Music and Style, by Hector Chidichimo

Lately I watched a documentary about the milongas in Buenos Aires, in which there’s an interview of the founder of Club Gricel Mr. Hector Chidichimo. He talked about tango music and style. I found it interesting so I post it (the English subtitle part) here.

“There are three or four styles of ‘tango’. You have to dance Osvaldo Pugliese’ s music in its distinctive way. D’Arienzo’ s music has another style of dancing. Miguel Calo’ s music has its own style as well. Canaro’ s music is (a little bit) ‘canyengue’, for example. With his music, you can also dance a ‘tango punteado’ or ‘note by note’. The same thing happens with D’Arienzo and De Angelis. Their music is a bit more fast-paced, so you can dance to the beat of the music. That’s very nice too. Pugliese’ s music, on the other hand, involves more feelings. It’s slow-paced music.

‘Waltz’ is completely different. It’s all about spinning around. Its rhythm is similar to the ‘Strauss waltzes’. We used to dance it spinning around 60 years ago. That was not very common by those times. Then the ‘Cross-step waltz’ appeared. Its ‘tango steps’ are faster.

The ‘milonga’ is a different thing too. It’s more lively than ‘tango’ and ‘waltz’. You can play while dancing a ‘milonga’. It’s very nice. Speaking in general terms, ‘tango steps’ are not used in a ‘milonga’. To dance a ‘milonga’ you must use the ‘milonga steps’. I’m talking about dance steps created 20 years ago. For instance, when I made the ‘Traspié’ or ‘stumble’, people looked at me strange. But that was part of the dance. I took the ‘traspié’ from jazz music. The ‘milonga’ shares many similarities with ‘jazz’.

All types of dances need practice. You can’t just dance without knowing what to do. You have to practice the steps according to the music and its rhythm. That’s how you end up respecting a style of music.”

By Hector Chidichimo, the founder of Club Gricel

One Response to “Music and Style, by Hector Chidichimo”

  1. Belinda Tang Says:

    I come across some info on Héctor Chidíchimo while surfing on the Tangodata website. In castellano. (

    Héctor Chidíchimo es bailarín y profesor de tango y de milonga con traspié, siendo considerado uno de los mayores exponentes de esta última especialidad por sus creaciones y estilo personal. Realizó numerosas exhibiciones en las milongas porteñas más importantes y en el exterior, en países como Holanda, Alemania, China y Chile. Ha enseñado tango a grandes bailarines profesionales en todo el mundo. En 1995 fundó el Club Gricel con el objetivo de crear un espacio dedicado al tango. En él se han realizado importantes eventos, como exhibiciones de las compañías Forever Tango y Tango x 2, y han pasado las figuras más destacadas del tango, siendo visitado por estrellas internacionales, entre las que se encuentran Lalo Schifrin, Carlos Saura y Robert Duvall. En esta milonga también se dictan clases de tango. Su éxito lo ha llevado a inaugurar otro local similar: Gricel Norte.

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