Birthday surprises in “El Maipu”!

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cumple  2015Recently I was incredibly surprised to see my image on the newsfeed in facebook with my picture advertising that there would be a birthday celebration for me at the beloved “el maipu” milonga (tango social dance) here in Buenos Aires.

What a fantastic idea!

Having invited a few friends, enjoying some local champagne and laughing a lot….the organizer Dany whispered something in my ear like…so we will have a birthday vals for you.


I had actually never seen a Birthday vals done in this milonga before so didn’t take it very seriously. Once the announcements were done and my Birthday mentioned, Dany suggested that since I had blown out the candle on the Birthday cake too early (or late)(who can remember with all the champagne) I would have to dance a Birthday vals in front of everybody.


Once having stood up a friend of mine danced a little spiral of the vals with me and very quickly someone else cut in and danced a little phrase etc…. etc…it was a lot of unexpected fun and really felt great to have the organizers invite me to do this with all the regulars. This milonga has been a regular place for me for over six years.

Thank you to all the regular dancers.

A special thanks to Lucy and Dany of “El Maipu” that run a truly generous, friendly milonga (dance) that makes everyone feel ‘at home’.

7 thoughts on “Birthday surprises in “El Maipu”!

    Carl Bogenholm said:
    October 27, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    ***It is delightful for me to read about your wonderful birthday celebration.

    Now, I must know the exact date for your birthday. Is it Oct 26?

    Albuquerque Tango Festival is actually stating tomorrow night. You are greatly missed!

    Hugs, hugs, hugs!!! -Carl


      Practica El Beso responded:
      October 27, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Great to hear from you Carl! Things here (Buenos Aires) often get a little delayed…the celebrations were in August. Thank you for “missing” me, hope to see you sometime very soon!

    joanfrankham said:
    March 8, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    That was a lovely way to spend your birthday. Belated greetings.

    Practica El Beso responded:
    March 9, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Thanks for the belated birthday greetings. Fabulous to be immersed with friends, music and dance.

    jacquelineobyikocha said:
    February 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    They are obviously having fun 🙂

      Practica El Beso responded:
      February 23, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      It really was a great time thanks. Wonderful to have you visit the blog!

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