of mine told me about your website. Since then I’m busy studying and enjoying it :-))
It’s a great help to my German analytic mind. Sometimes I notice that my teachers where I take regular classes seem to wonder where I learn all that additional stuff, and they are quite surprised when suddenly I know the title and the orchestra of a song which they sometimes don’t. Also gives me more joy in the Milonga to have developed a closer relationship to the music.
If you should ever happen to come to Berlin I’d love to make up for your help just a little. So consider yourself invited to a good meal or a Tour of the City :-)) Thanks a million! All the best to you,
Firstly congratulations on having built a superb website, full of information, humour and an unmissable love of the same tango that I've grown to love. I've been to BA twice so far and will be back again for another fix in November this year.But to get to the point, I'm a member of the Tango Social Club of Canberra, a club put together by tango lovers and not affiliated with any teachers, with a membership of around 150. Canberra is the capital city of Australia with around 350,000 residents. The Club puts together a weekly newsletter and I would love to be able to include, with attribution, some of your tips on technique. You explain concepts and technique with rare clarity and our Club members would really benefit from your wisdom. I would be very grateful for your permission to do so.
Your site is inspiring to me and wonderful for the analysis—stories and videos. We develop the non-profit Greek community web forum where people there can talk and discuss about tango. I'm writing this email asking you for the permission to translate the contents of Tangoandchaos into Greek and post them on our web forum, www.argentinetango.gr.If you want further information as to the contents and structures of our web forum, I can send you . I hope to get your permission to translate the contents of Tangoandchaos.
My wife and I are avid readers of your 'Tango and Chaos' series. We enjoy the videos as well as the very intimate and in-depth study of Argentine Tango in what could easily be described as a documentary of tango style.Until coming across your web site, we had very little background as to the intricate social aspects of tango as a way of life, and not just as an interesting social dance. It is a way of life unknown to a great many of us, and your introduction is an important link to help bridge a very large gap between what we have learned and what there is to know, understand, and experience. Abrazos,
I am new to tango, and new to your site, but always an avid and curious student. Almost from the beginning, in spite of the haze and confusion about ‘authenticity’, I have pursued insight and meaning in tango. It’s an interesting process to say the least. Your site, found early in my exploration has been such a wonderful contrast, fascinating, encouraging, transmitting all kinds of leads, hints, flavors, moments—a wonderful collage and homage to the time and place where you and your wife have chosen to be.Thank you for making a decision to write and for continuing to decide to write. Every chapter has been a pleasure. Almost vapor locked with beginner anxiety, living in a place with a very small tango community and utterly lacking a frame of reference to help me situate all this new stuff—and wrestling with my body, new to dance itself—I can't express enough, my gratitude for your effort. If there is more, I hope you keep deciding to write.
Wow—I happened on your site as I bounced around from Michael Lavocah's site, and I am transfixed. It is late here in Penzance, and my eyes are struggling to stay open, but I want to read and read, and watch and listen. What a wonderful site, and I am so glad it's Sunday tomorrow and so I can dive back in. I am going to send a link out to our tango group here on the western tip of England so that everyone can find you. I have no erudite comments or questions... yet... but just want to say thank you in anticipation.Down here we teach tango as you describe—no figures or sequences. I am just beginning to teach the beginners classes myself, so am really pleased to have all your back up to offer as I try to encourage people to discover tango within themselves and as a couple—not to arrive with new wonderful moves seen on YouTube, which they want to practice on you! Thank you,
Penzance… as in Pirates of? Nice! Never thought I’d hear from anyone in Penzance.
Anyway, thanks so much for your very nice message. I used to rely on Red Bull and vodka for inspiration, but since Alej read an article in La Nacion about kids half my age drinking it in rock clubs and ending up in the emergency room with heart failure, she cut me off. Since there’s no more Red Bull in the house, the site is now fueled mostly by mate, and the comments on this page. Although I don't usually post the responses here, I do respond to all of them. They’re greatly appreciated. They keep me typing.
You got so much in your site, brilliant, all interesting tango-life experience. And the time you put into it. I was really impressed when I discovered your site the first time. Actually not discovering but exploring it after getting a tip from my dancing partner. It took, as I remember, four evenings just too read it all, which I did within a week between dance lessons and milongas. This was more than a year ago, and from then on I visit your site regularly and I feel that my understanding of the contents grows with the miles (kilometers) I make on the pista.
The other day in a milonga in my hometown, Groningen in the Netherlands, the DJ put on Gloria, and as soon I heard that voice of Carlos Dante, all things you observed and wrote about this song fell into my mind at once in place! You know, the glorious intention of the text you explained made it such a joy to hear it again. And sitting next to the DJ, I said: what beautiful text. So, the DJ asked if I spoke Spanish. Well he didn't speak it either, so I decided now to print out the part about Gloria to present it to him. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, and you surely won't mind me passing it on to a true aficionado.
The technical info did improved also my dancing, so I.O.U. ¡Abrazos!
I was quite stoked to discover that you'd added some new pages to your site recently! I started to learn to tango two years ago, and in May returned from four months in BA. Now I am re-reading some of your stuff and of course it has new meaning, like anything great will over time. I was thrilled to discover that the old end wasn't the new end!I know it's hard to believe that your site could be the first place someone might have ever become aware of songs like Farol and Suerte Loca, but in my case, it's true. I had also procured my tango through recording internet radio station broadcasts, an hour at a time, deleting the breaks and adverts, normalizing the files... ended up with a collection of about 500 tango hours. So I was hearing and dancing to wonderful music, but not learning anything about its provenance. Your site got me on that road. Now I wake up with melodies pounding in my head asking myself, "Oh my god, was I dreaming Al Compás del Corazon or was it Corazon No Le Hagas Caso?" It may be only the dawn of consciousness, but at least it's not the pitch black of night. I will also be very interested in any further technical ideas you glean from your experience and observation. Cheers and bravo.
Amidst the flash of fanciful figures and parade of professors flowing through YouTube and our tango communities, I return to your site as a strengthening oasis and fountain of tango nourishment. It has been a while, but I must thank you again for such a wonderful resource you have created. Your exhaustive (in a good way), meticulous work truly shines as a labor of love.
My wife and I are still dancing in the U.S., but less so. Despite having ample dancing opportunities, our tango was affected by our trip last August. We were guided by some new friends to Sin Rumbo, where we met the Duplaa brothers. We also had the honor of meeting El Chino and dance at his milonga in Vicente Lopez. The memorable experience marked our tango, indelibly. I don't believe any one style can corner "truth" in tango, but for us, enjoying these milongas was our tango truth—a feeling, a way of being that cannot be expressed in words. It felt 'adult' and elegant. Unlike the Dancesport mentality back home, dancing was secondary to the enjoyment of the company. So coming back to the States with all these nuevo acrobatics and deaf headless chicken runs, leaves us a bit depressed. We have a feeling of homesickness for tango—or the milonga of adults, ease, and elegancia. Please keep up the wonderful work. What you, Alej, and your friends have created is truly a beacon for tango.
ps: I can't stop watching this video of El chino. Its salon aesthetic represents for us the real beauty of Tango.
Thanks for the great chapter about Ricardo Vidort. It's quite sad in many ways. The 70 cents story, the money for the test/champagne, his need of love and recognition. He was the architect of tango, Natucci said. I do agree.He built a house/dance where I can live. Not an impossible construction/choreography for young professional full time dancers. Maybe his dance was not very attractive for the non-dancing public, but I'm quite sure that he was greatly admired by the real milongueros. His musicality, simplicity and harmony were unique.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to write. Alej and I really appreciate your comments!
Rick McGarrey Alejandra Todaro