Tango is a Ballroom Dance that branched away from its original Argentine roots by allowing European, American, Hollywood, and competitive influences into the style. Modern tango is significantly different from the original and authentic Argentine tango. Already in the early 30s of the last century, tango changed so much, adapting to dance competitions and performing at dance parties, that it actually turned into a completely different dance — sharp, earthy and dramatic, with exaggerated head movements being inherent in the rigid tango style. Ballroom tango - sport Dance, part of international competitions program. The main difference of this style from the Argentine tango is the complete absence of improvisation. There are clear norms and rules for dancing - the position of the body and head, following the lines, performing a strictly marked list of elements, etc. Although walking movements dominate, Tango walks, having a "stalking" or "sneaking" character, are unlike the walks of other Ballroom dances. Movements are sometimes slow and slithery, and other times sharp and stacatto, such as a quick foot flick or a sharp head snap to promenade position.


Standard ballroom dance style


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A deep dive into history

Tango was born in Buenos Aires in the 1880s, when a wave of immigrants from Europe swept the country. This unprecedented case of the merging of various nations (Europeans, Spanish and Latin American ) gives tango the character of a universal dance. At the dance parties, the rhythms of Habanera (Havana dance), polka, corrido, waltz, Scottish songs and other genres were mixed. Out of all these rhythms, tango was born, and quickly became popular in the growing Buenos Aires. Street musicians spread tango around the city, theatres started to include it in their performances.  Tango was accepted, to a greater or lesser extent, by all sectors of society and was recognised first in Europe and then in the rest of America.





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