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.