Tango Dancing is a form of dancing originating in Argentina and Uruguay. It is a passionate dance that involves close contact with a partner, and various turns and dips. The tango is a form of dance that originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Early tango was known as tango criollo, but today there are many tango dance styles, including Argentine Tango, Uruguayan Tango, Ballroom tango (American and International styles), Finnish tango and vintage tangos. The styles are mostly danced in either open embrace, where lead and follow have space between their bodies, or close embrace, where the lead and follow connect either chest-to-chest (Argentine tango) or in the upper thigh, hip area (American and International tango).


The tango was born in the lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and was first given that name in the 1890s. It was quickly popularized by the public. In the early 1900s, the tango spread outside of Buenos Aires as dancers and orchestras took the dance with them to Europe; the first European explosion occurred in Paris, followed by London and Berlin. By 1913 it had reached New York and was spreading through the United States. The tango in Argentina saw a decline with the Great Depression, but saw resurgence in the Juan Peron years; this resurgence was short lived as the military dictatorship that followed outlawed public gatherings. The 1990s saw yet another rise in the popularity of tango, with some shows performed on Broadway.