American Tango

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Tango was born in the slums of Buenos Aires in the late 19th century.  A simplified version of the Tango, intended for mass consumption, was eventually standardized by Arthur Murray. Before long, the 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.

Although walking movements dominate, Tango walks, having a "stalking" or "sneaking" character, are unlike the walks of other ballroom dances. Movements are sometimes slow and slithery, and other times sharp and stacatto, such as a quick foot flick or a sharp head snap to promenade position. It also has the unique dragging step done on the inside edge of the foot during the "Tango-close" figure.  Tango has the same counter clockwise flow of movement around the dance floor, but with a lesser sense of urgency in comparison to the smoother and more continuous ballroom dances.  Appropriate music has a strident, almost march-like beat.