I've not been to Gricel before. Everyone looks assured and enthusiastic and well practiced: it's how people dance when they dance a lot. Good ordinary salon, ordinary people, not necessarily expert dancers, enjoying themselves, and very refreshing to watch. The music in general has that strong feel of Buenos Aires tango, two tandas of Tanturi with those wild violins within an hour or so, that kind of sound. & the place, a bit run down, functional but not in the least pretty. A good floor, pine apparently, with pronounced grain but very smooth and well-polished, which looks kind of a homely. Not too crowded, comfortable dancing. Very much a feeling of community.
& on to Salon Canning, late, to meet Silvia. Great music in the cab, clearly tango but recent and a live concert; the tradition renews itself. 'Great music', I say to the driver. 'Si! La dos por quatro! Tango!', he says; the great BsAs tango station. As I get out a news break comes up and I hear a list of English place names: Tottenham, Peckham, Camden, Manchester. An update on the riots in England.
I'd not met Silvia since Tete died; glad to find her as warm and lively as ever. We dance a tanda. I've only danced socially with her once, in Paris, and it's impossible here to forget Tete. Monday is her DJ night, and I'm amazed as ever at her range of music, both in tango and in the cortinas, which are often unexpected and unusual and yet fit effortlessly, creating an excellent 'aural space' between tandas.