An improvised social dance with a rich musical heritage!
What is Argentine Tango?
Argentine tango is a musical genre and social dance that originated in Argentina and Uruguay,
the area of the Rio de la Plata.
A social dance with a rich musical heritage
Traditional Argentine Tango is essentially a social dance, with each partner focused on enjoying
themselves giving to and in turn receiving pleasure from each other. This is not to be confused with
Show/performance Tango where the dancers entertain the audience. The focus on connection with
each partner can achieve an exquisite effect of Zen-like trance.
Connection (The Embrace/Tango Hug)
The tango embrace or "hug" with full upper-body contact (close embrace) emphasizes and
facilitates the connection between partners. This alignment helps to maintain constant
contact and intention towards your partner for the duration of dance.
The flow of the dance is dictated by the bodily communication between them, creating an
intimate connection that transcends thought and reasoning.
Improvisation (A two way conversation)
One important aspect of social Argentine Tango which set it apart from other dance styles
is the fact that there is no choreography. The dance is completely improvised. No two dances
are ever the same and can never be repeated.
Tango has no fixed rules for tempo or steps. Every step, movement and timing are led and
followed with the option to move in several directions, to add pauses and tempo changes to
accompany the music, this allows for a dance of infinite variety.
The essence of Tango music, is of exiled people, the themes often centre on broken love,
the sadness for having left a country behind, of a desire and passion for life!
When we dance tango, we interpret the emotional content of the music with our feet.
The music comes in three distinct flavour, the Tango in 4/4, the Valz in 3 and the milonga
in 2/3 which can be much faster.
Like the Viennese waltz, Argentine Val is 3 time measure, but faster with an uplifting and
flowing character that is different from the Tango, which tends to be more melancholic and