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Tango salon is a smoother an elegant tango style where close embrace is key. Unlike “ballroom” tango, tango salon (or Argentinian tango)  has a different posture, movements, energy and embrace connection. Both partners are dancing slow, measured and smoothly improvised moves. The embrace loosens during ochos, turns and giros, to give both partners more space and to allow the lady more freedom to express herself and then closes again for support and poise. Tango salon includes all of the basic tango steps with the emphasis on precision, smoothness, and elegant dance lines. It is usually danced to the strongest beat played by famous orchestras such as Di Sarli, Calo and Pugliese. Tango Salon has also the following attributes:

  1. Highly improvised, with the only limitation being the experience and repertoire of the lead and follower.
  2. The line of dance is strictly respected, particularly at the outer-most lane called the ronda.
  3. Full variation in embellishments, from the subtle to the extravagant: constrained by the density of the crowd.
  4. The embrace may be open or close, though often closed, particularly in a crowded dance floor. When it is open, a different repertoire is available, which is especially true for the follower, but the connection between dancers becomes limited. The embrace will also be relaxed at times during the dance to allow maneuverability to the follower.
  5. Chest connection can be varied, but often in a V-shape.
  6. Full variation in arm placement: the follower may place her hand behind the man’s neck, on his shoulder or even down his arm. The lead may place his hand anywhere on the follower’s back, from the waist through high up the follower’s back.
  7. Full variation in the position of the enclosed hands: from low down right through to up high.
  8. Faces may align in any direction, but often right cheeks will touch.
  9. Full variations in posture: from “apilado” to upright. Usually however, both lead and follower will be upright with a slight lean forward.
  10. Axes may be separated or shared; often they are separate.
  11. Danced to a 4/4 beat.

 

Commonly known as “Argentinian” tango, tango is a partnered dance which is intimately linked to the culture history of Argentina and Uruguay in South America. Both countries earned back in 2009 UNESCO’s recognition of the dance and its music as a world cultural treasure.

 

What is Tango Salon?

Tango salon is a smoother an elegant tango style where close embrace is key. Universally, known as “Argentinian” tango, tango is a partnered dance which is intimately linked to the culture history of Argentina and Uruguay in South America. Both countries earned back in 2009 UNESCO’s recognition of the dance and its music as a world cultural treasure.

Unlike “ballroom” tango, tango salon has a different posture, movements, energy and embrace connection. The embrace is flexible allowing creativity and freedom of movement during the dance as required. It is usually danced to the strongest beat played by famous orchestras such as Di Sarli, Calo and Pugliese.

Dancing Argentinian tango offers a beautiful opportunity for light physical exercise, the social reward of belonging to a universal dance community group and the emotional/spiritual aspect of moving with someone to music.