Since its birth in 19th century Spain, the Tango has evolved into many versions. It has been reported that the style born in Buenos Aires in the late 19th century was a dance performed only by women. As it spread beyond Argentina, though, it evolved into a seductive partner dance. The Argentine Tango is the most intimate version of the dance due to the way dancers keep their chests close to each other. In ballroom versions, the hips maintain contact, but the dancers arch their chests away from their partners.
When to Dance the Tango
Danced with either an open or close embrace, the Tango is typically danced to Tango or Tango-inspired music. Since the Tango needs a good amount of floor space, it’s best when danced at Tango bars, weddings, or special events with large dance floors.
- Carlos Gardel, a famous French-Argentine singer, is credited with helping Tango’s popularity spread in the United States in the ‘20s and ‘30s.
- The Tango has been featured in numerous films over the years like Scent of a Woman, Shall We Dance?, and True Lies.
- The German Bandoneón, an instrument similar to the accordion and the concertina, is synonymous with Tango. It made its debut in Buenos Aires in 1910.