Tango

Mackenzie Sikora

History and Type of Music/ Dance

The orgin of Tango music can be directly linked to the composer, director and bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla. evolution of the dance has profound implications for the way we dance today, and Tango music has become one of the great World Music genres.

For the first century of its history, while Tango music struggled for and then achieved respectability, the dance was neglected by historians and academics. The articles on these pages are based on many years of research in areas sometimes not covered by the official histories of Tango. The aim is to get to the heart of the Tango from a dancer's perspective, but not forgetting the rich history of the music.

We will examine the story of the dance, from its earliest stages, through its worldwide success before and after the First World War, the Golden Age from the mid 1930s until the coup in Argentina in 1955, the dark ages of Tango when the dance was pushed underground and persecuted, and the fabulous Tango renaissance which has spread the dance once again all over the world.

Characteristics and Connection of Tango dance


There are many different ways of dancing tango – and they don't fall into any neat categories. The key difference is whether the dancers move stiffly through pre-set routines or dance in a more fluid, subtle and genuinely improvised way.

The Music and Dance Today

In tango there is a 'leader' and 'follower'. Through the embrace, the leader offers invitations to the follower for where and how to step. The follower decides in what way they will accept the leader's invitations. Both leader and follower try to maintain harmony and connection through the embrace, and with the music, and so the dance is born.