Known as one of the most sensuous and romantic dances, the
movements and music of the tango are instantly recognizable even to dance novices.
Origin of the Tango
Although historians have discovered records showing earlier
tango dances in both Cuba and Spain, the modern forms of tango originated in Argentina in the mid-1800’s.
The tango is believed to be mostly a combination of moves from
Cuban and Argentine dances popular in the mid-1800s. The large African community in Buenos Aires also had a significant influence on the rhythms and moves of the modern tango.
How to Tango
The tango has evolved into many different variations
throughout the years, but there are some common characteristics generally associated with the dance. Two partners face each other in either an open-embrace or a closed-embrace where they are
connected in the upper thigh and hip area with space between their upper bodies.
Recognized through its gliding motion and the characteristic
"head snaps," tango is an improvisation-friendly dance that can be sped up or slowed down depending on the music.
Learn to Tango
The iconic tango captured the world’s attention over a century
ago, and continued to grow in popularity throughout the 20th century. Most people know if from in movies such as Last Tango in Paris, Scent of a Woman, True Lies and The Mask of
Whether you want to learn how to dance the tango socially or
competitively, Arthur Murray offers tango lessons for dancers of all levels.