Tango was first danced in Europe before the World War I, in 36 bars per minute tempo. It originates from Buenos Aires (Argentina) where it was first danced in "Barria de Las Ranas", the ghetto of Buenos Aires. It was then known under the name of "Baile con corte" (dance with a rest). The "dandies" of Buenos Aires changed the dance in two ways. First they changed the so-called "Polka rhythm" into the "Habanere rhythm" and secondly they called it Tango.
From 1900 onwards several amateurs tried to introduce the dance from Argentina into Paris, but without success. Being rather an egzotic dance, a sensuous creation of South nations, Tango initially did not become accepted by the European social establishment. It was however still danced in the suburban areas and gaining more and more popularity.

Tango's breakthrough came on a dance competition on French Riviera. The dance was so well presented there by a group of its enthusiasts that it gained immediate recognition in Paris and then the rest of Europe.



  • Back corte
  • Closed promenade
  • Natural promenade turn
  • Natural twist turn
  • Open promenade
  • Open reverse turn, partner in line, closed finish
  • Open reverse turn, partner outside, open or closed finish
  • Progressive link
  • Progressive side step
  • Progressive side step reverse turn
  • Rock turn
  • Rocks on RF and LF
  • Walks


  • Back open promenade
  • Brush tap
  • Fallaway promenade
  • Four step
  • Four step change
  • Outside swivels
  • Promenade link


  • Basic reverse turn (IDTA: bronze)
  • Chase
  • Contra check
  • Drop or tilt oversway (IDTA)
  • Fallaway four step
  • Fallaway reverse and slip pivot (IDTA: common figure)
  • Five step
  • Mini five step (IDTA)
  • Oversway

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