Argentine tango is typically danced in a close embrace in which the connection is chest-to-chest, but it can vary from very open, in which leader and follower connect at arms length, to very closed.
Tango dance is essentially walking with a partner. Capturing the emotion, timing and shape of a tango is extremely important to dancing tango. A good dancer transmits tempo and movement, leading them effectively throughout the dance. Dancers typcially keep their feet close to the floor as they walk, the ankles and knees brushing as one leg passes the other.
Argentine tango also relies heavily on improvisation however there are classic & standard patterns of movement that are used by instructors as a device to guide newbies into learning the dance. One classic constant across all Argentine tango dance styles is when the follower is led to alternate feet. And both dancers rarely have their weight on both feet at the same time.
Argentine tango dancers also enjoy two other related dances; the vals (waltz) and the milonga.
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History of Argentine Tango
The exact origins of tango—are lost in myth and an unrecorded history. Some say that in the mid-1800s, the African slaves who had been brought to Argentina or their descendants began to influence the local culture. It is generally believed however that the dance developed in the late 19th century in working-class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Uruguay.
During the later part of the 1900s, Argentina was undergoing a massive immigration. The intermixing of African, Spanish, Italian, British, Polish, Russian and native-born Argentines resulted in a melting pot of cultures, and each borrowed dance and music from one another. Traditional polkas, waltzes and mazurkas were mixed with the popular habanera from Cuba and the candombe rhythms from Africa.
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Videos of Argentine Tango
Performance Style on Stage
Dragan & Olga workshops demonstration