Argentine Tango as a social dance marks its beginnings in the late 1800’s in Argentina. Even though its origins are controversial and gladly argued about, its temperament rose from the working classes. The Argentine population exploded due to an active recruitment strategy between the years 1855 – 1936. Mostly European farmers, artisans, and teachers, were enticed to a land of promise and opportunity. They brought their dances, their instruments and their human emotion, which blended to form something unique.
Although the sound of Argentine Tango in the United States is mostly attributed to composer and bandoneonista, Astor Piazzolla, the Golden Age of Tango is most noted to be in the 1940′s when orchestras were playing for the dancers. Even today at most milongas (or social dances) throughout the world the music of the Golden Age fills the dance halls.
The social dance, as accesstango teaches, is an accessible improvised form seen at these halls in Buenos Aires today as opposed to a stage performance as you might see in what is known as “Tango for Export” or “Show Tango.” Dancers today attempt to maintain the older traditions as well as push the boundaries of the dance form. Argentine Tango is explored and tested as a dance – as the individual has evolved with more physical capabilities.
Daniela lectures on the origins and evolution of Argentine Tango – contact her for more information.