Tango

Tango

There are three different types of tango, all of which you can learn at our studio. These three are:

1) Argentine Tango: Also called arrabalero, Argentine Tango originated with the Gauchos in Buenos Aires, as an imitation of Spanish traditional dancing, modified into a closed partner dance position. This new tango, with its passionate feel and free structure, became a sensation around the world.

2) American Tango: More structured than its Argentinian partner, American tango has a stronger correlation to musical phrasing. Tango is a favourite among dancers because of the freedom of expression and dramatic flair that often arise when dancing the tango.

3) International Tango: Similar to American Tango, the International style is even more highly structured, and the standard format for worldwide dance events and competitions.

The Tango is one of the most beautiful of all the dances, and it is characterized by earthy and dramatic movements that move around the floor.

History

The Tango began in the West Indies and found its way to Argentina where it was stylized by the Gauchos. It became the rage in 1921 after the silent screen star Rudolph Valentino brought this romantic dance to millions in “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. More recently, it has been danced in movies such as True Lies and Scent of a Woman. Today, the Tango is considered the “dancer’s dance” and becomes a favourite of all who learn it. If you want to learn it and are in the GTA we can help. In fact, we also have studios where we teach Tango lessons in Etobicoke including Etobicoke (The Kingsway), Downtown Toronto (Yorkville), North York/Scarborough, and Vaughan (Woodbridge).

Characteristics

Wondering what to expect from your Tango lessons in Etobicoke? The hold in Tango is more compact than in other moving dances. The walk in Tango differs from walks in other dances in that it is a staccato action obtained by delaying the follow through of the free leg and foot. In order to achieve the distinctive style of the Tango it is important to develop controlled staccato footwork, along with fluid graceful movements. The unique rhythm of the music is great training for timing and phrasing which develops as the dancer becomes more proficient and confident. Tango practice is essential towards becoming a good dancer.

Music Used for Tango Dance Lessons

Tango music is usually written in 2/4 or 4/4 timing. The first teaching rhythm in tango is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.

Tango songs and artists include:

  • Hernando’s Hideaway , from “The Pajama Game”
  • Whatever Lola Wants, from “Damn Yankees”
  • La Cumparsita, by Julio Iglesias
  • Por Una Cabeza, from “Scent of a Woman”

If you’re interested in other dance lessons such as Latin ballroom dance lessonsSamba lessonsSalsa lessonsMambo dance lessonsRumba dance lessonsMerengue dance lessons, or Cha cha dance lessons, Arthur Murray may be for you!

For Tango Lessons in Etobicoke, Contact Us!

Don’t wait another day to learn how to dance. Our Tango lessons in Etobicoke include all three types. Sign up for Tango lessons in Etobicoke or our other Latin dance lessons today.  Want to consider learning more than once dance? Check out our list of ballroom dances.

 

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