One of the most fascinating of all dances, Tango is a sensual ballroom dance that originated in South America in the early twentieth century. Tango is usually performed with an element of romance in synchronized movements. Several different styles of tango exist, each with its own individual flair. It has often been called ‘The Dancer’s Dance’ because of the strong relationship between the two people who dance it correctly. Tango has become very popular in recent years, as evident by the various movies developed around the dance. Although Tango is a dance with its' own, unique technique, learning Foxtrot is a good way to get a feel for the basic fundamentals.
Even non-dancers are familiar with the Tango dance – what it looks like, the music style it is danced to and the mournful air which surrounds it. Below is an example of Tango, danced at a higher level. Here the Tango is an altogether more sensual and deep dance which carries with it a brooding air. Perhaps it is this sensuality which makes it one of the most popular dances worldwide. The lead and follow element of Tango is one of the things which makes the dance so distinctive from others – with a particularly fierce lead and follow embrace. As a general rule, the more upper class the Tango style, the longer steps which are taken – but the smaller steps require much more precision and skill.