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Entering the world of Argentine Tango goes far beyond sliding your feet across the dance floor carrying the music with every step and embracing your partner with every move. Although this is essential in the tango culture there is much more to discover. 

Tango was born amidst encounters of different cultures, dance steps of various rhythms, musical sounds from three continents and people moving across rivers and seas to reach the port of Buenos Aires. The orchestras were born there, in the midst of this sprouting of new neighbourhoods, of musicians who brought their instruments in their suitcases, of Creoles who brought their own and of African slaves who never lost the sound of their drums and carried in their bodies the dances of their ancestors. 

Tango was taking shape and presented itself to the world as it was, diverse, broad, open, a way of being and feeling that each person appropriates for himself/herself, there are no barriers, no titles of honour, only a tremendous desire to persevere in time, to invent and re-invent oneself. Tango is also walking on the old coloured tiles, the way one listens to what is sung, the life experience behind the lyrics, the stories of love, nostalgia and hope. It is history and dance, the past, present and future of a genre that was born 120 years ago and that refuses to disappear, on the contrary, every day it finds new frontiers to conquer. 

No matter how old it is, what always remains of Tango are the steps clinging to the floor intermingling between melodies and rhythms that once were born of Habaneras, African Candombes and the sounds of old Europe, of that migration in tumult that disembarked in La Boca bringing the Polka, the Mazurca and the Andalusian Tango. Decade after decade, Tango was growing in a poetic social and collective ebullition of great dancers and maestros, men and women, who created and recreated steps from the past and invented others for the future: ochos, quebradas, media lunas, calesitas, firuletes, apilados, ganchos, barridas but above all it is walking with cadence, joining the bodies to the music of each orchestra and with it dancing and sounding different in each tanda, because each orchestra tells a part of the history of Tango that was born to be danced, dreamed, suffered, loved and never forgotten. 

Mina and Giraldo present Encuentros D’ Tango, a special  Autumn Seminar to learn more about the history of Tango, its dance, music and cultural tradition. Tuesdays in Corrientes at Tufnell Park from 7 pm and Thursdays in Corrientes Orpington from 8 pm.  


Wk 1/. Tango Vals I Pedro Mario Maffia, one of Tango’s greatest bandoneonists, gave us early valses (1931) providing us with the perfect music landscape to understand the simplicity of movement that flows in the 3/4 rhythm with subtle melodies and clear tempos. In this first part of the seminar we will revisit Gliding, pausing, syncopating in the Tango Vals.

Wk 2/. TangoVals II Francisco Canaro (1941) the evolution of vals in Tango took over two decades and at the pick of Tango’s golden era the music sounded larger, sophisticated, elaborated in complex arrangements. For the dancing crowd that meant more attention to accents and suspensions during the execution of steps in the  3/4 format. In this second part of the seminar we will propose expansive circular patterns vs short quick time steps.

For Weeks 3-7 our Tango history will journey from Firpo, Julio D’Caro to Lucio Demare bringing back the steps that created signature moves for Tango and Milonga that still live today in our contemporary dance halls in Buenos Aires. Full programme to be announced in the November newsletter. For more information and bookings https://corrientessocialclub.co.uk/product/tango-tufnell-park/

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