TANGO TAKES BROADWAY
Tango was born in Argentina at the turn of the 20th century as the country became an epicenter for immigration due to a fast-growing economy. Declared “offensive to public moral”, “the dance of the devil”, “the dance of love and death”, it quickly became the furor of Paris, initiating a wave of Tangomania globally. In the twenties it was further popularized by Rudolph Valentino and it appeared in numerous films and shows.
With its popularity, Argentine Tango gave way to a series of interpretations that went from glamorous to grotesque. The physical intimacy and intricate contortions of tango as practiced in the tenements of Argentina, provoked such a scandal that only when simplified and transformed with postural affectation, high society was ready to assimilate it.
Tango's current appeal is demonstrated by the great number of films and Broadway Shows that featured it such as “Scent of a Woman,” “True Lies”, "Rent", “Evita", “Chicago”, “Moulin Rouge”, “Take the lead” to name a few.
Broadway is now thirsty for the authentic foundation of tango...
Have you tried improvising with tango’s radical way to adhere to lead and follow? Have you experienced a dance in which there are no set counts to rely on, no set patterns, and where every shift of weight is a step and every step is subject to lead and follow? This is where the essence of tango lies and where the sensuality that permeates every move finds its logic.