The tango has a long history but has recently become fashionable again. Tango is an indigenous partner dance, which originated centuries ago in the Argentine and Uruguayan provinces of the Rocha and La Plata. It originally was born out of the poor port regions of those countries, in poor neighborhoods that had predominantly African populations. Many of the native dance partners of the tango were slaves who performed dances for their owners at home.
The tango developed as a popular form of folk dancing in Spain, Italy, and the United States. Then, the style became associated with the rumba nightclub culture of Latin America. In the late nineteen hundreds, the dance style became popular in the United States, especially in New York City, where it gained popularity among Puerto Rican and Cuban immigrants. The tango quickly became a favorite dance of middle class women who enjoyed sophisticated evening dances on the glamorous New York City dance floors.
The tango has developed various features to create the exciting movements and dancing required by its proponents. Tango includes complex figures, wide arm movements, fluid dance steps, and strong, fluid steps and turns. Tango also includes a repertoire of high impact aerobic dance steps like the cha-cha. These aerobic movements have helped the style become popular with women who desire elegant, smooth, and effortless movements.
Some of the more classic and dramatic aspects of the tango are the romantic, flirty, playful movements of the romantic tango and the more intense, aggressive, and choreographed movements of the samba. Most tango performances are directed toward couples or groups of women. However, the tango can be directed at either sex, depending upon the desire of the performer. The samba, which is one of the most popular tango styles, usually incorporates an aggressive beat with fast, swinging arms and legs that propel the woman or group of women in the dance. Other styles of the tango can include the meringue, the mambo, or the tango walk.
Many of the classical dance styles practiced throughout the Americas were influenced by the tango. Most people are familiar with the basic romantic gestures of the tango, such as the fingers pointing up and to the left, the arms being interlocked, the hips crossing, and the feet flat on the floor. However, the Argentine tango, which is native to the Argentina region, has a completely different history than the other styles of the tango. The Argentine tango is characterized by very fast, slashing, single hand footwork that leaves most of the audience in awe. The lover’s arms and hands move as one unit, while the leader’s feet are like the pointed talons of an animal, leaving the follower almost completely immobile as he or she manipulates the rod with the other four toes.
The samba, or square dance, is another favorite style of the tango that many Americans are familiar with. The samba consists of two parts: the first part is the music, which is faster and contains a lot of notes (the sarape, or base, of the samba is held between the feet and to the left of the lover). In contrast, the second part of the samba is very brief and relates to the passion and romance of the lovers’ relationship. This samba is sometimes referred to as the “love march” or “marche seul”. A number of marcheseos can be found throughout the Latin American continent.
The tango, which is also known as the rumba, is played on the large variety of foot-operated tambourines called balustrades that are commonly found in the Spanish marriages. These instruments are shaped like small American guitars and have strings that are tied around the bridge, so the instrument can be played either as a purely acoustic piece or an instrumental piece (in the case of the posing, which is used in many Latin American folk dances). The rumba is played on streets, sidewalks and public places (such as parks and squares) throughout Latin America and Spain. A common scene in Latin American bars and nightclubs features the tango. There are many variations of the tango, such as the samba and the Uruguayan.
While the history of the tango is somewhat unclear, there is evidence to suggest that the art of the tango evolved in Spain, during the early days of the Spanish republic. The banco, which was the local ballroom dance hall, allowed men and women to dance together for money. As the band became more competitive, men began taking lessons from the dancers of the banco, which were taught by men who also took up the tango as a profession. The band eventually died down, but this is when the idea of the tango was born. Eventually, the tango became associated with Spain as a passion and the use of the tango became common place in many social circles and within the Spanish culture itself.