The history of Tango is a fascinating blend of cultural influences and historical events.
Tango originated in the late 19th century in the working-class neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The dance emerged from a mix of cultural influences, including African rhythms and European ballroom dance styles. The African influence can be seen in the syncopated rhythms and the use of the embrace, while the European influence can be seen in the use of the closed hold and the formalized dance steps.
Tango quickly became popular among the working class, and soon spread to the upper classes as well. By the early 20th century, Tango had become a symbol of Buenos Aires and Argentina, and was being performed and danced all over the world.
However, Tango’s popularity was not without controversy. Many saw the dance as vulgar and immoral, and it was often associated with the lower classes and the city’s red-light district. In the 1920s and 1930s, Tango’s image began to change as it was embraced by the upper classes and even the royalty.
During this time, Tango also began to evolve musically. The traditional Tango bandoneon, a type of accordion, was replaced by the piano and the orchestra. This new sound, known as the Golden Age Tango, was characterized by its smooth and romantic melodies.
After the Second World War, Tango’s popularity began to decline. However, in the 1980s, Tango experienced a resurgence in popularity, thanks in part to the success of the film “Tango Bar” and the hit song “Tanguera” by Mariano Mores. Today, Tango continues to be enjoyed by dancers and music lovers all over the world.
Tango is not just a dance form but also a cultural expression of the history and society of Argentina and Uruguay. It has been passed down through generations and continues to evolve and adapt to the present day.