Essay about History of Tango

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The man and woman face each other, with the man holding the woman's right hand in his left, and with his right arm around her. The Tango is the third dance to use this hold for couple dancing. The Viennese Waltz is the first dance done in this couple hold. It was very popular in Europe in the 1830’s. Couple dancing before the Viennese Waltz was very formal and did not involve a lot of physical contact just mainly holding hands. About 10 years after the Viennese Waltz came the Polka. Also taking Europe by storm, the Polka became the newest craze to use this scandalous new hold. Tango was extremely different from anything that came before it, and was the biggest influence on all couple dancing in the Twentieth Century. The story of tangos …show more content…
Some say the word "tango" comes from the Latin word tangere (to touch.) It was the dance of sorrow. It speaks with body language. More then just frustrated love, it is also said to speak of death and pain. It was the perfect dance for social outcasts; it epitomized their feelings about their life.
The act in the Tango was originally intended to be for a prostitute and her pimp. Even some titles in the tango referred to characters in the world of prostitution. Other acts were for two men to fight for the love of a woman where it would always end in death. The tango was very sexual and violent, not literally but that’s what it was intended to mean.
In 1912 the lower classes were allowed to vote because of the universal suffrage law in Argentina. The lower class saw to legitimize many of its cultures mainstream, including the Tango. It was still seen as an obscene dance during this time. When wealthy sons of Argentine society families made their way to Paris and introduced the tango into a society eager for innovation and not entirely averse to the risqué nature of the dance or dancing with young, wealthy Latin men. By 1913, the tango had become an international phenomenon in Paris, London and New York. There were tango teas, tango train excursions and even tango colors—most notably orange. The Argentine elite who had shunned the tango was now forced into accepting it with national

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