Migdalia Romero is a New York born Puerto Rican, who grew up with the strains of tango from both her father’s guitar and from his tango record collection. His love of tango moved her as a child and his knowledge of tango informed her and planted the seed for what was to become her passion as a woman – after his death. That is when she discovered the social dance of tango. All other forms of dancing ceased for her, as she pursued her passion for both the dance and the music of tango. The more tango she heard, the more she understood her father and the closer she felt to him. It was, in part, what inspired her as a woman to write this book.
Migdalia's love affair with the dance began in the ‘90’s. It brought her to Buenos Aires many times and over many years. Her first trips were hectic and exhausting. More recent trips were longer and enabled her to see and do more with less effort. The author’s experiences in BsAs and the insights she gained from the people she met and the places she visited are at the heart of this book. Her recommendations are intended to provide the reader with a practical guide that will maximize their time dancing and minimize their time floundering.
Most recently, the author lived in Buenos Aires for the better part of a year, while on leave from her college. While in BsAs, she lived the life that her father only dreamed about. She went to clubs and bars, off the beaten path. She listened to music played by and for Porteños. She ate at restaurants where tango served as a backdrop. This extended stay also allowed her to immerse herself in the culture of tango and the variety of Spanish spoken there. In effect she lived the life of a milonguera. She also interviewed and videotaped milongueros to find out secrets of the dance and the traditions that shaped their attitude toward the dance. She explored every venue for tango that the city had to offer – dance halls, classes, clubs, theaters, restaurants, museums, cultural centers, shops, and street fairs/vendors, and so much more.
The author's love of both tango and Buenos Aires led her to the writing of this book. Currently, the author lives in New York City, and spends two to three months of each year in Buenos Aires. When she is in New York, she dedicates her time to staying abreast of the tango scene in Bs As through her Argentine friends, the tango radio station in BsAs (La 2x4), the BA newspapers, as well as websites on the internet. She is also writing short stories based on her travels for tango magazines. The most recent one was published in The Tango Times #68, Winter 2010/2011, Pp 10-11, published by Danel and Maria Bastone, currently living in Arizona.
In many ways Tango Lover's Guide is a testimony to the legacy that the author’s father left her. In reality however, it is her way of keeping her father alive and present in her life, even though he died years before she started dancing.