The Ballroom and Latin Dances

Argentine Tango

Now a very popular dance in the clubs. Created by the gauchos in Buenos Aires, it was an attempt on their part to imitate the Spanish dance except that they danced it in a closed ballroom position. The Tango caused a sensation and was soon to be seen the world over in a more subdued version.

True Argentine Tango originated in the West Indies where it was danced only by the lowest classes. The name is from the African Tanganya. The dance found its way into Argentina and then to France and finally to the Untied States in a modified form about 1914.