Tango was originated in Spain with black and Creole influences around the XIX Century.
The Andalusia Tango was only dance by a woman and had nothing to do with today's tango style, except certain rhythmical elements.
Tango by 1900's was considered a ‘flirting’ music and an immoral dance.
Tango appears very difficult and complicated, but that is precisely the reason why we accept to learn it. We want to be challenge and reward by the satisfaction of accomplishing one step at the time.
Today's dance style was originated by the Argentinean Gauchos on the 1880's. Originally called ’el baile con corte’, meaning the 'Dance with stop'.
Tango became a romantic rage in 1921, after the silent screen star Rudolph Valentino performed it on the screen in a passionate and dramatic way in the film ' The Four Horsemen of the apocalypse' .
We learn with tango three-dimension, balance, coordination, synchronization and precision.
International tango music is faster and more aggressive, more march-like than the Argentine Tango.
This kind of tango is like the beginning of a love affair, when a couple are both very romantic and on their best behavior.
International tango is a very powerful dance that teach us big movements, dramatic gestures, aggressive, more stylized, more snappy and jerky, and quick snaps of the head from one position to another. It incorporates many of the patterns characteristics of Waltz and Foxtrot. But it still maintains a very unique character which sets it apart from the other dance styles. This style became popular in England in 1909.
Tango is a beautiful simple language of improvisational social dance that has developed over the last century in the City of Buenos Aires (Recently have been found that the origin of Tango movements were practiced 400 years back in Angola).
Tango is a true dance of leading and following. Argentine Tango uses slower music, more of a spot dance, easier to dance on a smaller floor, uses a lot of leg and foot action and the character of the dance is more dramatic.
The Argentine Tango is like when a couple are just married in the heat of passion when all kinds of emotions consumed them as a couple.
We learn with this dance the art of embellishment, adornment and improvisation.
Milonga was a south-American earlier style of singing known as Payada de Contrapunto what was popular in the 1870’s in Uruguay and Rio de la Plata in Argentina .
The song was set to a lively 2/4 tempo and often included musical improvisations. The word milonga means lyrics.
Even though a milonga dance style uses the same basic elements as argentine tango, it tends to be faster-paced and less complex.
Nowadays we can find two distinctive milonga styles: 'Milonga Lisa' where dancers step in each beat of the music, and 'Milonga con Traspie' where dancers must transfer their weight in double or triple time to the music.
We learn with this dance to keep our bodies relaxed in order to be ready to react to unexpected changes in rhythm as well as improvised dance steps.
Children of European immigrants modified the Viennese Waltz to the complexities of The Argentine Tango Style, but preserving the musical characteristics of the Viennese Waltz which is light, fast, playful and romantic style(1870’s).
Syncopation was incorporated to the Argentinean Waltz music almost immediately out of the normal ritmical cadence by double timing or stepping twice as in Milonga or Argentine Tango.
Students learn with this style a variety of possible ways to dance Argentine Waltz.