ABOUT ARGENTINE TANGO
...the most beautiful dance in the world
Tango is one of the most widespread and enduring social dances in history. It is a dance that revolves around intimate connections between people, their communities and the intermixing of a plethora of international cultures.
Originating in the Rio Plata region in Argentina and Uruguay over a hundred years ago, the dance has endured a long history of expansion, contraction and a number of offshoots such as Ballroom Tango, Finnish Tango (yes, really) and Stage Tango - but the vast majority of Tango fans dance improvised versions of the original “Argentine Tango.”
The "Golden Age" of Argentine Tango reached its height in the mid to late 1940s, roughly contemporary with the big band era in the United States. The Golden Era was the pinnacle of Tango bands composing and playing music specifically for dancing. Still today, the most popular music among Tango dancers around the world is the music of that era as the dance is so intimately connected to it.
Over the past 25 years, tango has had a massive resurgence. A new generation of dancers have reinvigorated what some have called Tango's 2nd "Golden Era". Today you can find a tango community in every major and most minor cities around the world as more people dance tango than ever before.
It may take two to tango, but the aim while dancing is to replace the perception of two with the awareness of one; a seamless, organic entity - painting music with the feet. It is an expression of pretty much every human emotion while melding together in synchronicity.
Something about this 19th-century immigrant dance seems to flip people's worlds upside-down; the beauty of improvising one of the world’s most complex dances with another human being is a beautiful and extraordinary experience that has earned its reputation for being notoriously addictive.