Tango is the history of the immigrants who populates the city of Buenos Aires (BA) and
Montevideo in the
beginning of the 20th Century
Between 1865 and 1914 the population of BA swell from 150,000 to 1.5 million.
The immigrants came
from Europe, mostly from Italy and settled in the slums, tenements
and red light districts.
This later gave rise to a unique musical fusion, the Black African population gave
Tango the vibrant rhythm
and the close proximity of the bodies in the dance, the Jewish
settlers added the violin, German immigrants
brought the Bandoneon (the unmistaken sound of tango)
the Italians provided the haunting melody of Sicily,
the Spanish added a heady mix of mournful
and joyful intensity of Andalusia Tango.
Soul of the Tango
Tango is more than complex acrobats, seemless coupling of the dancers,Speedy inter mingling
of the legs. Basically ,Tango is a lifestyle, a different way to see the world
A Private Language and A unique form of conversation
The people who really lived and dance tango have little in common with those people we have been
in movies and shows. First and foremost, If you truly love tango, you dance it for yourself and
for your partner,
and not for others.
Its a private and intimate conversation that you have with a friend, acquaintance, complete stranger,
lover, wife, husband. It's a unique form of conversation because it is non verbal.
When you enter a tango dance hall (milonga), you are actually entering a time zone and a parallel
world in which the music you hear from the loudspeakers is usually from old and scratchy records
from the 1930s
and forties. People dance slowly and carefully, like their life depended on the
concentration and intensity
with which they move every muscle and yet everyone is totally relaxed.
Movements are very easy, many have their eyes closed, and dance close in a space that is sacred
.. reserved only for dancers.
Code of Conduct
The rule of the dance is complex and takes years to master but there are a number of other rules that
apply to the
dance halls or milongas, for example, a man never walks up to a woman and ask her to
dance. There are more subtle ways to do this.
He scans the room with his eyes
and when a woman is interested, she will look back and only when
their eyes have met and the two prospective dance partner have
acknowledgement their consent by
nodding slightly will the man walk to the woman and ask her to dance.
The code of tango
is carefully guided by the milongueros. But the only rule, the rule that can't be
broken is that you let your heart grow every movement,
in other words, you have to feel first and
then move your feet and dance, the move... confirm the expression of how you feel
......otherwise you are not dancing tango. More details about tango social etiquette