History Of Tango Dancing

The history of Tango dancing goes back as far as the 17th century. Having influences from Spanish and African culture, the dance forms from the ceremonies of former slaves have a hand in shaping the modern day Tango. The main objective of this page is to look into the Tango dancing history.

The origin of Tango dancing seems to be in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires, while the music for tango was drawn from the fusion of different styles of music from Europe. It was in the 1890s, that the word "Tango" seems to have first been used. Earlier, it was just one of the many forms of dances, but it was soon to gain high popularity throughout society. It spread from the suburbs to the working-class slums, which were crammed with thousands of European immigrants, mostly Italians, Spanish and French.

In the early history of Tango dancing, the dancers and orchestras from Buenos Aires were seen traveling to Europe. The craze for Tango initiating with Paris, was soon to follow to London, Berlin, and other capitals of the world. Hitting New York in the USA, and Finland by the end of 1913, Tango dancing sure had arrived. Earlier, the name "Tango" was applied to dances in a basic 2/4 or 4/4 rhythm such as the one-step. The term being fashionable, did not necessarily mean that the tango dancing steps would be used in the dance. During this time, the Tango music was played sometimes, but at a rather fast pace. The tango dancing of this period was sometimes referred to as a "North American Tango", versus the "Rio de la Plata Tango".

The history of Tango dancing reflects that by 1914, more genuine tango dancing styles were beginning to get developed. With the onset of Great Depression in 1929, in Argentina, certain limitations were introduced. In 1930, after the defeat of the Hipólito Yrigoyen government, there was a decline in Tango. But again in the 1950s, under the government of Juan Perón, the fortunes for tango dancing reversed again and it soared in popularity. Today, Tango dancing has taken the world by storm and there seems to be no stopping it.