Argentine Tango Dancing
Below is a smaller excerpt of this dance description from What Dance Are You?
Like An Intimate Candlelit Dinner.
For Argentineans, Tango is a calm, sensual, social dance. Like a whispered conversation over an intimate candlelit dinner, Argentine Tango dancers focus on their connection with their partner, communicating and feeling the smallest bits of energy.
The different social styles (Villa Urquiza, Milonguero-Style, Orillero-Style, Canyengue, Tango Nuevo) are recognized by differences in the dancers’ embrace. Naturally, the type of embrace affects how dancers can vary their steps, and ultimately their musical expression.
Argentine Tango and Ballroom Tango share the same music and have an aesthetic that communicates romantic tension, but their embraces are very different. Ballroom Tango dancers lean away from each other, giving it an aesthetic of emotional resistance. Whereas in the Argentine Tango embrace, the upper body leans in (sometimes head to head), making it look and feel more intimate.
If you wish to learn Argentine Tango, an Internet search will likely point you towards independent dance teachers in your area. Some ballroom dance studios may teach Argentine Tango as well. The same people who teach Argentine Tango in your local area will likely be the ones who organize social dances on a regular basis too.
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