The original tango that found its way to Europe from Argentina in the 1920’s was considered too risqué for polite society. Consequently the dance and the music were altered and given a more standard ballroom look and sound. The change unfortunately stripped the dance of its passion. That changed when American actor Rudolph Valentino danced a steamy version in the movie “Four Horseman of the Apocalypse”. The performance of that dance cemented his status as a sex symbol and forever put passion back into tango.
Ballroom style tango retains the original passion and drama of the original Argentine version however the ballroom principles make it possible for anyone to learn fairly quickly. Its strong movements, quick directional changes, dips and lunges develop the man’s lead and allow the lady to indulge in a little dramatic flair.