When I first went to Argentina in about 1997, I saw the dancing at the salon Almagro, and was amazed by the crowded dance floor and the skill with which the leaders navigated the floor. I also realized (1) I did not learn that style and (2) I didn't know "shit" about tango. I spent the next few years
Denver Tango Festival Takes One Step Forward in Cheesman Park
By Yesenia Robles, The Denver Post.
DENVER May 27, 2012 . People traveled from across the country for Denver's tango festival, which hosted a dance Sunday night in Cheesman Park. "You have to come to festivals like this to get a nice variety of people and styles," one dancer said
A social Argentine Tango dance is called a milonga, which means "dance party" (Milonga also refers to a style of dance & music). This is a place to see and be seen (so the lights are up bright), and a place to meet other tango dancers, many of whom have spent months and years perfecting their steps. It is not
The Roots of Argentine Tango.
Argentine Tango as a dance and musical form developed in Buenos Aires at the end of the 19th Century, and arrived in Europe and then the US in the first decades of the 1900s. This is the mode of dance that evolved into Ballroom tango, familiar to us from Rudy Valentino in the classic
Beginner Tango: Vocabulary
- “Walking in a straight line”
- Simple Walks:
- 1, 2, 3, come together (4).
- 1, 2, 1, 2
- 1, 2, 3, cross.
- Weave to the not-cross
- Weave to the cross
- Simple Rythm Step:
- 1 AND 2 (hold) 3 AND 4
- Also known as “rock step”.
- Rock step turn:
- 1 and-pivot, (2) 3 and 4.
- Dramatic Pause:
- 0 AND
Fantastic workshop conducted this weekend by Tom Stermitz and Amy Beaudet! ... I sincerely believe we are a much better tango community for their efforts. A workshop by this incredibly dedicated teaching duo entails not just beginner and intermediate levels of group instruction but also extremely interesting and edifying discussion on the
Tango is danced to orchestras from Buenos Aires of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. This was the "Golden Era" of tango. Modern tango music like Astor Piazzola is not used for tango dancing (except perhaps for performances). The tango CDs listed below are all popular at typical tango dances (milongas). We can also dance tango to other kinds of 4/4
Argentine Tango has a variety of styles. In the old days almost every neighborhood had it's own, typical style. When the tango social life collapsed from 1955 through about 1985, tango was kept alive by show dancers on stage, television and world tours. The tango revival of the 1980s brought social style Argentine Tango back onto the dance floors