History of the Argentine Tango
The Argentine Tango is arguably, the most creative and romantic couples dance of all time. Since there are no set patterns for
the dance, even beginning dancers can create their own interpretations of the dance, by combining simple movements in unique ways.
(There is a ballroom version of the tango that does follow set patterns.)
Tango music and dance evolved from the mixture of Spanish, Indigenous, and African cultures that converged in Buenos Aires
in the late 19th century. It was originally a social dance of the lower classes, but it was later adopted all the social classes.
The popularity of the dance spread worldwide, most notably before the great depression, with a renewed interest in the 40's and 50's
(the 'golden age' of tango), and now once again in the last few decades.
Currently there are communities of tango dancers in most major cities around the world. One of the greatest pleasures of learning the
dance is visiting other dance communities.