Originated in Spain or morocco, it was introduced to the new world by Spanish settlers.
Early 19th century tango was a solo dance performed by women
The dance spread throughout Europe in the 1900s
Tango was introduced to Europe at the beginning of the 20th century
Translation of tango is: to touch
Before tango bands would often be made up of flute ,violin. And guitars, or tango might be played on a solo piano.
Very dramatic dance
Middle class usually are the ones dancing it
Danced at parties or competitions
The tango has many cultural influences, from Spanish to African American. It is a very diverse dance and musically it can be reinvented in many different cultures. Around the world, each culture does the tango a different way. In Argentina they do a style where its called Argentine Tango, in the US it is called Ballroom Tango, and in Uruguay it is called the Uruguayan Tango. All have different aspects to their dances, but collectively, all are influenced by the traditional Tango.
Carlos Gardel was a popular tengo artist who brought the dance to new audiences, Especially in the US. This was because of the dance being shown in movies and films all over. Another artist was Astor Piazzolla, who composed many tengo style songs. He actually reinvented the sound of the tango by adding many elements from jazz to classical music into the song.
--Is created with ‘melodic’ instruments (violin, guitar, piano) rather than percussion instruments (drums, maracas, etc.)
--Dancers can choose between following a slower rhythm within a song or a faster rhythm
--Music tends to have little to no constant rhythmic patterns