Q. Is Tango the dance with the rose between the teeth and rapid head movements?
No. The image of Tango danced with a rose between the teeth, rapid head movements and the rigid outstretched arms was created in a movie role by Rudolph Valentino in the 1920’s and has since become a stereotypical and erroneous image of Tango This is stage or "Hollywood style' Tango. Quite a few people develop an interest in dancing tango because they have seen performance of tango on stage or in a movie. The tango you see on stage is related to social tango, but it is also very different. Stage tango is called "Fantasia" and is more theatrical and exaggerated than social tango.
Watching a performance is a wonderful opportunity to see tango and (hopefully) hear a live tango orchestra. Once you've heard a bandoneon played live, you'll never forget it.
Q. Is Argentine Tango the Same as Ballroom Tango?
No. They started out from the same roots, but location, time and the ever evolving nature of dance have made them separate dances. The American and International ballroom tangos very different from the tango danced socially in Argentina. Argentine tango is different from the ballroom tangos in its posture, embrace, improvisation, movement, balance, steps, and music. It's completely different from the top of your head to the bottom of the soles of the shoes you dance it with.
If you have a background in ballroom tango, just think of Argentine tango as a completely new dance - not as an enhancement of the one you already know.
Q. What does 'Milonga' mean?
It can mean two things: 1) The place where one goes to dance tango ("I am going to the milonga tonight") or 2) one of the rhythms in the Argentine Tango family of 3 rhythms (Tango, Milonga, Vals). The milonga rhythm is usually happier and faster than the tango rhythm.
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