The Tango is a Ballroom dance that branched away from its original Argentine roots by allowing European, American, Hollywood, and competitive influences into the style and execution of the dance.
The Tango was adopted and made their own by the Europeans (most notably the English) in 1922. Initially, the English dominated the International Style Tango, but eventually, technicians from other backgrounds, most notably the Italians, have chipped away at the English standard and created a dynamic style that continues to raise the competitive bar.
A very powerful dance was the result, with big movements, dramatic gestures, and quick snaps of the head from one position to another.
Grouped together in competitive events with the Ballroom dances, the International Tango incorporated many of the pattern characteristics of Waltz and Foxtrot, but it still maintains a very unique character which sets it apart from all of the other ballroom dances.
The Tango is known as the dance of passion, mystery, and seduction. It’s unique hold and cat like style of movement not only make it a show stopper on the floor, but a great method for learning musicality, sharp footwork, strong body carriage, and powerful leg actions. The Tango is an excellent dance to get “lost in”, which challenges both the body and mind.