Argentine Tango

Have fun and learn the Argentine Tango!

What shoes should I wear?
  • For women – As a follower, shoes need two important traits: a strap so you can walk backwards, and a smooth leather or suede sole so you can pivot easily
  • For men – Shoes should have a smooth sole, leather or suede, so you can pivot easily
What clothing should I wear?:
  • Freedom of movement for your legs is important, so a loose dress, loose skirt, or loose pants is best.
If you attend a Friday class, you get to attend the weekend “open floor time” to practice!  (Usually on Sunday 1-3 PM, space permitting, based upon special events.)

Have fun and learn the Argentine Tango! Call Ventura Dance Center at (201) 881-6434 for more information today.

Great Tango Songs

  • “La Cumparsita”
  • “El Tango de Roxanne”
  • “Phantom of the Opera Tango”
  • “Orchids in the Moonlight”
  • “Tango Argentino” (Orchestra Tango Cafe)

Tango in the Movies

  • “Scent of a Woman” (1992)
  • “Addams Family Values” (1993)
  • “Evita” (1996)
  • “Moulin Rouge” (2001)
  • “Frida” (2002)
  • “Chicago” (2002)
  • “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (2005)

As Argentina’s economy experienced a great boom at the end of the 19th century, the sons of wealthy families learned the tango while looking for adventure and excitement in the humble suburbs of Buenos Aires. As society evolved, members of the Argentinian elite, who weren’t above slumming among society’s poor, introduced the dance to their circles. They eventually brought the steps and music with them to Paris. Unlike the conservative Buenos Aires society, Parisians loved the coarse and sexual nature of this new dance. The Tango craze spread throughout Europe, and soon landed in London and New York. Before long, even the most scandalized Argentinians couldn’t help but proudly claim the wildly popular Tango as a homegrown phenomenon.

While the original tango was a very raw and provocative style of dance that most audiences did not appreciate, a heavily sanitized version of the tango found its way into both European and American dance academies. It remains a major dance category in ballroom competitions today.

For more information on the Argentine Tango call Ventura Dance Center today at (201) 881-6434.

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