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Osvaldo 'Honey Feet' Cartery & Luisa Inés 'Coca'

Osvaldo y CocaOsvaldo and Coca, last year's world chamions in tango de salon, have left Argentina only once in their lives: for the 1st Tango Festival of Ljubljana. In 2006 they are coming back to us. Do not miss Osvaldo in Coca in Europe.

Osvaldo and Coca are 67 years old. In 2004 they took part in the great tango competition in Buenos Aires together with 665 other couples. They went on to win the World Tango Championship.

Osvaldo was a brilliant dancer as a young man already.  In his time, the tango was practised strictly among men themselves, and the beginners were allowed merely to watch and learn. After a while, they were allowed to dance the female steps, so that the experienced dancers could practise theirs. After a couple of years they were able to dance with younger beginners, and only when they were truely confident about their dancing skills did they dare to set their foot on the dance floor.

After marrying Coca, Osvaldo did not dance for three decades. Six years ago, however, they returned to the dance floor and became legends.

Osvaldo is proud of his nickname Honey Feet. He is happy to explain that his way of dancing is so soft out of respect for the female dancer. He adds mischieviously, »When I set foot on the dance floor, I close my eyes. When I open them again, the dance floor is completely red, filled with fragile red hearts. I walk softly in order not to break them.«

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