How and why MPTango arises?

I started with the Tango as a tribute to my father, who died when he was very young. He was a Tango dancer, but I didn't have the opportunity to see him dance. I wanted to know about his passion; I thought Tango might be something special between him and me. Since I started, 16 years ago, I always wanted to know about Tango in the past; in the days when my father was young.

Surely trying to reconstruct the story...

I had very interesting conversations about tango in another era with Elvira Santamaria, the companion of "Virulazo". On one occasion, while in "Leonese Region", Carlos Gavito was sitting near me; He turned his head towards the direction I was and moved his head towards me. I looked to my right and my left to make sure that the invitation was for me and not for another woman that was close to me. Gavito confirmed he was looking at me and smiled. I will never forget that day. I remember very well situations with him on the dance floor; I can’t say what I most enjoyed, whether dancing or talks I shared with him. The same happened with other milongueros who were not famous. Those who are known and respected in Buenos Aires; but not around the world because they have never travelled and even many not teach; those who started to dance as children or adolescents. They met in person the great conductors of orchestras. These milongueros grew up in a different Buenos Aires; a Buenos Aires, where tango was in the air; they breathed tango in the city in those days. They even dance tango after being 50, 60 or being even older. They keep the pure essence of tango. They have silently introduced to tango and are dying in the same way. These people have always danced tango and will continue doing it for the rest of their lives because the tango is part of them selves. If one day the tango ceases to be interesting for the rest of humanity, they would continue dancing. I know that I am very lucky to have the opportunity to go to traditional milongas where I can meet, listen and dance with these old milongueros. But on the other hand, I feel really sad when I go to their chairs and I realize they are gone, or when I hear a tango that reminds me of the ones who are no longer here. Since some years ago, I think about the meaning of not having them among us anymore. For this reason I decided to transfer as much as possible of their knowledge and tradition of the tango that they have taken care to preserve the essence. This is why I started PractiMilonguero on June 2012.

In the month of June of this year, MPTango opened, where PractiMilonguero operates and where with the help of  old milongueros, we provide genuine information about the social tango, teaching classes, giving lectures, conducting practices, etc..
I have a deep commitment to the tango and its values. MPTango is the culmination of a process that has traveled a path guided by the heart. It's something I feel necessary. It is my humble tribute to my roots where my father is the inspiration, my husband, who accompanies me and the milongueros who confirm that the chosen path is not wrong. My infinite gratitude to them all.

Mónica Paz