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Without doubt, Tango is the best-known music style of Argentina and a national treasure, nowadays this elegant and glamorous musical style is danced in every place in Argentina, including the most fashionable nightclubs, although, its origins are related to the poorer barrios of Buenos Aires.

Although tango lyrics emphasizes in loneliness, passion, desire, despair and jealousy, it has a very sensual dance, tango comes from the word "Tangere" (to touch), its representation includes flirting looks and sexual caresses.

Tango was invented about 100 years ago in the port areas of Buenos Aires, in the middle of brothels and bars, by these years, the dance was considered shameless. Its lyrics use the Lunfardo slang and express the feeling of the barrios of Buenos Aires, becoming immediately in a expression way of the working classes.

The elemental musical instruments in a tango orchestra include bandoneón, violin, piano, and double bass, guitars are used sometimes.

By 1920s, this music style, became popular in cities like London, Paris, Berlin and New York. Singers such as Carlos Gardel, Roberto Goyoneche, Hugo del Carril, Tita Merello, and Edmundo Rivero made of the tango a worldwide known music. By these years other classes of society in Argentina began to accept this kind of music.

Between 1930 and 1950, large Tango orchestral groups, like bands of Anibal Troilo, Francisco Canaro, Juan D'Arienzo and Osvaldo Pugliese became very popular.

By 1950s, a new style of tango was introduced: the "Tango Nuevo" movement, led by Astor Piazzolla, a composer and performer which added elements of jazz and modern art music, the Tango turned more listener-oriented, those changes created a serious discussion between new- and old- tango musicians.

Today Tango enjoys tremendous worldwide popularity, with the rise of the fusion between tango and elements of electronic music such as chill out, trip hop, house, this is known as "Electrotango", performed by groups like Tanghetto, Bajofondo Tango Club and Gotan Project.

History of tango

Years ago, dancing was considered only as a free time activity; it wasn´t a very profitable career. But lately, this situation has changed. Now, there are dance schools, so you can study dance like any other profession. We can classify dances by the number of dancers, its purpose, its era, its musical genres, its style, its origin, etc. If we consider the origin of the music, we will find that most of the countries have at least one typical dance. Sometimes, the same dance can belong to two or more countries but it only happens in a few cases. If we talk about Latin American dances, probably the most popular dances are Tango and samba.

Tango is a typical dance from Argentina; however, it is also practiced in Uruguay. In 2009, it was declared by the UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is an elegant and glamorous dance. Tango dancers have to show passion, desire, anger. It is a very emotional dance and very sexual as well. This sexuality caused the rejection of people when it was first practiced. But due to its beauty, it has gained people’s approval.

Tango is the most popular of all the types of Argentina music. But there are many others as: Cuecas, vidalas, carnavalitos, the pericón, malambos, milongas, chacareras, Zambas, etc.

Tango dancers' body mass index

Above all tango dancers should recognise weight management as establishing long-term eating habits and activity patterns. Dieting implies short-term modification to eating habits. Where this involves a restriction of kilojoules, the actual effect can be a lowering of metabolism, which makes losing weight more difficult. It also creates a sense of denial, which ultimately is a psychological barrier to weight loss.

The keys to weight management are:

  • The establishment of achievable long-term goals.
  • Balance in the energy input and output (active dancers may require additional complex carbohydrates to meet their energy demands).
  • Balance in nutritional food groups.

Use this BMI Calculator to work out your Body Mass Index, hip to waist ratio and BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). body+soul has the tools to help you track your progress and fitness goals.

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