Argentine Tango dancing consists of a variety of styles that developed in different
regions and eras, and in response to the crowding of the venue and even the fashions
in clothing. Even though the present forms developed in Argentina and Uruguay, they
were also exposed to influences re-imported from Europe and North America. There
are records of 18th and early 19th century tango styles in Cuba and Spain, while
there is a flamenco tangos dance that may share a common ancestor in a minuet-style
European dance. Consequently there is a good deal of confusion and overlap between
the styles as they are now danced - and fusions continue to evolve.
Argentine Tango is danced in an embrace that can vary from very open, in which leader
and follower connect at arms length, to very closed, in which the connection is chest-to-chest,
or anywhere in between.
Tango dance is essentially walking with a partner and the music. Dancing appropriately
to the emotion and speed of a tango is extremely important to dancing tango. A good
dancer is one who transmits a feeling of the music to the partner, leading them effectively
throughout the dance. Also, dancers generally keep their feet close to the floor
as they walk, the ankles and knees brushing as one leg passes the other.