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Argentine Tango

The Tango has influences from all over the place – a product of a hotch-potch of influences including native folk, african (Candombe) and European (Waltz) via Italian immigrants who came to Argentina in the early 20th Century to work and build a strong economy.  One thing is for sure – the tango itself came into being from the working class in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and from Montevideo, Uruguay.  It did not, as many believe, originate from the bordellos of Buenos Aires.

The music and lyrics are markely nostalgic, using melodious musical instruments and often the most recognised of tango instruments, the bandoneon. The Golden Age of tango is most notably the era of the famous tango orchestras in Buenos Aires – from the 1920’s to mid-1940’s.

Tango grew in popularity and spread internationally, to Paris, New York, Berlin and Finland.

Tango is characterised by its walk, connection with partner and is completely improvised.  It is a very different beast to Stage Tango or Ballroom Tango.  It is without a doubt a monumentally difficult dance to learn, and one never feels he/she has finished learning.  We glimpse moments of pure nirvana, which provides the motivation to strive for Zen within this incredibly deep and intricate dance.

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  • Posted On : 26 Dec 2013

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