About Argentine Tango
Argentine Tango consists of a variety of styles that
developed in different regions and eras, and in response to the crowding of the venue and even the fashions in clothing. Even
though they all developed in Argentina and Uruguay,
they were also exposed to influences reimported from Europe and North America.
Consequently there is a good deal of confusion and overlap between the styles as they are now danced - and fusions continue
Most of the Argentine Tango styles are danced in both
open embrace, where leader and follower connect at arms length, and close embrace,
where the man and woman connect chest-to-chest. Close embrace is often associated with the more traditional styles, while
open embrace leaves room for many of the embellishments and figures that are associated with Tango Nuevo.
Tango is essentially walking with a partner and the music.
Musicality (i.e. dancing appropriately to the emotion and speed of a tango) is an extremely important element of tangoing. A good dancer is one who makes you see the music. Also, dancers generally keep their
feet close to the floor as they walk, the ankles and knees brushing as one leg passes the other.
Argentine Tango relies heavily on improvisation; although certain patterns of movement have been codified by instructors over the
years as a device to instruct dancers, there is no "basic step." One of the only constants across all Argentine Tango styles,
is that the follower will usually be led to alternate feet. Another is that the follower rarely has her weight on both feet
at the same time. Argentine tango is a new orientation of couple dancing. As most dances have a rational-pattern which can
be predicted by the follower, the ballast of previous perceptions about strict rules has to be thrown overboard and replaced
by a real communication contact, creating a direct non-verbal dialogue. A tango is a living act in the moment as it happens.
Argentine Tango is danced counterclockwise around the outside
of the dance floor (the "line of dance") and dance "traffic" often segregates into a number of "lanes"; cutting across the
middle of the floor is frowned upon. In general, the middle of the floor is where you find either beginners who lack floor
navigation skills or people who are performing "showy" figures or patterns that take up more dance floor space. It is acceptable
to stop briefly in the line of dance to perform stationary figures, as long as the other dancers are not unduly impeded. The
school of thought about this is, if there is open space in front of you, there are likely people waiting behind you. Dancers
are expected to respect the other couples on the floor; colliding or even crowding another couple, or stepping on others'
feet is to be avoided strenuously. It is considered rude; in addition to possible physical harm rendered, it can be disruptive
to a couple's musicality.
Argentine Tango is recognised as one of
the most sophisticated, sensual and passionate dance.
It is a dance form very different from
the international ballroom tango in which the couples dance with a rose in the mouth, and swinging their heads from time to
time ... Argentine tango is danced with emphasis on the lower body movement, the 'Ganchos', 'Voleos' are all done with the
intricate movement of legs with the upper body in close embrace. Moreover, the essence of argentine tango comes with improvisation.
The men lead and women follow. Women will never know what's the next step in argentine tango, so there will not be any problem
even you dance with a stranger. That is why in a milonga, there's a custom to change partner every 4 songs. If
you lead and follow in a correct way, you can always enjoy the dance and the music as romantic as you dance with your lover.
That's why, the dance is always called "a-three-minute-love-affair."
show tango 以及 salon tango。在劇院看到的表演多半為
is the soul of argentine tango. Tango music is probably most distinguished from other types of music by two things: the bandoneon
and the lack of drums. The music of tango is always with a melancholic emotion. The classic tango orchestra
is made up of bandoneons, violins, piano, and cello.
The Cultural Background
it has come to epitomize the glamour and elegance of high society, with women in sleek glittering evening gowns and men in
tuxedos, the Argentine Tango was originated in a society's underbelly, the brothels of Buenos Aires, as an "acting out" of the relationship between the
prostitute and the immigrants. However, after tango was performance at a fashionable salon is Paris, it gain tremendous popularity
in Europe, and Argentine high society took a new look at the dance. Moreover, thanks to the Hollywood effect, a number
of movies like "the Scent of Women", "Tango" and "Tango Lesson" etc, make Argentine tango known to all continents of
Today, young people in Argentina
and many big cites all over the world started to realize the tango in their own ways, with their own unique character, deconstructing
and reconstructuring it. Maybe that is why tango is now again a phenomenon, and this resurrection of tango may make the artform
more powerfull than ever.
Milonga / Practica
Milonga is a dance party. It can be held casually
in a bar, or formally in a decent restaurant or hotel, or even just out in a outdoor plaza or riverside. In
a milonga, men invite women to dance by their eyes, sometimes with a noding head. As people can
dance argentine tango with any strangers, milonga becomes a very good means of cultural exchange. What
can be better than making friends with tango all over the world?
Practica is an informal practice event usually held
regularly in dance studios for practicing the technical movements of the dance.
Practica 是阿根廷探戈的練習舞聚。大多數租用一些dance studio 作練習場地，舞者利用這些場合互相砌磋舞技。