History of Tango Dance

Tango Dancing

One of the most influential and famous dances of the modern history is without a doubt, Tango, dance that originated in 19th century Spain, but was then infused with various influences brought from the entire world, and finally morphed into the modern Tango in early 20th century Argentina. Very quickly this dance managed to reach North America and Europe, from where it conquered entire world with its sensuality, rhythm, energy and passion.

Early form of Tango is thought to be formed in Cuba and Spain in mid-19th century where they were performed as a solo dance by women. Andalusian tango was performed by one or two pairs of women with castanets, with very strong public frowns and fears that this mix of tango and flamenco was immoral and very flirty.

The development of Tango as we know it today started in mid 1800s after Argentina undergone massive immigration. Mix of the people from Africa, Spain, Italy, England, Poland, Russia and native-born Argentinian created very potent cultural mix that soon started forming new traditions and new way of life. One of those newly created things came from the mix of European minuet dances, polkas and many African influences that brought rhythms and instruments that formed Tango, dance that very quickly became very popular in the poor neighborhood of Buenos Aires in late 1880s where it was known as “music of the immigrants”.

Popularity of the Tango grew in the 1st decade of 20th century, with over 1000 gramophone records and countless tango sheets being created in Buenos Aires alone. In the year 1910, history of tango was changed forever with the arrival of bandoneon from Germany to Buenos Aires, where it became inextricably linked with tango music from then on. In the 2nd decade tango was featured on up to 5,500 gramophone records in Argentina.

Tango craze did not stay in Argentina for long. In 1910 it reached New York and in 1912 Pairs. In both of those great cities, this dance brought true revolution to the floors of ballroom. Other cities quickly followed, and soon tango was danced across entire Europe and North America, but there were some difficulties. Same as with appearance of Waltz during the early Victorian era, introduction of Tango was welcomed as distasteful and too flirty. This sentiment thankfully soon subsided, and high class of people soon started accepting it and promoting it with the exploits of famous dancers and musicians. With the arrival of Tango to the elegant dance floors of the best known ballrooms all across the world, maintaining its popularity to today.