American Tango


Tango was born in Buenos Aires in the late 19th century.  A simplified version of the Tango, intended for mass consumption, was eventually standardized by Arthur Murray and before long this 'American' style Tango was being influenced by famous dancers of the stage and screen. It was this influence which contributed the most to its flamboyant and theatrical character.

Tango walks, have a "stalking" or "sneaking" character, unlike the walks of other ballroom dances. Movements are sometimes sharp and stacatto, such as a quick foot flick or a sharp head snap.  It also has the unique dragging step done on the inside edge of the foot during the "Tango-close" figure.  Appropriate music has a strident, almost march-like beat.  We offer this style in our "Last Wednesday Workshop" series and in private lessons.