Tango

The tango is one of the most beautiful of all the dances.  It is characterized by earthy and dramatic movements.

History:

The Tango began in the West Indies and found its way to Argentina where it was stylized by the gauchos.  It became the rage in 1921 after the silent screen star Rudolph Valentino brought this romantic dance to millions in “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”.  More recently, it is been danced in movies such as True Lies and Scent of a Woman.  Today, the Tango is considered the dancers dance and becomes a favorite of all who learn it.

Music:

Tango music is usually written in 2/4 or 4/4 timing.  The first teaching rhythm and tango is the slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.

Characteristics:

The hold in tango is more compact than in other moving dances.  The walk in Tango differs from walks and other dances in that is a staccato action obtained by delaying the follow-through of the free leg and foot.

Teaching elements

  • Tango basics                             Work on level progression
  • Dance positions                        Closed position for better lead and follow
  • Amalgamations                        Link patterns easily for smooth transitions
  • Control                                       Learn to control momentum
  • Variety (interrelation)            Build vocabulary of patterns for style, movement & adaptation.
  • Footwork                                   Develop foot coordination.  Players and fans are exercises of balance in rotation
  • Compare contrast                    Foxtrot, Argentine Tango, International Tango

Tango songs and artists include:

Hernandos Hideaway – from “The Pajama Game”

Whatever Lola Wants – from “Damn Yankees”

La Cumparsita – Julio Iglesias

Por Una Cabeza – from “Scent of a Woman”