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An Overview of the Tango and Argentine Tango

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Taking dance lessons is a great way to stay in shape, pick up new skills, and make new friends. You can choose from a variety of dance styles when you study here at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio of San Jose. Each style offers its own unique features and movements, while some styles feature more than one technique. Read this guide to learn more about the tango and Argentine tango techniques and how they differ from one another.

Tango – This popular dance originally came from Rio de la Plata, the river area located between Argentina and Uruguay, between the years 1850 and 1890. Tango was initially a nameless dance that was performed to the fusion music of Europe. Over time, this dance style earned a name, gained popularity, and made its way to countries around the world. There are many different types of tango dancing, including the popular ballroom tango style which developed in Europe and North America. American ballroom tango is a partner dance that is typically danced in closed position. Dancers complete movements that follow the structure of the music, but are also encouraged to display a freedom of expression that helps tell the story of the dance and the music.

Argentine Tango – This style was started by Gauchos in Buenos Aires who used closed positions while trying to replicate Spanish styles of dance. The Argentine tango is typically viewed as less formal than the ballroom style of American ballroom tango. This is because dancers have more freedom and spontaneity of movement during the Argentine tango. Dancers must also exhibit a more passionate and aggressive attitude in order to express the emotions behind the dance. Another difference between the two styles involves the way the body moves. Argentine tango calls for movement from the center of the body followed by the feet while American ballroom tango calls for the entire body to follow the same steps at once.

You can learn more about the differences between these popular ballroom dance styles when you contact the Arthur Murray Dance Studio of San Jose. Get more information on our website or by calling us today at (408) 899-5354. We also offer wedding dance lessons for soon-to-be-wed couples that want to impress their family and friends.



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