"Tango" Tango Tip by acemj

Tango, Buenos Aires: 30 reviews and 43 photos


Sensuality boils over in this famous dance that was born in the streets of La Boca and San Telmo. The tango developed into one of the most famous dances in the world, but its origins are slightly more irreverant than the form we see today. Usually, dancers were accompanied by singers belting out crude lyrics and the dance movements themselves were heavily influenced by African rhythms and the candombe. Often it was performed in the brothels of Buenos Aires.

Immigration eventually brought the tango across the seas to Europe where it was given a slightly more sophisticated spin and after receiving the stamp of approval for the elite of Paris, it became more acceptable and popular in Buenos Aires's own affluent neighborhoods.

Carlos Gardel was the person most responsible for bringing the tango to the masses around the world when he performed on Broadway and in Hollywood.

If you're interested in seeing a show, the San Telmo neighborhood is a good bet. I also noticed a recent VT forum query in which someone asked about the best tango show in town. The most commonly mentioned show venues were Señor Tango and La Esquina de Carlos Gardel. You can also see tango for free on the streets in San Telmo, La Boca and even on Calle Florida (the city's pedestrian-only main shopping street).

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  • Updated Nov 22, 2003
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