The Tango

The Roaring Twenties was full of fad dances. One that endured—and therefore can’t be called a fad any more—is the tango.  

The Tango came out of Buenos Aires in the late nineteenth century. A hybrid of African, Indian, and Spanish dances, it had reached Paris by 1910 and spread throughout Europe. The Tango was proof that young people were going to hell in a hand basket—as if the Waltz wasn’t bad enough, allowing the man and the woman to move together in a close embrace, the Tango seemed even more erotic. In the Tango, the couple actually maintained direct eye contact and the moves were extremely sensual.

Here’s a fun, short video of a Twenties tango. It’s only three minutes, and the last minute is the Charleston. Stick around for that part, it shows a darling little boy and girl dancing the Charleston.   

Published in: on December 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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