Antonio Todaro: The Legendary Tango Dancer

Most tango clubs are covered with famous tango dancers from all over the world. However, in the eyes, of Celia Blanco, a world famous tango choreographer, Antonio Todaro is second to none in tango dance. Petroleo’s dance style consisted of more complex steps with the woman being the silent follower for the leading man. He more or less offered more freedom to move. However, the woman was expected to hang on and match Petroleo’s steps. Antonio Todero changed this whole scenario by offering creativity to both the partners, making tango even more mesmerizing to watch.
Antonio Todaro’s tango consisted of several complicated twists and turns, requiring plenty of space to be executed perfectly. This is why it is not often seen in the truest form in the clubs these days. However, some true tango devotionals do still include elements of Antonio’s tango moves into their dance for that sense of awe. Antonio’s protégé, Miguel Zotto moved onto become a great performer of the tango routine. He managed to gain plenty more followers by performing at a wide variety of stages all over the word. Antonio’s tango consisted of both the partners remaining separate and execute energetic and athletic steps s they make use of the entire ballroom space. These steps need to be practiced several times before hand in order to be executed perfectly.
Todaro’s steps are still looked upon with awe by many tango experts to this day. Any sloppy movement on the part of the dancers will lead to a complete disarray of the entire routine and cause plenty of embarrassment. If you have been practicing tango steps for a while and are now looking to move on to the next level, experts would recommend practicing Antonio’s routines. However, you need to ensure that there is plenty of space to execute each move to perfection.

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Tango Legend: Ovidio Jose Banquet

Ovidio Jose Banquet was born in Barracas al Sur, although he grew up in Buenos Aires. He was often regarded as a naughty child by the people in his town and even his father. There have been several stories of people going up to his father with complaints about Ovidio Jose Banquet, but interestingly, his father turned them all back saying that he already knew that his son was a naughty rascal.
Ovidio Jose Banquet was introduced to the world of dance at a young age. He practiced on the pavements of his neighborhood and went on to win a very important contest at the age of 19. This was a huge turning point in Ovidio Jose Banquet’s life as he started considering dance as a more permanent part of his life. The prominent Baron de Marchis played a critical role in introducing Ovidio to high society ladies, who would pay outrageous sums of money for private dance lessons. By the year 1919, he managed to scrape together enough money to compete in Paris in the famous Club Garron. However, his deep attachment to Buenos Aires made him quite unhappy during his days in Paris.
Ovidio managed to garner plenty of attention in Paris while he performed at Club Garron. This enabled him to make a lot of contacts in the dance and music industry which ultimately led him to get a chance to dance with the legendary Sofia Bonzan in 1940 in Carnavales De Antano. He was also the inspiration behind Bailarin Compadrito written in 1929 by Miguel Bucino. Ovidio managed to climb from the small neighborhood in Buenos Aires to major popularity in Paris based on his sheer talent. The world of tango has not seen anyway else who can match this talented artist till date. Many tango clubs pay tribute to this great dancer with life size wall posters all over the world.

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