Types of Ballroom Dances – The Tango
One of the most fascinating of all dances, the Tango has no clearly defined origin: it may have originated in Argentina, Brazil, Spain, or Mexico, but it clearly descended from an early Spanish folk dance, the Milonga, and bears traces of Moorish and Arabic ancestry. It first came to be known in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the early twentieth century.
Originally, the tango was performed only by lady, but once it spread beyond Buenos Aires, it developed into a dance for couples. Early tango styles greatly influenced the ways in which we dance today, and tango music has become one of the greatest of all music genres throughout the world.
Ballroom tango as a dance spread quickly through Europe during the 1900's, then moved on to the United States. In 1910, tango began gaining popularity in New York. The tango dance is usually performed by couple, expressing an element of romance in their synchronized movements. Tango regained it's popularity in recent years, as evidenced by the various movies developed around the dance. Several films showcase the tango, such as Scent of a Woman, Take the Lead, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, True Lies, Shall We Dance, and Frida.