Travel in Latin America

Argentine Culture: Styles of Tango Dancing
By:Kenneth M Ingraham

As you spend time in Spanish language school in Argentina, you will quickly find that dance and music are both quite important to the culture. You can learn a lot about a country by paying attention to the types of art that are pervasive. This article will explore dance in Argentina and the importance of this art form to the culture.

Of course, even before you arrive to learn Spanish in Buenos Aires, you will most likely know that the tango is the most popular form of dance in the country. This is indeed one the most famous things to come out of Argentina to date. There are many clubs throughout the city where you can see the dance performed and, of course, also learn how to dance tango with a partner. Many students arrange to take these classes as an extracurricular activity outside of their classes.

Essentially, tango involves two partners walking together to music with each person keeping his or her feet close to the floor. Partners also need to show each other the feelings that they get from the music. There is a difference between ballroom tango taught in schools and Argentine tango. In Argentina, tango isn't just one type of dance. It embraces various styles that vary based on factors including who is dancing and where the dancing takes place. Since some improvisation is involved, people have changed the dance based on their various needs.

Every day when tango is danced, it takes on different forms and styles. There are always some basic steps that are part of tango. However, the dance varies depending on factors like speed. Another difference between tango that might be taught in classes in North American and Argentine tango is the way the embrace is performed. With ballroom tango, the partner's upper bodies are held apart from one another. On the other hand, in Argentina, the dancer's chests are tight together.

When you attend Spanish language school in Argentina, in addition to learning how to dance you might also want to check out the annual competition that takes place in Buenos Aires. Dancers from all over the world participate in this inspiring showcase.

If you take a look at the history of tango, it becomes clear that it adapted in tune with Argentine society. It is a unique part of the country's cultural history. When you learn Spanish in Buenos Aires, you will soon come to understand that tango is a diverse art form that continues to evolve to this day.

ECELA Buenos Aires provides Spanish courses in Argentina year round. The standard course is 20 hours per week with many opportunities to study the national and local cultures, particularly tango dancing, as you learn Spanish in Buenos Aires http://www.ecela.com/loc_bsas.php






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