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This year's Milongueando in Buenos Aires in August is the 9th. An encuentro (meeting) rather than a Festival in the sense of great maestros and exotic performances. The organisers Susanna Miller and Maria Plazaola state on their website that "Everyone can dance milonguero-style tango. ...we teach students to enjoy the natural movement of the body and the dialogue that takes place in harmony with one's partner".
One of the teachers at this year's festival is Horacio Julian Prestamo. For those who love the milonguero-style of tango here is a fascinating interview - and a dance performance.
'Our Last Tango' is about to be released nationally, but Sydneysiders can get in early at the Casula Powerhouse Film Festival. On Friday March 4 they will show the documentary about two tango dancers who have had a huge impact on the dance and it's international standing.
The film's promotion reads: "María Nieves Rego (80) and Juan Carlos Copes (83) met as teenagers, and danced together for nearly fifty years. Now, Juan and María are willing to open up about their love, their hatred, and their passion.
Our Last Tango bridges the gap between generations, as Juan and Maria tell their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, who transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of Juan and Maria’s lives into incredible tango-choreographies."
Find out about the screening at the Casula Powerhouse here
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A homage to Carlos Gavito will be the focus of the Encuentro Milonguero, Milongueando in Buenos Aires in 2016. Gavito was born in 1942 and by the time of his death in 2005 had become a tango legend. He worked with Juan Carlos Copes, but it was his role in the travelling show 'Forever Tango' that brought him to the world's attention. In this video he dances with Maria Plazaola who is one of the organisers and teachers at Milongueando.