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Tango can be danced in a variety of styles and accompanied by different types of music. These styles vary in tempo and fundamental movements. Most modern dancers do not allow themselves to be pigeonholed into a particular style and incorporate various styles and ideas into their movements. Some are even unhappy when their are told what particular style of tango they dance. But at the end, it is as easy(or complicated) to see a particular style as it is to tell the difference between an impressionist painting and a modernist one.

styles of argentinian tango

The main categories that any tango style always falls under are: open embrace and close embrace. In a close embrace, the couple is dancing very close to each-other and often actually touching shoulders and heads. The open embrace has the couple standing further apart and allows the dancers a wider range of movement.

Salon-Style Tango
Salon style is typically danced with an upright body posture. The embrace can be close or open, but it is typically offset (with each dancer's center slightly to the side of their partner's center) and in a V (with the woman's left shoulder closer to the man's right shoulder than her right shoulder is to his left shoulder). When danced in a close embrace, the couple occasionally loosens their embrace slightly to allow certain movements.

Milonguero-Style Tango
Milonguero-style tango is typically danced with a slightly leaning posture that typically joins at the shoulders of the dancers. In most cases the style is danced in a close embrace. Usually the woman's head and body is so close to her partner that her left hand is placed far behind her partner's neck. The couple maintains a constant upper body contact and often doesn't loosen their embrace to accommodate turns or ochos. An ocho cortado is a fundamental dance step in the style incorporating all the factors in one move.

Orillero-Style Tango
The Orillero-style originated in a setting where dancers had a lot of room to maneuver and thus were able to maintain a further distance from their partners thus allowing both dancers to make other steps outside the embrace. Orillero style differs from salon style tango because of these playful, space-consuming embellishments and figures. The style can be danced in both open and close embraces.

Club-Style Tango
Club-style is the fusion of salon and milonguero styles. It is danced in a close embrace, but the couple loosens their embrace during turns allowing the woman to rotate more freely.

Tango Nuevo (New Tango)
Tango Nuevo is largely an analytic approach that looks at the structure of the dance to find new combinations of steps and moves. It is danced in an open and loose embrace in an upright posture and a great emphasis is placed on each dancer maintaining his or her own axis.

Fantasia (Show Tango)
Fantasia is the style of tango that is danced in stage shows. It is a combination of various styles danced in an open embrace with additional elements that are not part of the social tango vocabulary.

Canyengue is a historical form of tango. The embrace is close and in an offset V, the dancers typically have bent knees as they move, and the woman does not cross. Canyengue dancers are known to use exaggerated body movements to accent their steps.





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Argentina Facts:

Argentina is a country in southern South America. It ranks second in land area in South America, and eighth in the world.

Argentina occupies a continental surface area of 2,791,810 kmĀ² (1,078,000 sq mi) between the Andes mountain range in the west and the southern Atlantic Ocean in the east and south. It is bordered by Paraguay and Bolivia in the north, Brazil and Uruguay in the northeast, and Chile in the west and south.

39,921,833 (July 2006 est.)

Geographic coordinates:
34 00 S, 64 00 W

Florida Street, Buenos Aires

Age structure:
0-14 years: 25.2% (male 5,153,164/female 4,921,625)
15-64 years: 64.1% (male 12,804,376/female 12,798,731)
65 years and over: 10.6% (male 1,740,118/female 2,503,819) (2006 est.)

Administrative divisions:
23 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia) and 1 autonomous city* (distrito federal); Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Capital Federal*, Catamarca, Chaco, Chubut, Cordoba, Corrientes, Entre Rios, Formosa, Jujuy, La Pampa, La Rioja, Mendoza, Misiones, Neuquen, Rio Negro, Salta, San Juan, San Luis, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero, Tierra del Fuego - Antartida e Islas del Atlantico Sur, Tucuman

GDP - per capita (PPP):
$13,100 (2005 est.)

GDP - real growth rate:
8.7% (2005 est.)

Tango Nuevo Music:

tango_nuevoAstor Piazzolla lived and died as tango's bad boy, having almost single handedly invented the music's vanguard, the form known as tango nuevo. It took Piazzolla decades to reach his unequivocal apex, which is captured flawlessly on Tango Zero Hour.

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