Tango Salon

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Tango Salon

 
 

El Tango es el producto cultural más auténtico del país de los argentinos

   
Salon-style tango can be danced in either the close or open position, danced with an upright body posture. Salon-style is characterized by both partners staying on their own axis, and by maintaining a flexible embrace that allows for rotations of the hips of both partners. Dancers must remain aware of the line of dance at all times. Salon-style tango is usually danced to the strongly-accented beats of tango music played in 4 by 4 time.

Salon-style tango can be danced in either the close or open position, danced with an upright body posture. Salon-style is characterized by both partners staying on their own axis, and by maintaining a flexible embrace that allows for rotations of the hips of both partners. Dancers must remain aware of the line of dance at all times. Salon-style tango is usually danced to the strongly-accented beats of tango music played in 4 by 4 time.

The "tango salon" style can be danced in open or close embrace. In the close embrace some space is left forming a V on the left leader side.. The open embrace style is the one allowing the maximum space and therefore freedom of movements to the dancers; the emphasis is here on the figures and style. The "milonguero" style, the "porteno" style, is danced in a very close embrace style called "apilado": here the upper part of the bodies are always in contact (no V space). The movements are therefore limited and the emphasis is on the musicality and feelings

SALON STYLE TANGO 
HISTORY 

Up until the middle of the 1930’s Canyengue was the predominant way of dancing Tango. But many things happened at that time resulting in a change in the way people danced. 

In 1934/35 Carlos Gardel and Benito Bianquet ‘El Cachafaz’ both died. Also, Tango was approved in Rome by the Pope bringing fame to the performing dancer, Casimiro Aín. 

The ‘Old Guard’ of Tango music then shifted into the period known as the ‘Golden Age of Tango’. There is no doubt that Julio De Caro was the main person responsible for this change. It is well justified to speak about: a period ‘before’ and a period ‘after’ De Caro. Francisco Canaro and Juan D’Arienzo kept their steps in the ‘traditional way’ (among other musicians) and Julio y Francisco De Caro, Anibal Troilo, Pedro Laurenz, Pedro Maffia, Osvaldo Pugliese, Miguel Caló, Osmar Maderna, Angel D’Agostino, Ricardo Tanturi, Osvaldo Fresedo, Alfredo Gobbi, etc. lined up into ‘the new style’. 

‘El Cachafaz’ was the most popular and well known representative of that former style; but at the same time he was also one of the founders of the new style called ‘Salon style’ by that group of dancers. This is the style of dance that conquered the world with its more appreciated characteristic: ‘ELEGANCE’. 

From then on Tango was well known all over the world mainly for this character: its ‘elegance’. Even today if people from different latitudes are asked to define Tango as a dance with just one word, their choice will be: ELEGANCE.













 

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