At the Seattle Tango Boot camp in 2018, I remember meeting Eduardo Saucedo for the first time. He is a handsome, well-built man. (He moves as a dancer, always forward and usually walking tall.)
At first, I was a bit intimidated by him, but he has this wonderful ability to make people comfortable with him. He’s charming and a gentleman.
And as a tango maestro, he is awesome.
After attending numerous group classes with him, I booked a private class with him. At first, I was intimidated to dance with him, as I was still a novice tango dancer but soon I learned to relax and did dance with him. He was an incredible lead with a delicious embrace.
That embrace was a long time ago, but one of the first steps in my understanding of the embrace and the ❤️ connection in Tango.
Today, he’s not my tango maestro, instead, he has become a very dear friend for me.
How did this happen you might ask?
When we discovered we were both living in Buenos Aires at the same time, we started going on these long walks. To sit in the park and talk. To get a coffee, then later on when it was finally possible, we added either lunch or diner.
To this day, this is a tradition we both enjoy when we both are in Buenos Aires
We just finished up a late lunch at Milion Restaurante on Parana near Sante Fe.
We talked for many hours, about the paths our lives are progressing down and future travel plans.
Eduardo is a wonderful story teller in 2 languages, but one of my favorite stories is as follows.
Young Eduardo had just started dancing tango 28 years ago. He was new to the city as having lived most of his life in Provincia de Sante Fe. Eduardo was 18 years old. He went for the first time to Salon Canning.
Imagine 28 years ago the tango scene in BsAs. When the milongeros ruled the city dance clubs. Men spent most of the day preparing for the night. They polished their shoes, wore their clean shirts with their suits, and perfumed themselves profusely.
Women totally dressed up, in tango outfits and their heels. In those days, you entered the salon wearing your heels. As it was not an acceptable practice to put your shoes on in the Milonga.
There was a young Eduardo, overwhelmed by the occasion. All the beautifully dressed men and women walking into the salon. I think he just stared in admiration and stayed in a corner, watching. Looking and watching.
Until an older woman, she walked over to Eduardo and invited him to her table. There were many older milongeros at this table. They adopted him. For nearly 4 years every Saturday, he went to Salon Canning and danced with all the milongeras.
Learning about tango in this manner, he learned about tango from the corazon. He learned the codicos of tango from these folks, especially the woman, Maria who became his Tango mom.
He did not learn his tango at the academy of Tango in Argentina. He learned from the old milongeras y milongeros that he met at Salón Canning all those years ago.
Tango from the Corazon. Tango is not about steps, it is about emotions and tango – el abrazo de tango.
This is what makes Eduardo such a wonderful maestro as he tries to teach this lesson to his students. The tango of the heart.
I truly think if you have never attended a workshop or camp of doing, your tango is missing something. The essence of tango
And all these years later, he continues to travel mostly to the US to teach workshops in Tango. He is well respected in the tango community and has officiated in many competitions as a judge.
Facebook.com/EduardosaucedoTango link below
Instagram.com/Eduardo Saucedotango link below
As to me, we will be leaving Buenos Aires shortly, traveling again first to Spain…until them. Abrazo y Besitos 😘 💕 🤗