Dancer and former proprietor Lori Burton, opened Argentine Tango Detroit in 2001. Lori has been teaching dance locally for over 40 years, and has been focusing on the Argentine Tango since 1993. Her enthusiasm for the dance helped to form a local community of Argentine tango dancers in the area.
With the assistance of some of her students, who pitched in on building projects like installing the dance floor, Lori was eventually able to open a dance studio devoted to the Argentine Tango.
Since then, the studio has flourished and maintains its focus on the Argentine Tango while also offering instruction and studio space for other types of dance.
Lori has retired and left her legacy with daughter and USA Tango Champion Amanda Accica, who’s enthusiasm and well depth of knowledge continues to grow and flourish at ATD.
History of the Argentine Tango
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.