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,

-Tavrueva Ольга (Saint Petersburg, Russia)  April 2, 2009

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.

- Srinivas Vishnubhotla (New Orleans)  March 7, 2009

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,

- Oliver Jungheim (Berlin)  March 5, 2009
Thanks for your persistent creativity. I love the drawings. Please do more. The lead is shown bigger than the follow and I can find myself in the drawings. It might be easier to find myself if I were a different color from my partner.
- Alan H. Boner (Kirkland, Washington)  February 7, 2009

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.
- Michael Hayes (Canberra, Austrailia)  January 14, 2009
Thank you for the kind comments. You're certainly welcome to use any of the material on the site in your newsletter—and have a great time in BsAs this spring.

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,

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.
- Kostas Fragkiadakis (Crete Island, Greece)  December 28, 2008
We're glad that you're enjoying the site, and we'd be very happy to have it translated. Hope it adds to your enjoyment of tango!
I enjoy your site. I haven't been able to read through it all, but I did like what I saw so far. I am 30 years old and have been dancing tango for four years. I teach tango here in Buffalo. I really enjoyed watching some of the milongueros in the videos. I love the complex simplicity in their dancing, and of course the wonderful musicality. It's hard getting dancers to dance that way here—everyone seems to think bigger is better. Looking forward to my first trip to BA this summer. Nice work!
- Travis Widrick (Buffalo, N.Y.)  Dec. 19, 2008

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,
- Joe Marfia & Anna Barth (Grand Rapids, Michigan)  Dec. 9, 2008

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.
- Phil Sheridan (Boise, Idaho)  November 21, 2008
You've put some hours into this! I've always wanted to distance myself from the theory of tango, but your texts and observations are sensitive and compassionate. Now I begin to doubt this decision. Thank you and keep up the good work.
- Gabriel Sandberg (Stockholm)  November 15, 2008
I have followed your website as the chapters have grown and I find it extremely useful, and a pleasure to read. The quality of the research and content is unmatched amongst the many tango related websites I frequent. I've recommended your site to both newcomers to tango, and to experienced teachers. I'd like to read your website on the move. Are you planning to publish it as a book of chapters with a CD of the music and movies? If so, I'll be amongst the first to buy a copy!
- Tariq Rashid (London)  November 7, 2008

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,
- Kate Wilson (Penzance, Cornwall, UK)  October 18, 2008

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!

- Maarten Hoogendorp (Groningen, Netherlands)  October 11, 2008
Your site has kept me glued to my computer for the last 3 days. I'm stealing all the free time I have at the moment to go through the information, not necessarily in chronological order. You've done an incredible job. Thanks a lot for all the time you have invested distilling the essence of Tango.
- Binoy Milton D'sousa (Belgium)    July 25, 2008
This site is really very very good! Every dancer (and definitely every teacher) should read this before going to his/her next milonga/lesson. It all looks so pure and simple that I'm sure it's very difficult to obtain the level of dancing showed in the videos. You (your site) made me look in a different way at tango (and BA and Argentina). Thank you.
- Peter Carly (Roeselare, Belgium)  July 13, 2008

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.
- Blake Haber  July 3, 2008

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.

- Tony y Yelena (San Francisco)  April 28, 2008
Buen día Rick & Alej—No one else documents social dancing among the older generation in Buenos Aires with as much attentiveness, love, and respect as you. Without the milongueros, there would be no tango at all—and so every dancer, no matter what "style" they may choose to pursue, owes them a tremendous debt. Lo que hacen ustedes es imprescindible para la historia y el futuro del tango argentino. Con mucho cariño—Derrick
- Derrick Del Pilar (UC Berkeley)  March 12, 2008
Thanks so much for a wonderful site, for the stories, the thoughts, the translations, and especially for the videos. I stumbled on Tete on YouTube three years ago and realized tango was much more than I was being taught in class. Tango and Chaos has helped to show just how much more it is... and thanks for including a 'comments' button so I can thank you for it! Best wishes for many happy milongas.
- John Tate (London)  March 1, 2008
Dear Rick & Alejandra—Just a note to tell you what a treasure the website is to all of us who have fallen in love with tango and live in smaller towns. You give us a window on the wider world, on the depth of milonguero's experience, and the possibility to understand that we would otherwise never, never have. I am so grateful!
- Cindy Park (Asheville, NC)  February 12, 2008
Thanks for the new work on your web site. I had read it before back at the start of 2007 before I went to BsAs for April, May & June. I returned to your site because I Googled Ricardo Vidort and found the new material. I am so pleased to have more video of him to watch and to learn more about him as a person. One day at Estilo milonga I saw a man dancing and loved his minimalist style. When I told him so, he said that his teacher was present. So I met Myriam Pincen and took group classes from her at Salon Canning. Through her I was introduced to the legacy of Maestro Vidort and then started watching the videos of him on YouTube. My tango has evolved in a whole new wonderful direction from there. I'm back in Port Townsend, USA, now and spreading the good word personally and through my blog at RealityPivots. (I also love your reference to Carlos Castaneda sitting in the bus station in Tucson. His books had a huge influence on me and it is great to see him mentioned.)

- David Miller (Port Townsend, WA)  January 6, 2008
I must say that I have developed a certain addiction to your site—finding a new or enhanced chapter makes my day. I was specially delighted to see the Vidort chapter. While I believe that everyone should develop his or her own style, the only one whose style I would adopt in a heart beat is Vidort. For me, this is not the Vidort style; it is the essence of Tango.  
- Hezy Yeshurun (Tel Aviv)  December 12, 2007

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.

- Ricardo Levy (Bat Yam, Israel)   December 9, 2007
This morning at breakfast I looked at the new pages on Ricardo Vidort. It is as if the pages keep growing and getting more beautiful all the time, even while I am reading the site seems to grow. And so romantic, your first get-together with Alejandra in a cellar in Suipacha.  Emocionante!  

- Roel de Vrijer (Amsterdam)  December 6, 2007




    Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to write. Alej and I really appreciate your comments!


        Rick McGarrey                              Alejandra Todaro
        Buenos Aires