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Tango

Author:
SK
Date Published:
February 1, 2004

Tango was first danced in Europe before the World War I, in 36 bars per minute tempo. It originates from Buenos Aires (Argentina) where it was first danced in "Barria de Las Ranas", the ghetto of Buenos Aires. It was then known under the name of "Baile con corte" (dance with a rest). The "dandies" of Buenos Aires changed the dance in two ways. First they changed the so-called "Polka rhythm" into the "Habanere rhythm" and secondly they called it Tango.

From 1900 onwards several amateurs tried to introduce the dance from Argentina into Paris, but without success. Being rather an egzotic dance, a sensuous creation of South nations, Tango initially did not become accepted by the European social establishment. It was however still danced in the suburban areas and gaining more and more popularity.

Tango's breakthrough came on a dance competition on French Riviera. The dance was so well presented there by a group of its enthusiasts that it gained immediate recognition in Paris and then the rest of Europe.

Syllabus:

Bronze

Back corte
Closed promenade
Natural promenade turn
Natural twist turn
Open promenade
Open reverse turn, partner in line, closed finish
Open reverse turn, partner outside, open or closed finish
Progressive link
Progressive side step
Progressive side step reverse turn
Rock turn
Rocks on RF and LF
Walks
Silver

Back open promenade
Brush tap
Fallaway promenade
Four step
Four step change
Outside swivels
Promenade link
Gold

Basic reverse turn (IDTA: bronze)
Chase
Contra check
Drop or tilt oversway (IDTA)
Fallaway four step
Fallaway reverse and slip pivot (IDTA: common figure)
Five step
Mini five step (IDTA)
Oversway