Monday, June 6, 2016

Tango in West Oahu

In this century, there seems to be a new and increased awareness of Tango in our cultural dance community of Oahu. However the diversity may be too much. The beginning was simple. The first one that came with any importance onto Oahu was the American Tango that was introduced by the new non-profit dance clubs that began to be established in the 1960s, Aiea Ballroom Dance Club and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.

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Then came the introduction of the International style (the correct way to dance Tango) in the seventies. But of course, it is a discipline and for the select few it can be very nice.  And a little after that came the Argentine Tango in the eighties to establish that they were "Da Reel Teeng," after all, it was suppose to be the original. However it is slowly coming out that there are ten different styles of Tango in Argentina alone.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel

However in this century, with the noticeable increase in social dancers, there is a growing acceptance of a purely ethnic Tango, the Filipino Tango which is really a street dance. And street dances are some of the most solid kind of dances that can develop with fusion into a stable dance form.

La Comparsita por Julio Iglesias

Who knows? I don't. For sure the cultural dance community is growing. There will be a new dance club in the West and they will have a few things to say to the dance community on this island of Oahu. Dancers have always wanted to move to their favorite music in their own way. They haven't changed much, just look at the kids dancing. Wow!

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho
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