Tango Styles

There are various styles of Argentine Tango and there is no strict guideline as to what is what, but here's a little description of the main categories.

Skip to the end if you just want to see what we do:

Milonguero - this style is considered very traditional strictly close embrace with very simple movements that don't take up much space.  It can be confused with a style called Apilado meaning leaning onto your partner and this

Tango Salon - the name means tango for social dancing but this is contradictory because Milonguero is in fact better for social dancing.  Many teachers of this style just show sequences for steps without good technique for leading and following and it often loses the real connection or comfort as a result.

Stage Tango - revolutionised Argentine Tango in the late 80s-90s bringing it back into fashion with shows touring the world in theatres.  This style is generally done by ballet and contemporary dancers learning choreographies and doing flashy movements for shows.  It is not for social dancing and is quite unpopular among tango dancers but this is generally what you see in theatres if you go to a tango show or sometimes on tv!

Ballroom Tango - this is not Argentine Tango but a copy made in the styles of foxtrot and other ballroom dances.  It is the ultimate cliche' with a rose in one's mouth!  The ballroom schools later tried to copy Argentine Tango again calling it Argentine Tango, but this is usually just a poor imitation of Stage Tango.  This is what you usually see on tv!

To find real tango, you can't just see it, you need to take classes and experience it and learn what it's like to lead and follow!

Tango Nuevo - the name means New Tango and the general consensus is that it was developed at the end of the 1990s by various upcoming talented young dancers experimenting to find better ways of connection and creating new figures.  Many of these were in an open embrace, and there was also a new style of modern and electro tango music evolving around the same time so many people associate them together.

What we do and teach:

Among the newest generation of Tango dancers we have studied all styles of tango and take the best of each to incorporate them into the dance.  We blend Milonguero, Tango Salon, and Tango Nuevo together to find the most natural and comfortable style.

Our aim is to dance socially at milongas or Tango parties, and so the most important things are:
  • a comfortable embrace, good posture and staying in balance 
  • clear comfortable technique 
  • dancing with the music 
  • simple traditional figures in a playful and enjoyable manner with the freedom to create your own style.  
The more advanced dancers can choose to learn more modern and dynamic complicated figures, and also some choreographies for fun, but everyone starts out the same with us learning to lead and follow to dance well socially above anything else.

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