Tango is an old Argentinean folk dance, danced in pairs. The rhythm is clear and energetic. The very word tango comes from the Nigerian language, the dance was created based on ancient African dance forms.
The word "tango" was first applied to dances in Argentina in the late 19th century, and in the early 20th century, they came to Europe and America. The period 30-50 years is considered the golden age of dance, and since 2009 tango is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Many unsuccessfully try to understand the essence of tango, but it does not give in, guarding its secrets from the uninitiated. If you try to find in this dance only an expression of passion, you risk not understanding anything.
Tango language allows you to talk about meetings and partings, love and betrayal. The whole history of this dance is permeated with idle fiction, which we will try to refute or confirm.
Real tango requires sex drive. This statement is very relevant to tango. In general, every real man should have a sexual desire. It is for this that dances are created, subjecting the couple to ancient instincts. When feelings seethe between dancers, tango becomes a real performance, gaining in entertainment. In order for the dance to work, there is little desire to dance it. One must want to dance it with this woman. And this one is not so simple, it was even seriously discussed at one time, which led to the emergence of a whole tango code. In accordance with these rules, a man has no right at the time of a meeting to offer a woman anything but tango, and only then he can invite her to drink coffee with him, continuing the acquaintance.
Tango helps men hide complexes. Not at all. In tango, the partner does not just lead, he is responsible for the direction of movement. It is believed that a woman, trusting her partner in dance, can dance with her eyes closed. Hidden complexes prevent people from doing this. Mistrust between partners will show itself, and it will be difficult to dance. However, it will still be possible to adjust your complexes. After practicing tango for a long time, people change noticeably, although this is not easy and a rather long process. Some people manage to quickly become different and completely immerse themselves in tango, having fun.
Real tango is danced only in Argentina. Real, or rather authentic tango, really exists only in this country. After all, tango there is not a dance, but a subculture. And only those who have absorbed the taste of tango since childhood, who were brought up in these traditions, can dance it primordially. It is noticed that tango in Argentina is slightly different than in other countries. Abroad, they perform a dance in another language, with a slight accent.
Tango lovers generally adore other dances. It is noted that tango fans do not include other dances in their list of addictions. These people completely surrender to tango, having neither the desire nor the strength to break out of this pleasant addiction. Many, starting with tango, continue their journey through the study of Argentine culture, language and travel to Buenos Aires. Thus, dance can become like a religion. It is hard to imagine waltz fans who regularly travel to Vienna at the behest of a dancing soul. And tango has such an effect.
In tango, a man always leads. In fact, his concept of leadership is not at all unambiguous. It is believed that during the dance, a man shows his partner the way, inviting her to take one step or another, a figure. And a woman must certainly answer him, usually with consent. The leadership of a man is manifested only in the fact that he takes the initiative, but an adequate answer still remains with the woman. This relationship lasts a split second, which is sometimes not enough even for partners to understand each other. This is what is taught in specialized schools. And the real meaning of the dance is to make the woman enjoy tango.
You have to come to a tango club with your own partner. Tango is not only a dance, it is also a type of leisure. They go to bowling with a company or with a spouse, and they usually come to tango either alone or with friends. Rarely, rarely do established couples come to such a club, because in this case, a coincidence of interests, rare and successful, will be required. But among professionals there are quite a few married couples, which is not surprising, knowing the ability of dancing to kindle the fire of passion.
There are no elements of play in tango. In this dance, there are still elements of the game, each of the partners has a role to play. Honest performance will bring pleasure from the dance-game.
In tango, there are no winners or losers, just as there are no predetermined moves. In this dance, there is a constant dialogue between a man and a woman in a special language of their souls, bodies, uniting music.
Tango is a social dance. This statement is valid, perhaps, for some areas of Buenos Aires. There you can see many, if not all, dancing at an ordinary party or home celebration.
In our concept, pair social dance is movement to slow music in a disco or special places.
