Tango Guide

Tango is a major part of our interest, so we've dedicated an entire section to it.  This unique music and dance oozes a passion and intensity that is unsurpassed by any other kind.  It is difficult to say whether Buenos Aires and its people are the way they are because of tango or is it the culture of the city that has made tango what it is today.


This guide to tango explains the early influence from the many immigrants that arrived in Argentina in the late 19th century, and the way it was danced between men initially. We explain that it became a symbol of the working classes, rejected by the upper classes as well as the catholic church.


In the early 20th century the tango emerged into popular culture.  The sons of rich upper class families had learnt the dance as they frequented the brothels of the city.  The tango was now for all.

 

The Tango Music page explains the instuments traditionally used, the complexity of the music,  and the lyrics, as well as talkin about 'lufando', the language of the slums, which greatlly influences the words sung in Tango.

 

The journey of tango, with respect to its choreography and the way it has evolved  is explained in the Tango Dance page, from its origin in Buenos Aires where the dance could be seen in one simple form through to the current status of 'stage' and 'salon' tango.  We also explain here the basic steps of tango.

 

The Tango Argentino page tells us the origin of the 'Tango' name, as well as a detailed look at its cultural history, telling its story chronologically though the 20th century, mentioning the great musicians and composers that have made the tango world and the dance world in general what it is today.

 

Our Tango is a Man's Business page talks aboutt the origin of the dance where it was initially danced between men and through its history where women have not been considedred to be the main ingredient of the couple.

 

Of course there is much more to say about tango, but we hope this gives you a little incite into this facinating dance and form of music, from its origins to the present day world of tango.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any comments.

 

You may also be interested in joining us on one of our Tango Weeks in Buenos Aires.  Please click here for more details.  Plus if the dates don't agree with your schedule why not contact us so that we can arrange something more personal for you.  You can also do this via our Build Your Own Tour page.