Tango is passionate, with dramatic poses. Its story is of a love affair that is sometimes amorous, sometimes angry, but always intense! The basic timing is slow-slow-quick-quick-slow, spelling out its name: T-A-N-G-O. The Argentine Tango is the easiest of all the ballroom dances to begin dancing, and to begin dancing well. Why? Its basic rhythm is slow-slow, an easy walking pace. And its basic "step" is the walk.
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It is impossible to pinpoint a precise date of birth for a manifestation of popular origin and, therefore, one of evolutionary birth such as tango. However, what is certain is that most experts agree that the decade of 1880 was a starting point for what was then no more than a particular way of dancing to music. The society into which tango was born listened and danced to havaneras, polkas, mazurkas and an occasional waltz, as far as the whites were concerned, while the blacks, 25% of the population of Buenos Aires in the XIX century, moved to the rhythms of the candombe, a type of dance in which couples refrained from intertwining and danced in a way that was determined more by the percussive beat than by the melody.
(Picture features instructor Dominic Sparano dancing Argentine Tango with his student.)