Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Interesting Past of Argentine Tango

The Argentine Tango is a very spontaneous kind of dance. It has no fixed steps or movements and as a result each dance is a new discovery. The only thing you have to keep in mind is the presence of other dancers around you. Otherwise this dance is a truly exciting and enjoyable experience.

Similar to the dance, the history of the Argentine Tango is also equally interesting. It is said that the dance originated in Buenos Aires in Argentina. This happened in the late 1800s when immigrants from all over the world were flowing into Argentina for employment opportunities. These were Portuguese, Slavic, black slaves, South Americans, etc. Along with them, came their cultures as well, that included their dance and their music. Argentine Tango was a result of the fusion of all these cultures.

When it was created, it was normally danced in the backward sections of the society only. As a result it was not looked upon as a good dance in the upper sections. But the scene changed in the 1920s, when the rich European travelers learned the dance in Argentina and took it to Paris. Looking at its popularity, the Argentine society accepted the dance and began learning and teaching it. The period from 1930s to the 1950s was great for the development of Tango and its music. It was really a golden period.

In the 1960s, due to the political unrest in the country, the performing of the dance declined and was later only considered as a pastime. Then in the 1980s, the interest in this dance form was revived again by many followers. This change was brought about by famous Broadway shows like "Tango Argentino" and "Forever Tango". Dancing centers opened up across Europe and United States and everyone wanted to learn the Argentine Tango.

This dance form is performed in an embrace between the two partners. This embrace can be a loose one at an arm's distance or can be tighter with a chest-to-chest one. It is performed flat on the floor unlike other ballroom dances where there is a significant body and feet lift off the ground.

The tango is undergoing a lot of change today. Old styles are being studied and new styles are being invented. Even new steps from dances like Swing are being incorporated in this dance. But even in this there are a few issues that need to be sorted out.

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