Used by Permission and adapted from the Dance Vision International Dance Association - American Style Smooth Bronze Manual (MASB01) 2006. www.dancevision.com
Tango arose from the slums and brothels of Buenos Aires in the 1800's as a blend of differing cultural rhythms and steps. It was shunned by the respectable classes, just like Waltz, as too passionate and controversial. Tango became the rage in the United States just before World War I, as danced by Vernon and Irene Castle. Both Rudolph Valentino and Groucho Marx did their versions of the Tango in early films.
Its close hold, low center of gravity, stealthy cat-like staccato feel is unmistakable, along with the highly recognizable musical style.
Time Signature: 4/4 or 2/4
Forward and Promenade Walks: Heel
Drags: Inside edge of Ball (for example, last step of a Tango Close)
Tango has no rise and fall or sway, and movement must be supported by your core muscle group. Maintain the same height throughout the dance. Walks generally curve to the left with CBM and CBMP, and the lifting of the foot slightly off the floor and then placing it in position. Move forward quickly on the Slow and wait to create the staccato appearance.Some of My Favorite Tango Songs:
1. "Hernando's Hideaway" by Nilla Pizzi on 16 Tanghi Cantati
Bronze Syllabus Figures:
1a. Straight Basic
Variations for Social Dancing:Tango is unique so no other smooth dance figures are used as variations.