Dance Tango Argentino

During the latter part of the 1800s, a massive wave of immigrants hit the ports near Buenos Aires.  The mix of African, Spanish, Italian, British, Polish, Russian and native born Argentines resulted in a melting pot of cultures.  Most immigrants were single men, mostly poor and desperate, seeking their fortune.  The evolution of Tango reflects their sense of loss and longing in regard to home and family.
 
African rhythms mixed with the Argentine Milonga music in the bars and dance halls of the poorer districts, where Bandoneon (an accordion like instrument) music was played.  Due to the shortage of women the men vied to be better dancers - it is known that in the clubs, until the 1940s, potential male dancers were vetted and their competence assessed by older male dancers before being allowed to partner a lady.  If they were found to be below an acceptable standard they were given more tuition and were taught the lady's steps first - this gave him a better understanding of the lady's role, enabling him to provide a better 'lead'.
 
When Tango was first introduced into Europe it started to evolve into different styles.  Rudolph Valentino promoted Tango Argentino, whilst in Paris it developed into the ballroom Tango.
 
Tango Argentino differs from ballroom Tango in a number of ways.  It reflects the music, without specific timing for specific steps;  the hold is entirely different without body contact from the waist down (probably due to moral considerations due to the strong religious fervour in Argentina at that time); and the lady holds her head to the right rather than the left.
 
It has a number of styles, due it's history and development.  These include:
 
    Salon Style
    Milonguero
    Orillero
    Club Style
    Tango Nuevo
 
But all these styles retain a sultry passion.  Those who love and 'feel' the music will love this dance form!
 
Music:  4/4    Tempo:  Various
 
 
Some Popular Figures:
Salida
Ocho
Enrosque
Giro
Gancho
Lapiz