Tango

The most passionate and dramatic of the ballroom dances is the Tango. It originated in Argentina and became popular in the U.S. The Tango doesn’t need words. You communicate with your eyes and body with dramatic music and movements.

The dance spread throughout Europe in the 1900's. Originally popularized in New York in the winter of 1910 - 1911,

Styles vary in Tango: Argentine, French, Gaucho and International. Still, Tango has become one of our American 'Standards' regardless of its origin. The Americanized version is a combination of the best parts of each. The principals involved are the same for any good dancing. First, the dance must fit the music. Second, it must contain the basic characteristic that sets it apart from other dances. Third, it must be comfortable and pleasing to do.

Phrasing is an important part of Tango. Most Tango music phrased to 16 or 32 beats of music. Tango music is like a story. It contains paragraphs (Major phrases); sentences (Minor phrases); and the period at the end of the sentence is the Tango close.

 
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