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Neil O
London, UK19 contributions
Café Concert Show at JovenTango
Jan 2020
On Sunday 26th January 2020, I went to JovenTango’s Sunday show, called “Café Concert”, in the Mercado del Inmigrante on the corner of San Jose (street) and Aquiles Lanza (street) in Montevideo.

JovenTango’s function room is just behind the overhead monitor screen in the food hall of the Mercado. I entered a little before the start time of 8.00 PM and paid 260 Uruguayan pesos (~5GBP, 6US$); this included entry to the milonga after the show. Two tiers of tables and chairs were arranged around the centre of the room with a line of chairs against the wall behind them. All the tables had reserved notices on them.

I ordered a beer from the bar. I had to pay cash as the bar/kitchen did not have a credit card machine. [If you pay for food and/or drink with a non-Uruguayan credit or debit card, you are not charged the 22% tax the Uruguayans pay.] There was no printed menu; the waitress told me what was available, but my Spanish was not up to making a considered choice.

Gradually the room filled up with upward of 60 mainly elderly locals, and the waitresses were busy taking orders and bringing food and drinks to their tables. The show lasted an hour and a half. Two singers sang and told jokes in Spanish, and, two or three times, the same pair of dancers demonstrated tango dances. It was not possible to see the feet of the dancers when standing against the wall; the view was blocked by the tables in front.

After the show, most of the spectators left and the tables were removed from the room. [I went to eat in the food hall where all the food and drink counters took credit cards for even small transactions.]

When I returned to the room, the milonga had begun and the room was comfortably full of younger people. The DJ played traditional music, and the tune currently being played was shown on a large monitor screen, together with the names of the other tunes in the current tanda. In the intervals between tandas, the screen showed whether the next tanda would be tango, vals or milonga. It also showed the names of all the tunes in that tanda.

There are two supporting pillars to navigate around on the Kupay wood floor. The floor-craft was good, the music was good, and the ladies I danced with were excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the milonga that lasted until 1.00 AM. I shall go again the next time I am in Montevideo.
Written May 7, 2020
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Ian M
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Friendly and fun
Dec 2018
I didn`t attend a dance class, but i went to one of the milongas.
If you are looking for a spectacular show performed by unbelievably beautiful dancers while you enjoy a three course meal, go to one of the tourist spots in Buenos Aires. Here you can have a coffee and a sandwich while you watch the friendliest people I have ever met having fun and keeping tango alive. i loved it.
Written November 22, 2019
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ArizonaCharliek
Gilbert, AZ14 contributions
Must visit!
Aug 2019
My wife and I had been looking forward to trying out the classes in Joventango as part of our trip to Montevideo. When we arrived there on a Friday, it appeared that the entire Mercado de la Abundancia was being torn apart for renovations. There were even construction workers at the door who told us that there would be no tango (or anything else for that matter) happening for months. There was no mention of this on their website. It was only four days later that we were informed by another tango teacher that Joventango was still open during the renovations, and we should have stepped inside and gone up to the second floor. We returned on a Tuesday and were able to take a couple of classes with Pepe and Monica. The beginner's class was pretty advanced, but the teacher's were excellent and gave us a lot of attention and made us feel welcome (we are intermediate level dancers). There was a very good milonga after the classes.

There may be construction and revovation in the mercado for some time, but don't let that stop you.
Written September 24, 2019
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kimafadel
Atlanta, GA25 contributions
Sad Truth
Aug 2018
After reading the reviews we had much higher expectations. We had scheduled our trip to be here that Sunday night. Maybe it was just a bad Sunday night, the advertised main weekly event, or something else. No orchestra, but the sound system was ok. We had heard and read that tango was declining or almost dead in Montevideo. Dunno if that was true, but it surely was the Sunday night we went. It appeared as a tired, worn out venue of past ages with few attendees. Although the staff were friendly and helpful, we were in disbelief. This may not be fair and sounds unkind, which I do not want it to be, but most of the attendees were very, very, very senior (although many if not most of the aged leaders did have much younger followers, and I will let you figure that out). We are middle aged and felt out of place simply put. Our visual looks nothing like the picture. Truly hope I am wrong with this review. Good luck Joventango, as my heart is with you.
Written September 4, 2018
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dansk248
Quebec City, Canada2 contributions
Experiencing tango where I could have been born...
Feb 2018 • Solo
Montevideo is the second city of which tango is part of popular culture, and according to some scholars may be the place where tango was born before expanding and developing in Buenos Aires. Joventango is an opportunity to experience the passion for tango in this city, in a typical place surrounded by grills where you can taste a good piece of roast and a good Tannat wine (characteristic of the country).
Written August 27, 2018
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RichmondFro
London13 contributions
Excellent (and patient too!)
Nov 2017 • Couples
Don't let the unassuming building put you off. These guys were very patient and even though our Spanish was poor, the two instructors (and Luis in particular) took time out from instructing the rest of the class to teach us the basics and had us tango'ing round the room like professionals in no time. If you're planning to head to a millonga while you're in Montevideo, make sure to go to this place for a class beforehand, you won't regret it! No need to book, just pay at the kiosk on your way in.
Written November 29, 2017
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bfk nyc
New York City, NY393 contributions
'The' Tango Spot in Montevideo
Apr 2017 • Solo
La Cumparsita was born in this city, and Montevideo and Buenos Aires continue to contend for the memory of Carlos Gardel.

When in Montevideo, be sure to go to Joventango—probably the center of the tango community here. They have classes, performances, and milongas practically every night. Don’t miss this one!
Written May 2, 2017
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Erica1943
Berlin, Germany8 contributions
You want to learn tango do it here!
Jun 2016
During five weeks we attended several tango classes, each with a different couple of teachers, each with a different to program. It's not easy, but we made some progress! In any case, there's no other place as goodness so this.
Written July 3, 2016
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