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
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.
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
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
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.
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.