The Argentinean Tango


The Argentinean Tango appeared around 1880. Perhaps it originates from a dance called 'Tangano', which was done by the slaves who, in the 18th century were brought to Haiti and Cuba. To this dance influences from the 'Habanera' were added. Migrating black people took the movements with them to Argentina, Buenos Aires. The Tango was done by the poor people in the slums. Europeans in Buenos Aires experienced the magic that the Tango radiated, and took the dance with them to Europe. First it was tried in Nice, then Paris, which was a big success. It spread like a virus. In 1912, the Tearoom Tango's in London were extremely popular. All day long people were dancing the Tango. Then it moved to the USA, and from there back again to Argentina. By now the Tango had become very much stylised and polished. Only now, the upper class in Argentina was getting interested in it.

1. Why did the Tango appear in Argentina?

2. Why in the slums?

3. What really caused this dance?

4. What is it that made the Tango such a big success?


The Argentinean Tango is an 8-step dance, which is done at close, physical distance. The movements are soft, gliding yet angular, very much cat-like and there is a strong emphasis on always moving from one balance to another. Unlike many of the "standard"-dances, the Tango is very much an improvisation dance, with many possible figures, and a constant search of 'what fits to the music'. The man needs to be really clear in the way he directs/projects his energy. Without him being clear, the lady cannot know which steps to take, because there are so many possibilities.


Since in the Tango there is a very strong necesity of man and lady synchronising their movements, and it can cause a state of inward gazing, I am wondering if this dance would be related to the Gemstation "Amber".

I have experienced the Tango to be a dance that has more figures/steps than any other dance. This makes me wonder whether the Tango would be "white" inclined..


One description of the state that this dance causes would be: 'Inward gaze'. Another feature is that once one gets into it, one can dance forever. This very much reminds me of the frequency of yellow. It is causing well-being, lightness, charge, smoothness and it is capturing. There is a constant search in it to get it to click, because of the delicacy of every movement and every balance. It is very intimate and it is said that to dance it correctly, one should dance it as if this is the last time that you are going to dance with your partner. Every step you take in the tango should be an open step, rather than a closed step.


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To Life,

Mathieu Bodifée


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