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August 10, 1997

The greater community of greater Los Angeles received an invitation to a birthday party for Japanese dancer Shizue Endoh. Planet Tango organized the evening of tango at the Westmor Dance Studio. The main attraction of the evening was a performance by the stars of the Japanese show Tango Libertad Tahei Kobayasi and Yuko Eguchi. Shizue Endoh, is a student of Kobayashi and Eguchi.

Westmor’s owner John Morton, an internationally known ballroom dancer and instructor, was the Master of Ceremonies. A large number of ballroom dancers attended for the first time to an Argentine tango parry and show.

Invitations and announcements for the event began to be sent as early as last March in order to allow everybody’s schedule to be accommodated so the entire tango community, teachers, promoters and dancers alike could join in the celebration. The response was overwhelming as the ample ballroom, decorated especially for the evening, was graced by the presence of Award winning actr and tango enthusiast Robert Duval, his new girlfriend Luciana Pedraza, master Orlando Paiva and wife Susana, singer Martin de Leon, Yolanda Rossi, Michael Espinoza, Mark Celaya and Joan Yarfitz, Felix Chavez and Marilyn Hall, Zita Gonzalez and Marcos Cuestas, Raul Perotto and Johanna, Maurice Schwartz, Bill Forget, Allen and Holy Adel, owners of Pasion Supper Club, Norma Gil, owner of Empanada’s Place, Alicia and Luis Sanchez of Alicia’s Travel, and many more who on a weekly basis, constitute the core of a fun seeking, tango loving community.

The lively crowd enjoyed the excellent music of the Miami based Tango Trio led by bandoneonist Miguel Arrabal, Miguel Pineda on bass, and Frank Valente in piano. A succulent Argentine style buffet was catered by Mercado Buenos Aires, located in Van Ness. For many, it was the first time to taste the classic empanadas, the aromatic matambre, the delicious Russian salad and the variety of red and white meat plates and vegetables served with elegant decor on the ample buffet table.

The main feature of the night was a floor show that began with a birthday dance fort Shizue Endoh with Tahei Kobayashi. Next to dance were hosts and organizers Valorie Hart and Alberto Paz. They were followed by first time Argentine visitors Facundo and Kely Posadas. Finally Tahei Kobayashi and Yuko Eguchi from Tokyo, Japan, gave an impeccable sample of what people are expected to see next year when Tango Libertad premieres in Los Angeles.

The main feature of the evening

Long into into the night, the milonga continued with the live music of Miguel Arrabal and his trio and recorded sets from the Golden era.

Party time

1996 EVITA, THE MILONGA   Leave a comment

Let me entertain you, might be what Eva Peron might say were she still be alive to witness the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Evita recently released by Hollywood Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista.

It is a rock opera, it is Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It is Hollywood. It is Madonna, and yes, it is Evita. If you have any negative vibes against any of that, you will probably hated it. If you have an open mind and wish to be entertained, you will see an incredible amount of comic strip Argentine history packed into two hours. But hurry because first week hype in major cities this film will not have the legs of trashy fun like Travolta‘s Michael, or Tom Cruise’s Jerry Maguire.

Meanwhile, on December 28, the Southern California tango community was treated to the most authentic and traditional Argentine tango party ever. Over two hundred people attended Evita, the milonga, hosted by Alberto Paz and Valorie Hart at the Hollywood Dance Center. They came from as far as Tokyo, New York, Northern California, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, and San Diego. The exquisite taste and creative vision of Valorie, La mariposa, set the stage for a unique tango dancing experience.

A candlelit Evita shrine, complete with Santa Evita botanica candles, Casablanca lilies, an Argentine flag and a 3-foot high official portrait of Eva Peron, dominated the center of the lounge complemented with a guest bar and a large screen video display showing the best of Solo Tango, Tango bar and other tango videos.

On the main floor, a delicious buffet, a carefully mixed musical set, and the creme de la creme of Southern California tangueros traded floor skills with their counterparts from Northern California and San Diego. Pictures tell a thousand words, so have fun enjoying the images of a great time.

Part 1 – The dancing – People watching

Part 2 – The presentations and exhibitions