What makes this dance recognizable? What is typical, distinctive or characteristic?

With relaxed knees dancing in a staccato, alternating slow and fast pace with short, powerful (head) movement and a stately demeanor.


Hernando's hideaway - Archie Bleyer ea
I would walk 500 miles - The Proclaimers
Pretty women - Roy Orbison

BPM: 31-33 (2 quart measure, contrast between quicks and slows)

Name: see Argentine Tango. A mix of beer and grenadine is also called Tango.

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Replace the emotion of the Argentine tango by British control..., make it somewhat artificial and stiff... with a compact dance posture, long, gliding steps and breaks and you get a continental version of the Argentine Tango.

The tango originated in Argentina where the tango Argentina originated. It is music on the fringes of society, played in the whore cabinets, where rugged types awaited their girl to dance. The accompanying dance depicts the hunter who catches his prey, the relationship between the machoman and willing woman. The tango is sometimes described as the vertical expression of a horizontal drift. The original musical accompaniment was on violin, guitar and flute, but through trade routes from Germany arrived the bandoneon (as developed for use in churches without organ), and made the tango in its classical form a fact. Both dance and music were because of the immoral character not accepted by the middle class in Argentina. What for somef rich, rebellious types once again was the reason to run away with especially with the music and dance. They took their fascination with them on their travels, including to Europe. So can it be that at the beginning of the twentieth century, the romantic Paris is full of tango. As well as the upcoming Hollywood discovered tango (with as big movie star Rudolph Valentino) is in Europe no stopping him. In Argentina tango has been promoted from the whore houses to the theaters and are skilled composers, musicians and dancers shamelessly doing it. The tango that is taught at many dance schools cannot be compared with the Argentine tango.

In the Netherlands and other European countries people are of the introductory shocked by the open sensuality of the tango. This leads to the development of its own version: the continental tango. The dance is civilized (?) and the music by using the accordion different in color.


The count for the ballroom tango is: one, two; one, two, three (SS - QQQ QQQ). The music is performed at a rate of 33 beats per minute in which the pair maintains in close physical contact. For the true enthusiast ballroom tango is still the cream of the crop and a well-executed tango is a feast for the eyes.

Tango dancer has a slightly different attitude then other ballroom dancers. In the tango bend lady and gent a little bit at the knees so “to dance close to the ground." Furthermore, the lady left her open, horizontal, palm down and flat. She holds her thumb just under the armpit of the man, so she makes a sort of plateau with her ​​hand. The right hand of the lord is lower and in the middle of the back of the lady and the fingers of the right hand are pointing more down. Steps are usually put on the full foot.

The western tango is characterized by tight, staccato movements, especially the main actions of the lady are typical of the tango.

Characteristic of this dance is the contrast between sharp and soft movements are emphasized dynamics and the somewhat more compact dance posture. The sharp movements are supported by accents in the music. This gives the dance a not to other dances confusable look.

Ballroom tango

The ballroom tango is danced to music in measure with two-four time with accents. This dance was originally danced in large ballrooms and is still taught in "classical dance schools.

 In contrast to the original Tango the music has a " strict tempo" of about 30 beats per minute. Therefore, the dance is flatter and has a less sensual character.