It was a splendid night at Paradiso. The pre-milonga class was packed with Toronto tango dancers eager to experience maestra Alicia Pons teaching for the first time in our city so the floor was busy from the first dance until well after 1 a.m.
It was also a splendid night for visitors to experience the vibrancy of our Toronto tango scene and there were a lot of them. I sat with a charming couple from Moscow – as I don’t speak Russian, Elena came over and acted as an interpreter for me because I needed to know where Gennadiy got his furry animal print shoes. Turns out they are a personal design of his Buenos Aires teacher El Pulpo. I was cabaceoed by two men who had arrived independently from a mining convention – Felipe from Chile and British Alistair (currently working in San Juan, Argentina) who is known to many followers from his previous visits. Also reconnecting with tango friends was Margaret Spore, doyenne of the Halifax tango scene, who is indulging in everything Alicia Pons has to offer.
Alicia chose Jason and di Sarli for her demo and then the crowd went wild until they agreed to dance a Canaro milonga which necessitated Jason removing his tie.