Tango Argentino originated in the 1890´s in the lower class districts of Buenos Aires. The popularity of tango rose and fell during the 1900´s. Due to the Great Depression and military dictatorships, its popularity dropped. The Government of Juan Peron reversed this decline and tango became a National pride.
Once again however, in the 1950´s the economic depression and Rock and Roll fever caused the popularity of tango to fall. Tango was kept at a minimum and was only danced in small venues around Buenos Aires.
In 1983, following the opening of the show “Tango Argentino” in Paris, created by Claudio Segovia and Hector Orezzoli, tango was revolutionised around the world and everyone started to take lessons. In 1990 the dance company “Tango X2” confirmed this worldwide popularity. After this, a group of Argentines (who were known as “Tango Investigation Group”, and now known as “Cosmotango”) started to add a more modern sound and new movements based on contact and improvisation to the traditional tango. This “Tango Nuevo” with its new features is appealing more to the new generations of tango dancers.
The musicality of tango is the most important element of the dance. The basic idea of the dance is taking your partner in an embrace and walking, using the music to guide your steps.