Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tango 101

Tango consists of a variety of styles that developed in different regions and eras of Argentina and Uruguay as well as in other locations around the world. The dance developed in response to many cultural elements, such as the crowding of the venue and even the fashions in clothing.

"What kind of person steals soap?" - "A dirty crook."

The styles are mostly danced in either open embrace, where lead and follow have space between their bodies, or close embrace, where the lead and follow connect either chest-to-chest (Argentine tango) or in the upper thigh, hip area (American and International tango).

"El Choclo"   ...   Julio Iglesias

Different styles of Tango in Argentina are; And these are Da Reel Teeng.

* Tango Argentino
* Tango Oriental (uruguayo)
* Tango Canyengue
* Tango Liso
* Tango Salon
* Tango Orillero
* Tango Milonguero (Tango Apilado)
* Tango Nuevo
* Show Tango (also known as Fantasia)
* Ballroom Tango

These are danced to several types of music:

* Tango
* Vals (the tango version of waltz)
* Milonga (incessant beat and a faster tempo)
* Tango Electronico
* "Alternative Tango," i.e. non-tango music appropriated for use in the dance

The "milonguero" style is characterized by a very close embrace, small steps, and syncopated rhythmic footwork. It is based on the petitero or caquero style of the crowded downtown clubs of the '50s.

In contrast, the tango that originated in the family clubs of the suburban neighborhoods (Villa Urquiza/Devoto/Avellaneda etc.) emphasizes long elegant steps, and complex figures. In this case the embrace may be allowed to open briefly, to permit execution of the complicated footwork.

"A Media Luz" by Libertad Lamarque

The complex figures of this style became the basis for a theatrical performance style of Tango seen in the touring stage shows. For stage purposes, the embrace is often very open, and the complex footwork is augmented with gymnastic lifts, kicks, and drops.

A newer style sometimes called "Tango Nuevo" has been popularized in recent years by a younger generation of dancers. The embrace is often quite open and very elastic, permitting the leader to lead a large variety of very complex figures. This style is often associated with those who enjoy dancing to jazz- and techno-tinged "alternative Tango" music, in addition to traditional Tango compositions.

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Pub's Side Note: The question is, with all these experts on tango that I meet nowadays, which one of these styles should "we" dance in order to be "correct?" It stopped me completely a few years back. l loved the music and I wanted to move to it, but? This is a partner dance.

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