Tango

The Tango is one of the most beautiful of all the dances. It is characterized by earthy and dramatic movements.

History
The Tango began in the West Indies and found its way to Argentina where it was stylized by the Gauchos. It became the rage in 1921 after the silent screen star Rudolph Valentino brought this romantic dance to millions in “The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.” More recently, it has been danced in movies such as “True Lies” and “Scent Of A Woman.” Today, the Tango is considered the “dancer’s dance” and becomes a favorite of all who learn it.

Music
Tango music is usually written in 2/4 or 4/4 timing. The first teaching rhythm in tango is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.

Characteristics
The hold in Tango is more compact than in other moving dances. The walk in Tango differs from walks in other dances in that it is staccato action obtained by delaying the follow-through of the free leg and foot.

Tango songs and artists include:
* Hernando’s Hideaway – from “The Pajama Game”
* Whatever Lola Wants – from “Damn Yankees”
* La Cumparsita – Julio Iglesias
* Por Una Cabeza – from “Scent of a Woman”