THE ORIGIN OF TANGO DANCE:
IN SEARCH OF LOVE & EMBRACE
Nostalgia and the Search for Love
Immigrant men from other parts of the world traveled long way from home during late 1800s, landed on the rich and booming city of Buenos Aires, dreaming of a better life and taking up unwanted jobs of the locals. Hence, the Tango music has a strong sense of nostalgia.
The word "Tango" also refer to "a small space" that people gather, play music and dance as a means to forget about their hardship in the foreign land.
Due to the lack of women amongst these male immigrants, the dance slowly became a competition for these men to "win" over the hearts of women of their dreams. And it is very common that men practiced with each other in the streets of Buenos Aires in order to learn to dance with a woman.
Still, Tango was seen as a dance of the working class. Although people in the upper class are fascinated by it, it is only in the brothels that these upper class can get in touch with tango. Due to the shortage of women, the brothel owners hired tango musicians to entertain customers who are waiting for the next available woman. Men would then listen to tango music and dance together while waiting.
Tango started to gain importance as some rich kids of the upper class took tango abroad. Tango was very well received in Paris and America, and was played in the upper class ballrooms in Europe. When Tango traveled back to Argentina, it got a facelift and appeared in main ballrooms and stages, turning into a widely adored dance, and, a national pride.