To understand Tango we have to go back to the 19th century. Argentina was a diverse community with African slaves and European immigrants bringing a rich mixture of rhythms and musical techniques.
Cuban Habanera, Argentine Milonga, Candombe and Flamenco are just some of the early influences on the style that was to become Tango. In the early 20th century the dance and the musical form exploded into the Paris scene and shortly thereafter around Europe and eventually the USA.
Learning to dance was an important part of the Argentine social forum. In some cases the dance floor was the only time a single man could speak to a single woman without a chaperone standing next to her.
Different neighbourhoods gave rise to different flourishes within their Tango. In the early days you could tell which neighbourhood someone came from, just by looking at the way they danced. Over time the dance and music has evolved bringing with it many forms of Tango including: Salon, Milonga, Vals, Nuevo and Ballroom.
Here are a few varied videos to give a sense of this dance style:
Below is a continually-updated list of music we play in class and at socials: