Argentine Tango Dancing
The term Argentine Tango refers to the original sultry style of tango that was born in Buenos Aires around the end of the 19th century. Gauchos and "working girls" of the red light district are widely credited for creating this spontaneous style of dancing that seeks to interpret the passion and raw emotion of authentic tango music. The music and the dance quickly became a common language for the melting pot of cultures that inhabited the city at the time. Tango became a lifestyle for many who referred to themselves "tangueros" and took great pride in their ability to express the spectrum of life's emotions on the cities bandstands and dance floors. In the early 1900's tango made its way to Paris where it was considered too vulgar and was "watered down" to suit European sensibilities of the time.
True Argentine tango remained a secret to the rest of the world until a few Argentine dance troupes brought the dance in all of its original splendor to American audiences in the 1980's. Sold out shows left dancers eager to find out more about this exotic dance that looked nothing like what they knew as tango. American dancers began to flock to Buenos Aires to learn the cities best kept secret. Today, tango clinics, floorshows, and dance salons are a major part of that cities tourist industry.
The first step in learning Argentine Tango is to throw just about everything you know about ballroom dancing out the window. From its untraditional "embrace", to it's improvised timing, this dance is in a category all its own. The lack of structure demands a sense of creativity and improvisation that can be intimidating at first but once mastered is the most rewarding of all the dances offered at the studio
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I started taking lessons in June 2010. My wife died in November 2009, after fighting breast cancer for 13 years. It was at this time I became depressed and did pretty much nothing for a period of 3 or 4 months. A girlfriend at local gym recommended joining a dance studio. I then went to the Scottsdale Arthur Murray Studio and saw people dancing and talking and smiling. In other words, having a good time. At that point I decided to join. I was introduced to two of the female instructors as my new instructors. As time passed, they became the two people I fell in love with as well as, with the rest of the group at the studio due to their attitude toward me, and the love they had for dancing. The girls and the studio as a whole have given me a second chance at an enjoyable second time around. Thank you all!
~ Ray Thalblum