Dance Tango

Tango has a mixed origin, but is thought to have originated in South America, from a mix of Spanish Flamenco and African influences.

Our modern ballroom Tango is most likely to have originated from The Tangano, an African dance imported into South America with the negro slaves.  Over the years the Flamenco and Tangano  merged with other dances in the New World, particularly in Argentina in the late 19th Century, where the influence of the Habanera folk dance from Cuba resulted in the Milonga.  (See Tango Argentino.)

Ballroom Tango came to England via France, where the music hall star Mistinguett gave the first ever demonstration in Paris in 1910. Interest in the dance rapidly exploded, initially through Paris then London and New York, with Rudolph Valentino popularising the Tango further.

The character of Tango Argentino is of a very soft private dance, with visual emphasis on the leg movements.  This character was changed dramatically in Paris in the 1930's, where the dance was combined with the proud torso of the other ballroom dances, and given a staccato action.  This moved the visual emphasis to the torso and head, a characteristic which remains to this day.
Music: 2/4    Tempo: 33-34bpm
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