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Tango Dance

Mariano Mores played a significant role in the resurgence of the tango in 1950s Argentina. When the tango began to spread internationally around 1900, cultural norms were generally conservative, and so tango dancing was widely regarded as extremely sexual and inappropriate for public display. Additionally, the combination of African, Native American and European cultural influences in tango was new and unusual to most of the Western world. Tango is a partner dance, and social dance that originated in the 1880s along the Río de la Plata, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay. It was born in the impoverished port areas of these countries, in neighborhoods which had predominantly African descendants. The tango is the result of a combination of Rioplatense Candombe celebrations, Spanish-Cuban Habanera, and Argentinean Milonga.

Gaby Mataloni and Andrea Uchitel are part of the TTD, and are organising distribution of food bags to members of the tango community in need. This week they use the house of a German archaeologist, friend of Andrea Uchitel, a tango dancer and teacher. The house is empty and it’s a perfect place to organise the bags, which are filled thanks to donations of products and money.

So now that you better understand the origins of the tango, why is it so important to Argentina? First, Argentinians are proud of their creation and love that their little dancing innovation has become a worldwide phenomenon. The tango is thought to be a combination of flamenco, polka, African dances, and other cultures, making it a uniquely Argentine dance. Our group tango lessons, unlike most tango schools in NYC, are 3-Week Intensives. These progressive 90-minute classes are twice a week to allow students to fully absorb and practice Tango in a supportive environment. Our Private Lessons are with trained instructors who are proficient, patient, and focused on your goals.

Following Carlos Gardel’s success, there has been some verbal quarrel over which country he was from. The French claim he was French, the Argentinians claim he was Argentinian, and of course, the Uruguayans claim he was Uruguayan. Since Gardel lived several years in Argentina, where his career began to flourish in the 20’s, he is mostly considered Argentinian, like his tango and its style.

With its rich history, tango is a fascinating tradition in dance which reveals a wealth of information about Argentina traditions. The tango dance routines are intimate, passionate and elegant, which has pushed the dancers to dress appropriately. Tango dancers purposelyaim to look their best, while also picking outfits that don’t restrict their movement. During the early decades of tango’s popularity, it was customary for women to wear long dresses. This fashion choice remained popular in tango community, although the arrival of shorter dresses and dresses with openings have given female dances freedom to pick their favorite fashion style.

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