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What Is Argentine Tango?

Wikipedia Definition:

Argentine tango is a social dance and a musical genre that originated in Argentina and moved to Uruguay and to the rest of the world later on. In the US, it is commonly confused with ballroom tango, though this is a later derivation.

Argentine tango is danced in an embrace that can vary from very open, in which leader and follower connect at arms length, to very closed, in which the connection is chest-to-chest, or anywhere in between. Close embrace is often associated with the more traditional styles, while open embrace leaves room for many of the embellishments and figures that are associated with tango nuevo.

Tango is essentially walking with a partner and the music. Musicality (i.e. dancing appropriately to the emotion and speed of a tango) is an extremely important element of dancing tango. A good dancer is one who makes you see the music. Also, dancers generally keep their feet close to the floor as they walk, the ankles and knees brushing as one leg passes the other.

Argentine tango relies heavily on improvisation; although certain patterns of movement have been codified by instructors over the years as a device to instruct dancers... One of the only constants across all Argentine tango styles, is that the follower will usually be led to alternate feet. Another is that the follower rarely has her weight on both feet at the same time.

Argentine tango is a new orientation of couple dancing. As most dances have a rational pattern which can be predicted by the follower, the ballast of previous perceptions about strict rules has to be thrown overboard and replaced by a real communication contact, creating a direct non-verbal dialogue.

A tango is a living act in the moment as it happens.

Argentine Tango Wedding Dance Lessons in San Diego County

Argentine Tango to me is a beautiful and classic dance that has survived many incarnations to appear as it is today on Dancing With The Stars and YouTubes galore. I believe in its sensuality and seductiveness to carry the couple into another realm of experience of shared music and symbiotic energy.

When I teach Argentine Tango to wedding couples I concentrate on steps and styling that will highlight their relationship and make their first dance romantic and fun. In my book, exhibition Argentine Tango is one genre and Wedding Dance Argentine Tango is quite another.


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"When you dance tango you must give everything. If you can't do that, do not dance." - Ricardo Vidort

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