Travel Destination :: Buenos Aires and The Tango Dancers

I have had the privilege of being backstage of many live shows throughout the world, and it is always fascinating to me the focus, and dedication, performing artists have. The moments an audience never sees are the most captivating. As artists give everything to an audience, often being over the top, they almost all are subdued behind the scenes.

The professionalism of performing artists is remarkable, and I sometimes wish I could bottle this up to share with the viewing public. Beautifully, however, there is artistry not only on the performing stage but also in the cramped quarters behind the stage. Their silence and concentration are powerful. The moves are rehearsed meer moments before going onstage to perform to perfection.

This very night I not only fell in love with the romantic Tango Dance but also with the dancers in Buenos Aires. Their charm will make you melt. When I returned months later with the photos to show the dancers, they welcomed me as one of their family. For a more comprehensive look at the tango dancers of Cafe de Los Angelitos please check out Backstage At The Tango.

Consider these interesting facts about the Tango Dance:

:: At first, this dance was considered to be a dance of poor and underprivileged people from the docklands of Buenos Aires. Tango appeared in the middle of 19th century as a dance of African and European immigrants, who danced on the streets and bawdy houses. As a result, the dance became a fusion of African, gaucho and European styles.

:: The main reason for the first wave of popularity of Tango is a shortage of women. Immigrants were mostly men and they immigrated for economic reasons. As a result, at the beginning of the 20th-century women were 100,000 less than men. So the only ways to get close to a woman for many immigrants were to visit a brothel or to dance with her. And being a good dancer increased a chance to dance with a partner. So no wonder that Tango is full of passion and sexual innuendo. Everybody knows that famous expression: “Tango is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire”.

:: The dance was prohibited by the people of quality as it was considered low and scandalous as it was performed in the brothels.

:: From 1955 to 1983 Tango went underground because of the change of the ruling regime. Right-wing conservatives got into office and took all measures to get rid of Tango as it was supported by the previous leader Peron. Because of the prosecuting of dancers and banning Tango songs the dance lost a part of its popularity though didn’t disappear at all.

:: Tango is the first European dance that allows improvisation. It is a well-known fact that before Tango all couple dances were based on sequences so all dancers moved in the unison. The second wave of popularity started in 1912 in Paris and, surprisingly enough, the upper class in Argentina started to dance the Tango as it was extremely popular in Europe.

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