Ballroom Dancing - The Tango
Did you know this about the Tango

Ballroom 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 present day ballroom tango is divided into two disciplines: American Style and International Style. Both styles are enjoyed as social and competitive dances, but the International version is more globally accepted as a competitive style. Both styles share a closed dance position, but the American style allows its practitioners to separate from closed position to execute open moves, like underarm turns, alternate hand holds, dancing apart, and side-by-side choreography.

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International style Tango

In 1912, tango was introduced to British audiences, showcased in the successful musical comedy The Sunshine Girl. Concurrently, the dance became popular elsewhere in Europe, particularly in Paris.

In an effort to teach a standardized version of the tango, the English eventually codified their own version of tango for instruction in dance schools and for performance in competitions in 1922. The resulting style was referred to as English style, but eventually took on the name International style, as this became the competitive ballroom version practiced around the world.

Eventually, championships in the international style tango were organized all over Europe with numerous participating countries. Adjudicators were able to judge against a standardized syllabus and book of techniques, thereby creating a more objective means of picking the champions, even though artistic interpretation remains an important element of competition.

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.

American style Tango

American style tango’s evolutionary path is derived from Argentina to U.S., when it was popularized by silent film star Rudolph Valentino in 1921, who demonstrated a highly stylized form of Argentine tango in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As a result, the Hollywood style steps mixed in with other social dance steps of the times began this branch away from the Argentine style. Meanwhile, the tango was also making its own inroads into Europe.

Following the English standardization of their version of Tango, Arthur Murray, a ballroom dance instructor in the U.S., tried his own hand at standardizing the ballroom dances for instruction in his chain of social dance schools. Consequently, his tango syllabus incorporated steps with Argentine, Hollywood and socially popular influences and techniques. This looser social style was referred to as American style by the English.

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Beginners Tango Lessons

The four basic Tango steps we teach, will allow you to elegantly dance your way around the dance floor, even when the dance floor is crowded. In fact, many experienced dancers enjoy this lesson, since, it gives them the opportunity to brush up on their technique and posture. It is always worth remembering: it is not the number of steps you know that will impress other dancers; it is how well you are able to dance the steps that is more important. To watch a brief video clips of each of the steps, please click the links, below.

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Ballroom tango lessons for the more experienced dancers

To keep our ballroom dance classes fresh and interesting, we periodically change the dance routine to include new steps or variations on existing steps. Routines 1 and 2 are teh same but with different couples and viewing angles.To watch brief video clips of each of the Tango dance steps or the complete dance routine, please click the links, below.

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Routines using the above steps: Routine 1 Routine 2
Ballroom Dance Timetable
January 2019
7, 14
21, 28
11, 18, 25
March Dance
11, 18
1, 8
Closed - Holiday
Closed - Holiday
3, 10
17, 24
8, 15, 22
5, 12
Closed - Holiday
2, 9
16, 23, 30
October Dance
14, 21
4, 11
18, 25
Xmas Party
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