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5 biggest influencers of the Argentine tango

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Tango is a popular dance form in Argentina that is described as sensual, mesmerizing and intimate. It is known as the dance of passion and romance. It is one of the most famous forms of dances in the world. Here are the biggest influencers of the Argentine tango.

The African slaves

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The oldest influencers of the Argentine tango were the African slaves from Congo, Sudan and Gulf of Guinea. They used to come to Argentina and perform this kind of dances. Tango got its rhythms from these dances. The dance also took inspiration from Spanish cultures.

Tango shows

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In the early twentieth century, orchestras and dancers from Argentina took tango to Europe. They arranged Tango shows in the major capitals of Europe. The dances captured the hearts and minds of millions of Europeans. The tango craze started in Europe and soon moved to the Northern parts of America.

Claudio Segovia and Hector Orezzoli

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In 1983, after the opening of the show Tango Argentino in Paris, these two dancers revived tango. The show was very successful. Tango was popular again and people started taking tango lessons.

Miguel Angel Zotto and Milena Plebs

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In 1990, this pair of dancers founded the Tango X 2 Company. They created a style that re-established the traditional tango of the milongas as fashionable. The shows were great success and the dance form became very popular among the youth of those days. This led many younger people to start dancing the tango.

Dancing shows

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Publicly generated dancing shows like ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ have increased the popularity of tango dancing. Due to the popularity, UNESCO declared tango as one of the world’s ‘intangible cultural heritage’.

Tango went through a number of turbulent times. During the Great depression in 1929, restrictions were imposed on tango, so it’s popularity started to decline. In the mid 1940s, this dance became popular and fashionable again. Again during the 1950s, a number of military dictatorships banned public gatherings in Argentina. The people of USA and Europe were busy with Rock and Roll. So, the popularity of Tango declined again. But the dance did not die away completely. It was still practiced in small venues in Buenos Aires and other parts of Argentina.

Tango suffered another serious decline during the 1950s after a series of military dictatorships banned public gatherings in Argentina and Rock and Roll emerged in the United States and much of Europe. If it wasn’t for the influencers mentioned above, we wouldn’t see tango being so popular world wide. The fact that it’s now part of the UNESCO’s ‘intangible cultural heritage’ means that there is hardly any chance that it will disappear from the mainstream again.

6 introduction videos if you’re learning tango

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Learning tango is now a lot easier than before. With so many online videos available, you can easily learn tango at home. At the beginning, it would be a little difficult to understand things, but have patience and with practice you will learn them soon. Even if you learn tango at home with the help of online videos, you should still have a tango dance teacher. You must show your teacher the moves you have learned from the online videos, so that you know that you are doing things the right way. Here are some introduction videos if you are learning tango.

Forward Ocho is the oldest and most important figure of tango. Using this, the woman draws a figure 8 into the ground. In the past, tango was danced on dirty floors, streets and outside. On these surfaces a woman could clearly draw the beautiful curves of the ocho. But nowadays, women dance on lovely wooden floors. Before learning ocho, you must know about ‘dissociation’. This is the bodily turn where the upper body and hip face opposite directions.

Men’s Technique of Forward Ocho


Ocho can be lead in a number of different ways. But you should remember that the shoulders are parallel to the ground and the arms don’t move up and down.

Women’s Technique of Forward Ocho


You must look at the feet movement. You should carefully observe how the feet are held during the forward step. You can see three ways: natural step, glided step and stepping on the heel.

The Sandwich Step


This is a basic step in tango. The name represents the position of the feet. The women’s foot lie in between he two feet of the leader, forming a sandwich. The position can be changed; that is, the leader’s foot can be placed between the women’s two feet. The video shows two types of sandwich steps; on e is called the sanguchito simple and the other is called sanguchito traspie. The difference between the two is that the second one has an extra side step before the backward ocho.

Ocho Cortado


This is a basic figure that is used frequently. It means ‘cut eight’. This is a controversial dance step; some people love it while others simply hate it.

Leading the Cross and the 8-Step Sequence


In this step, the leader takes a step to the back. Then, on the second step, the person takes a side step towards the center of the dance floor. On the third step, the leader steps on the outside of the follower. Then the preparation of the cross with a forward step is taken on the fourth step. On the fifth step, the leader closes his feet and the follower completes the cross step. The last three steps end the sequence.

Walking in Parallel and Cross Systems


In the parallel system, the leader and the follower steps with legs opposite each other. In a cross system, the leader and follower are using the same foot at each other.

Embrace is the most important connection used in Argentine tango. The soft and loving embrace will make you want more; on the other hand, the tight and uncomfortable grip will make you feel like running away. Tango is an extremely sensual form of dance. You must feel the dance while doing your steps. You will find good and bad videos on tango online. That’s why it is always better to cross check with your teacher about the steps you learn at home from the online videos. You should practice more and more to get expert at the various tango steps.

4 interesting facts you didn’t know about the tango style

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Tango is known for its elegance and sensuality. This embracing dance crosses the boundaries of the continent and is now known as Intangible Cultural Heritage. Here are some interesting facts about the tango style which most people don’t know.

The origin of this name

The name ‘tango’ has African roots. ‘Tangos’ were the places in Argentina where slaves from Sudan, Congo and Gulf of Guinea came to dance. The dance forms ‘Milonga’, ‘Canyengue’, ‘Malambo’, and ‘Candombe’ also have the same roots. These dance forms are also related to the tango rhythm.

Along with Messi and Dulce de Leche, there is nothing more Argentinian than the Tango. The word that gives name to this rhythmic dance has African roots. “Tangos” were the places in Argentina where slaves from ethnic groups from the Congo, Sudan and the Gulf of Guinea, gathered to dance. The “Milonga”, “Malambo”, “Canyengue” and “Candombe”, also related to Tango rhythms, have the same roots.

It is not only Argentinian

Tango should be known as Rioplatense. During the 19th century, European immigrants settled on both banks of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentian on one side, and Montevideo, capital of Uruguay on the other. These immigrants brought music and dances blended with native features from Afro-Argentine and Afro-Uruguayan traditions. Therefore, tango is actually a mix of both the cultures.

An inseparable instrument

A musical instrument known as Bandoneon always accompanies tango dance. This instrument was invented in Germany and it’s thought to have arrived in Uruguay and Argentina with German immigrants. The instrument produces a beautiful somber and sensual sound. It is related to the Colombian Vvallenato Accordion.

These interesting facts make tango a dance form that has a unique history. It’s unique feature is appealing to people of all generation and borders.

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Guitars can have a part in Tango too

Recently, we were contacted by our friends that have a guitar related site and they wanted to share an info-graphic with us about the influence and the possibilities that the guitar instrument can offer in tango. Let’s not forget that we are talking about the authors of the popular round-up article on the best rated guitar pedals, so we can expect nothing but top quality content from them.