Amy and Jenkin Leong
Amy and Jenkin are the perfect combination of tango and life. They began dancing tango when Amy finished chemo treatments fifteen years ago.
Every year at Nora’s Tango Week they have taken classes all day, been one of the first couples on the floor in the evening and among the last to leave each night.
Each step they take includes eighty+ years of life’s journey, fifty+ years of devotion to each other, and the times of life, love and tender moments each of those years represents.
Amy and Jenkin are loved by all who meet them. Their kindness and generosity are extraordinary and widely known. For example, Amy has baked fresh bread and cookies for Nora’s teachers and staff each year, even though she wasn’t feeling well at the 2011 event.
For many years they have attended classes, milongas, tango concerts and stage performances in the Bay area, all major festivals from coast to coast, and have visited Buenos Aires six times! In the documentary, “El Ultimo Bandoneon” they are featured briefly in a major salon scene.
In May 2011, Hosts of La Gran Milonga de los Mendoza, Nancy and David Mendoza, presented Amy and Jenkin with a beautiful bouquet of flowers in honor of their long-standing and heartfelt support of the Argentine Tango community in and beyond the SF Bay Area. In her tribute to them, Nancy expressed the sentiments of everyone, saying she hoped we could all dance as long and with as much love for each other as Amy and Jenkin have.
One evening when they arrived at a Bay Area milonga and were getting out of the car, a police officer stopped by and asked where they were going at that late hour. They were parked in the handicapped zone, Amy was carrying her cane, and she replied cheerfully, “We’re going Argentine tango dancing!”
Their devotion to tango and zest for life have raised the meaning of “inspirational” to a whole new level. Amy and Jenkin’s gift to those who know and love them, and to the global community, is the beauty, depth and strength of their magical blending of life, love and tango.
From 2013 dedication of my book, Tango and Life.
Additional details provided by Nancy Mendoza