Tango is one the most famous partner dances. Now, almost a century and a half from its inception, it is practiced by millions of people from all around the world. This dance developed in 1880s in the impoverished port areas of Argentina and Uruguay through the merging of musical and dance styles of the natives, African slaves and European immigrants. The resulting dance form reflects the richness of this combined cultural heritage.
Tango is a lead and follow dance that is often described as a passionate dance because of its dramatic feeling, the close partner connection and cultural associations with romance.
Tango offers a rich potential for expression, improvisation and connection and is danced in both modern and traditional styles.
Through the embrace, the leader offers invitations to the follower for where and how to step. The follower decides in what way they will accept the leader’s invitations.
At the heart of tango is the desire to listen to, understand and converse with your partner, through the unique language of dance.
Since tango is highly improvisational, personal and spontaneous, it is not surprising that it has quickly evolved from its traditional form into dozens of distinctive styles.