Tango originated in the "Rio de la Plata" one
of the poor quarters of Buenos Aires (Argentina) at the turn of the last
century, and born within the immigrant and lower class communities in this area.
Those who lived there, peasants from inland, European immigrants and some
disadvantaged porteņos (born in Buenos Aires) made up a new social class.
Perhaps as a way of identifying themselves as a group and of feeling they
belonged in their new home, they began to create cultural expressions derived
from this mixture. This was the start of tango, characterized by its extremely
closed codes, which were only accessible to the working classes. What started
with dance was eventually coming of age in the expert hands of great men, who,
inspired in the popular melting pot, captured the richest part of the Buenos
Aires culture in their compositions.
During the next few decades tango spread
throughout South American society and then throughout the world.
TANGO, the dance, is a conversation between two
people. You, and a dance partner, can express musical moods through improvised
movements. You can dance simple tango after one lesson, but spend a lifetime
developing your own dancing. Tango communities exist in most countries of the
world, and more are being born all the time.
Click here for an extensive
overview of Tango sites
Examples of famous Tango artists
are Carlos Gardel en Astor Piazzolla .
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