This brief history of tango dance is vague, but it becomes more clearly defined toward the beginning of the 19th century, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Argentine Tango developed most rapidly among the poorer population of Argentina, although the wealthier men encountered it in the brothels on the poor side of town. Due to the vast shortage of women in Argentina at the time, men who frequented those places often had to wait for a dance. Entertainment was sometimes provided by musicians, and men danced with each other in order to practice.
Why did men want to practice dancing the Tango? Tango history shows that they learned this dance in order to impress the women who they might seduce to become their brides. The women they wanted to impress were not the prostitutes, but rather the women they were competing for back home.
Brief History of Tango Dance Partner Styles
The Tango is only the third dance in known history to be performed with couples facing each other, in dance position. The Viennese Waltz was the first, although it was danced at arms' length. The second was the Polka. The Tango had a different, exotic rhythm and an intimate proximity that quickly caught people's attention. It also allowed for improvisation rather than only choreographed dance moves, which was a new development in dancing.
The Tango Catches Fire
In 1857, the first known piece of music written for the Tango appeared in Argentina. The name of the piece was "Toma mate', che'." By 1890, the dance had grown popular enough that a couple danced the Tango onstage in Buenos Aires. Tango history shows it reaching Paris in 1908, quickly became popular there and then spreading throughout Europe.
The popularity of the Tango grew, and books came out trying to teach Tango steps. Tango history from 1935 through the 1950s, shows that it was the most popular dance in Buenos Aires, fueled by the popular music of the time.
Where did the Tango originate? The sensual, teasing, powerful and dramatic dance called the Tango grew up in the 19th century in the cabarets of the Buenos Aires suburbs.
Learning Argentine Tango steps is an easy way to pick up the Tango. With a few lessons, you can dance confidently with your partner on the dance floor.