Argentinian Folk Songs and Dances
Ronnie and Stu Lipner
History of The Gato
Traditionally, the dance is performed in pairs, with each dancer on his/her own, not embracing one another. The dance is a display of the showmanship of the Argentinian horseman, known as the gaucho. The male pursues the female, trying to impress her with his impressive tap dancing steps, called zapateos, and incredible jumps.