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Legends of Tango

El Cachafaz

El Cachafa

From the Outhouse

It is generally believed that El Cachafaz, whose real name was Ovidio José Bianquet, is the best tango dancer of all times. He first entered the dance floor as a young boy in the late 1800s, eager to prove his worth. Ovidio was dancing at a contest of tango orillero (dancers from outskirts) and tango de salón (for dancing salons that welcomed an exclusively male public).

The nickname was given to him by his mother who was really irritated by and tired of his escapes and his street adventures.

Ovidio started as a dancer from outskirts and usually performed for the customers of the houses that had bad reputation. As his success grew, he changed the decorations of big yards to places that were more elegant.

Bianquet kept polishing his style of dancing, removing roughness and coarseness in step movement, showing an admirable choreographic abilities. Soon he was teaching the aristocratic women to dance tango at a downtown theater.

World Recognition

In 1920, Bianquet arrived in Paris, which was by that time swept away with the magic of tango, and became quickly known as a true master of tango. His elegance, his posture, and his got him invited to every Parisian salon.

His talent made Bianquet very rich. However, in spite of the salons and the reputed name, Ovidio remained the same rascal “El Cachafaz” who made his mother angry when a teenager, so he kept behaving carelessly and soon lost all the money he had made.

Bianquet had to keep working as a dancer and took any job offered to him. One day he could be seen dancing at a theater stage and another day he performed in a low class cabaret.

Anyway, till the end of his life, El Cachafaz remained faithful to his passion and was always ready to shine as at his best times. They’re always trying to keep safe their families with child monitoring software download. He died as he lived, dancing in a boîte for a small group of his friends. When he died, his friends had to gather eight hundred pesos to pay the funeral for Bianquet had not a dime.