IFSSH & IFSHT / Buenos Aires

TANGO

We cannot elude tango when we refer to our inextricable cultural identity. Writer Jorge Luis Borges defined it as “…the most outspread Argentinean production, which has insolently proclaimed the Argentinean name across the face of the Earth.

Tango came into being in the 19th century from the combination of different styles danced in the poor areas of the town. In the beginning it was danced by male couples and played with a flute, a violin and a guitar. Flute was later on replaced by a type of accordion called “bandoneón”, which ultimately gave tango its distinctive hallmark. Tango developed with the nostalgia and melancholy contributed by immigrants, and gave rise to most important songwriters and performers such as Astor Piazzolla and Aníbal Troilo.

The greatest tango singer of all times has always been and will always be Carlos Gardel.

Be dazzled by the passion and intricate footwork of dancers at a tango show or Street performance; then try a few steps yourself at a milonga (tango club) and class.