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Tango as a beautiful dance

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This wonderful compilation of clips from 1920s and 30s movies illustrates the simplicity, romanticism and sensuality of the Tango that time. They are dancing to 'Nuits Du Bresil' - I found it on Itunes played by The Tango Orchestra.  
This compilation includes clips from "Die Büchse der Pandora", "Her Majesty, Love", "Abwege" and "Prix de Beauté". You will notice the beautiful Louise Brooks dancing in a bridal veil from the film 'Pandora's Box' - and she is dancing with a woman, this was one of the first films to openly show lesbian attraction! 
Notice there is no bumping into other dancers, pushing in, high kicking, stepping backwards into line of dance or stopping - admittedly these are movie clips, but they have a naturalness about them that seems to indicate they were not choreographed to within an inch of their lives.

Alberto Podestà 1924-2015

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Alberto Podestà was born Alejandro Washington Ale in Buenos Aires in September 1924 - he died on December 24, 2015 leaving behind a legacy of tango songs that will not be forgotten. He sang at venues around Buenos Aires right into his last decade  -with his death goes one of the last connections with  greatest tango orchestras from the Golden Age.  This interview was recorded with  Podestà at the Chicago Tango Festival in 2009.



Podestà began his career as a tango singer as a very young man, with Miguel Calò and recorded his first tracks under the name of Juan Carlos Morel because there were other singers with the same surname and Calo did not want confusion!
One night when he was singing at the Singapur cabaret, Podestà was approached one night by Di Sarli's agent - he was not yet 18!  It was Di Sarli who decided that he would be called Alberto Podestà - according to one account.
You can read  a tribute to Podestà on Keith Elshaw's website Tango Restorations.
http://www.totan…