Argentine Tango is known to be a dance of passion and connection. A highly individualistic and improvisational dance, with endless possibilities in its intricately woven steps, this dance provides freedom for musical expression via movement through time.
A true social dance, based on the art of leading and following, Tango allows the opportunity for layers of connection, creating a lovely present moment Zen between dancers. Some say that Tango should have a warning label for how highly addictive it is.
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History of Tango
Argentine tango dancing consists of a variety of styles and music, that developed in different regions and eras, and in response to the crowding of the venue and even the fashions in clothing.
Even though the present forms developed in Argentina and Uruguay, they were also exposed to influences re-imported from Europe and North America. There are records of 18th and early 19th century tango styles in Cuba and Spain, while there is a flamenco tangos dance that may share a common ancestor in a minuet-style European dance.
Consequently there is a good deal of confusion and overlap between the styles as they are now danced – and fusions continue to evolve. Argentine tango is danced in an embrace that can vary from very open, in which leader and follower connect at arms length, to very closed, in which the connection is chest-to-chest, or anywhere in between.
Tango dance is in its simplest essence, to people hugging and walking as one together, connected to each other and to the shared music. Dancers strive to transmit emotion and feeling from the music to their partner, leading/ following as a win-win team throughout the dance. Argentine tango dancing is an art of improvisation; although certain patterns of movement have been codified by different instructors over the years as a device to instruct dancers, there is no “basic step.” A Milonguero(a) (person who dances tango) can dance the same song for 50 years and never repeat their pattern movements in the same way! An exciting and present moment dance full of passion, discovery and joy! <3