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Get those feet moving in Argentina | © Suzana Gudolle Dias de Bem/Flickr
Get those feet moving in Argentina | © Suzana Gudolle Dias de Bem/Flickr

7 Traditional Argentinian Dances You Should Know About

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Updated: 9 October 2017
In any country of Latin lovers, dancing is sure to be a staple of local culture. Argentines are very much a society that knows how to shake their hips and get down with the music. We take a look at some of the best traditional dances in Argentina to get that body moving.

Tango

No mention of dancing in Argentina would be complete without celebrating tango, a dance that has made it far beyond Argentine borders. Tango began in the nascent port of La Boca back in the late 1880s, and draws influence from African and European rhythms. Danced in pairs, tango is laced with melancholy, drama and lust, and although it is beautiful to watch, it is very, very difficult to learn. Which is one of the reasons why it is one of Argentina’s biggest exports – local tango teachers often leave Argentina to teach tango in other parts of the world, such is the demand for Argentine expertise in the dance which cannot be found elsewhere.

Tango is the heartbeat of Argentina
Tango is the heartbeat of Argentina | © Luca Boldrini/Flickr

Malambo

Malambo is a traditional folkloric dance that was born in the Argentine pampa as far back as the 1600s. Considering its origins on the expansive flatlands, it makes sense that this is a dance choreographed exclusively for men, and it most definitely has a Wild West, cowboy feel to it. Accompanied by guitars, malambo dancers wear billowy trousers and wide-brimmed hats, and use lots of tap steps, as well as twists and leg flicks familiar in tango.

Cumbia

While cumbia takes many forms musically, and has its origins in the northern Latin American country of Colombia, Argentina definitely has taken this South American rhythm and made it its own. Dancing to classic