An Introduction Of Myself:
I was born in 1947 and disregarding my age I feel the responsability to carry on dancing in order to maintain our culture and
traditions by passing on to others this love for music and dance.
When I Started To Dance:
I started to dance when I was 14 years old in a small group in a school around the block where I used to live back in Uruguay.
Because in that group we could only perform at that school and we felt that we needed contact with other groups in order to
learn more about dancing ,we then moved to a private academy whose director allowed us to use the patio to rehearse and I
danced there for about 3 years , after I moved again to a bigger and a more professional group and I also performed there
for a couple of years travelling around the country and meeting alot of important people of the Folk Dance Circle . From
there one day I decided to quit for many personal reasons but again the same old friend that persuaded me into folk dancing
(Humberto Rojas) approached me again and convinced me to be part of his new group 'Los Tacuareños' and that proved to be right.
I performed with this group for another five years travelling around the country with the 'Cruzada Gaucha' and learning quite
a bit under the direction of Nelly Mateos de Mateos and her husband Arcimis Mateos.
My Opinion Of Dancing Is:
To describe my opinion about dancing is not a easy task . We are talking about feelings , we are talking about expression ,
we are talking about the smallest gesture of your hands or penetrative looks . Dancing is a combination of movements and
feelings following the rhythm of a music . There can be many different types of dancers in my opinion there are only too
good or bad ones, there are some with great flexibility and memory to follow the steps of a choreography but without feelings
and expression that's the bad one. The one that feels the music deeply in his heart and shows on his movements and the way
that he deeply looks at his partner, that dance is more than just memory for the steps and flexibility, but it is his soul
that comes out on the stage and nothing else exists but his partner. Only then the audience will be able to feel how he
feels and this is how a performer can communicate with his audience.