Culture Magazine

Tango Gods Part 2

By Tangocherie
Tango Gods Part 2
I too had my idol growing up as a tango dancer during the last 15 years. Living in L.A. and traveling a lot in those days in order to dance, I took classes with many of the "greats" in Los Angeles and at festivals around the world. I even hosted an "idol" in my home for 4 days before I had to ask him to leave because of his behavior -- no respect for me, the tango, or his students.
The only one I really learned from, the one I respected the most, was Carlos Gavito. He danced the way I felt about the music (like Ruben does.) For me, as a dancer he was without equal. Completely dedicated to the tango, he was a marvelous stage performer as well as social dancer. But he didn't put on airs; what you saw was what you got.
Everyone knew that he had a woman, or two, in every city Forever Tango played. He was open about that as well. He used to say he was married to the tango, which is a cliché perhaps, but so true for so many people.
Whenever he was in Los Angeles, I took his group classes and privates. After a point, he told me that I didn't need any more lessons, nor should I bother with attending local milongas; I should just save my money and go as often as possible to Buenos Aires. I really appreciated his honesty, and respected him not only as an elegant dancer, but as a person. He didn't act superior or all-knowing, as well he could have, and his conversation (always in French with me, for some reason) was sophisticated, funny, and interesting.
Even when he was sick near the end of his life, he still went to the milongas although he didn't dance much socially any more. But it was obvious that the milonga was where he felt at home. I saw him in Gricel, El Beso, La Catédral, La Viruta, Nino Bien--always friendly, warm, respectful, nice, a real caballero. I can't imagine him doing any of the gross, stupid things that I've seen other "famosos" do in public.
To me, Carlos Gavito was a "tango god," who I will always respect in my memory as someone who loved the tango above all else (including money), and who taught me and shared that love of tango with me and all the world.
I didn't know him that well, and I'm sure there are all kinds of tales about him. But compared to the "idols" I wrote about in my last post, those famous dancers who have let fame and fortune go to their heads and are not humble in the presence of the tango or the students who pay them, Gavito was The Man, and always will be for me.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries

    White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries

    Hooray for British Strawberry Season which is just beginning! I try hard not to eat strawberries at any other time of the year. They are always hugely... Read more

    17 hours, 33 minutes ago by   Mariealicerayner
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • How Far Can Too Fargo?

    Fargo?

    For such a tiny place, a lot of big things seem to happen in the town of Fargo.After the successful Cohen Brothers movie, audiences could be forgiven for... Read more

    18 hours, 46 minutes ago by   Thedook71
    CULTURE, SELF EXPRESSION
  • In The Bag?

    Bag?

    Manchester Monday night - what a frightful blight on young lives; a city rocked in the wrong way. The response has been resilience, a positive bonding of many... Read more

    20 hours, 26 minutes ago by   Ashleylister
    BOOKS, CREATIVITY, CULTURE, SELF EXPRESSION
  • All I Have To Do Is Stay Black And Die (or…The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good...

    Have Stay Black (or…The Road Hell Paved With Good Intent)

    So...over the Facebook wires yesterday came this..... The UU Congregation of Atlanta is moving. And in their information gathering, a survey was created. This... Read more

    The 27 May 2017 by   Eastofmidnight
    POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • Grand Union Canal Race 2017 – Updates

    Grand Union Canal Race 2017 Updates

    The 25th edition of the revered Grand Union Canal Race 2017 kicked off this morning at 6:00 am with a 107 starters.This 145 mile non-stop race from Gas Street... Read more

    The 27 May 2017 by   Abichal
    OTHER SPORTS, OUTDOORS
  • On Monasteries, Children, and Loving Our Enemies

    Monasteries, Children, Loving Enemies

    Gunmen Kill at Least 28 Coptic Christians in Egypt The headline spares nothing, except that there were children. I numbly read the article describing the... Read more

    The 27 May 2017 by   Marilyngardner5
    RELIGION, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Pouzza Fest 7 Brings Punk Rockers Together in Montreal

    Pouzza Fest Brings Punk Rockers Together Montreal

    Montreal’s 7th annual city punk festival Pouzza Fest took place last weekend in downtown Montreal including five indoor venues and  an outdoor The post Pouzza... Read more

    The 27 May 2017 by   Hendrik Pape
    ENTERTAINMENT, MEDIA, MUSIC