After practicing tango for some time, you begin to understand that there is no desire to dance with everyone in a row - not even all the partners from the club are suitable for a couple. At major festivals or outings, this feeling only intensifies. Much in general in such cases depends on luck - what kind of partners came, what mood they have and yours, how well the music was chosen.
We can say that tango is not a social dance, but the word would be an artificial language, like Esperanto. On it you can talk far from everyone, only with a handful of the same fans, but all over the world.
Tango is just a show. Many people mistakenly believe that tango is an exclusively professional dancer's activity on the stage of a theater or cinema. But in all large cities there are clubs that are attended by tens and hundreds of ordinary people, their own festivals are held, where dancers from other cities and countries come. Most of these people do not dance for cameras or others, but for themselves. And all the fun in their tango takes place inside their couple. It is also believed that you can only understand the dancers' movements after practicing for a while yourself. Then it will become clear that sometimes seemingly simple movements are insanely difficult, and a spectacular technique is not always appropriate.
Tango is very physiological. They say that the technique of this dance takes into account the nuances of the structure of the human body, therefore, tango is natural for a person and convenient. But the same assumption can be attributed to juggling, standing on one leg on a taut wire. Our skeleton bends only at the joints, and the shoulders cannot rotate 180 degrees relative to the hips, this is taken into account. But after all, for a step, you constantly need to free up space, and for rotation and circular movements, a stable axis is needed. All this gives such a load on the muscles, which cannot be obtained with normal walking, not to mention the mass of other nuances. In addition, the body in the right position should not be tense, otherwise the muscles will squeeze, and the dancer will lose flexibility, turning into a kind of log. It is no coincidence that the basic step technique has been practiced for years.
You can learn tango yourself. It is a mistake to try to learn the dance by looking at how others are doing. You should not be like teachers, self-replacing them. They will be able to give the necessary direction of training, some exercises. But then you still have to do some work yourself - to develop a sense of rhythm, balance, the ability to listen to your partner. Do not be afraid and ask questions, and the teacher will always tell you when he sees mistakes. Psychological clamps can lead to the fact that in the end, having trained even for several years in a group, a person will dance mediocre.
Tango is more of a dance for women. This statement is partially true. In the beginning groups, girls really prevail, this also applies to milonga evenings. Although there are not without exceptions. But in the established and older groups of partners, on the contrary, there are not enough partners.
Tango is for the young. This statement follows from the myth that tango is just a show. It is for this that excellent physical shape and youthful enthusiasm are needed. Still, one cannot do without certain conditions, but persistence, an initial desire to study, and the availability of time and money also play an important role. Among the dancers there are many who began to practice tango only after 40-50 years. The advantages of tango also include the fact that you can dance it until old age, in the absence, of course, of health problems.
Tango is a dance for adults. And this statement is a reflection of the previous one. Many people mistakenly believe that children have nothing to do with tango. However, babies also have nothing to really tell, but they are still taught to talk. It is much easier to learn in youth, because stretching and muscle tone are better. As a result, young dancers dance much faster. These are the people that get the most attention in milongas.
Tango is only Argentinean. This dance has several styles. In addition to the traditional, Argentinean, which also came from Uruguay, there are also ballroom and Finnish tango. And the Argentine tango itself has several varieties - Fantasia, Liso, Nuevo, Salon and others. Finnish tango originated in Suomi in the 40s of the 20th century. Ballroom tango is a sports dance with which people participate in international competitions. Its main difference from the traditional one is the absence of improvisation, here everything corresponds to predetermined rules.
Tango can be learned in three days. Such a promise can only be made by charlatans. You can really master the basics in at least six months. For this, by the way, you do not have to strain too much. Indeed, over a hundred years of its existence, the dance has practically not changed in terms of technique, which is quite simple. First, the scheme is brought to automatism, then the movements accelerate and complicate the movements of the legs. Then other parts of the body will be "put". And all the pretentiousness of the dance is passion, exaltation, this will come by itself and will depend on the partners themselves, because so much is allowed in tango ...