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Learn to dance Tango

The Tango Dance Style

The dance of love, the Tango, is known for creating a passionate physical connection between dance partners. When dancing the Tango, your embrace will position your upper body against your partners, allowing your heartbeats to merge as you dance.

Controlled staccato footwork combine with fluid, graceful movements, to make the unique rhythm of the Tango.

The Tango is a particularly great dance for those wishing to focus on their timing and phrasing and it is a good choice for beginners who might be concerned about having ‘two left feet’, because the basic steps are very easy – if you can walk, you can Tango!

Often referred to as the ultimate dance for couples, the Tango is a favourite among all who learn it. At Arthur Murray we offer Tango lessons to couples or singles at every skill level. Contact us today or book a free lesson.

History of the Tango

Originating in Buenos Aires, the Tango has its heritage in the Cuban habanera. The dance gained popularity quickly, particularly across South America and in immigrant communities across the USA and Europe. In fact, during the first decade of the 1900s over a third of all gramophone records released were classified as Tango.

The style found mainstream popularity in 1921 after silent screen star Rudolph Valentino showcased his dancing in a movie named “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. Continuing that tradition, the Tango has been immortalised in many popular movies, generally used as a symbol of intense passion and sexual tension. Its distinctive style and strength can be witnessed in the following movies:

  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
  • Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • Evita (1996)
  • Moulin Rouge (2001)
  • Frida (2002)
  • Chicago (2002)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

Tango Music

Tango music is generally played by a sextet, containing two violins, a piano, double bass, and two bandoneóns. Earlier forms of the ensemble sometimes included a flute, clarinet and guitar. The first Tango ever recorded was created by Ángel Villoldo, who had to travel to Paris to make the recording because there were no recording studios in his home country of Argentina.

Available in either 2/4 or 4/4 time, Tango music is extremely versatile and has a uniquely vibrant style that made it popular across the world.

Our top 10 favourite Tango songs to dance to are:

  1. Por Una Cabeza – Tango Project
  2. Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Tony Bennett
  3. I am you – Sally Potter
  4. Tango Passion – Vio Friedmann
  5. Objection – Shakira
  6. Santa Maria – Gotan Project
  7. Bonboncito – Orchestra El Chocio
  8. Habanera – Carmen
  9. Libertango – Astor Paizzolla
  10. Sensuel – Carlos Ortega

How to Get Started Learning the Tango

At Arthur Murray we offer a range of options for people interested in learning more about this vibrant and passionate dance style, starting with a simple ‘tango walk’.

Whether you’re partnered or single, an absolute beginner or an experienced dancer, we can create a lesson plan that suits you.

Try the Tango out for free when you book your first lesson with Arthur Murray!