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September 02, 2008

Miguel & Nelly Balmaceda

In early July we heard the sad news that Nelly Balmaceda had died. Julia Balmaceda, Nelly's son, and his partner Corina were scheduled to teach in Chicago on the July 4th weekend but had to cancel.

This video shows Nelly and her husband Miguel Balmaceda performing to "Gallo Ciego" (Pugliese version) at Salon Canning. I believe the video was filmed by Daniel Trenner in the early 1990s. Please correct me if you have better info on this.

Miguel and Nelly ran one of the most important practicas in Buenos Aires during the 1980s and 1990s, until Miguel's death. Many of today's teachers started there. Susana Miller, for example, started learning tango there. The story is always told that Miguel would not allow dancers to do figures. He wanted them to train only in walking for the first two years.

In this video you see a lot of figures.

Posted by joegrohens at September 2, 2008 09:48 AM

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