Tango dance is a type of western ballroom dance. It was generally prevalent in the lower strata of society in Argentina around 1880. The origin of this dance is found in West Indian Negro dance forms like ‘Habnera’ and ‘Tangano’.
History of Tango Dance
The dance gained social prestige in the 1900’s, and over the next two decades it became very popular in European aristocracy. Renowned musicians such as Paul Hindemmit and Ernst Kurzenek incorporated tango into their compositions. The rhythm of this dance is in 4/4 parts like slow, slow, fast, slow and it is arranged in two cycles of music. The Spanish tango dance form is quite different. The stanzas are weighty but simple, with a variety of beautiful motifs created on the dance floor.
Many types of these dances currently exist around the world. On 31 August 2009, UNESCO approved a joint proposal of Argentina and Uruguay to include Tango in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.