What is tango salon?
Is a tango style developed in the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires during the golden age (‘30s-‘40s), in particular in Villa Urquiza. Is characterized by its elegance, pauses and smoothness. These characteristics come from the environment where the style developed: big dance floors so more space to move.
What is tango milonguero?
Is a tango style developed in Buenos Aires downtown during the golden age (‘30s-‘40s). Is characterized by its creativity and its fast and sharp movements connected with the rhythm. These characteristics come from the environment where the style developed: small crowded dance floors so less space to move.
Are these two the only forms of Argentine tango?
No, you have even canyengue, stage tango and Tango Nuevo (developed in the ‘90s and almost disappeared in Buenos Aires)
Is a style changing or unchanging?
The city of Buenos Aires has a very dynamic spirit and tango reflects that, so the styles are always changing and developing but keeping a recognizable soul.
What style do people in Buenos Aires dance?
Mostly Salon and Milonguero. Young people like to do fusion which means to mix styles in the same song.
Should I learn different styles? Will I get confused?
In my opinion is good to learn salon and Milongero because these are the traditional styles. They give you more elements to enjoy the dancing and to interpret the music. No you don’t risk to get confused but you risk to become a better dancer.
So at the milonga can I dance tango salon or milonguero? How do I decide which style to dance at a given time?
Yes, of course you can dance any style you want apart for stage tango which is not suitable for a social context. You decide according to your capacity, the music and the partner that is sharing with you that moment.