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Sydney to lose its most popular milonguero

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I don't think Nelson and his partner will beat Dame Nellie Melba for the number of farewell milongas held in their honour - after all the 19th century opera diva spent nearly 8 years saying goodbye to her Australian audiences and this popular couple have only spent the last couple of months! And to be fair they are not holding the farewells. It is the many milonga organisers in Sydney who want to say farewell to this couple who have been regulars at most of the milongas around town. Particularly Nelson who is seen every night of the week at a milonga, dancing his milonguero style and the occasional canyengue. They will both be sorely missed.
I first met both of them at Wednesday night classes in the Rocks run by a young Colombian, who at the time was Sydney's outstanding male tango dancer.We were beginners in every way and had much to learn (and still do) about the dance, music and culture of tango. Nelson, whose home country is Uruguay, has a wonderful collection of tango mus…