Dance Culture in Argentina / Tango
Tango and the dance culture of Argentina are not just about music and movement. For many people they are a way of life. This blog is all about the various styles of dance and music from different regions of Argentina.
Traditional Argentine dances include the chamame, the cuarteto and many folk dances from rural areas. The tango is the best known of all the dances from Argentina but it is only one of the popular dances which in the culture of Argentina symbolize the lives and emotions of ordinary people.
The Argentine tango and tango music are worldwide favorites with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The traditional tango has its origins in the late eighteenth century when it was first danced in Buenos Aires. The 2/4 or 4/4 beat rhythm of tango music was influenced by the European immigrant community in Argentina and Uruguay.
Traditionally the music is played by a band known as an orquesta típica. Usually an ensemble will include a piano, flute, double base, two or more violins and bandoneóns, sometimes with additional clarinet and guitars.
Our blog is designed for both long-term enthusiasts and newcomers to the Argentine dance culture and its music. It is our hope that this blog will help to make a fascinating dance culture better known and traditional dances such as the tango more widely appreciated.