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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is For Tango

There are two types of Tango, the English Tango and Argentine Tango. Although the English Tango is included in the Smooth division of competitive dancing, the Argentine Tango has taken over in popularity. You can find Argentine Tango clubs all over the US and once hooked, couples usually go to the source and soak up the "real deal" in Argentina.

There is a big difference in the dance hold. English Tango maintains the rigid English dance hold but the Argentine is a soft melting together of the couples. Many couples who dance Argentine seem to specialize in just that one dance, in much the same way that West Coast Swing was, years ago. I think I would prefer Argentine Tango but we never had much time to practice as we were always busy with the Ten-dance of the competitive ballroom.

A short video below of the Argentine Tango.
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43 comments:

  1. I thin this is one all know of at least, as it's been used in movies everywhere.

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    1. John
      Yeah, this has left the English Tango in the dust. It's popularity if far-reaching.

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    1. Keith
      So they say and two for tea, too.

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  3. I don't believe I have ever seen a tango danced, but I think I would prefer the softer hold to the rigid one. If I have seen it, I probably didn't know what it was at the time.

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    1. River
      Did you see Evita? It was danced throughout in that movie.

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  4. I think everyone can agree, that dance is hot. Thanks for the info. on the two different kinds of Tango, I was not aware there was more than one type until now. :)

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    1. Rosey
      You are welcome. My pleasure to inform.

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  5. Did not know there were two versions. Now I will look up the English version. Somehow English and Tango do not seem compatible.

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    1. Patti
      If you heard both musics for the two different tangos you would recognize them immediately.

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  6. Did not know there was more than one
    But seen this one on many a movie/tv run
    It is the one used more
    It seems at every shore

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    1. Pat
      You'd recognize the English one
      They stick out their arms, face together and run
      A parody they often do
      It looks quite silly, nothing new

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  7. The Tango is probably a dance we can all identify with. I think I like it because it is so lively. I guess I never new either that there was more than one.

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    1. Terry,
      I should have put in two vids. One of each dance. If you saw each, you would recognize them right away.

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  8. This is one dance I never connected with--not sure why.

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    1. Karen,
      This dance has been around a long time in Argentina but in more recent years became popular in US and all over.

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  9. This is a popular one on our Strictly Come Dancing TV programme. It's very sensual... if that's the right word.

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    1. Rosalind
      I think that word describes it quite nicely. :)

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  10. Once, on a dance floor, a cowboy told my husband, "If you want to keep her you gotta hold her closer than that." The tango is for lovers. A close hold. Very nice.

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    1. Bish
      Hahaha That is some good advice from a cowboy.

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  11. Did you ever see the movie, SCENT OF A WOMAN? Marvelous tango in there!!

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    1. Fishducky
      I must have missed that movie but if it has dancing, I'll have to look it up. :)

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  12. You know I love the Argentine Tango. I dedicated you that video not so long ago. It is hot hot hot.

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    1. Robin
      You are just "The Music Woman." I bet there is no type of music that you don't like. And you know so much about all the artists and singers, performers. I'm kinda that way about dance but I don't pay any attention to music that isn't danceable. From now on, if I have any question about music, I'll seek you out.

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  13. tango helped my ex bf to recover after a really bad accident and his shoulder wasn't working well but through the exercise of tango it is all back to normal now and he loves it

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    1. Poke the Rock
      I guess I don't understand but if it helped him, yay for Tango. Or do you mean, just holding his arm out in the embrace helped him?

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  14. How interesting! I know little about dancing, and had no idea that there were two types of Tango.

    I loved the Tango in the movie True Lies. :-)

    Wonderful post. Thanks :-)

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    1. Teresa
      I am not familiar with that movie but sounds like perhaps I should look it up.
      Thank you for visiting.

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  15. The scene in Evita when her death is announced has the population expressing their grief in the tango. Awesome.

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    1. Susan
      Wasn't that a terrific movie. One of my all time favorites. I have my own copy and watch it often.

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  16. Hi Manzanita. Very interesting post. I did not know that an English version of tango even existed, and I have an Argentine background.

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    1. Julia
      How interesting that you have Argentine background. So then you must dance the Tango. (?)

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    2. Not really. I never had any formal teaching. It's funny but I learned some kind of Scottish dance when I was a child, but I never had formal tango classes.

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  17. I once attended a house party where I was blown away by this couple that performed the Tango. It was so mesmerizing to watch.

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    1. Joy,
      It really is fascinating to watch. It gives me chills when I watch a great performance. Lucky you to have friends who are such good dancers.

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  18. I understand that the tango is also popular in Finland. Do they have their own version, I wonder?

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    1. Bob
      I really do not know but I imagine the steps, etc. would be the same as they do in Argentina. I have found that ballroom dancing brings countries together on the dance floor. Most competitions that I have been to, there are couples from all different countries.
      Thank you for visiting my blog
      Happy U-Day tomorrow

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  19. I reckon I could do the Tango. Especially the English version. Did you know that "Tango" is also a carbonated drink?

    Be well, Manzanita :) Time to go to Paris for a last Tango, perhaps...

    Gary

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    1. Gary
      Yes you would not have a problem finding a teacher for the English tango where you live. All of my ballroom teachers were English (but in the States). They, by far make the best teachers for International ballroom dance.
      No I didn't know about the Tango drink. Fizzy and gets up your nose, huh?
      Boy, that was an old movie..... Last Tango in Paris, but when Marlon was still a hunk. Haha

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  20. The tango can be such a sensual dance, but I enjoy it when it's a little less "stiff" and a little more "fluid", if that makes sense.

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  21. I've been interested in learning the tango since I became a Rudy Valentino fan and saw his famous, mesmerizing tango in his breakthrough film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921).

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  22. Hi Manzanita .. the tango is so sultry and sexy isn't it .. loved the clip .. cheers Hilary

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  23. What a gorgeous dance it is.

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