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Argentine Tango

    No other dance has a more colorful and passionate reputation. Argentine Tango as we know it today has its origins in the working class neighborhoods of the port cities of Buenos Aires in Argentina and Montevideo, in Uruguay during the late 19th century. The dance crosse dthe Atlatic during the early 20th century and became popular in Europe.

    The dance was influenced by Spanish Fandango and Cuban Habanera and consists essentially of walking to music. A very specific characteristic of this motion is the brushing action of the feet against the floor, ones feet ant those of the partner. The embrace varies from arm-length to full body contact

    Although it was at first considered vulgar, its popularity prompted dance teachers around the world to codify it and was soon being taught in dance schools everywhere.

    Argentine tango music is very characteristic, mainly played with violins and bandoneon. The lyrics are usually nostalgic and sad, touching on themes of love, despondency and loss.

    Argentine tango is very easy to learn and is a great dance to develop improvisation and musicality as it is melodic rather than rhythmical.

    The dance has enjoyed repeated waves of popularity in its long history.