One of the most influential and oldest of the street Latin dances
Testimony on our tango
If you want to know you learn authentic Argentine tango, then check out this email (edited a little) from a student who was traveling and using their tango skills to full effect.
We have just returned from visiting a couple of milongas in Buenos Aires.
Jane and I tangoed and had great fun. We had an hour lesson before hand and our guide claimed we were the best beginners she had seen. Apparently it is rare for people to turn up having been taught the Argentinian style, so thank you.
Argentine Tango (or Tango Argentino or as they call it in Argentina "Tango") has a most fascinating history that has led to its unique status. It also led to the ballroom tango. If it is the ballroom tango you are after, then click here.
Tango itself can be traced back to around 1850 and started with a mix of the European polka and the Candombe of African origins. The exact details are unknown, but that basic origin story seems to be something most agree upon. These two dances coming together give the Argentine Tango it's distinct look.
Another unique aspect of this dance's history is that for much of the time, there were more men than women. For this reason, men started by learning the follow's steps. Men would often dance with men in Practicias where they would also develop and share new figures. Because ladies were often not part of this, the figures would need to be such that a follow (usually a lady) would not have needed lessons. That means tango can have a sense of 'control' or 'domination'. This characteristic of the dance is more the pragmatic result of the gender balance than anything else. Nevertheless, this 'control' makes the dance a unique experience for those who take the time to learn it.
Tango is an excellent dance to have in one's repertoire and that's why we teach it. There are also various styles of Argentine tango so at Destine Dance we focus on the attribute that lets you dance it in various contexts. We even run a special tango to blues night. With us, you will understand tango and experience what it has to offer.
Some more information if you are interested:
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