Buenos Aires is the authentic capital city of tango. Considered as a milestone by many young artists expressing their poetic soul on a pentagram or by warming up their throats to croon classic melodies.

The spirit of tango and its main exponents as Carlos Gardel, Troilo, Piazzolla, Goyeneche, D´Arienzo y Pugliese, live in every corner of San Telmo and through the lyrics, the melodies and the dances…specially in the large accordion and in street and theatre shows.

The first European Dances to ever come to Argentina were the Waltz and the Polka. From Habana, Cuba, we received the “habanera” a certain Cuban Spanish rythmic dance. The Habanera and the Polka passed their influence to the milonga, which emerged as an improvised set of songs. The “candombe” from Africa can also be regarded as an original influence in Tango and Milonga.

Buenos Aires proffers tanguerías in abundance. Either with live orchestras or dancers, any of the distinctive styles are practiced: milonguero, canyengue, international, fantasy, theatrical or others. Bajofondo Tango Club, Gotan project, San Telmo Lounge, Tanghetto are some of the representative bands known abroad, as well. The Fernández Fierro Orchestra, Color Tango, Sexteto Milonguero and El Arranque are some of the local Typical Orchestras that perform modern versions of the classics.

Madero Tango, Piazzolla tango and La Esquina Carlos Gardel are two some of the consecrated enclosures where to enjoy Tango Shows together with excellent international or Local Food.

The Tango started properly as a musical style back in 1880, in Buenos Aires brothels. Eminently popular, rejected by the Catholic Church and upper classes of society, the Tango was confined to live and grow in the suburbs, the port surroundings, the houses of prostitution, lower classes restaurants and prisions. Inmigrants and descendents of indigenous tribes or former African slaves were the ones to embrace and dance Tango.

Nowadays, there are over 70 milongas (dancing saloons) in Buenos Aires federal district alone. Milongas are settled all over the city: in Cultural Centres, Academies, institutes, in large saloons and social clubs. Varied and respectful audiences gather towards the joy of performing Tango in its many forms: young people, elder people, straight, gay, bisexual and lesbian people, retired people, managers and employees. Classes are imparted by specialized teachers before the milonga starts.

Should Tango ever die, this would imply that the Plate River has disappeared from Earth, as we know it. Since this event is unlikely to take place, Tango will never leave us: it will keep re-inventing itself as it has always done. • Tango Shows, dinner included • Tango classes • Tango tours

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San Telmo