VISITIING BUENOS AIRES
If you are making a trip to Buenos Aires and would like to enjoy some tango while youare
there, you may enjoy the following information as a starting point for your adventure.
~ There are a lot of central tango clubs to visit in Buenos Aires, however, the hotspots in the
tango scene change frequently, and each spot has a particular evening which is its most popular.
The following web site claims to provide up to date listings
I always recommend calling the contact numbers to check
if events or classes are still happening the day you plan to go. This prevents paying a cab ride
there, only to find a venue shift, a substitute teacher, or nothing going on at all.
~ At most tango shoe stores you will find a local tango guide, a booklet-form listing of teachers,
classes, practices and Milongas (tango socials).
~ For Ladies: a visit to the popular shoe store called Comme il Faut is a must. They've been
called the Manolo Blahniks of the tango world. Whether you buy shoes there or not, make a
visit just for the experience.
~ It's nice also to make the Saturday evening trek to see a traditional Milonga, in the neighbourhood
of Villa Urquiza (a suburb quite far). There is a popular Milonga there called "Sunderland".
Believe it or not it's held at a gymnasium, but this Milonga has existed for 90 years. People
who are into tango make the effort get there just to watch veteran tangueros do their thing.
Almost every Saturday I went, I saw stars from the tango world who go there to be amongst veteran tangueros.
~ Names of tango dance teachers you might wish to seek out: Sabrina y Ruben Veliz, Javier Rogriguez,
Demian Garcia, Virginia Pandolfi, Francisco Forquera, Julio Balmaceda, Aurora Lubiz, Noelia Hurtado &
Carlos Espinoza, Sebastián Achával & Roxana Suárez, Sebastián Jimenez & Maria Ines Bogado,
Sebastián Arce & Mariana Montes.
~ You might enjoy a visit to a made-for-tourists Tango Dinner Show . You will see a demonstration
of stage tango and the performers may even pull a couple of patrons up from their seats to dance with them.
They price ranges from $US40-100 depending on what sort of menu your package includes. Most tango-tourists
do it once, only once, on their first visit. Most cab drivers can tell you about one - they probably get a commission.
~ Try to see a live performance by the Orquesta del Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. They used
to perform weekly at a theatre on Corrientes Street. Try to see if they have a cheaper matinee
show as they did when I was there.
~ For Buenos Aires public tango festivals & performances see
City of Buenos Aires Government page>>
~ Everyone will tell you to spend some time at Recoleta, (a central cafe district) near La
Recoleta Cemetery where Evita Peron was buried. For some reason everyone always visits a
cemetery in Buenos Aires (they're impressively eery). Carlos Gardel's statue at his crypt
in L Chacarita Cemetery holds a real cigarette perpetually lit in his honour.
(But La Recoleta Cemetery is more centrally located.)
~ "La Boca" is an historic neighbourhood where tango is said to have been born. Amongst the
colourful run-down buildings, there are interesting artist studios your can browse, and
sometimes street tango performances on the pedestrian street, the Caminito, after which
the song Caminito was written which Carlos Gardel made famous.
~ Visit the antique market at Plaza Dorrego on a Sunday where they often have street tango
performances. In the many antique shops near the plaza I'm told there are a great many
finds if you re a connoisseur. Plaza Dorrego is in San Telmo, a neighbourhood that had
a history of tango and recently is experiencing a revival as young tango dancers set up
schools/studios there. The area is getting a facelift as a result but is not considered a
good neighbourhood . If there at night, do not walk from one place to the next.
Take one of the readily available cabs, if only for a few blocks.
~ The Café Tortoni is a coffeehouse located at 825 Avenida de Mayo - a must see. Sit with a
coffee and sweets and admire this historic locale (the waiters are a trip). The basement
works as stage for jazz and tango artists, and for the presentation of book and poetry
contests. Just up the street at 833 Avenida de Mayo is Academia Nacional del Tango
(the National Academy of tango) which has a small museum, offers drop in lessons and
sometimes performances at a fraction of the costs of more touristy attractions. See their
Google+ page >>
~ The Theatre Colon is a beautiful theatre to see any kind of show at.
~ As a day trip or weekend attraction, many visit a ranch at nearby Tigre where
you can be treated to a "gaucho" show and barbecue. Tigre is a town situated
28 km (17 mi) north of Buenos Aires city, easily reached by bus and train services.
The town sits on an island created by several small streams and rivers on the Paraná Delta.
~ One student I knew managed to go to a regional soccer game in one of the suburbs and said
it was quite fun, but that's a bit too adventurous for me.
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