Hola From Argentina…..
Come to the land of amor, culture, and wonderful cuisine…of the Tango, Iguazu Falls, and Buenos Aires. InternationallyKnown’s resident writer, Roxana Acosta Sosa, will take you there, to her home country of Argentina…
So sit back, have a glass of wine and enjoy….
The Tango: the National Dance of my Land
by Roxana Acosta Sosa
Argentina….the birthplace of the Tango.
With its streets often filled with dancers adorned in beautiful costumes, Argentina and its Tango share a long and rich history together. Developed in the late nineteenth century along the banks of the Rio de la Plata, the dance of the Tango eventually made its way into Argentina and settled in Buenos Aires.
This is a dance that is always danced by a couple who then dazzle the eye with intricate moves and turns while working together in a harmonious fashion with perfect timing. The music also plays also a hugely important role. With its roots inspired by the arrival of immigrants, the music of the Tango is a fusion of Habanera, Polkas, Mazurkas, Milonga and Candombe. Moreover, the music embraces European, African and Hispanic culture.
The Tango allows for direct contact between the dancers; indeed, the couple do not just embrace but seem to have a “relationship” not just with each other, but also with the song they are interpretating.
Although the Tango is without a doubt, embedded deep within the cultural identity of Argentina, it is enjoyed throughout the world. People from all over such as New York and Japan love to dance it with equale fervor. There are several different styles of Tango while in the world of Flamenco there is also a dance called Tango but the Tango Flamenco is not related with the Tango Argentine.
If you want to learn to dance the authentic Tango, you can enjoy watching videos of various Argentine dancers. I believe it is the first step; you will then learn about different styles of Tango. You should also listen to Tango music in order to develop a musical ear and then express it in the dance. Learn the secrets of “the embrace” because it is one of the cores of the Tango. In order to learn to dance Argentine Tango, you must learn to walk with your dance partner together, and if you have the opportunity to attend a Milonga, do it. The Milongas are social events where dancers meet and dance the Tango.
When you hear a Tango, you can feel the bandoneon. This wind instrument gives life to the song, in my opinion. Without this instrument the Tango would not be Tango because it gives a specific sound to their songs, it’s like its soul.
|Astor Piazzolla with Horacio Ferrer
|The bandoneon along with the violin and the piano, form an unique bohemian and romantic trio that delights audiences with their finesse. One of the most important bandoneon of Argentina was Astor Piazzolla who in his last ten years, wrote more than 300 Tangos and was nominated for a Grammy in 1992 in the category for Best Instrumental Composition.
|Mr. Carlos Gardel
Another icon and important part of the Tango was Carlos Gardel. Known as the “Zorzal Criollo” (Creole fieldfare). Gardel is synonymous with Tango and his followers tell the legend that in the cemetery where his remains, in the neighborhood of Chacarita (Buenos Aires) say they can still hear his voice that is why there is this popular phrase: “Carlos Gardel sings better every day.”
On September 1, 2003, the voice of Carlos Gardel was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and every December 11 in Argentina, Tango Day is celebrated in honor of his birth.