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The Best Places To Experience Tango In Argentina
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The Best Places To Experience Tango In Argentina

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Updated: 15 May 2018
Argentine tango is an extremely varied and social dance medium that is the pride and joy of Argentinian locals. For them, it is a way of life, an expression of their culture. It is a pure representation of their heritage and a symbol of the nation’s creativity, with hundreds of teachers, guides and festivals located around the country. We take a look at the top ten places to experience this influential genre of dance.

Argentinian tango has a complex and unclear history with many different styles of the dance being currently practiced. These styles originated from the 1900s and are popular today. Tango Canyengue is a rhythmic style of tango which contains all the fundamental elements of traditional Argentine tango. Tango Orillero refers to the style of dance that developed away from the town centers where there was more available space and therefore more freedom. And Salon Tango is danced socially in the salons of Buenos Aires. These styles were practiced throughout the golden era of Argentine tango (1935-1952) when milongas, a tango event, were held in large dance venues and full tango orchestras performed. After a lull, tango then re-emerged at the end of the Argentine military dictatorship in 1983. Since then new styles have developed such as the Tango de Fantasia, Tango Nuevo and Estilo Milonguero.

Narrative Tango Tours

This unique tour is co-founded by Cyrena Drusine, a professional tango dancer from New York. Drusine won the first US Tango Championship in 2007 and that same year finished as a finalist in the World Tango Competition in the category ‘Tango Salon in Buenos Aires’. She provides authentic tango-based tours from historic walks to classes and also accompanied outings to milongas. The technical and cultural aspects of the dance are some of the many things covered in the tour, as well as an insight into the nature and history of tango music and how it is played in a milonga.

Tango Buenos Aires Festival

This festival is committed to the historical heritage, growth and projection of tango in all its ways of expression. Tango Buenos Aires also includes the world-renowned Dance Festival and World Cup where thousands of dancers and audiences from all around the world come to the city to participate in the various activities that take place in the month of August.

Cafe Tortoni - The World Tango Museum

Art Museum, History Museum
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Cafe Tortoni | © Ferchulandia05/WikiCommons
The World Tango Museum is located above Cafe Tortoni. This museum is dedicated to everything tango, covering aspects of different styles and generations from De Caro, Gardel and Contursi, through to Discépolo, Pugliese, Goyeneche, Mores, Piazzolla, Avant-Garde and Contemporary.
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