“Warning: tango contains highly addictive ingredients, such as pain, pleasure, passion, excitement, connection, freedom, torment, and bliss. In seven out of ten cases it takes over a person’s life,” said Argentine Tango dancer and instructor Naomi Hotta.
This pretty much could already give an idea how this dance is respected and valued, of how much passion is given to it by millions of people around the world. Just like any other dance of any art form, the tango–known as the “dance of love—is something that is given much respect, and has been gracefully developed by the ones who love it.
Mention Buenos Aires to anyone and one of the first things to come to mind are two people dancing one of the most sensual dances in the world. This is because it was in Argentina where tango music was born. The term tango criollo was coined, and since then it has developed into different styles in terms of moves and cultural elements. Associated with the Argentine tango dance, tango music is usually played by a group of sextet musicians that uses instruments such as piano, violins, bandoneons, and double bass.
As a matter of fact, the tango dance has been declared as a cultural heritage by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee of Intangible Heritage, which means that Argentina could be able to get financial assistance in maintaining, protecting, and safeguarding this tradition for the future generations. This could be seen in the tango festival that will happen in Argentina this year.
This August, lovers of this sensual dance will be glad to know that a big championship will take place in the place where it was born. The Tango Dance World Championship—one of the biggest tango festivals in the world—will gather some of the best tango dancers in the world. Dancers will be flying from different countries to gather in one place to show the whole world what they do best.
If you’re an amateur who would love to watch and see how the pros do it, you will definitely not feel out of place here. The championship makes sure that all kinds of Tango lovers will be entertained. This event is for everyone, and no one will neither feel out of place nor bored, for there would be a wide array of exciting activities in store. In this international tango festival, there will be concerts, film showings, dance lessons, and even literary readings. Beginners and amateurs who would like to try out a few moves will have so much fun in the dance workshops facilitated by some of the best instructors you’ll ever get to work with.
If you decide to participate in dancing the tango but still do not have enough knowledge about it, one of the most important things that you need to remember is to be one with the music. The dancer must have a connection with the music and be able to spark passion with his or her partner when dancing, otherwise the performance will not feel real, and the audience will not be able to connect with you.
Apart from the chance to watch graceful dancers do what they do best, attendees will also get the chance to participate in the following: a presentation of different books about tango, conferences that will focus on different topics about the dance, shops offering tango-relates art, music, and clothes, and also movies about tango.
Aside from the tango, this capital of Argentina also boasts of so many other attractions and activities in that are all unique to the country. You can go on tours that will take you to some of the most important spots in the city: if you want to see history through art, there’s the Museum Mile tour; if you love literature, you can do the tour on places that are associated with writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar; and you can also opt for the Tourist Bus, which will take you to more than 20 stops to some of the most important attractions in the city.
This is certainly one of the biggest tango festivals of the year, and so if you love the dance, you will undoubtedly have the best time here. Not only will you be a part of something fun and exciting, you will also be immersed in a tradition that only gets better and stronger as years pass. So prepare your dancing shoes for this unparalleled Argentina tango festival and get ready to dance the night away!