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Free Tango Classes at IBL!

We offer free Tango classes at the school and also a very complete Tango program (see below for further information).

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Tango Program in Buenos Aires

IBL offers a very complete Tango program at the best Tango Academy of Buenos Aires: ESCUELA DE TANGO. Learn to dance tango or improve your technique with intensive classes: Leading to an effective learning and personalized approach. Classes with some of the best tango teachers in town. Our program takes into account the particular characteristics of each person.

Tango program: US$85 per week. It includes 6 hours of classes per week (this is 3 classes of 2 hours per class).

Very small group classes: in average there are only 6/7 persons per group class!

Add 6 hours of tango classes a week to your Spanish program. Just choose your Spanish Program (A, B or C) and add extra US$85 per week.

Schedule of Tango classes: Each Tango class has 2 hours long. You can take 3 classes per week (total of 6 hours per week) and you can choose your own schedule!: The Tango Academy has on-going group classes starting every weekday at 2 different schedules (usually from 3pm until 5pm, and then from 6pm until 8pm). So you can choose the best schedule for you, and also you can select the days of the week (for example taking classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, etc, or any other day of the week). In your first day at the Tango Academy you will receive a ticket/voucher for 3 classes per week, so you can use these tickets any day of the week, selecting the time of your classes (starting at 3pm or 6pm). It is a very flexible Tango program.

The Tango school is called ESCUELA DE TANGO, it is the most important Tango school of Argentina. Note: if you book for 8 weeks of Spanish classes or more we offer 3 hours of free Tango lessons (without cost). You will share tango classes with local students, not only with foreigners. The majority of Tango students are locals. It is a very good opportunity to meet local people and make new local friends!

Some photos of our Tango programs:

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Information about Tango

The word tango refers to both a musical style and the dance performed to it. While in modern Argentina tango is associated mostly with a type of music, the rest of the world sees tango as a dramatic, indeed sexy, dance. 

Both music and dance were born in the brothels of Buenos Aires just before the beginning of this century. Shunned by respectable society, the tango was considered to be extremely vulgar. Shortly after the end of World War I, the tango was transported to France, where Parisian high society embraced it. As the Parisians took to  tango, they modified it into a more refined and sophisticated dance. The Francofied version of tango soon became popular throughout the world. At the same time the lyrics of the tango became central in Argentina. These lyrics, almost always in a melancholy vein, speak of lost love, missed opportunities and shattered lives.

The most famous tango singer and composer was Carlos Gardel; his work began "the Golden Age of Tango," which lasted until the 1950s. In the 1980s due to the enormous success and influence of the stage show "Tango Argentino", interest in tango as dance has been rekindled around the world.

History of Tango

The tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1890s along the Río de la Plata, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, and soon spread to the rest of the world. Early tango was known as tango criollo (Creole tango). Today, there are many forms of tango extant. Popularly and among tango dancing circles, the authentic tango is considered to be the one closest to the form originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay.

In 2009, UNESCO approved a joint proposal by Argentina and Uruguay to include the tango in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

Tango is a dance that has influences from European and African culture. Dances from the candombe ceremonies of former slave peoples helped shape the modern day Tango. The dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The music derived from the fusion of various forms of music from Europe. The word "tango" seems to have first been used in connection with the dance in the 1890s. Initially it was just one of the many dances, but it soon became popular throughout society, as theatres and street barrel organs spread it from the suburbs to the working-class slums, which were packed with hundreds of thousands of European immigrants, primarily Italians, Spanish and French.

In the early years of the 20th century, dancers and orchestras from Buenos Aires travelled to Europe, and the first European tango craze took place in Paris, soon followed by London, Berlin, and other capitals. Towards the end of 1913 it hit New York in the USA, and Finland. In the USA around 1911 the word "tango" was often applied to dances in a 2/4 or 4/4 rhythm such as the one-step. The term was fashionable and did not indicate that tango steps would be used in the dance, although they might be. Tango music was sometimes played, but at a rather fast tempo. Instructors of the period would sometimes refer to this as a "North American tango", versus the so-called "Argentine Tango". By 1914 more authentic tango stylings were soon developed, along with some variations like Albert Newman's "Minuet" tango.

In Argentina, the onset in 1929 of the Great Depression, and restrictions introduced after the overthrow of the Hipólito Yrigoyen government in 1930 caused tango to decline. Its fortunes were reversed as tango became widely fashionable and a matter of national pride under the government of Juan Perón. Tango declined again in the 1950s as a result of economic depression and the banning of public gatherings by the military dictatorships; male-only Tango practice---the custom at the time---was considered "public gathering". That, indirectly, boosted the popularity of rock and roll because, unlike Tango, it did not require such gatherings.

In 2009 the tango was declared part of the world's "intangible cultural heritage" by UNESCO.

The Tango consists of a variety of styles that developed in different regions and eras of Argentina as well as in other locations around the world. The dance developed in response to many cultural elements, such as the crowding of the venue and even the fashions in clothing. The styles are mostly danced in either open embrace, where lead and follow have space between their bodies, or close embrace, where the lead and follow connect either chest-to-chest (Argentine tango) or in the upper thigh, hip area (American and International tango).

 

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