I love that show Dancing with the Stars. Or should I say I used to like watching it. I haven’t watched it for a couple years since we have been living in foreign countries. It actually reminds me of my Auntie Bea, I miss her so much ( she passed away a couple years ago) but she used to love to watch Julianne Hough dance, she was her favorite,and I started watching Dancing With The Stars because of my Auntie Bea.
I always remember the judges commenting about the Argentine Tango! Here I am visiting the country, actually the city where the Tango was born! How cool is that?
After researching the Tango and visiting the different venues where Tango had it’s roots, I realized that the true authentic Argentine Tango is not the same as we see on Dancing With The Stars. The kind we see on TV is more Ballroom Tangos. They started out from the same roots, but Argentine tango is different from the ballroom tangos in its posture, embrace, improvisation, movement, balance, steps, and music.
On the streets of Buenos Aires, Carlos Gardel’s image is everywhere… the suave singer who introduced tango, a symbol of Argentina’s “Golden Age,” to the world! His life and death are the stuff of legends. Gardel grew up singing in local bars, restaurants and markets in Abasto, once a neighborhood of Italian immigrants. The house where Gardel lived with his mother is now a museum filled with photos and artifacts. In Argentina, the tango had begun as music and dance for men looking for work during the Great Depression. But Gardel helped popularize the style as it moved from the underground dance salons to the upper classes.
The Tango is still as popular today on the streets in Buenos Aries as it was back then. There are also many Tango Shows featuring lessons, dinner and a show. Time didn’t permit us to see one of these but we loved watching the various performances on the street! And didn’t feel too bad about missing a show because after all Tango was born on the street.
Here are a couple video clips…
A MUST was lunch at the very famous Cafe Tortoni where tango shows and dinners are WORLD FAMOUS! There is ALWAYS long lines waiting for a chance to have coffee or lunch or dinner and a show at this famous place. Some tourists will even stop by and stand in line just to walk inside and look at all the antiques and collectables from over the years. Cafe Tortoni was founded in 1858 and is the oldest coffee shop in the whole country. With a very rich history, it is visited by intellectuals, politicians, famous kings and queens and artists.
The World Tango Museum and National Tango Academy, is located above Cafe Tortoni and although it was closed when we were there we managed to peak inside .
Tango is still very much alive in Buenos Aries!