Tips to Learn how to Tango

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The Argentine Tango is synonymous with Buenos Aires and is a fiery and lively as the sweltering South American city itself. The Tango is one of the most fascinating of the classic dances and oozes sensuality from its very Latin soul. Originally the dance was performed just by women, but once it spread to other […]

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Tips to Learn how to Tango

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The Argentine Tango is synonymous with Buenos Aires and is a fiery and lively as the sweltering South American city itself. The Tango is one of the most fascinating of the classic dances and oozes sensuality from its very Latin soul. Originally the dance was performed just by women, but once it spread to other parts of Argentina it became a dance for couples. The Tango is spurred on by the...

The Argentine Tango is synonymous with Buenos Aires and is a fiery and lively as the sweltering South American city itself. The Tango is one of the most fascinating of the classic dances and oozes sensuality from its very Latin soul. Originally the dance was performed just by women, but once it spread to other parts of Argentina it became a dance for couples. The Tango is spurred on by the dramatic music that drives the dance, originating from Spanish settlers working in Buenos Aires.

How to Learn how to Tango

Without doubt the best way to learn how to Tango is to take lessons from a professional coach. Unlike some dance schools, Tango lessons are immense fun and students form many new friends. You can learn at home from watching videos but this is not ideal, you miss out on the most important part which is responding to your partner. The dance is to music that is repetitive in form, with the beat being between sixteen or thirty two beats. During the Tango the woman is held by the gentleman’s crook of his right arm. Holding her head backwards she places her right hand on the gentleman’s lower hip. The woman then rests in this position and is led around the dance floor by the man. The two dancers must show strong connections of both each other and the music whilst they are dancing. This connection will be transferred to the watching audience and so they too are enveloped into the same world.

Argentine Tango

The Tango is performed all over the world, but it is performed differently in Argentina where it is much more sensual and seductive. There are different forms of the Argentine Tango with different levels of intimacy and flair. The main difference is the space the two dancers have between them, some Tango’s have an open embrace but others far more closed and the couple will be touching at the chest and hip. Formal ballroom Tango has a lot of dramatic and strong head snaps, this is to emphasize the movements to the watching audience.

How long will it Take to Learn?

This is rather a difficult question to answer as it rather depends how much time you are going to devote to your lessons and if you have two left feet or not. But one thing you must bear in mind is that you will not be an accomplished dancer in a couple of months, some Tango dancers take years to master their art. Keep an open mind, and always ask questions in your classes, if you enjoyed you first couple of classes then go back again, keep the momentum going so your interest remains high. Regarding time frames it really depends how fast you pick things up and how often you go to lessons, but most classes at beginner level are about 90 minutes in duration, and as you progress to the next level the classes may even lengthen. Remember these lessons are for a purpose and that is to learn the Tango, but most importantly that you have fun doing so and meet new friends.