Timeline of the Tango. By: Taloria Stiffin. The Word on Tango. African words meaning closed space or reserved space (unknown word) tanga : festival or “end of mourning” ceremony tanga dungulu : to walk or show off tangala : walk heavily or stagger
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By: Taloria Stiffin
Borges has a very influential, maybe even controversial theory of the origin of the dance- he believes that it originated as an individual dance in brothels. He is so committed to his theory, he wrote many essays and articles on the theory such as “The History of Tango” and “El Tango.” It is believed that his unwavering faith in his own theory is why it is still believed today.
Milonga: a place where partners could dance close to one another and would not be discouraged.
Before the 1890’s, both partners would dance together, as one and synchronized. Then, the Ocho was born, changing tango forever!
The male stands still, while the female dances around him, as we still see today.
September 22nd, 1913, a man going by the name meaning “old tangoer” wrote an article, saying in 1877, African Argentines created the tango. This is the first document mentioning the “birth” of the tango.
Carlos Gardel (1887/1890-1935 is considered the most distinguished figure of tango, because of his “beautiful baritone” voice. He is often called the King of Tango. Began his career in the 1910’s as a Buenos Aires local bar singer, Gardel exploded into a world-wide phenomenon. His repertoire was creole rural music (cielito, estilo, triunfo, cifra, milonga, zamba, vals), which were loved all over Argentina.
Even though the dance was very popular with the middle and lower classes, it was greatly discouraged by those belonging to the middle class. They believed that the dance was very scandalous, since it involved such close and intimate physical contact. Hence, the dance has been nicknamed as “The Forbidden Dance.