Beginning in the streets of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Uruguay in the late nineteenth century, the Argentine Tango is rooted in African Candombe, Cuban Habanera, and local versions of the Waltz and Polka. It was popular throughout classes — from European immigrants, former slaves, and working classes. It was so well-liked because of the melancholy and nostalgia felt by those who were away from home. The dance was forced and performed underground — some considering it illegal — during Argentina’s political struggles with prohibition and dictatorships It later resurfaced in the 1980s and its popularity soared again before spreading internationally.
A sophisticated, sensual dance, the Argentine Tango builds a deep connection between partners and creates a performance full of expression. It’s considered to be felt in the soul, not the steps — it’s focus is placed on the connection between dance partners rather than the choreography or footwork. The Argentine Tango is a style of dance as visually appealing as it is sensual. There’s a reason it’s a staple on the hit show Dancing With the Stars.
If you’re interested in learning to dance Argentine Tango, visit one of our Arthur Murray Dance Studios to get started!