Tango music was born in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, notably in the brothels of the Junín y Lavalle district and in the arrabales (poorer suburbs). Its sensual dance moves were not seen as respectable until adopted by the Parisian high society in the 1920s, and then all over the world. Tango consists of a variety of styles that developed in different regions and eras of Argentina. The dance developed in response to many cultural elements, such as the crowding of the venue and even the fashions in clothing. The styles are mostly danced in either open embrace, where lead and follow connect at arms length, or close embrace, where the lead and follow connect chest-to-chest. As we were in the city where Tango was born, in the rowdy docks of Buenos Aires, we went to the elegant dance studio of Elsa Maria and Mayoral – world renowned Tango dancers – to give it a twirl
to the sensual music which is as important as the dance itself.
After our best efforts the folowing evening we went to the intimate Rojo Tango to watch the experts and be immersed in the most authentic and intimate Tango show the city has to offer
And it was AMAZING – we were overwhelmed by the perfected ambience of the small room and standard of the musicians and dancers. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to visit this dynamic city