The Argentine Tango

The Argentine Tango dates back from somewhere in the second half of the 19th century. Where it was born in the large cities in the Rio de la Plata area in Argentina. This new music phenomenon is now known as The Argentine Tango.

During these early years the cities where over flooded with immigrants from Italy, Spain and other countries. This resulted in an extraordinary society, populated by a majority of men. On a certain date a number of 70% of the Buenos Aires' population were men!

The immigrants listened to each others culture and melted together in language, habits, dance and music. In the barracks and cafe's new steps and figures where made up and practiced. On late nights these steps where tried out once more with the ladies from the brothels(!).

Tango is mostly an expression of the life in the Rio de la Plata area. The lyrics where appropriate in the environment in which they arose and where often considered rude. This is why it took long before the Tango was accepted in higher social classes in Argentina

When the dance crossed the ocean to Paris, it didn't take long before the sound and movements where a break-thru in Europe.

Now you can dance Argentine Tango on different locations, every day of the week. The places where Argentine Tango is danced are called "salons" (Dutch) or "milongas".
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