A Set of Facts about Tango that Few People Know
What country comes in mind when you hear the word Tango? Vast majority of people would answer Argentina. And it is true, the story of this dance takes its beginning in Argentina. The first Tango sing ever is named “Toma Mata Che” and it is hard to find something more Argentinian than that.
The story of this beautiful and passionate dance recons more than a 150 years and the it still develops, claims momentum but never loses its Argentinian roots.
We have collected some little-known facts about Tango that may be interesting to admirers of this dance.
1. At first, this dance was considered to be a dance of poor and underprivileged people from the docklands of Buenos Aires. Tango appeared in the middle of 19th century as a dance of African and European immigrants, who danced on the streets and bawdyhouses. As a result the dance became a fusion of African, gaucho and European styles.
2. The main reason of the first wave of popularity of Tango is a shortage of women. Immigrants were mostly men and they immigrated for economic reasons. As a result, at the beginning of the 20th century women were 100,000 less than men. So the only ways to get close to a woman for many immigrants were to visit a brothel or to dance with her. And being a good dancer increased a chance to dance with a partner. So no wonder that Tango is full of passion and sexual innuendo. Everybody knows that famous expression: “Tango is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire”.
3. The dance was prohibited by the people of quality as it was considered low and scandalous as it was performed in the brothels.
4. 1955-1983 is a period when tango went underground because of the change of the ruling regime. Right-wing conservatives got into office and took all measures to get rid of Tango as it was supported by the previous leader Peron. Because of the prosecuting of dancers and banning Tango songs the dance lost a part of its popularity though didn’t disappear at all.
5. Tango is the first European dance that allows improvisation. It is a well-known fact that before Tango all couple dances were based on sequences so all dancers moved in the unison. The second wave of popularity started in 1912 in Paris and, surprisingly enough, the upper class in Argentina started to dance Tango as it was extremely popular in Europe.
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