Tango is a passionate, seductive and mesmerizing dance, also know as the dance of love. It’s characterized by quick, sharp movements, snappy dynamic, and a close chest-to-chest embrace. Today, it’s one of the most popular dances in the world, enjoyed by young and old alike. In this article we will take a look at some historical facts about tango.
Tango originated at the end of 19th century, somewhere around 1880, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was born in the working-class neighborhoods and was very popular in brothels where the girls use it to entertain their clients. From there it soon moved to more established communities and into dancing houses.
Tango was introduced to Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. It is known that in 1909 it was danced on stage in Paris. After 1912, tango spread all over the world and the international tango craze began.
What does the word “Tango” mean exactly? Well, there are many theories and speculations about the origins of the word tango. The most credible is that it comes from the Latin word tango or the Portuguese word tangere, which both mean ‘to touch’.
Today, many different styles of tango exists: Tango Argentino, Ballroom Tango, Tango Oriental, Tango Canyengue, Tango Liso, Tango Salon, Tango Orillero, Tango Apilado, Tango Nuevo, Finnish Tango, Chinese tango, and so on. The two main styles are Argentine and American ballroom style.
Tango is not very difficult to learn. The basic steps are very easy. Tango Basic is a simple combination of five steps (3 slow and 2 quick steps) taken over 8 counts of music. The count is “Slow, Slow, Quick Quick Slow”. Music for tango is written in 4/4 or sometimes 2/4 time.
Today, tango enjoys worldwide popularity and remains as one of the most passionate and sensual dances. It certainly came a long way from its origins.