The Surprising History Of Tango In Argentina


Have you ever watched a tango performance and felt a shiver run down your spine? There’s something undeniably magnetic about this dance, with its close embraces and quick, intricate steps. Let’s dive into the fascinating journey of how tango twirled its way from Argentine backstreets to the global stage.

Origins in the Melting Pot

Tango originated in the late 19th century, but its exact origins are a topic of much debate and mystery. The dance is believed to have started in the lower-class districts of Buenos Aires, particularly in neighborhoods populated by immigrants, former slaves, and working-class Argentines. These areas were melting pots of culture. The music and dance of tango were born from this fusion. It combines elements of Spanish flamenco, African rhythms, and the Argentine milonga.

Tango’s Golden Age

The early 20th century marked the Golden Age of Tango. The transformation of tango from a disreputable dance to a respectable form of art was significant, with more elegant and refined styles developing as it moved uptown.

By the 1920s and 1930s, tango had captivated audiences well beyond Argentina, becoming a sensation in Paris, London, and other major cities around the world. 

Revival and Recognition

The late 20th century witnessed a revival of tango, sparked by renewed interest both domestically and internationally. By 2009, UNESCO declared tango part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage, recognizing its significant cultural impact and its role in fostering community identity.


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