Argentina's Tango#

by members of the AirPano Team that is a member of the global-geography Consortium.

with kind permission of AirPano

Tango has millions of fans and very many styles. So, there is Finnish Tango, though it's difficult to imagine how the severe Northern people do this with hot passion. But the most famous tango is the Argentinean one: romantics and sensuality, temptation and inaccessibility are united in it as nowhere else.

Tango's origin is under cover of darkness: according to the first version, the dance originates from the African culture, another version supposes Spanish Flamenco is a start. But, somehow or other, Tango is more than a dance; it is a real phenomenon and cultural occurrence. Is it, however, cultural indeed? From the beginning of the 20th century, the time of tango's appearance in Europe, the clergymen devoted their irate sermons to "an unacceptable intimacy of the dancers". Frankly sensual character of Tango provoked a storm of malicious attacks of a wide range of the decent community's representatives.

Finally, American doctor Boheme discovered a new disease, named it Tango-Foot, it tells its own tale. It was a crucial point for Tango in fighting for its place under the sun when the film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse of 1921 appeared: people took another view of this dance. Now Tango is an ordinary guest in the modern films too, and it is danced even by movie stars like Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) or Arnold Schwarzenegger (True Lies).

2 Panoramas on Argentinas Tango