What is Argentine Tango
The Argentine Tango is a dance of passion, grace, speed and intricate steps. It is intensely individualistic and improvisational. The music is derived from black African rhythms, the melodies of southern Italy, Cuba and the Andalusian Tango. The theme of tango is passion, emotion and longing. It is reflected in the somber strains of the bandoneon, an accordion like instrument that breathes and signs with the pining of a lost love.
Born around 1880 in the River Plate Region, Tango is an exclusively urban phenomenon whose major development took place in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. One hundred years since its birth, the tango is both the classic and modern form is again an integral part of Argentine culture, reclaimed by an older generation and discovered by the young.