Tango is known to have been born in the late
nineteenth century. Initially, only men would dance it and
it was played in brothels with a guitar, a violin and a flute.
Towards the end of 1890 the bandoneon was added to the line-up
and the flute was replaced.
But for the feeling of deep melancholy and nostalgia immigrants
had, tango wouldn’t have improved so vastly. Some of
the most representative artists regarding tango are Astor
Piazzolla, Aníbal Troilo and Carlos Gardel.
Nowadays, tango is one of Buenos Aires’ most typical
features. Thus, the city is crammed with tango ballrooms and
live bands and a wide variety of tango shows are offered.
Some of these ballrooms often include international menus
or national meat dishes. Also, the “milongas”
are places where people go in order to dance tango and even
classes in charge of highly qualified teachers are organised
at some of these places. As time passed by, tango has been
acquiring different ways of expressing itself: by means of
its music, its songs, and its dance.
Moreover, in many cultural centres tango lessons are offered.
Such lesson last between two and three hours. Difficult though
it may seem, it is possible to learn how to dance tango in
a few hours. At least some basic steps. Experts recommend
taking four or five lessons.